Luger Erin Hamlin has been announced as the United States flag bearer in the Winter Games opening ceremony.
According to Sports Illustrated, Hamlin is a four-time Olympian and two-time champion.
She will be the fourth ever luger to have the flag bearing role, and the first in eight years.
— Erin Hamlin (@erinhamlin) January 30, 2018
Hamlin said in a statement:
“Working hard and earning success is one thing, being acknowledged as a great representative and member of Team USA by fellow athletes – many who I have been inspired by – is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment. I can’t wait to share it with them all!”
Meanwhile speedskater Shani Davis tweeted against the decision. He claims Team USA “dishonorably tossed a coin” to pick Hamlin for the role.
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
TIME reports that Davis, along with speedskater Brian Hansen, actually skipped the opening ceremony following the decision of Hamlin as flag bearer.