Luger Erin Hamlin chosen as US Olympic flag bearer
Luger Erin Hamlin chosen as US Olympic flag bearer
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09 February, 2018, 02:42
Hamlin's final Olympics will start with her having the distinction of carrying the American flag into Friday's official start of the Pyeongchang Games, after winning a vote held by her fellow Team USA athletes.
The decision came down to a coin toss between Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis, the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual Winter Olympic event.
The three-time Olympian, who won bronze in Sochi, was the first American female on the U.S. Luge team to medal.
Hamlin and Davis were among eight athletes being considered to carry the flag in the opening ceremony, ESPN reported.
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Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees for the flagbearer role, and athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating and luge - represented those nominees in a balloting that took place Wednesday night. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" Not just does Erin get to hold that flag, but USA Luge gets to hold that flag.
Two-time world champion Hamlin was chosen by a vote of US Olympians in South Korea and will become the fourth luger to serve as flag bearer, the first since 2010. She plans to retire after the PyeongChang games. He's also won dozens of other medals in World Championship and World Cup competitions.
"We've grown up watching the Olympics and we're always like, 'Who's going to be carrying the flag?' she said". She wasn't a shoe-in for flag-bearer, however, The Washington Post reports. I slide. That's what I do. The luge star became the first US athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.
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