The first controversy of the Winter Olympics -- and it's over the flag

    (CNN)The Winter Olympics has just started, and we already have our first controversy -- and it's over who carried the US flag in the opening ceremony.

    On one side is Erin Hamlin, a world-renowned luger, two-time world champion and four-time Olympian.
    On the other is Shani Davis -- a decorated speed skater and five-time Olympics qualifier.
      The flag bearer is typically chosen in a vote of the eight US winter sport federations, which represent biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, and speed skating.
        But this year, Hamlin and Davis tied 4-4.