Shani Davis qualifies for 2nd skating race at Winter Olympics
Already with a second-place finish in the 1,000 meters on Wednesday in the U.S. speedskating trials, the Marquette Senior High School graduate and former U.S. Olympic Education Center athlete added a third place in the 1,500.
Davis finished in 1 minute, 47.15 seconds as Joey Mantia won in 1:46.30 and Brian Hansen was runner-up in 1:46.64.
It gave Hansen a place on the U.S. Olympic team while Mantia and Davis already had their spots reserved previously.
A two-time Olympic champion in the 1,000, the 35-year old Davis also has two Olympic silvers in the 1,500.
The oval veteran was happy with his first 700 meters on Saturday, but said that he needed to work on the final 800.
“I put out a lot of energy in the 1,000. To have some down time … it wasn’t quite enough to be really strong in the 1,500,” Davis said.
His focus was just on qualifying.
“I think that I have the tools to be a real threat for sure in the 1,000,” Davis said.
“The 1,500 is kind of questionable, but anything can happen in the Olympics.”
The Pyeongchang, South Korea, Olympics take place Feb. 9-25, with Davis’ events scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, for the 1,500 and Friday, Feb. 23, for the 1,000.