Meet Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Erin Hamlin

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Meet Team USA's 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Erin Hamlin

Remsen native Erin Hamlin is now a star on the worldwide stage after she led Team USA in the Olympics' opening ceremony, but her four-time Olympic career has humble beginnings.

Davis, who has won two Olympic golds and two silvers, became the first black athlete to claim an individual Winter Olympics gold medal in 2006.

Luge athlete Erin Hamlin was selected as Team USA's flag bearer for the event after she and Davis tied through several rounds of voting.

Davis, the top medal victor among the USA team at Pyeongchang, missed out to luger Erin Hamlin for the role in Friday's opening ceremony, and he will reportedly now not march at all in the opening ceremony.

Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss. I tell you what, I can't wait. The next step was a coin toss. The victor is typically determined by a vote of the eight US Winter sports federations, which represent curling, figure skating, bobsled and skeleton, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, speedskating, and biathlon, according to CNN.

Davis, a two-time Olympic champion, had originally intended not to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony due to his training schedule, a spokesman for US speed skating told NBC.

The American flag bearer will be luger Erin Hamlin.

"It's sad that Shani wanted it and didn't get it, and this is probably his last Olympics", Mantia said, shrugging off Davis' reference to 2022.

Speaking before Davis' tweet, Hamlin said her family would be thrilled to watch her carry the flag.

Before the vote took place, Hamlin was one of eight contenders for the honor.

Hamlin was chosen to be the USA flag bearer after a vote by her teammates. "They're really pumped. I'm sure my brothers will be". But Pyongyang's decision to send a high-level delegation including leader Kim Jong Un's sister to the Olympics has raised hopes in the South for rapprochement.

On the other is Shani Davis - a decorated speed skater and five-time Olympics qualifier.

More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete in the Pyeongchang Games, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date.

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