U.S. Olympic speed skater Shani Davis is not delighted with the Olympics and tossed shade at the Pyeongchang opening ceremony for not being consisted of as flag bearer.
Davis ended up being the very first African-American athlete to win a private Winter season Olympics gold medal in 2006. In the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games, Davis remained in contention to carry the American flag however lost in a coin toss to < a href =" http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/02/09/team-usa-skaters-tweet-draws-mixed-reactions-after-coin-toss-decides-olympic-flagbearer.html" > Erin Hamlin, a relocation he stated he felt was wrong.
The role of flag bearer is < a href =" https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/sport/shani-davis-olympic-flag-bearer-trnd/index.html" > normally selected in a vote by eight U.S. winter sports federations, CNN reports. Davis and Hamlin connected 4-4, hence the reason for the coin toss. Davis took to his Twitter account, which is set to private, and tweeted the following in regards to the result of the coin toss, < a href=" http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/shani-davis-skips-opening-ceremony-flag-bearer-snub-article-1.3810113" > according to the New York City Daily News:
” I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I ended up being the first American to 2-peat in that occasion. < a href=" https://twitter.com/TeamUSA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" > @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. No problem. I can wait till 2022.”
Davis included hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth 18 to the end of his tweet, suggesting that racial predisposition was involved.
A U.S speed skating spokesperson informed Reuters that Davis had initially prepared to skip the march in the parade of nations however would have made an exception if he had been chosen to be the flag bearer.
” [Davis] is fully focused on his first race and is concentrating on that,” the spokesperson stated.
Even the Rev. Jesse Jackson weighed in on this snub online:
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