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Olympic Speed Skater Shreds Team USA Over Flag-Bearer Coin Toss

Olympic Speed Skater Shreds Team USA Over Flag-Bearer Coin Toss Olympic Speed Skater Shreds Team USA Over Flag-Bearer Coin Toss
Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 02:42

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Remsen native Erin Hamlin will carry the American flag during the opening ceremonies Friday at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The four-time Olympian told the story about how her parents, Ron and Eileen Hamlin, always wrestle with the decision about whether to spend the money for high-priced tickets to the opening ceremony - and in the end, always go to see their daughter march into the stadium with her USA teammates. Hamlin, who won bronze in Sochi, will be leading a contingent of 244 athletes - the most the US has ever sent to the Winter Games.

Erin Hamlin waves to the crowd after finishing her second run at Mount Van Hoevenberg during the FIS World Cup tour in December 2016. An athlete from each of the federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating and luge - voted for one of the eight nominees for the flag-bearer gig.

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Both Davis and Hamlin boast impressive Olympic resumes.

American speedskater Shani Davis criticized Team USA's flag-bearer selection process in a tweet Thursday morning.

Hamlin, 31, is making her fourth trip to the Olympics.

Shani was one of eight candidates who was up for the honor of carrying the flag during the opening ceremony.

"I slide", the two-time world champ added. "No problem. I can wait until 2022", he wrote on February 8. Put me at the top of a track; that's my happy place. "But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA".

USA Luge declined comment to the AP on Davis' tweet.