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Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2018

She arrived at her first Olympics in sixth place in the World Cup slalom standings, which Shiffrin leads.

Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss.

American speedskater Shani Davis criticized Team USA's flag-bearer selection process in a tweet Thursday morning. "He added he can "wait until 2022" and included a "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" hashtag. The USOC, clearly aware a tie was possible, let it be known before the games that a coin flip would be used to decide the victor if that happened.

If he is, this might be the first racially-motivated coin toss in the history of the Olympics.

The flag-bearer is chosen by a vote of the eight United States winter sports federations but the vote was tied 4-4 between Hamlin and Davis, and a coin was used to break the tie, in keeping with USOC rules.

Davis, a two-time Olympic champion, had originally intended not to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony due to his training schedule, a spokesman for USA speed skating told NBC.

Hamlin, 31, is competing in her fourth and final Winter Games. It started a streak of US men winning multiple World Cup races in each of the three seasons since the 2014 Olympics.

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That prompted Davis, an Olympian for the fifth time at these Games, to take a shot at the U.S. Olympic Committee.

And then Shani Davis tweeted.

"Hopefully, it means [the sport] gets a little more attention and we get some funding and spread the numbers and get a lot more kids involved going forward", Hamlin said at the time. "Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level", Hamlin said in a news release.

"That always seems to be a really, really big-name person", she said.

Hamlin did not address Davis' tweet, but told USA Today: "Winning a medal is the effort you put in and the time and the work and sacrifice to succeed and achieve something".

Hamlin's already announced her intent to retire from the sport following the games.

"When people keep saying that word, 'fake news, ' over and over again it implies that you can do things and you can never be held accountable for them because you just say that it's fake, " Kelly Rippon said.

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