Speed skaters hope to end drought with men’s 1500m medal

Shut out so far in PyeongChang, U.S. speed skaters will continue the quest for their first Olympic medal since 2010 with the men’s 1500m Tuesday.

The American competitors in the event are five-time Olympian Shani Davis, 32-year-old Ocala, Florida, native Joey Mantia, and 27-year-old Glenview, Illinois, native Brian Hansen.

Chicago native Davis, 35, is the most decorated athlete on the Team USA roster, as a two-time champion in the 1000m and a two-time silver medalist in the 1500m.

Mantia, a former inline skater who currently sits third in the 2017-18 World Cup standings, returns to the Olympics after finishing 15th in the 1000m, 22nd in the 1500m and seventh in the team pursuit four years ago in Sochi.

He’s also the 2017 world champion in the mass start event, which has been added to the Olympics this year.

Hansen is competing in his third Olympics, having won silver in men’s team pursuit in 2010. Four years ago in Sochi, he placed seventh in the 1500m, ninth in the 1000m and was part the men’s pursuit team that finished seventh.

The Netherlands have captured all three golds so far at the 2018 Winter Olympics, sweeping the women’s 3000m, winning the men’s 5000m and taking gold and bronze in the women’s 1500m.

The Americans’ best finish so far in PyeongChang has come with Brittany Bowe’s fifth-place finish Monday in the 1500m, with Heather Bergsma finishing eighth in that event.