October 20, 2014
KEARNS, Utah (AP) - American Shani Davis plans to skate in all five individual distances at the Vancouver Olympics in February and will not compete in the team pursuit.
U.S. Speedskating confirmed Wednesday that Chad Hedrick has declined the Olympic spot in the 10,000 and that the spot instead was given to Davis, allowing him to race in the every distance. Davis will not compete in the team pursuit, because he did not enter the U.S. pool of athletes by the Dec. 24 deadline.
Earlier this month, Davis said he had no interest in the grueling 10,000 meters and was looking forward to racing in the team pursuit, an event he declined to skate in Turin.
Davis holds the world record in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters and already qualified for those two distances, as well as the 500 and 5,000.