Four-time Olympic luger Hamlin named US flag bearer

Kristopher Nichols
February 10, 2018

One representative from each of the eight different winter sports federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating, and luge - voted.

Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss. The USA Luge organization hosted an event to introduce young people to the sport.

This is just an unfortunate incident that should be used as a learning opportunity for not just Olympians but everyone who posts content online. Hamlin and Davis each got four votes in the final balloting of the athlete-led process.

"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said.

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games will be Hamlin's last luge performance, but she said she still has high hopes for herself. When she finished her final run, she ran over to the stands and bowed in front of the loud contingent of US fans. "It's one of the coolest things. No problem. I can wait until 2022", he wrote on February 8.

Davis was certainly a worthy candidate.

Of course, it's hard to say why Davis skipped the ceremony.

"I don't want to make this too much for my competitors and for my teammates, " Rippon said after an afternoon practice session Thursday.

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Th 31-year-old from Remsen, New York, made history four years ago in Sochi when she became the first USA athlete ever to win an Olympic singles luge medal by securing bronze.

More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete in the Pyeongchang Games, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date.

The Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 9.

In December, when asked in an interview with The Associated Press if she thought it would be possible, Hamlin giggled. He shredded Team USA's tie-breaker rules, saying the position was "dishonorably" decided. Hamlin wondered what had gone wrong and braced herself for some sort of bad news as she dialed his number.

During the 2000s, North and South Koreas' athletes marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies of several global sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Kim Yo-jong, who is probably her brother's closest confidant and is a senior cadre in North Korea's ruling party, is the first member of the family dynasty to visit South Korea.

Meillard was expected to start in the Olympic giant slalom on Monday, then slalom on Wednesday, when American star Shiffrin defends her title. "I slide. That's what I do". Davis called Colbert a "jerk" in 2009 for taking tongue-in-cheek potshots at Canada before the 2010 Games, but the rift was healed and Davis ended up participating in a Colbert Olympics skit which he later called "genius".

This news did not sit well with Shani Davis, who is similarly worthy as a two-time gold medalist and the first black athlete to win gold in an individual Winter Olympic event.

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