Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

We now know who will carry the flag for USA

We now know who will carry the flag for USA

He shredded Team USA's tie-breaker rules, saying the position was "dishonorably" decided. But darned if Shani Davis didn't do it.

"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said. The USOC, clearly aware a tie was possible, let it be known before the games that a coin flip would be used to decide the victor if that happened.

Eventually, the final vote was deadlocked at 4-4.

However, according to fellow Olympian Shani Davis, the process that led to Hamlin being named flag bearer was not a fair one. None of the news stories I've read today have specified criteria for deciding who should carry the flag.

Neither Davis or Hamlin have addressed the issue further publicly. He's also won dozens of other medals in World Championship and World Cup competitions.

"This is something totally different (than winning an Olympic medal)", the 31-year-old said in a statement. That fact, that this is her last chance to be flagbearer, may have swayed some votes in her favor. "And we just get stronger".

Although, if it's diversity you're looking at, arguably the case for Davis is stronger. This is her first high-profile worldwide appearance at centre stage, though she is technically just a member of a delegation headed by the North's senior statesman, 90-year-old Kim Yong-nam. She was the first United States athlete to win a medal in singles luge since it has been in the Olympics.

"I don't want to make this too much for my competitors and for my teammates, " Rippon said after an afternoon practice session Thursday.

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It had already been agreed a tie would be broken by a coin toss. The International Olympic Committee had refused to invite the group of Russians, saying it had evidence of alleged doping in Russian sports.

His complaints were sometimes validated.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister arrived in South Korea on Friday to begin an unprecedented three-day visit that started with her attendance at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

He said: "Not just does Erin get to hold that flag, but USA Luge gets to hold that flag".

The Colbert bit is overblown.

It's not the first flap involving Davis at an Olympics.

It appears we have our first Team USA controversy between athletes before the opening ceremony.

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