Davis Turns Back Time At Salt Lake Skating Oval

By Off the BASN Sports Wire
Updated: January 20, 2005
NEW YORK, NY—Almost three years ago, speedskating’s record book was shredded at the Utah Olympic Oval, where gold medalists blazed to new marks in eight of the 10 races. The most memorable of these performances may have been that of Derek Parra, who ripped across the finish line of the 1,500 meters in 1 minute, 43.95 seconds.

Shani Davis has thrived on the long track this season.
Shani Davis has thrived on the long track this season.

Shani Davis will be in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend with the intentions of winning the World Sprints Championship in long track speedskating. Some people consider him to be the next Eric Heiden, skating 5 events in long track at the 06 Olympic Games, plus making history, making the Short Track Olympic team also!!! No, American has ever made or skated both disciplines in the history of speedskating

He will skate the Allround Championships in Moscow, Russia next next month also. He has a very good chance of winning that also!!!!!!!!

This weekend, that record was erased on the same track by a skater who was a member of the short-track team’s relay pool in 2002. Shani Davis, who has continued to bounce back and forth between the different worlds of short-track and long-track, lowered the record to 1:43.33 at the North America/Oceania regional qualifier.

The record was just a highlight of a dominant weekend for Davis, who also set personal bests in winning the 500 and 10,000 to sweep to overall victory in the samalog points system.

For his efforts, the versatile skater is USATODAY.com’s U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week.

Canada’s Cindy Klassen set the other world record at the competition, breaking the 1,500-meter mark set by Germany’s Anni Friesinger at the 2002 Games.

Davis and Klassen also set world records for the overall samalog points in the weekend’s four races. Yet Davis’ score was beaten, unofficially, by teammate Chad Hedrick. The former record holder, who won the 5,000 meters with a personal best, was disqualified in the 10,000. After the competition, he went back and reskated the race in 13:00.99. Had Hedrick posted that time in competition, he would have won the race handily and beaten Davis’ record in samalog scoring.

One other record fell at the qualifier —Maria Lamb set a U.S. junior record to finish sixth in the 3,000 meters. Lamb and Kristine Holzer qualified for the World Allround Championships. On the men’s side, Davis will join KC Boutiette, Clay Mull and the man whose record he bested — Parra. The U.S. can also add discretionary picks.