Shani Davis Loses Coin Toss – Plays Race Card

Shani Davis and luger Erin Hamlin tied 4-4 in a vote to determine which American would carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony.  Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees for the flagbearer role.  An athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations was nominated.  The eight federations are: bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating, and luge.   The tie between Davis and Hamlin was settled by a coin flip, which was the predetermined method of determining a winner in the result of a tie. Davis lost and his Tweet describing the coin toss as “dishonorable” references February being black history month. What does the month have to do with who carries the flag? What does race have to do with a coin flip?  Davis’ training must be going spectacularly if he has nothing better to worry about than who carries a flag.

Hamlin is a former Olympic medalist, four-time Olympian, two-time world World Champion, and holder of 23 World Cup medals. This isn’t the first time Davis has made a spectacle of himself at the Olympics. In 2006 he refused to skate the team pursuit, and raised the ire of teammate Chad Hedrick. This story is making world news, here is the UK Daily Mail coverage of the events.

Davis “boycotted” the Opening Ceremonies, while his representative claimed he never intended to attend unless he was carrying the flag.