Shani Davis not sure about skating at 2014 Games

April 22, 2010

Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb, left, signs an autogragh as two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shani Davis greets a fan during an appearance for the U.S. Olympic Committee at a BP gas station in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Toby Jorrin)

Click the photo to go to the Artesia News article

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shani Davis is not ready to commit to competing at the 2014 Sochi Games.

“We’ll see,” the 27-year-old American said Tuesday. “I mean, I’ll continue to skate, and if my heart still carries me over in four years, then I’ll be there.”

Davis and four-man bobsled gold medalist Steven Holcomb spoke to The Associated Press while taking a break from posing for photos and signing autographs during an appearance for the U.S. Olympic Committee at a BP gas station in Southeast Washington. The BP petroleum company became a USOC sponsor during the Vancouver Games.

They’re two of the more than 200 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians spending time in the nation’s capital this week, including a visit to the White House on Wednesday to meet President Barack Obama.

Davis won a second consecutive Olympic gold at 1,000 meters in February, along with a second consecutive silver at 1,500.

When one signature-seeking fan asked Davis on Tuesday if he’d be at the next Olympics, the athlete replied: “I’ll try, man. You never know.”

Earlier, when asked by the AP about his fellow Olympian and friend Apolo Anton Ohno’s plans for 2014, Davis said the pair hasn’t spoken much since the Vancouver Olympics.

“I think he’s retired,” Davis said, then stopped himself and sought to start over.

“I don’t want to speak for him,” Davis continued. “If he didn’t say that, please don’t print that. I have no idea. But that’s kind of the idea: (Vancouver) was his last Olympics. But you never know. He might decide to come back. He’s strong enough, talented enough to do it. So I hope that he does actually come back.”

For the record: Ohno clearly has contemplated retirement but as recently as two weeks ago wouldn’t definitively rule out a return to competition.

His three medals in Vancouver gave Ohno a U.S.-record eight career Winter Olympic medals.

Might Davis prod his pal into continuing?

“He’s his own man. I support him, no matter what he does,” Davis said. “If he wants to skate, if he wants to act or launch his … supplement thing, I support him.”

Holcomb, for his part, is on board for another medal bid after becoming the first U.S. pilot to take gold in four-man bobsledding since 1948. Two members of his push team — Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz — also have pledged to stick around another four years, while the third — Steve Mesler — is “kind of up in the air right now,” Holcomb said.

“We’re trying to keep the same team together and try to build off that. One thing USA Bobsled struggles to do is keep the team together, which makes it more difficult, because you have to teach new guys everything again. So we’ll see.”


World Team Championships and more ST News

April 15, 2010

So sorry, I confess, I haven’t been keeping up on skater news as much as I should be (the job search continues…frustratingly…)

But you can catch up on lots of news on Peter Doucet’s site,, including news on the World Team Championships at Bormio, Italy. (The U.S. sadly did not compete at this competition, but if you want to read up on how the rest of the world did, go here…)

Apolo Ohno Dishes On Good Day

April 15, 2010

OK, if it’s not youtube, I can’t get the video to imbed after ‘mucho’ attempts. Major Frustration ensues….

So click the photo to go to the main Good Day Philadelphia site to watch the video and read the short article:

Good Day Philadelphia

Ohno will be at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 North Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, at 11 a.m. today for a press conference about the Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program.

Olympic Medalist Allison Baver Kick Off of “Off The Ice” at ViVA

April 15, 2010

Type: Causes – Fundraiser
Start Time: Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:00pm
End Time: Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1:30am
Location: ViVA Bistro & Tapas Lounge

ViVA is thrilled to host the Kick Off of Olympic Medalist Allison Baver’s new charity OFF THE ICE! OFF THE ICE is an educational sport movement that uses skating as a catalyst for success to inspire character values, goal development, and healthy lifestyles in children. It also brings skates, related equipment, and facilities to communities throughout the world.

ViVA is excited to have Allison Baver hosting our Friday Night Benefit Dance on Friday, April 23rd featuring Burning House. Tickets are $10 per person and it is your chance to meet our local US Olympian!

