Speedskating: Men's 1,500

When: Feb. 15.

Best of the U.S.: World record-holder Shani Davis won silver his last two Games and medaled in two of four World Cup races.

Best of the rest: First-time Olympian Koen Verweij, 23, of the Netherlands medaled in three races this season and has risen to No. 3 in the world.

U.S. chances to medal: Brian Hansen, ninth in the world, and Joey Mantia, 23rd, medaled in World Cups. Jonathan Kuck, 32nd, has the experience.

Little-known fact: The Netherlands won 11 medals in speedskating in 1998.

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