American luger Erin Hamlin said it was "too bad" that there was disappointment about her carrying the United States' flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and that any athlete would have felt honored to accept the task.
The two athletes were not part of Friday's festivities in Pyeongchang, South Korea, when Team USA's delegation appeared during the parade of nations.
Hamlin, 31, is set to enter her fourth and final Winter Games. The four-time Olympian, who won a bronze in the luge at the 2014 Sochi Games and is a two-time world champion, is retiring after the Pyeongchang games. The 31-year-old Olympic luger is now competing in her fourth Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, but once she's finished, it's wedding time! Hamlin "won" the coin flip, which resulted in her being named flag bearer. "I wouldn't be able to do any of that anyways until the spring", she said. In 2006, he was mischaracterized by fellow USA speedskater Chad Hedrick who accused Davis of betrayal for not skating the team pursuit, blaming Davis for costing Hedrick and the US team a gold medal.
The Winter Olympics still managed to dominate Friday's ratings although fans could read about the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony for hours before NBC shared the footage.
"I will forever appreciate that", Hamlin said. In Remsen, the local junior and senior high opened their doors before dawn Tuesday morning so students could pack the gym and watch their hometown compete for her second medal.
"That always seems to be a really, really big-name person", she said.
"I don't think there's been an African-American flag bearer, ever, for the Winter Games", Mantia pointed out, quite correctly. That run vaulted her from 15th to ninth.
Others criticized him for taking what they saw as a selfish approach to an event that encourages team unity.
She then called her family, who were about to start their long flight to South Korea. She raced in the Junior World Cups and the Junior World Championships.
"We didn't know it would all lead to this - never in a million years", Eilleen said.
"I was so happy for her", USA doubles Olympian Jayson Terdiman said. "My fiancé is in Minnesota, so it's kind of a bummer that we don't get to be together as much, but that's how our whole relationship has been", she told Us.
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