Allison will be signing autographs at ViVA from 8 to 9pm that evening. She will also be hosting an auction featuring great items- sports related items, gift certificates and items from local businesses!

Tickets are available in advance at ViVA or can be purchased the night of the event at the door.

Come out and support Allison and her efforts to make a difference in our youth!

Go to Allison’s FB page on this event to RSVP!/event.php?eid=113561368669236&ref=nf

Thank you to Brenda Witherington on Facebook for this link. You can donate to the ’cause’ even if you can’t attend. Click the photo to go directly to the site:

Allison Baver & project "Off the Ice"

Brenda says: “Make sure you designate “Off the Ice Fund or Foundation” before you submit the donation in order for Allison’s charity to get the credit. Otherwise the monies goes to the general community foundation fund. GIVE GIVE GIVE!”

April Skater of the Month, Julian Wood

April 12, 2010


Julian will be the final SOTM on The Rocker Fund until further notice due to lack of fan participation. Please be as generous as you can, and send Julian out with a bang.

Julian suffered a horrendous injury during a skating practice while he was living with Lori GND which had her sitting vigil at the hospital during a very scary operation and scenario. He cut through 4 muscles, nearly severed his hamstring completely and was a mere heartbeat from slicing his femoral artery. That’s a heck of an injury to come back from, and yet, not only did he come back, but he won a silver medal at Junior Championships which earned him a spot on the Junior World Championships Team that competed in Taipei. He also won gold in his age-class at last March’s Nationals. He’s still got a ways to go in recovery, but he certainly is doing MUCH better than anyone ever expected.
We’ll be seeing great things from Julian in the future.

Go here to the TRF site to read more about Julian and/or donation info.

Photo by Jerry Search?

EDIT: Lori informs me it was his hamstring, not Achilles tendon that Julian nearly severed (which I originally had posted and have since corrected)

…proving embarrasingly right out here in public view that my knowledge of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is apparently limited to the TV show…

Celebrity Murals & Meals Tour Featuring US Olympic Medalist Allison Baver

April 9, 2010

If you’re going to be in the Philly area, here’s a chance to rub elbows with an Olympian AND get some ‘culcha’ and (possibly) a Philly Cheese Steak to boot!”

Saturday, April 24 · 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Tour begins and ends at South Philly Bar & Grill, 1235 E. Passyunk Ave.
Cost: $45.00

Join Philadelphia area native and Olympic medalist Allison Baver on a tour of Philadelphia murals! Allison, fresh off a bronze medal speed skating performance in Vancouver, will join guests on a two-hour tour of storied Philadelphia murals painted by nationally renowned artists. The tour concludes with lunch at South Philadelphia Bar & Grill, the best sports bar in South Philadelphia.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Mural Tour
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch

Reservations are required and space is limited. This tour will sell out fast

Purchase tickets online at
Or call 215-685-0754

From Greek gods to book deals, Ohno keeping busy

April 9, 2010

(Be sure to check out the Boots & Blades Forum for a fan’s personal account and some photos of Apolo’s trip to NY)

NEW YORK (AP) — Apolo Anton Ohno can hardly keep track of the 5 1/2 weeks since he won his record eighth career Olympic medal.

He’s auditioned for a movie role as a Greek god, met with Hollywood producers about his own TV show, negotiated a book deal, and worked to start a business and a charitable foundation.

Finally, on Monday night while with his father in Washington, D.C., the 27-year-old speedskater got his first full night’s sleep since the Vancouver Games.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Ohno said with a laugh.

One thing Ohno didn’t do was skate. He returned to the ice Wednesday, if only to wave to fans from the Rockefeller Center rink, and still won’t rule out a return to competition.

“This is the first time I’ve thought about ice since the Olympic Games. I’ve just had no time,” Ohno said. “But if my heart is still in the sport and I’m hungry for competition then I’ll do it, and I think I’ll still do it well.”

Ohno also provided a glimpse into his future away from the rink on Wednesday. The Seattle native put on a cooking demonstration as part of his work with the Washington State Potato Commission, comfortably chatting with the audience as he made curry potato soup.

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