*Speedskater Shani Davis, who won a gold medal in the 1,000 meters at the last two Olympics, will have a shot to make history at the Sochi Olympics after capturing another title at the U.S. speedskating trials Sunday.
No male skater has ever won the same event at three straight Winter Games.
Davis edged Brian Hansen by a hundredth of a second in Sunday’s 1,000 meters, one of his signature events.
“Any time I step out on the ice and I put my hood on, I have something to prove,” said Davis, who at 31 is preparing for what will likely be his final Olympics. “I’ve been doing it for 25 years. I just love being the position I’m in now. Years ago, I never would’ve thought I would be as good as I am now. I’m just so thankful that I’m here.”
Davis has locked up at least two events in Sochi, also claiming a spot in the 500, and is favored in the still-to-come 1,500, in which he won silver medals at the last two Olympics. In addition, there’s a chance he’ll take part in the team pursuit, a race he passed on at previous Olympics because he didn’t want to affect preparations for his individual events.
Monday is an off day at the trials. The competition resumes Tuesday at the Utah Olympic Oval with the 1,500s, before wrapping up Wednesday with the women’s 5,000 and men’s 10,000.