Erin Hamlin, the face of USA Luge, set to say goodbye


Perhaps it's not surprising that Davis will be joined in Pyeongchang by the first two African-American women to make the USA speedskating team — Erin Jackson on the big oval and Maame Biney in short track. Davis is a five-time Olympian, and was the first African-American athlete to win an individual gold medal, winning the 1,000 meters race at the 2006 Torino games.

However, according to fellow Olympian Shani Davis, the process that led to Hamlin being named flag bearer was not a fair one.

Erin Hamlin of the United States takes a curve during a World Cup luge event in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.

Davis had called the method to decide the role "dishonorable" in a tweet on Thursday, after luger Erin Hamlin was selected to carry the flag instead.

"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. I tell you what, I can't wait.

Hamlin announced a year ago that she plans to retire after the PyeongChang Olympics.

Although, if it's diversity you're looking at, arguably the case for Davis is stronger.

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"Shani, you're one hell of an athlete and more than qualified to be the flag bearer".

Hamlin will be the sixth woman in 23 games to carry the U.S. flag, and the first since 2006. "We've grown up watching the Olympics and we're always like, 'Who's going to be carrying the flag?' And to actually be that person is insane". The toss was issued to be the deciding factor after a committee tied on its nominations for the flag bearer, 4-4 between Davis and Hamlin.

Ron and Eilleen Hamlin burst into tears when they found out their daughter was going to get one of the greatest honors ever for an athlete. She was a gymnast at the time and couldn't get enough of the U.S. Women's Team - The Magnificent Seven as they came to be known.

They were tied at four votes each after an athlete from each of the USA's eight winter sports federations held a ballot on Wednesday. "My only thought was, 'Oh shoot, '" she said.

"The nerves will be flying for sure", Hamlin said. "Erin's mom is our nurse here at the school and Erin's aunt is my secretary, so we're very connected with Erin".

The opening ceremony took place at 11am on Friday but hundreds of competitors from countries all round the world were absent.