Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Luger Erin Hamlin chosen as US Olympic flag bearer

Luger Erin Hamlin Chosen As US Flag Bearer for Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Erin Hamlin On Being Team USA's Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer: “That's The Epitome Of Being An Olympian”
Eugene Bates | 09 February, 2018, 07:06

Hamli is 31 and from Remsen, New York; she's competed in three Olympics and earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, becoming the first USA athlete to do so since singles luge began at the Olympics in 1964. Davis, 35, has always been keenly aware how he stands out in a predominantly white sport. She's also the fourth luge athlete to carry the USA flag into an Olympics. He's now a five-time Olympian, with two gold medals and two silver medals in his collection.

Hamlin, 31, is set to enter her fourth and final Winter Games. When votes were cast for the U.S. flag bearer, Hamlin and Davis tied, so U.S. Olympic officials gave it all over to chance, and Hamlin won the flip. Had he been named flag bearer, the people confirmed, he would have accepted the honor and taken part.

Set to possibly take a place on the podium once again in Korea, Hamlin is an inspired choice to carry the flag for Team USA at this year's opening ceremony. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. I tell you what, I can't wait.

The Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a pair of USA siblings in a showdown against a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia.

"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said.

Hamlin learned of the voting result Wednesday night.

After learning of her selection, Hamlin offered the following, per the AP (h/t ESPN.com):"The nerves will be flying for sure".

"I slide", the two-time world champ added. Put me at the top of a track; that's my happy place. He eventually won gold in 1994 after his last race and his journey is one of my favorite Olympic moments of all time. Their animosity toward one another was obvious at a news conference, when Hedrick brought up the team pursuit and Davis stormed out of the room.

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