Shani Davis leads U.S. speed skating team for fall World Cups

Shani Davis

Four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis leads eight U.S. Olympic speed skaters set for the first four of seven World Cups this season.

The Americans will look to put a poor Sochi performance behind them but continue success from last season’s World Cup.

The best U.S. finish at the Olympics was sixth, its first Winter Games without a speed skating medal since Sarajevo 1984. The U.S. has won more medals in speed skating than any other Winter Olympic sport.

Davis, 32, hopes to get closer to Canadian Jeremy Wotherspoon‘s record of 67 career World Cup wins. Davis is at 58.

He’ll be joined at by Sochi Olympians Joey MantiaJonathan Garcia and Mitch Whitmore at World Cup races in Japan, South Korea, Germany and the Netherlands. The first are in Obihiro, Japan, from Nov. 14-16.

Absent from the U.S. men’s team is two-time Olympian Brian Hansen, who won a World Cup 1500m race in March and shared an individual podium with Davis on four other occasions last season.

The women’s team is led by Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe, who went one-two in last season’s 1000m standings. Richardson also finished second in the 500m. Bowe was third in the 1500m.

They’ll be joined by Sochi Olympians Sugar Todd and Maria Lamb, among others.

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