USA drops the coin on flag bearer at Winter Olympics

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin who will turn 23 in March has 41 World Cup victories. Toni L. Sandys  Washington Post

Shani Davis was not expected to walk in the opening ceremony on Friday in the wake of his controversial tweet about missing out as the USA's team flag bearer. Team members voted. When that vote ended in a tie, the choice was left to a coin toss, according to reports.

I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. No problem. I can wait until 2022. Hamlin, who won bronze in Sochi, will be leading a contingent of 244 athletes - the most the US has ever sent to the Winter Games. The eight winter sporting federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speed skating, and luge - each nominate an athlete and then cast ballots in a series of rounds. A tie, per USOC rules, is broken by a coin flip.

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As ESPN noted, Davis has a history of throwing tantrums, and this is not the first time he has caused an Olympic controversy. Hamlin won a coin toss, which was the predetermined method of picking a victor if all else failed in the athlete-led process.

Hamlin gained the selection at a meeting of team representatives from each USA winter sports body after she and Davis were tied at four votes each. Davis has two gold medals and a silver medal. The luge star became the first USA athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

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Speedskater Shani Davis expressed his unhappiness on Twitter.

Two-time world champion Hamlin was chosen by a vote of US Olympians in South Korea and will become the fourth luger to serve as flag bearer, the first since 2010. She's also the first American woman to win a world championship in luge. Hamlin, for her part, said "the nerves will be flying, for sure" when she leads with team around the track under the American flag, but she has not commented on Davis' tweet.

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