Olympic speed skater Shani Davis was handed his first defeat in almost a decade on Feb. 12 in Sochi. The decorated veteran had been the golden boy during the last two Olympic Games, becoming the first African-American to win an individual Winter Olympic gold medal.
Shani Davis Falls From Olympic Glory
Shani, 31, fell horribly short of his goal to become the first male speed skater to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same event. Unfortunately, he was only able to manage an eighth-place finish in his signature event, the 1,000 meters.
“There’s no excuse,” Shani dejectedly said after the event. “I just didn’t have the speed I’ve always had.” Now after having competed at three Olympic Games, Shani’s career may be coming to an end. We’ll have to wait and see if he decides to try to return four years from now.
Dutch Speed Skater Hands Shani Davis First Loss
The Chicago native is actually the world-record holder, with a time of 1:06.42 for 1,000 meters, and he had won three of the four World Cup events at the 1,000 meters this year alone. With those accomplishments Shani had painted himself as the clear favorite going into the finals in Sochi. However, victory was not in the cards for this decorated athlete.
Instead, Dutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis, 32, of the Netherlands ended up snagging the gold medal followed by Denny Morrison of Canada in second-place.
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— Bryant Perkins