Chicago’s Davis, Hansen Fall Short in 1500m Speedskating

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 13: Shani Davis of the United States competes during the Men’s 1500m Speed Skating on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 13, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis made his highly-anticipated Pyeongchang debut Tuesday, falling short of both another shot at the podium and the redemption he sought after Sochi. 

Davis – arguably Chicago’s most famed speedskater – finished 19th of 34 competitors in the men’s 1,500-meter race with a time of 1:46.74. 

After a zero-medal performance four years ago, Davis and his fellow long-track teammates, including the Chicago-area’s Brian Hansen, were on a quest for redemption. Hansen finished just above Davis with a time of 1:46.44 for a 15th place finish. 

The Netherlands took home gold and silver, with Kjeld Nuis setting the pace at 1:44.01, and Patrick Roest finishing just behind in 1:44.86. South Korea’s Min-Seok Kim clocked a time of 1:44.93 to take bronze. 

Team USA’s best chance for a medal was Joey Mantia, who ended the event highest of the American competitors, but in a disappointing 8th place. 

After nabbing headlines for comments he made following the selection of Team USA’s flag bearer, Davis skipped the opening ceremony to rest for Tuesday’s competition.

He’ll have some time once again to prepare for one more chance at the podium, with his next event, the men’s 1,000-meter race, scheduled for Feb. 23. 

Hansen will hit the ice a second time the following day for the women’s/men’s mass start speedskating event on Feb. 24.

Tuesday’s 1,500-meter speedskating event will air on NBC between 2 and 4 p.m. CST. 

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