Attention, all future U.S. Olympic flagbearers: Erin Hamlin has some free advice.
Tape your wrists.
"I'm a little sore," Hamlin said. "Not going to lie."
A bit of tenderness was the only drawback Hamlin felt like she had to deal with on Saturday, one day after the longtime USA Luge standout and four-time Olympian led the U.S. team into the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games. The controversy that followed speedskater Shani Davis _ the runner-up for the flagbearer role _ and his tweet about how the selection process was dishonorable didn't seem to bother Hamlin.
"I had no control over all that," Hamlin said.
Davis' tweet included a reference to Black History Month, raising questions about whether he thought race played a factor. Hamlin is white, Davis is black, and Davis has not made himself available to reporters since.
The eight-athlete voting panel charged with deciding the U.S. flagbearer was split 4-4, and the tie was broken by a coin toss.
"For me, it was just an honor to represent Team USA," Hamlin said.
She said most of her thoughts during the opening ceremony were on making sure that the flag looked good on television.
"It was really hard," said Hamlin, who is retiring after this season and is the reigning Olympic women's bronze medalist. 'I was very, very zoned in on making sure the flag didn't get twisted or look bad. I felt very responsible for that. It was a lot of fun and it was actually not as heavy as I anticipated, so that was a relief."