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Tweet from speedskater rips flagbearer coin toss

This combination of images shows United States' athletes Erin Hamlin, left, and Shani Davis. (AP Photos/File)

A tweet posted by the account of speedskater Shani Davis is blasting the use of a coin toss to select the U.S. flagbearer for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games.

Posted: Feb 8, 2018 10:53 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2018 8:38 AM

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest from the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

A tweet posted by the account of speedskater Shani Davis is blasting the use of a coin toss to select the U.S. flagbearer for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games.

Davis and luge athlete Erin Hamlin each got four votes in the athlete-led process. Each of the eight U.S. winter sports federations got to nominate one athlete and have another serve as a voter.

The U.S. Olympic Committee said it was predetermined that a coin toss would be used in the case of a tie and if the athletes could not find a way to choose a clear winner.

The tweet says the selection was made "dishonorably," and included a reference to Black History Month . Davis is black, Hamlin is white.

Davis' account is verified, but it was unknown if he sent the tweet or if someone with access to his account did.
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