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Olympian Shani Davis isn't happy about the coin toss to choose Team USA flag bearer
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Feb. 9, 2018, 9:18 a.m. EST According to multiple media reports, Davis did not walk with Team USA in Friday's Opening Ceremony. Though his absence followed his original tweet, officials say it was never Davis' plan to walk in the ceremony (unless he was chosen as flag bearer) due to practice before the ceremony and to keep his legs fresh for upcoming competition.

With the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics less than 24 hours away, Team USA has finally selected its flag bearer. Unfortunately, the process looks like it's left some raw feelings.

Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin (women's luge) was named the U.S. flag bearer on Thursday night, according to NBC Sports. During the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Hamlin became the first U.S. athlete ever to medal in a singles luge event with a bronze.

But speed skater Shani Davis, the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics (during the 2006 Games), had some issues with the process. He took to Twitter to vent after losing out on the honor to Hamlin via coin toss.

I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/dsmTtNkhJs

— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 8, 2018

Per Deadspin, the selection works out like this: The eight federations within Team USA nominate an athlete to carry the flag and select a second athlete to cast that federation's vote. The final tally came out as a 4-4 tie between Hamlin and Davis. Hamlin won the coin toss, which was predetermined as a tie-breaker.

To be fair, Davis' bonafides are pretty stellar, too. Competing in his fifth straight Olympics, Davis has two gold medals (1,000 meters in 2006 and 2010) and two silver medals (1,500 meters in 2006 and 2010). He's also won dozens of other medals in World Championship and World Cup competitions.

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.

NBC created an inferior persona in 2002, unpatriotic persona in 2006, celebrated others in 2010, snickered in 2014, 2018 “doesn't really care.” “Learn to be alone and to like it. There is nothing more freeing and empowering than learning to like your own company.”~Mandy Hale https://t.co/kGe4hfjkcj

— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) January 30, 2018

U.S. media must feel that projecting me as a failure is better than not projecting me at all. The American speed skating team did not win in Sochi but it was the USOC that failed the entire team. #TruthHasAVoice https://t.co/mucGQXHHNG

— Shani Davis (@ShaniDavis) February 1, 2018

Davis has previously addressed race, especially as it pertains to the very white sport of speed skating. His use of the hashtag "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" with his latest tweets has spurred some backlash on Twitter (where all discourse is civil and thoughtful, right?) with some followers accusing him of unfairly injecting race into the topic (Hamlin is white).

Others criticized him for taking what they saw as a selfish approach to an event that encourages team unity.

https://mashable.com/2018/02/08/shani-da...j2ek7I2qqN
02-09-2018 02:49 PM
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There should be a mandatory cool down period required before pushing send to any twitter posting. Unfortunately, now this is largely what he's going to be remembered for.
02-09-2018 03:06 PM
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So "blind chance" and "luck of the draw" is now racist.

Who knew?
02-09-2018 03:10 PM
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(02-09-2018 03:06 PM)rath v2.0 Wrote:  There should be a mandatory cool down period required before pushing send to any twitter posting. Unfortunately, now this is largely what he's going to be remembered for.

True.

Are you talking about Davis or President Trump by the way?

Who was the flag bearer in 2014? Seems like Davis could have been it in 2014 as well. But either way, Davis comes across as a very sore sport.

As I said in the other post, this Olympics might end up becoming the most political one ever, which really says a lot when the last Winter Games was in Sochi, Russia.
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Can we please purge the divas from the olympic team?
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(02-09-2018 03:19 PM)UofMstateU Wrote:  Can we please purge the divas from the olympic team?

that would be about 99% of them. lol. hes a generic athlete prick, more like a mcenroe than a kaepernick. if he had won the girl woulda probably whined about it being sexist.

which brings me to another point of why i dont like watching the olympics. spoiled prima donas from all over globe competing in sports that i honestly couldnt give 2 shites about.
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(02-09-2018 03:18 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  
(02-09-2018 03:06 PM)rath v2.0 Wrote:  There should be a mandatory cool down period required before pushing send to any twitter posting. Unfortunately, now this is largely what he's going to be remembered for.

True.

Are you talking about Davis or President Trump by the way?

Who was the flag bearer in 2014? Seems like Davis could have been it in 2014 as well. But either way, Davis comes across as a very sore sport.

As I said in the other post, this Olympics might end up becoming the most political one ever, which really says a lot when the last Winter Games was in Sochi, Russia.

Couldn't resist scratching, huh? Its like an itch in the nether regions that just won't stop. 03-lmfao
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(02-09-2018 03:40 PM)rath v2.0 Wrote:  
(02-09-2018 03:18 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  
(02-09-2018 03:06 PM)rath v2.0 Wrote:  There should be a mandatory cool down period required before pushing send to any twitter posting. Unfortunately, now this is largely what he's going to be remembered for.

True.

Are you talking about Davis or President Trump by the way?

Who was the flag bearer in 2014? Seems like Davis could have been it in 2014 as well. But either way, Davis comes across as a very sore sport.

As I said in the other post, this Olympics might end up becoming the most political one ever, which really says a lot when the last Winter Games was in Sochi, Russia.

Couldn't resist scratching, huh? Its like an itch in the nether regions that just won't stop. 03-lmfao

Hey now that's hitting below the belt. And I don't think all Winter Olympians are prima donas. Just the more famous ones that have their own commercials. Rice actually has an Olympian to root for these games in bobsledder Sam McGuffie.
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#BlackHistoryMonth

WTF??
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