Long-track speedskater Shani Davis won the 1,000-meter race Sunday in the ISU World Sprint Championships to finish second overall at the event in Nagano, Japan.
Defending champion Michel Mulder of the Netherlands won the overall event. The championships are a two-event that includes a 500- and a 1,000-meter race each day.
Davis, a Chicago native, finished 14th in the 500 on Sunday, with Mulder first.
Davis, who has two Olympic gold medals in the 1,000 and owns the world record, said afterward he felt good about his performance, which came at the last major event before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.
“I did not come to win gold, I am happy I can leave this competition with a good feeling in the 1,000," he said on the International Skating Union website. "I feel the best is yet to come. Stay cool, keep my health good, train hard but mainly smart."
At the upcoming Games, Davis is heavily favored in both the 1,000 and the 1,500, in which he has two Olympic silver medals. During the most recent World Cup season, Davis won three of his four races in the 1,000.
"For the Olympics I don’t want to be considered the favorite," he said, according to the website. "I am the favorite in the 1,000, and close to the favorite in the 1,500, but that doesn’t matter. In the Olympics I want to win them both. I’m a greedy American, I want both."
On the women's side, Heather Richardson won the 1,000 meters Sunday but finished third overall at the two-day competition and failed to repeat as world champion.