Day 9
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006
Event of the Day / Speedskating, Men's 1,000 Meters
Davis In short-track speedskating, Shani Davis was not dominant. In traditional long-track racing, he is the 1,000-meter world record holder. (Getty Images)
In His Oval Office, Davis Has Come Full Circle

Today should bring Shani Davis a medal -- he's a favorite for the gold -- and some measure of vindication. Davis left the 2002 Games early and angry after not skating in any individual events in short-track speedskating. Davis considered that a major snub that exacerbated a prior humiliation: Just before the Games, one skater accused two others of cheating to ensure Davis won a place on the team (an arbitrator ruled that the charges were not substantiated).

Davis and his mother, Cherie Davis, have since charged that the sport's governing body, U.S. Speedskating, tried to stymie his talents and hold back his progress, charges organization officials have vehemently denied. At one point last year, after severing ties with U.S. Speedskating over a sponsorship dispute, he declared the organization "the enemy."

But unlike short-track skating, a sport in which he wasn't considered top-rung, Davis dominates on the long-track oval, and the only matter in dispute is how many medals Davis will win. Davis, who narrowly failed to make the short-track team, prefers the thrill of that sport but loves the speed of this event. In November, he set the world record in the 1,000 meters with a time of 1 minute 7.03 seconds, knocking .15 of a second off the previous record set during the 2002 Olympics by the Netherlands' Gerard van Velde. A lanky skater, Davis still manages to pull out strong sprints to the finish.

Davis's stiffest competition could come from U.S. teammate Chad Hedrick, a former inline skating star. But Hedrick, the world record holder in the 1,500 meters, tends to be stronger in distance events.

-- Amy Shipley

Today's Medals
And who The Post thinks will win them ...

Cross-country skiing
Women's 4x5 kilometer relay
G: Norway
S: Russia
B: Germany
Alpine skiing
Men's Super-G
G: Daron Rahlves, United States
S: Benjamin Raich, Austria
B: Hermann Maier, Austria
Biathlon
Women's 10 km pursuit
G: Uschi Disl, Germany
S: Kati Wilhelm, Germany
B: Liv Grete Poiree, Norway
Men's 12.5 km pursuit
G: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway
S: Raphael Poiree, France
B: Sergei Tchepikov, Russia
Speedskating
Men's 1,000
G: Shani Davis, United States
S: Joey Cheek, United States
B: Evan Wetten, Norway
Ski jumping
Large hill
G: Janne Ahonen, Finland
S: Roar Ljoekelsoey, Norway
B: Jakub Janda, Czech Republic
Short-track speedskating
Women's 1,500
G: Sun-Yu Jin, Korea
S: Yun-Mi Kang, Korea
B: Meng Wang, China
Men's 1,000
G: Hyun-Soo Ahn, Korea
S: Apolo Anton Ohno, United States
B: JiaJun Li, China
Also Today
Bobsled
Men's two-man heats
Curling
Women's round robin
Men's round robin
Men's hockey
Italy vs. Germany
Canada vs. Switzerland
Sweden vs. Latvia
Kazakhstan vs. Russia
Slovakia vs. United States
Czech Republic vs. Finland
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