The Winter Olympic Games in South Korea have arrived — the first controversy of it all starts in the United States over a coin toss.
The typically smooth routine of choosing which American athlete will carry the flag during opening ceremonies hit some turbulence just a day before the worldwide event kicks off. Speed skater Shani Davis is calling the Olympic Committee unfair because he was not chosen in a coin toss to be the flag bearer this year.
The choice was between Davis and four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin, both receiving four votes from the eight total winter sports teams headed to PyeongChang. To settle the tie, the U.S. Olympic Committee held an old-fashioned coin toss, and they later announced speed luger Hamlin had been chosen.
But apparently a coin toss did not satisfy everyone, and Davis has now gone to Twitter to claim the decision to choose Hamlin was a “dishonorable” one.
“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event,” Davis tweeted, according to CNN News. “@TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018.”
Meanwhile, Hamlin is not only excited for her opportunity to lead the USA team, but is just thankful to be representing her country in South Korea this year.
“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,” Hamlin said after hearing the news of being chosen.
“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!” Hamlin continued.
Davis boycotted the opening ceremony, apparently over the coin toss.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has not yet responded to comments on the matter.
- More from CNN
If you have a suggestion for this page, please let us know. Also, if you think this is worth sharing, you can do so using the links below.