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Shani Davis

Shani Davis

Team USA has its flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, and while it might not be a household name like Shaun White or Lindsey Vonn, she remains a part of American Olympic history. She had not reached a World Cup podium for two years.

The Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 9. 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.

Luger Erin Hamlin of the United States trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" After listing several of his accomplishments, which he believes, should have made him the flag-bearer.


One of the most decorated athletes in his sport, Davis he will be competing in his fifth Winter Olympics this year. Though, one has to wonder why he included the Black History Month hashatg, in his tweet. Ties, according to USOC rules, are decided by a coin flip. (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 question we always have, however, is who will be representing the country by leading the Team USA pack while holding the flag.

And speedskater Shani Davis, a five-time Olympian and four-time medalist, ended up on the wrong end of it.

Hamlin began her Olympic career at the 2006 Games in Turin and she has already announced she'll hang up her sled after PyeongChang.

But the USOC can come up with a better process for picking the flag bearer.

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