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Team USA announces Olympic flag bearer for Opening Ceremony

Team USA announces Olympic flag bearer for Opening Ceremony

The Winter Olympics haven't even officially started yet, and we already have our first controversy - and it's over who'll carry the United States flag in the opening ceremony. Team members voted. When that vote ended in a tie, the choice was left to a coin toss, according to reports.

At the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, he became the first African American athlete to win individual gold at the Winter Olympics. She was the first U.S. athlete to win a medal in singles luge since it has been in the Olympics. The eight winter sporting federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speed skating, and luge - each nominate an athlete and then cast ballots in a series of rounds. That made sticking around an easier decision.

Hamlin, a 31-year-old, four-time Olympian, said her parents are never sure if they want to spend a lot of money to see the opening ceremonies - but they always do.

Hamlin, the first woman chosen to carry the flag for the US team since 2006, did not respond on social media to Davis.




Hamlin will don an exclusive "Team USA Opening Ceremony heated parka" designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, the statement said. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew in the event of a tie, the coin toss would take place. Erin won via a coin toss.

So much for smooth skating to kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics. A two-time world champion, Hamlin also has 23 world cup medals.

This isn't the first controversy to affect the U.S. Team.

The opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will take place Friday. 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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