Team members voted. When that vote ended in a tie, the choice was left to a coin toss, according to reports.
Shani Davis was not expected to walk in the opening ceremony on Friday in the wake of his controversial tweet about missing out as the USA's team flag bearer.
I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event.
Luger Erin Hamlin of the United States trains ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. "He added he can "wait until 2022" and included a "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" hashtag.More news: No, we don't need a tank parade
Fellow nominee Shani Davis panned the process in a tweet, calling it "dishonorable" and suggesting race ultimately played a role in the selection. But the voting for the finalist deadlocked between the final two athletes and as previously agreed upon by all participants a coin toss was used to break the tie. "Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level", Hamlin said in the statement.
Maybe the process is a tad flawed, said Joey Mantia, one of Davis teammates on the USA speedskating team.More news: How a University of Miami student got $50000 scholarship from Drake
On Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced that Erin Hamlin would lead her teammates around the track in Pyeongchang.
Hamlin, a 31-year-old, four-time Olympian, said her parents are never sure if they want to spend a lot of money to see the opening ceremonies - but they always do.More news: Chicago Space Might See Extra Than a Foot of Snow by Sunday
It's the Winter Olympics, which means it's time to remember all the great Winter Olympians you probably haven't thought about in a while. He was the first black athlete to win gold, after placing first in the 1,000 meters in Torino in 2006. This year, two other black athletes are on the team. "But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA".