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2014 Sochi Olympics: Shani Davis eyes speedskating three-peat

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When the 2014 Sochi Olympics continue Feb. 12 with a fifth day of competition from Russia, American long track speedskater Shani Davis will go for his third straight gold medal in the men's 1,000 meter event, and according to a Feb. 11 pre-race tweet, he's up to the challenge at hand.

The 31-year old Chicago native shared his confidence with fans, writing "prepared to defend again!!! focused & calm before the battle on the Black Sea... #1000m"

Davis, who took 1,000 meter gold in both Torino and Vancouver, has every right to feel self-assured entering the competition. According to betting odds posted to SkyBet on Feb. 11, he's a heavy favorite to win gold with a 10/11 shot at the top spot on the podium. Only Davis' teammate Brian Hansen is within striking distance with 4/1 odds of his own, although 2010 silver medalist Mo Tae-Bum could play the spoiler.

It is, however, important to note that the odds don't always pan out, as Shaun White discovered on Feb. 11. The legendary snowboarder entered the halfpipe competition expected to take his third straight gold but wound up finishing just fourth, an outcome which will become one of the 2014 Olympics' keynote stories.

According to the race schedule posted to the Winter Games' official website on Feb. 11, Davis will skate alongside the Netherlands' Koen Verweij in the 18th of 20 heats, with the first heat slated to begin at 6 AM Pacific time.

In addition to speedskating, day five at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will feature medal finals in alpine skiing, figure skating, luge, nordic combined and snowboarding. Cable subscribers can view every moment of the competition as it happens via livestream at NBCOlympics.com.

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