Shani Davis of the U.S. waves at the stands after the 1500m mens division A event at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Heerenveen

Shani Davis waves at the stands after his event. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters Photo) (Robin van Lonkhuijsen / Reuters / January 20, 2014)

When: Feb. 12.

Best of the U.S.: World record-holder Shani Davis won gold at the last two Games and captured three of four World Cup races this season.

Best of the rest: Michel Mulder of the Netherlands is coming off a second straight overall victory at the world sprint championships.

U.S. chances to medal: Right behind Davis is Brian Hansen, 23, in his strongest World Cup season that includes two bronze medals. At the trials he finished second to Davis by one-hundredth of a second.

Little-known fact: A victory for Davis would make him the first American male to win gold in the same event at three straight Olympics.