Winter Olympics 2018: Luger Erin Hamlin named Team USA flag bearer

Dean Simpson
February 9, 2018

Davis has been around since the 2006 Olympics, when he became the first black athlete to win an individual medal at the Winter Olympics. "Team USA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer".

Eventually, the final vote was deadlocked at 4-4. Davis is black, Hamlin is white. She's also the fourth luge athlete to carry the US flag into an Olympics.

On the other is Shani Davis - a decorated speed skater and five-time Olympics qualifier. At the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, she became the first American woman to win a medal in the luge, winning the bronze. Olympic athletes from the eight different sports federations - biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, hockey, figure skating, ski and snowboarding, luge and speedskating - voted for their choice, resulting in the tie. After listing several of his accomplishments, which he believes, should have made him the flag-bearer.


Erin Hamlin has been given the honor of being flag bearer for Team USA.

Davis, an African-American, added that he can wait until the next games in 2022 and then included the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018. Apparently, the process to pick the flag bearer was not flawless because it came down to a vote of 8 and there was a 4-4 tie which was decided by a coin flip.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Hamlin and Davis were two of the eight candidates to carry the flag.


The Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a pair of USA siblings in a showdown against a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia.

"To me, that always seems to be a really, really big-name person", Hamlin said at the time. She got a text from Alan Ashley, the chef de mission for Team USA, requesting her to call back as soon as she could. "Walking out in front of a lot of people and even more people watching from home. that's going to be way more nerve wracking". He eventually won gold in 1994 after his last race and his journey is one of my favorite Olympic moments of all time.


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