Erin Hamlin will be Team USA's flag bearer at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Cermony on Friday, leading her fellow U.S. Olympians in the Parade of Nations. The 35-year-old Davis has two golds and a pair of silvers, not to mention a bunch of world championships and the second-most World Cup titles for any male skater in the history of the sport.
The three-time Olympian, who won bronze in Sochi, was the first American female on the U.S. Luge team to medal.
During the selection meeting, each of the eight sporting federations nominated an athlete for consideration to carry the flag into the stadium on Friday. United States' representative for the opening ceremony had four votes for him and four votes for luge athlete Erin Hamlin. Davis thought the decision to toss a coin was dishonorable, according to a tweet he made following the announcement.
Shani Davis became the first African-American to win individual Winter Olympic gold in 2010.
Perhaps even more puzzling is why Davis wasn't the overwhelming choice among his fellow U.S. athletes. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" She kicks off her 2018 Olympic competition on February 12 with the first two runs of the luge.
"That always seems to be a really, really big-name person, " she said.
Trouble is, Davis isn't likely to get another chance at carrying the flag.
Although he implies he'll be back in 2022, it is likely this will be Davis' last Olympic appearance.
The balloting took place Wednesday night.
Hamlin said when she told her family the big news, her mom started crying and her brother told her, "Don't drop the flag!"
After learning of her selection, Hamlin offered the following, per the AP (h/t ESPN.com):"The nerves will be flying for sure".
"I slide", the two-time world champ added. Put me at the top of a track; that's my happy place.
As ESPN noted, Davis has a history of throwing tantrums, and this is not the first time he has caused an Olympic controversy.