Snowboarder Shaun White and speedskater Shani Davis head to Sochi, Russia with a chance to become the first American men to take gold in the same event at three separate Winter Olympics. White's signature competition is the halfpipe, while Davis is looking for a three-peat in the speedskating 1,000-meter event. Both athletes took gold at the Torino Olympics in 2006, then repeated the feat in Vancouver in 2010.
In addition to competing in the halfpipe, the 27-year-old White will participate in the slopestlye event that was added for this year's Olympics. While he's still the heavy favorite in halfpipe, White faces a serious threat to his flawless Olympic record in the slopestyle, where Canada's Mark McMorris seems to be the consensus favorite. Medaling in the slopestyle would be a nice bonus, but White's main target is still the three-peat in halfpipe, and thus the record books.
The 31-year-old Davis has always been a record setter himself, as back in 2006 at the Torino Games, he became the first black athlete in Winter Olympics history to win an individual gold medal. Davis took gold in the 1,000-meter event at that Olympics and took silver in the 1,500. He placed the same way at the 2010 Games, giving him a chance to three-peat in the 1,000 meters at Sochi. Of course, as much as he'd love the record-setting win, Davis would probably be equally pleased to pick up his first golds in the 1,500 meters, following consecutive runner-up finishes.
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