Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Shani Davis Rips US Flag Bearer Coin Toss in Tweet

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Shani Davis Rips US Flag Bearer Coin Toss in Tweet

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The United States Olympic team's selection of flag bearer for Friday's Opening Ceremony sparked controversy on Thursday night, as a tweet from the account of long-track speedskater Shani Davis angrily attacked the method used, even suggesting there could have been a racial element involved.

Davis, a four-time Olympic medalist and five-time Olympian, was picked by U.S. Speedskating as its candidate for flag bearer. However, in a vote among team representatives from each U.S. Winter Games federation, the 35-year-old tied with luge athlete Erin Hamlin. Her bronze at Sochi 2014 was the first medal for an American in singles luge in Olympic history.

A coin toss was then used to break the tie, which Hamlin won.

The tweet included a reference to Black History Month and listed his Olympic accomplishments: "I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. …

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