February 20, 2006, - 11:56 am

Brokeback Speedskating?

By Debbie Schlussel
This is a photo of U.S. Olympic speedskater and Gold Medalist Shani Davis. While most Olympians would be thrilled beyond belief to win a gold medal, he was very angry in an interview with NBC’s Melissa Stark. (Maybe it has something to do with fellow Olympic speedskater Chad Hedrick’s catfight with him.) But he looked quite happy, here, with his teddy bear.
Teddy bears, cat-fights, and angry interviews after Gold Medals. Something strange has definitely happened to American speedskating since the glorious days of Dr. Eric Heiden at the unique 1980 Olympics.

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(Photo by Daniel Mears of The Detroit News)

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