Speed skating star Shani Davis added a touch of silver to his gold run at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, finishing second to surprise winner Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands in the 1,500 meter race.
But the black skating star and first man to repeat gold-winning skating performances in the Olympics is already looking toward Russia and the 2014 Winter Olympics for his next opportunity to capture what he calls "the kings race."
"I have to accept it, but I still want to be able to win that race," Davis told reporters after the narrow defeat to Tuitert. "That has been my favorite race since I was a junior, since as far as I can remember me skating."
The 27-year-old Chicago native finished the Olympics with the same record he posted in the 2006 Turin Games, scoring a gold in the 1,000 meters and a silver medal in the 1,500-meter race.
Davis hinted that he might have retired had he been able to win the 1,500-meter gold medal, but those plans will be put on hold until he can capture that event.
Four years ago, while Davis was collecting medals, the story behind the story was the growing tension between Davis and teammates, who complained that Davis put his individual goals ahead of those of the team.
But even the most pessimistic journalist wouldn't be able to find a negative word about the sportsmanship displayed by the Americans speed skating team in Vancouver.
For a pleasant change this year, no backbiting, whispering campaigns nor gossip marked the skating performances this year - only gold and silver medals for the best speed skater in the country.