Posted Feb. 22, 2006 –Although Italy's Enrico Fabris captured the gold medal in the 1,500-meters speed-skating race, all eyes seem to be on the ice storm between Shani Davis, who took home the silver ,and Chad Hedrick, who got the bronze.
When the medals were presented, no words were shared between the two, not even a handshake.
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At a frigid news conference late Tuesday, the two downplayed their rivalry, saying they are just competitors and blamed the media for stirring the pot. But just tensions appeared to relax, Davis fired off another shot.
"I'll just throw this out there," he said. "Sure, Chad and I are fighting for the same thing. But it would have been kind of nice after I won the 1,000 if he would have been a good teammate and shook my hand. I hugged him after he won the 5,000."
Davis then jumped out of his seat and stormed out of the room. "I'm done," he mumbled. "I've got nothing else to say," The Associated Press reported.
Hedrick sat there stunned, speechless and alone at the podium microphone, AP reported. About 10 seconds later, Hedrick admitted being angry with Davis because he wouldn't take part in the team pursuit last week because he wanted to focus on his individual races.
"We're all part of Team USA," Hedrick said. "We had a great opportunity to win the team pursuit. I felt betrayed in a way. Not only did he not participate, he wouldn't even discuss it with me as a leader of the team. I thought we passed up a medal."
Hedrick then got up and walked out with some reporters chasing him and others trying to find Davis, AP reported.
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