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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Shani Davis fails to medal in speed skating 1,000

Shani Davis of the United States rests after competing during the Men's 1000m Speed Skating event during day 5 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It was a disappointing night for American speed skater Shani Davis as he missed out on an opportunity to make Olympic history in the 1,000 final. As USA Today reports on Feb. 12, Davis was upset in the final and failed to medal in a competition where he was the favorite.

Considered the biggest speed skating upset of the Winter Games, Davis skated to a disappointing time of 1:09.12, just good enough of an eighth-place finish. The 31-year-old has owned the event since 2006, but it was just not his night as Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands claimed the gold with a new track record time of 1:08.39.

Denny Morrison of Canada took home the silver and Michel Mulder of the Netherlands took home the bronze in the event.

With the loss, Shani Davis failed to win gold in the same event for three consecutive Olympic Games. Bonnie Blair remains the only USA speed skater to have accomplished the feat. She won gold medals in 1988, 1992 and 1994.

The Dutch have now won eight of the nine medals awarded in men’s speed skating.

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