Luger Erin Hamlin chosen as United States flag-bearer for Opening Ceremonies

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He became the first black athlete to ever win a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics 12 years ago in Turin, Italy. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" A four-time Olympian, she also became the first American to win an Olympic singles luge medal when she took home the bronze at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, which CBS News called "a feat that will surely go down as perhaps the greatest moment in us luge history".

Hamlin said when she told her family the big news, her mom started crying and her brother told her, "Don't drop the flag!" That made sticking around an easier decision.

Instead, that honor went to luger Erin Hamilton, herself a four-time Olympian and the first American of either gender to win a solo medal in luge.

According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the coin toss was the pre-determined method of choosing a victor in the event of a tie.

Luger Erin Hamlin of the United States trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

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The Sochi 2014 bronze medallist was selected following a vote by fellow members of the American team.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Hamlin and Davis were two of the eight candidates to carry the flag. She's also the first US woman to win a world championship in luge. The luge star became the first US athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

Hamlin announced past year that she plans to retire after the PyeongChang Olympics. A tweet posted to the account of Davis is blasting the selection of luge athlete Hamlin as the USA flagbearer for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games.

Hamlin added: "It is definitely a privilege and honour to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment".

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