Speedskater Shani Davis Throws Shade at the Winter Olympics After Learning He Won’t Be the Flag Bearer

Shani Davis competes in the men’s 1,500-meter event during the Long Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials at the Pettit National Ice Center on Jan. 6, 2018, in Milwaukee. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Winter Olympics, aka the Privileged Olympics, have barely begun, and the drama is already heating up. Apparently U.S. Olympic speedskater Shani Davis was big mad after learning that he lost the opportunity to rock his Ralph Lauren outfit (because nothing says all-inclusive like suede tasseled Polo gloves that are reselling for thousands of dollars on eBay) while holding the U.S. flag.

According to the New York Daily News, Davis lost out on being the United States’ flag bearer at the Pyeongchang Winter Games to veteran luger Erin Hamlin in a coin toss “after the final vote among the eight U.S. winter sports federations ended deadlocked at 4-4.”


The Daily News reports that Davis sent lightweight shots on his verified Twitter account Thursday:

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. No problem. I can wait until 2022.

He also included #BlackHistoryMonth2018, which feels like shade.

Davis was reportedly willing to attend the opening ceremony if he was going to be a flag bearer, but after learning that he’d lost the coin toss, he skipped the entire walk-in.


The Daily News notes that Davis, 35, was the first African American to win an individual gold medal in the 2016 games. He also won two Olympic silver medals.

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.