WATCH LIVE: Speed skating men’s 500m, featuring Shani Davis

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Shani Davis, the two-time defending Olympic champion speedskater in the 1000m, begins his Sochi Olympics program this morning in the 500m.

You can catch it either LIVE on NBCSN or on NBCOlympics.com starting at 8 a.m. ET.

The 500m will serve as preparation for Davis ahead of his stronger events, the 1000m (Wednesday) and the 1500m (Saturday).

Team USA compatriot Tucker Fredericks has won at this distance on the World Cup circuit this season, so look for him to be the top American here.

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He, Davis, and the rest of the field may have to go through South Korea’s Mo Tae-Bum, who claimed the country’s first Olympic speed skating gold in the 500m four years ago at Vancouver and has also won the last two world titles in the 500m.

CLICK HERE AT 8 A.M. ET to see who prevails.