American Stars Struggling In Sochi Olympics' Early Days
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — What a stunning sight: Shani Davis gliding around the speedskating oval, head down in defeat, staring glumly at the ice.
For the U.S. Olympic team, it's becoming more and more common. One after another, some of the biggest American stars have wiped out in sunny Sochi.
From Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso to Shaun White and Sarah Hendrickson, this is hardly shaping up as an Olympics to remember for the U.S. team.
Davis was just the latest to falter, finishing eighth Wednesday in the 1,000 meters, a race he won at the last two Winter Games.
He was hoping to become the first male speedskater to pull off a three-peat. He didn't come close, fading badly after a quicker-than-expected start.
"I have to live with this for the rest of my life," Davis said. "I can't let it get me down, because I have other races to skate, but I'm pretty sad about it."
He's got plenty of company.
Miller faltered in the men's downhill. Mancuso, after getting a surprise bronze in the
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