Chicago speed skater Shani Davis finished eighth Wednesday in the 1000-meter long track, marking the latest Winter Olympics disappointment for a fan-favorite U.S. athlete.
Davis had a chance to become the first American male Olympian to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event. In the end he finished with a time of 1:09.12, well behind the Netherlands' Stefan Groothuis whose 1:08:39 took gold.
Denny Morrison of Canada finished second with a time of 1:08:43, and the Netherlands' Michel Mulder came in third for bronze.
Glenview's Brian Hansen, who hasn't felt 100 percent in Sochi but hoped to be in medal contention as well, finished ninth with a time of 1:09:21.
After competing in the 500 earlier this week, an event Davis admitted was nothing more than a tune-up, he said he was focused and ready for his signature event.