Friday, February 09, 2018

Crybaby USA speedskater doesn't show up to Olympic opening ceremony because he's not the flagbearer

Sportsmanship used to be taught to be an essential part of athletics as to build character. And part of that character development is to recognize that no matter how prepared you are for a competitive event, often the result doesn't always end up the way that you expect.

Sports, and life, is not fair. And it never will be.

Shani Davis may have some Olympic medals, but he still has some learning to do.

From the Daily Mail:
Erin Hamlin has led Team USA out for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after being named as flag carrier ahead of Shani Davis, who boycotted the ceremony. Hamlin, a four-time Olympian and winner of a luge bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi games, beamed a broad smile as she led out the athletes competing at the games in South Korea to the accompaniment of 'Gangnam Style'.

The 31-year-old was chosen in a coin toss with speedskater Shani Davis, one of just a few black athletes in Team USA, who says he should have been chosen to carry the Stars and Stripes.

Davis, 35, a five-time Olympian who has won two gold medals and two silver medals, lost after a vote among sports federations represented at the games ended in a tie.

A U.S. speed skating spokesman said Davis had not originally planned to march in the parade of nations later on Friday, but would have made an exception if he had been chosen as flag-bearer.

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