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.