Shani Davis finishes 11th in 1,500 meters in Sochi

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 11:25 am •  Published: February 15, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Shani Davis walked away from his individual races at the Sochi Olympics empty-handed.

The four-time medalist finished 11th in the 1,500 meters on Saturday, another stunning result for the speedskater who had silver medals in the event from the last two Olympics.

"I'm very disappointed," he said.

In the 1,000 last Wednesday, Davis finished eighth, ending his bid to become the first male speedskater to win the same event at three straight games.

Davis skated his last individual race in Sochi wearing the Under Armour skinsuit he used during the World Cup season and at the U.S. Olympic trials in late December. He and the rest of the U.S. ditched the new high-tech suit developed by Under Armour and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin after failing to get on the podium through the first seven events at Adler Arena.

Davis said U.S. Speedskating "absolutely" should have delivered the new suits to the Olympic team before Jan. 1. The suits weren't competition-tested prior to the games.

"The best thing would have been to make sure that these suits were what the people said they were," he said, "so that we can actually know going into the races instead of finding out on one of the biggest races of our lives."

The 31-year-old from Chicago hadn't been worse than third in the 1,000 during the World Cup season. But he never threatened in Sochi.

"That changed my whole mentality of what I thought about skating, how I felt about myself, my confidence," he said. "Everything went down and I tried to build it up for the 1,500. But it's different when you can go into the 1,500 with a medal around your neck instead of going in there with an eighth-place finish."