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December 29, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Shani Davis ruled again in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials, edging Brian Hansen at Kearns, Utah. The two-time defending Olympic champion won with a time of 1 minute 7.52 seconds in the next-to-last pair. Hansen came up just short in the final race, crossing the line in 1:07.53. But the most poignant performance was turned in by Jonathan Garcia , who was disqualified the previous day in the 500 for not wearing his timing transponders, after skating fast enough to make the Olympics.
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February 15, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Shani Davis understands. He is saying hello just when he might be saying goodbye. In his fourth Olympics, Davis knows he finally has the attention of an American public that pays attention to his sport only a week or two every four years. So it pains the 31-year-old from Chicago that they are not seeing Shani Davis the champion, the skater who has won Olympic titles, world titles and a zillion World Cup races, the skater who long has been an icon in Europe, especially the Netherlands.
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February 20, 2010 | By Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In an upset, Shani Davis, the reigning world champion and world-record holder in the men's 1,500-meter long-track speedskating, won the silver medal, not the gold, in that event at the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Saturday. The gold medal went to Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands with a time of 1:45.57. Davis finished with a time of 1:46.10. He set the world record in December in Salt Lake City with a time of 1:41.04. It is the first time an American has won medals in consecutive Olympics in the men's 1,500 meters.
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February 14, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - When the speedskating competition resumes Saturday, the U.S. team will be on the ice with a familiar but new look. US Speedskating received approval to drop Under Armour's much-hyped Mach 39 suit and revert back to the suits made by the apparel maker and worn during the speedskaters' successful World Cup competition this season. Pressure for the change built this week in the wake of a disastrous performance through six events by a team with high expectations. No U.S. speedskater has won a medal, including the world's top-ranked skaters, Shani Davis and Heather Richardson.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - While the U.S. short-track speedskating tries to shake off a scandal, its counterpart begins competition in the Winter Olympics on Saturday having dodged most of the fallout. The U.S. long-track speedskating team is also poised to gobble up a mouthful of medals. The last dominant Olympic U.S. long-track team was in 2002, when it won eight medals in Salt Lake City. Now, comparisons are being made to this team. In the current World Cup season, the U.S. women have won 15 medals and the men 13. "I definitely think we can challenge what they did in 2002," said Brian Hansen, 23, who won three medals this season.
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February 18, 2010 | By Brian Hamiilton
Not unusually, Shani Davis spent most of Wednesday alone in his room, except for a morning jog. He studied his journals and race plan. Again he endeavored to do what no one had. Again he internalized any pressures and doubts, trusting only himself to escape them. Later, gliding along the Richmond Olympic Oval in the minutes before the 1,000-meter race that could redefine his grip on history, he was once more effectively alone, as the Chicago native likes it and unapologetically means it to be. Hands on hips, Davis snapped off a yawn.
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February 17, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
Early Tuesday morning under a sunny sky, Shani Davis hopped a fence across the street from the Richmond Olympic Oval, striding inside for the required round of drug testing while once again on the eve of history. No man has won two gold medals in the 1,000-meter long-track speedskating event, and Wednesday, Davis has the chance to do just that. But there is an ancillary challenge too, in the uncomfortable irony that the staunchly independent, self-professed solo entity will skate to rescue a team.
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February 12, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
Shani Davis has a glow about him these Winter Games, and this is no exaggeration. Not after a Tokyo television crew blasted him with an industrial-strength spotlight during an interview, a flash that looked like a signal flare set off behind the backstage curtain. Then Davis rounded the corner, the shine remaining. With a wide and easy smile, the world's premier long-track speedskater gleefully bragged on a souvenir poster featuring the Pokemon character Pikachu. He freely labeled this Olympics experience as a "day and night" change for the better compared to 2006 in Turin, Italy.
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February 20, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
The details or fragility of the peace between Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick might be beside the point now. At least it isn't naked war, no more epithets spit across news conference tables, no visceral drama at a theater of the disturbed. Davis can step onto a podium, gold medal slung around his neck, and Hedrick can extend a hand, as he did in the medal ceremony Thursday after the 1,000 meters. And Davis can grasp it and put his other hand on top of Hedrick's. It's no small distance to reach across for speedskaters -- competitors -- so astoundingly different.
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February 16, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
It was another eye-rolling, ironic mishap, a 66-minute competition delay because Canada couldn't properly make ice. No snow in the mountains was one thing, given the need for nature's cooperation, but problems freezing water in the Great White North? Eh tu, Richmond Olympic Oval? So it went for the men's 500-meter race in long-track speedskating Monday, making it the second straight day of ice issues at the track. As for medal-acquisition issues, those are going to last for Shani Davis at least until Wednesday.
