Shani Davis was passed over for carrying the U.S. Olympic flag. The speed skater had been tied with luge star Erin Hamlin.
The method of breaking the tie, as was already established, was to do a coin toss, which was the tie breaking procedure that had been established prior by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Davis took to twitter.
Davis’ tweet said:
“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer, No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018 #Pyeongchang2018.”
He said Team USA “dishonorably tossed a coin to desire its 2018 flag bearer.” I’m sure it’s disappointing to get so close, and lose on a coin toss.
It was a tie.
Should it have automatically gone to Shani in the event of a tie? That wasn’t the rule.
Then his Tweet included the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018. Was the coin toss prejudiced? Every winter Olympics since 1964 has entirely taken place in the month of February. And every winter Olympics has had at least partially occurred during the month of February.
For Davis to take to Twitter to complain about losing, and to then sit out the opening ceremonies? That type of attitude and selfishness shows that he didn’t deserve to represent our team at the opening ceremonies and receive the honor of carrying our flag in the first place.
I don’t think it’s fair to Hamlin. She received this great honor and the comments from Davis are the bigger story. I also think it sets a bad example.