The speedskating competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics is one of the most exciting portions of the Games, and Team USA is looking to bring home more hardware in the remaining events.
With bona fide stars like Shani Davis on the men’s side, Brittany Bowe on the women’s side and one of the best teams in the team pursuit event, there are still plenty of chances for the U.S. to capture medals.
Here are the remaining speedskating events and the stars most likely to win a medal.
|Feb. 11||Ladies' 500 Meters||8:45 a.m.|
|Feb. 12||Men's 1,000 Meters||9 a.m.|
|Feb. 13||Women's 1,000 Meters||9 a.m.|
|Feb. 15||Men's 1,500 Meters||8:30 a.m.|
|Feb. 16||Women's 1,500 Meters||9 a.m.|
|Feb. 18||Men's 10,000 Meters||8 a.m.|
|Feb. 19||Women's 5,000 Meters||8:30 a.m.|
|Feb. 22||Men's Team Pursuit Finals||8:45 a.m.|
|Feb. 22||Ladies' Team Pursuit Finals||9:15 a.m.|
|Feb. 13||Women's 500 Meters Finals||7:15 a.m.|
|Feb. 15||Women's 1,500 Meters Finals||7:15 a.m.|
|Feb. 15||Men's 1,000 Meters Finals||7:45 a.m.|
|Feb. 18||Women's 3,000 Meters Relay Finals||6 a.m.|
|Feb. 21||Men's 500 Meters Finals||12:45 p.m.|
|Feb. 21||Women's 1,000 Meters Finals||1 p.m.|
|Feb. 21||Men's 5,000 Meters Relay Finals||1:15 p.m.|
Shani Davis in the Men’s 1,000 Meters
There are few American speedskaters with the talent and proven ability that Shani Davis possesses after two previous Olympic Games (2006 and 2010), and Davis will be looking to add on to his previous 1,000-meter performances.
Davis has two previous gold medals in the events.
Despite the immense pressure of continuing his success in 2014, Davis has his priorities in order this time around (via NBCOympics.com) and is not letting the focus on speedskating impact him:
Well, I try not to have skating my one hundred percent focus all the time because if it was, it would drive you crazy. So I just try to break it up a bit and try to integrate some other things in that I've always enjoyed doing. Like I love speed skating but I like playing basketball, I like throwing the football, I like playing video games, I like listening to music, I like reading books, I like going out and I like shopping. So I try to integrate that along with like training and skating and things like that. And it's a good mix. You have to have a good balance.
Davis is one of the brightest stars on Team USA, and his history in the event makes him the country’s hope in the 1,000 meters this year as well. There is a serious chance that the 31-year-old will not be a legitimate threat in 2018, and this may be his final chance at Olympic glory.
With his two previous gold medals in the 1,000 meters, Team USA will be looking for more of the same from Davis on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Predicted Finish: Gold in men's 1,000 meters
Team USA’s Men's Team Pursuit
The men’s pursuit team is one of the most decorated units left in the Olympic Games for Team USA, and the group will look to defend its honor after winning a silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Not only is the team looking to defend its honor, but it’s also looking to improve on its success by taking down the defending gold medalists, the Canadian team.
With several of the most talented men on the speedskating team looking to lead the American team to a gold medal, the hopes for Team USA are riding high heading into this event.
Predicted Finish: Gold in men's team pursuit
Brittany Bowe in the Women’s 1,000 Meters
There are few skaters who come into the 2014 Winter Olympics with the kind of uncertainty that surrounds Brittany Bowe and her pursuit of the 1,000 meters gold medal.
The 25-year-old star is one of the brightest prospects on the American team, but her lack of elite experience makes her the ultimate wild card. There is always a chance that she stumbles under the immense pressure, but Bowe has just too much raw skill to falter.
No matter how she performs, FAU's mascot has her back:
Bowe won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Single Distance Championships at the 1,000-meter distance, and she has continued to improve each day.
While Bowe will have to have her best career performance to take home the gold, winning any medal would be a great start to a very promising career.
Predicted Finish: Silver in women's 1,000 meters
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