Clearly recovered from the groin injury that knocked him out of the season-opening lomg track speedskating World Cup meet a month ago, Shani Davis won his first 1,000-meter race of this season in Saturday's World Cup in Harbin, China.
The 30-year-old Chicagoan took the race in 1 minute, 10.05 seconds, just .02 ahead of runner-up Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands. Davis had missed the 1,000 podium in two previous races this season.
Davis, who has won the 1,000 at the last two Olympics, is to race the distance again Sunday as the World Cup circuit wraps up the pre-2013 part of its schedule.
He has dominated the 1,000 for seven seasons, winning it a World Cup record 37 times. That is 13 more than anyone else.
Saturday's win, his second of the season (the other was a 1,500), moved him to 15 behind the World Cup overall record of 67 held by Jens-Uwe Mey of Germany.
Davis was among four U.S. athletes who won World Cup events in four different sports in four different countries Saturday. Such results bode well for Team USA with the 2014 Winter Olympics just 14 months away.
One of the others, alpine skier Steven Nyman, had gone five years between his first World Cup win and his second in Saturday's downhill at Val Gardena, Italy.
Nyman, 30, who missed all last season with a torn Achilles tendon, had his previous win on the same course Dec. 16, 2006. This was the fourth World Cup podium during his decade on the White Circus.
"I always believed I had the speed," Nyman said. "I hope to prove it through the year. But I guess no points to 100 points (for a win) isn't that consistent."
Nyman had finished 29th, 33rd and 40th in his other World Cup races this season. He beat Rok Perko of Slovenia by .19 in a race shortened because of heavy snow and poor visibility.
"I'm just happy to feel good again," Nyman said. "I had rib issues the first few races because I (hit) the fence while training. The Achilles last yrar, knees the year before that, the back. . .This is the best gift I could have."
Freestyler skier Heather McPhie took the dual moguls in Ruka, Finland for the second World Cup win since on her career. The other was Jan. 14, 2010.
And Katie Uhlaender, reigning world champion in skeleton sledding, won her second World Cup race of this season on the 1992 Olympic run in LaPlagne, France.
Uhlaender, daughter of late major league outfielder Ted Uhlaender, dedicated the win to the "cows and everybody" back home on her family's ranch in Kansas.
And there were other U.S. World Cup medalists as well in two more sports Saturday.
Kikkan Randall finished second in the sprint cross-country ski race at the 1988 Olympic venue in Canmore, Alberta. It was Randall's third individual event podium of the season.
Olympic champion 4-man bobsled driver finished third in the 2-man race at LaPlagne, giving him four podiums (three wins) in five two-man World Cup this season. He also has two second places in four-man.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times