US Olympic speed skating star Shani Davis lost at his attempt for a 3rd gold medal in Sochi Russia.
Davis’ shot at Olympic history ended Wednesday at Adler Arena when Stefan Groothuis won gold for the Netherlands in the 1,000 meters, dashing the American’s hopes of becoming the first male speedskater to capture the same event at three straight Olympics.
After Davis completed the first full lap of the 2-lap race, it was clear his reign was over. He crossed the line more than seventh-tenths of a second behind Groothuis’ winning time of 1 minute, 8.39 seconds.
“I just had a misfortunate race,” Davis said. “I have to live with this the rest of my life.”
On the cool-down lap from a performance that would leave him in eighth place, Davis simply stared at the ice — hood down, skates far apart. When the final pair was done, he went over to Groothuis and gave him a congratulatory pat on the back.
Groothuis, who has struggled with depression and once contemplated suicide, earned the fourth gold medal in five speedskating events for the Dutch at these Winter Games. At 32, he became the oldest gold medalist ever in the 1,000, sparking another orange-clad celebration on the infield.
“This is so unreal,” he said. “I thought Shani was going to better me.”
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