For the first time since 1984, the United States’ speedskating teams will be leaving the Winter Olympics empty-handed, but Shani Davis at least can hang his hat on perfectly summarizing his experience in Sochi.
“If I could do a parody from a Simpson’s character, I would pick Comic Book Guy, and he would say in these exact words, “WORST OLYMPICS EVER,” Shani Davis said when asked to put the games in perspective.
Davis entered the Winter Games with arguably the highest expectations, looking to become the first Winter Olympian to win a gold medal in the same event at three consecutive Olympics. That dream was dashed, however, after his mediocre showing in the 1,000-meter race. On Friday, Davis failed to reach the podium yet again when both the men’s and women’s teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the team pursuit.
Comic Book Guy would have to agree with Davis’ assessment, as no American skater placed higher than seventh in an individual event. The men’s team finished in the bottom two.