Two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shani Davis of Chicago has a small tear of an adductor muscle in his right leg, according to his mother.
Davis, 30, has withdrawn from the first two days of racing at the opening World Cup meet of the season in Heerenveen, Holland and almost certainly will miss the entire meet.
“Shani wants to skate 1500 tomorrow (Sunday) but it doesn't seem likely,” Cherie Davis said in an email Saturday. “Maybe (he can skate) in Russia next week."
In the email, she said her son felt “something snap” in his groin area during a Nov. 6 practice at the Pettit Center in Milwaukee.
It first was diagnosed as a Grade1 strain, Cherie Davis continued. Further soreness led Davis to an MRI done in the Netherlands that revealed the three-centimeter (1.2-inch) tear.
He was advised not to skate and told it should be okay in 2-to-3 weeks, Cherie Davis wrote.
With 51 victories, Davis ranks second to Jeremy Wotherspoon of Canada (67) on the all-time World Cup men’s list.