Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at an Olympics, will be the flag bearer for the United States at the Parade of Nations in Friday's Opening Ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. This is not a gold-medal-or-bust season for USA Luge star Erin Hamlin, who is bidding for a fourth Olympic appearance. She's also the fourth luge athlete to carry the US flag into an Olympics. Given his history, Davis was an obvious candidate to carry the flag for the United States delegation at tomorrow's Opening Ceremony. That coin toss went Hamlin's way.
"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. "He added he can "wait until 2022" and included a "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" hashtag. Not just does Erin get to hold that flag, but USA Luge gets to hold that flag. It wasn't the first time she made history - in 2009, she became the first US woman to win a world championship in the luge. The final tally came out as a 4-4 tie between Hamlin and Davis.
Hamlin, who is retiring after these Olympics, said "the nerves will be flying for sure".
Hamlin learned of the voting result Wednesday night.
She then called her family, who were about to start their long flight to South Korea. Her brother offered this sage piece of advice - don't drop the flag.
For her part, Hamlin said she was excited about the prospect of carrying the flag. "I slide that's what I do". Put me at the top of the track, that's my happy place.
Davis has also always been outspoken, criticizing the USOC for the suits the team used during the 2014 Games and how NBC portrayed him in the previous Olympics. He was the first black athlete to win gold, after placing first in the 1,000 meters in Torino in 2006.