Team USA has picked its flag bearer

Man standing in front of Olympic rings

In Sochi, Hamlin became the first American to medal in singles luge with a third-place bronze, and she plans to retire after this year. But on the day after the announcement of Hamlin's selection, it appears that Davis is unhappy with the results and feels he is more entitled to carry the flag than Hamlin.

The flag bearer is typically chosen in a vote of the eight United States winter sport federations, which represent biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, and speed skating. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer.

"I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event", said Davis. "I can wait until 2022".

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Davis also referenced Black History Month which is, of course, the month of February. He is also a five-time Olympian with two gold medals and two silvers. That made sticking around an easier decision.

This isn't the first controversy to affect the U.S. Team.

“That always seems to be a really, really big-name person, ” she said.

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Hamlin began her Olympic career at the 2006 Games in Turin and she has already announced she'll hang up her sled after PyeongChang.

But lets remember: The choice of flag bearer goes beyond mere athletic accomplishment.

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

Speedskater Shani Davis expressed his unhappiness on Twitter. “Hes not selfish at all.”. This year will be even more special.

But the USOC can come up with a better process for picking the flag bearer.

Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press.

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