Erin Hamlin Selected As US Flag Bearer In Winter Games

Feb 8, 2018, 12:00 AM | Updated: Jan 4, 2019, 11:23 am
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 08: Team USA flag bearer Erin Hamlin poses for a photo wear...
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 08: Team USA flag bearer Erin Hamlin poses for a photo wearing her Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA Opening Ceremony heated parka on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Featuring wearable technology with a seamlessly integrated heating system, the Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA Opening Ceremony white heated parka will be worn exclusively by the flag bearer. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Luger Erin Hamlin has been announced as the United States flag bearer in the Winter Games opening ceremony.

According to Sports Illustrated, Hamlin is a four-time Olympian and two-time champion.

She will be the fourth ever luger to have the flag bearing role, and the first in eight years.

Hamlin said in a statement:

“Working hard and earning success is one thing, being acknowledged as a great representative and member of Team USA by fellow athletes – many who I have been inspired by – is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment. I can’t wait to share it with them all!”

Meanwhile speedskater Shani Davis tweeted against the decision. He claims Team USA “dishonorably tossed a coin” to pick Hamlin for the role.

https://twitter.com/ShaniDavis/status/961534274586464256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newyorkupstate.com%2Fsports%2F2018%2F02%2F2018_olympics_shani_davis_tweet_rips_flag-bearer_coin_toss_favoring_erin_hamlin.html

TIME reports that Davis, along with speedskater Brian Hansen, actually skipped the opening ceremony following the decision of Hamlin as flag bearer.

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