Winter Games Athletes
With two more medals in Sochi, Davis would bring his total to six and surpass Eric Heiden and Chad Hedrick as the most decorated male Olympic long-track speedskater in U.S. history. A pioneer in the sport of speedskating and overall history of Olympic winter competition, Davis became the first African-American from any nation to take home a gold medal in an individual winter Olympic event when he won the 1,000 meters at the 2006 Games in Turin. Four years later in Vancouver, he successfully defended his gold to become the first male to accomplish such feat in that Olympic event. Davis also captured silver in the 1,500 meters at the last two winter Olympics, and competed but did not medal in the 500 and 5,000 at the 2010 Games. Whether he competes in the team pursuit for the U.S. in Russia remains uncertain. Davis hinted that he would entertain the idea of finally competing in the same event he opted not to take part in during the last two Olympics. Those decisions sparked some public criticism, especially from the since-retired Hedrick in 2006. Regardless, Davis could be in for more individual success on the same Sochi ice he won silver in the 1,500 and bronze in the 1,000 at the 2013 ISU world single distance championships. Joining Heiden as the only male skaters to win world championships in the sprint and all-around competitions, Davis is the third male to pass 10,000 points on the ISU speedskating World Cup circuit.