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Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss

Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss

American speedskater Shani Davis is not pleased with the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony flag bearer selection process, and he made his thoughts known on Twitter.

If you don’t know, the 35-year-old athlete won two gold medals and two silver medals at the Olympics over the course of his career. He also became the first black athlete to win an individual gold at the Winter Olympics back in 2006.

Shani was one of eight candidates who was up for the honor of carrying the flag during the opening ceremony. United States’ representative for the opening ceremony had four votes for him and four votes for luge athlete Erin Hamlin. Erin won via a 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,” Shani tweeted. “@TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #PyeongChang2018″

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Posted to: 2018 Winter Olympics, Shani Davis

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  • LegalBetch

    Sounds like a whiny little b**** to me.

  • LegalBetch

    Sounds like a whiny little b**** to me.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    This is a textbook case of Entitlement Attitude.

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  • suzybel

    Wah, wah! Sore loser.

  • Midnight

    My biggest problem with this is his lack of respect for Hamlin (his fellow Olympian). It’s not her fault she won the coin toss and somehow he “dirtied” HER moment by NOT mentioning her. If he would have stated something like “congrats to my deserving teammate …….etc etc” then followed up with his disappointment, he would have came off with more credibility and probably public support. His attitude now, proves how unworthy he is to carry the flag. Based on what I’ve read about him and his self-isolation over the years, I’m surprised he got the 4 votes in the first place. It’s OK to be about ME, but being dismissive about your fellow Olympians is classless and clueless. He’s showing his true colors alright