U.S. long track speed skater Shani Davis became the first American skater to medal in two consecutive Olympic Winter Games in the 1,500 meters when he took second place in Vancouver tonight.
Davis, racing in the final heat, trailed winner Mark Tuitert all the way through the run, first by 0.18 seconds, then by 0.34 seconds, and finally by 0.53 seconds.
Davis, the three-time World Champion at this distance (2004, 2007, and 2009), was looking to become the first American to win the event since Derek Parra in 2002.
As it was, the Chicago native was only able to manage the silver, meaning a Team USA long track racer has still not won a 1,500-meter gold medal in a non-U.S. Olympic Winter Games.
On Wednesday, Davis successfully defended his title in the men’s 1,000-meter long track speed skating event at the Richmond Olympic Oval, becoming the first U.S. male speed skater to successfully defend his Olympic title.
Later tonight, teammate Apolo Ohno will look to become the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time when he races for his seventh career medal in the 1,000-meter short track.