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February 14, 2014
Bill Plaschke's Feb. 13 article about disappointing Olympic performances should never have been printed. Has he ever competed for or received an Olympic medal? Our fabulous, hard-working athletes have spent their lives achieving a spot on the US Olympic Team. They deserve better than Plaschke's ridicule. After putting so much effort in their events, we know their hearts are broken, which happens by mere fractions of a second. They are our heroes and should be lauded as such! Joann Duray Playa del Rey :: I find it disgusting that Bill Plaschke called Shaun White "the biggest loser of all" in his Olympics rant.
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February 13, 2014 | BILL PLASCHKE
He had grown weary of the sportsmanlike platitudes and calm explanations. He had just spent 15 minutes discussing the most stunning upset of his career with a steady stare, and enough was enough. Just before exiting the dank basement interview area at the Adler Arena Skating Center on Wednesday, U.S. Olympic speedskater Shani Davis inexplicably stopped one more time. In front of a handful of remaining reporters, he seethed. "I don't know what's going on....I was skating hard, so hard....I was ready for it, man, like I was ready for this," he said.
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February 7, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - While the U.S. short-track speedskating tries to shake off a scandal, its counterpart begins competition in the Winter Olympics on Saturday having dodged most of the fallout. The U.S. long-track speedskating team is also poised to gobble up a mouthful of medals. The last dominant Olympic U.S. long-track team was in 2002, when it won eight medals in Salt Lake City. Now, comparisons are being made to this team. In the current World Cup season, the U.S. women have won 15 medals and the men 13. "I definitely think we can challenge what they did in 2002," said Brian Hansen, 23, who won three medals this season.
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January 18, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
Shani Davis qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic speedskating team in three individual events, winning two of them - the 1,000 and 1,500 meters - at the recent Olympic trials. That gives him a chance to become the first man in the world to win long-track gold medals in three Olympics - he took the 1,000 meters in 2006 and 2010 - and the first U.S. man in any sport to win gold at three Winter Games. Should Davis do that, he will cement his status in the pantheon of speedskating greats.
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December 29, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Shani Davis ruled again in the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials, edging Brian Hansen at Kearns, Utah. The two-time defending Olympic champion won with a time of 1 minute 7.52 seconds in the next-to-last pair. Hansen came up just short in the final race, crossing the line in 1:07.53. But the most poignant performance was turned in by Jonathan Garcia , who was disqualified the previous day in the 500 for not wearing his timing transponders, after skating fast enough to make the Olympics.
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February 22, 2010 | By staff reports
About seven hours after learning her mother had died unexpectedly, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette , the reigning world silver medalist, showed her resolve to compete in the Olympics as planned by coming to her scheduled Sunday afternoon practice at the Pacific Coliseum. "Joannie is a very courageous person," said her teammate Cynthia Phaneuf . "Just to be there at practice, I was very impressed. She is going to get through this. "I think she is doing the right thing.
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February 14, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - When the speedskating competition resumes Saturday, the U.S. team will be on the ice with a familiar but new look. US Speedskating received approval to drop Under Armour's much-hyped Mach 39 suit and revert back to the suits made by the apparel maker and worn during the speedskaters' successful World Cup competition this season. Pressure for the change built this week in the wake of a disastrous performance through six events by a team with high expectations. No U.S. speedskater has won a medal, including the world's top-ranked skaters, Shani Davis and Heather Richardson.
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February 21, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
All alone, his pace reduced to a deliberate glide, Shani Davis circled the Richmond Olympic Oval. His hands were folded behind his back. His head was bowed only slightly, his face devoid of detectable emotion and his eyes looking nowhere in particular. From behind his right shoulder came Mark Tuitert, a brilliant smile etched on his face, the flag of the Netherlands held aloft. The pro-Dutch crowd all roared. The house oompah band, Kleintje Pils, was at full blare. Davis never looked up as the gale of joy blew by. The Chicago native once again had completed the race he always has wanted to win -- the "king's race," as he called it. And as it was four years ago, Davis' desire for Olympic gold in 1,500-meter speedskating was left wanting, his time of 1 minute, 46.10 seconds good only for a second straight silver medal Saturday.
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February 20, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
The details or fragility of the peace between Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick might be beside the point now. At least it isn't naked war, no more epithets spit across news conference tables, no visceral drama at a theater of the disturbed. Davis can step onto a podium, gold medal slung around his neck, and Hedrick can extend a hand, as he did in the medal ceremony Thursday after the 1,000 meters. And Davis can grasp it and put his other hand on top of Hedrick's. It's no small distance to reach across for speedskaters -- competitors -- so astoundingly different.
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