America changed their speed skating suits, but the results did not change. No one received a medal in the 1500m event on Saturday, including star Shani Davis.
Zbigniew Brodka won Poland’s first gold medal in speed skating when he beat Koen Verweij of The Netherlands. His 1:45.006 barely beat Verweij’s 1:45.009. Denny Morrison of Canada won the bronze medal.
Davis won the silver medal in the 1500m in the last two Olympics, but finished 11th at 1:45.98. He is the top ranked skater, but did not medal in his three races. Jonathan Kuck placed 37th and Joey Mantia finished 22nd. The best American was Brian Hansen, who raced at 1:45.59 and placed seventh.
The athletes reverted back to their World Cup suits after awful results in their earlier races. They made a big deal about the suits, but the touted vents on the back may have been allowing in too much air that dragged down the skaters. Players took them to seamstresses, but it did not work.
Apparently it is a lot more than the suits.
After Davis did not medal in the 1000m and was eighth he said he did not blame the suit and preferred to point the finger at himself.