Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss

Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss

A four-time Olympian, she also became the first American to win an Olympic singles luge medal when she took home the bronze at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, which CBS News called "a feat that will surely go down as perhaps the greatest moment in us luge history". Mashable has reached out to Team USA for comment and will update this post pending any further information. Not everyone can be a Michael Phelps or Bonnie Blair and win gold medals over multiple Olympic games. The US Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew if the tie couldn't be broken by them the coin toss would have to occur.

After the decision, Davis-who became the first black athlete to medal in an individual event in any Winter Olympics-expressed his displeasure on Twitter.

Davis also referenced Black History Month which is, of course, the month of February. She was the first United States athlete to win a medal in singles luge since it has been in the Olympics.

Th 31-year-old from Remsen, New York, made history four years ago in Sochi when she became the first US athlete ever to win an Olympic singles luge medal by securing bronze.

Hamlin, 31, is making her fourth trip to the Olympics.

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While Hamlin was thrilled by the honor, there was one Olympian who was not fond of the decision. "Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level", Hamlin said in a statement. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" He is now a five-time Olympian, with two gold medals and two silver medals in his collection.

"I wonder if you would have called it "dishonorable" if you had won the coin toss?" added another. A 4-4 deadlock in the voting led to a coin flip, which resulted in Hamlin winning the right to be flag-bearer.

2018 Olympics: Which Upstate NY athletes are competing in Winter Games? Put me at the top of the track, that's my happy place.

It's not the first time Davis has been part of an Olympic controversy.

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