When it was announced that the four-time Olympian and luge champion Erin Hamlin would be the one who would carry the flag for the U.S. Olympic team at this year’s opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, she was proud and honored by the opportunity.
Later in an interview, Hamlin told The Associated Press she had learned she was the one chosen by a phone call with Alan Ashley, chef de mission, on Wednesday evening. Hamlin is the only American, male or female, to ever win a medal in the luge singles competition so she was certainly deserving of this coveted honor.
But as we all know in this day and age in America, things can never be this simple. Hamlin was one of eight contenders for the honor, but after the initial voting of the eight-person panel, there was a tie between Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis. According to the Olympic Committee, if there is a tie, then the rules state a coin toss settles the decision. A coin toss which Hamlin won.
Hamlin won the coin toss and Davis was understandably disappointed. But instead of just keeping his head up high and waiting for 2022, the spoiled athlete decided to take to social media and skip the opening ceremonies.