He became the first black athlete to ever win a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics 12 years ago in Turin, Italy. "No problem. I can wait until 2022", he wrote on February 8. 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. 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. Her only Olympic medal is a bronze.
On one side is Erin Hamlin, a world-renowned luger, two-time world champion and four-time Olympian.
For her part, Hamlin said she was excited about the prospect of carrying the flag.
The U.S. Olympic Committee, an organization that never passes up a chance to shoot itself in the foot, came up with a voting process that could quite plausibly end in a tie.
According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Hamlin and Davis were two of the eight candidates to carry the flag.
If you don't know, the 35-year-old athlete won two gold medals and two silver medals at the Olympics over the course of his career.
As ESPN noted, Davis has a history of throwing tantrums, and this is not the first time he has caused an Olympic controversy.
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. Hamlin "won" the coin flip, which resulted in her being named flag bearer. That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said".
The Sochi 2014 bronze medallist was selected following a vote by fellow members of the American team.