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From banners on Oneida County buildings to postings on social media, many have been celebrating the selection of Erin Hamlin as the flag bearer for the U.S. Olympic team at Friday's opening ceremonies in South Korea. Davis believes that he was more than qualified to be the flag bearer, tweeting that the coin toss was done "dishonorably".

He became the first black athlete to ever win a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics 12 years ago in Turin, Italy. No problem. I can wait until 2022.

Commenting on outcome, USOC Mark Jones told USA Today "it is an athlete-driven process and the selection was made between two great candidates".




Erin Hamlin of the United States takes a curve during a World Cup luge event in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

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. (Yes, it took that long.) He followed it up by winning another gold (and a silver) in 2010, and he's on the team this year too. A tweet posted to the account of Davis is blasting the selection of luge athlete Hamlin as the US flagbearer for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games. Kelly Clark and Kikkan Randle are the only other five-time Olympians on the roster.

When votes were cast for the U.S. flag bearer, Hamlin and Davis tied, so U.S. Olympic officials gave it all over to chance, and Hamlin won the flip. Her Twitter page consisted of news items about the Olympic team, an action figure created to commemorate her appearance in the Olympics and a quote from clothing retailer lululemon, "If you want more kindness in the world - put it there". That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said". When asked by NBC how it felt to be chosen by her peers for the once-in-a-lifetime experience, she admitted, "It was a pretty big shock, but it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA".

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