SOCHI, Russia — Shani Davis wasn’t yet born when Eric Heiden composed his five symphonies in Lake Placid in 1980. He was a toddler when Dan Jansen began his Olympic quest in Sarajevo in 1984. But in this millennium he has become the face of American speedskating around the planet.
“He is one of the most loved foreign skaters,” says Dutch coach Gerard Kemkers. “He’s very well known in the Netherlands. He’s always being asked for photographs and autographs, but in America not so much.”