Mix of veterans and young guns for USA speed skating
Three American athletes combined for the seven speed skating medals in Torino. Two of them, Shani Davis (G: 1000m, S: 1500m) and Chad Hedrick (G: 5000m, S: 10,000m, B: 1500), will return for more in 2010. Since Torino, Davis as established himself as the world's premier middle distance skaters, owning the world record in both the 1500m and 1000m distances (as of Dec. 12, 2009).. At the 2009 Worlds, Davis won gold in the 1500m and bronze in the 1000m. The Chicago native could become the first man in Olympic history to win back-to-back 1000m golds in Vancouver. Hedrick struggled to regain top form in the years after Torino, but since becoming a father in March 2009 he's been gaining momentum and could again contend for a spot on the podium. Davis and Hedrick will be joined by promising newcomer, Trevor Marsicano, at the Richmond Oval next February. The 20-year-old won four medals at 2009 Worlds and has the potential to do the same in Vancouver.