Shani Davis fell short on his quest for a piece of American history at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Sochi.

Davis, the first African-American to win an individual Winter Olympic gold medal when he claimed gold in the 1,000-meter speedskating event during 2006 Olympics, could muster only an eighth-place finish Feb. 12 in the 1,000-meter race at Sochi, Russia. Such was his attempt to become the first American of any color to win the same Winter Olympics event three times.

The 31-year-old Chicago, Ill. native is the world record holder for the 1,000-meter event with a career-best time of 1:06.42 seconds set back in 2009. He had won the 1,000-meter in three different World Cup events in 2013, making him the favorite in this year’s Olympics.

Unfortunately for Davis, his try at an Olympic “three-peat” didn’t make the medal podium. His finishing time was 1:0912 seconds, nearly a full second behind Stefan Groothuis, who took the gold at 1:08.39.

“I could see my split time so I knew it wasn’t good enough,” Davis told TV reporters after the event. “I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was; nothing physically went wrong.”

Davis, however, still has one last chance at creating more American history. He is scheduled to compete in the 1,500-meter speedskating event on Feb. 15.

Davis owns the current world record time for the 1,500 meter event at 1:41.04, a mark he set in 2009. If he wins, he’ll tie Winter Olympics legend Eric Heiden for the most Olympic gold medals won by an American speedskater at five.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor