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Davis to skip opening ceremony after 'dishonorable' coin toss

AFP  |  Pyeongchang 

The defended its method of selecting a Games flag-bearer after expressed his anger at losing on the flip of a coin and said he would skip the opening ceremony.

African-American Davis, the top medal winner among the US team at Pyeongchang, missed out to luger for the prestigious role in Friday's opening ceremony.

Davis will not attend the opening ceremony, according to a US He had not originally planned to attend, preferring instead to better prepare for competition in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500m.

Voting from one US from each of the eight federations was deadlocked 4-4 between Hamlin -- the first US luge singles medalist -- and Davis. In such cases a coin flip settles the issue.

But Davis, a two-time 1,000m champion, took issue at how he lost out and noted it came during what in is "Black History Month".

"I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer," he tweeted.

"No problem. I can wait until 2022. #BlackHistoryMonth2018#PyeongChang2018."

told a press conference: "The Team USA flag bearer is selected using a detailed selection procedure that is fully driven by athletes.

"As is always the case, there were many worthy candidates for this year's honor and we look forward to having four-time Olympian lead our delegation into the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018."

Davis, 35, is one of only three five-time Olympians in the US lineup.

He has 1,500m silver from and Vancouver, as well as his 1,000m golds.

It's not the first flap involving Davis at an He and US were at odds over his status for the team pursuit event debuting at the 2006

US team-mate ripped Davis for not taking part, saying it cost the Americans a gold medal. They finished sixth.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 22:35 IST