Team USA chose Olympic luge athlete Erin Hamlin to carry the American flag during Friday’s Opening Ceremony at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and her fellow team member is furious.
Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the winner being chosen by a coin toss. Davis thought the decision to toss a coin was dishonorable, according to a tweet he made following the announcement.
I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/dsmTtNkhJs
— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 8, 2018
He tagged #BlackHistoryMonth2018 in the tweet, subtly implying a racial criticism of the decision.
According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the coin toss was the pre-determined method of choosing a winner in the event of a tie.