Canadians Brittany Schussler & François-Olivier Roberge 12th at speed skating World Cup

Olympic team members Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg and François-Olivier Roberge of St-Nicolas, Que., each posted 12th places finishes on Sunday at a long track speed skating World Cup competition.

In the men’s 1,000, Shani Davis of the U.S., won the 1,000-metre recording his second victory in two days clocking 1:09.26 under ideal conditions at the Arena Ritten outdoor rink. It marked his sixth World Cup win this season.

Roberge, who fell at the end of Saturday’s 1,000, rebounded for best-ever World Cup result finishing 12th in 1:10.29. Vincent Labrie of Ste-Foy was 19th.

‘’This is the kind of result I would have posted if I hadn’t fell yesterday,’’ said Roberge, who’ll race the event at the Games. ‘’My first lap was better by four tenths today and that helped me get an excellent top speed. It’s the kind of race I wanted heading to the Games.’’

Cheek, the U.S. world sprint champion, won the 500 in 35.18 seconds. Russian Dmitry Dorofeyev, who leads Cheek by 15 points in the standings, beat third-placed Casey Fitzrandolph of the United States by 0.22.

Labrie was impressive clocking 35.84 for second in the B Group. His time however would have put him ninth in the main draw. Jean-René Bélanger of Sherbrooke, Que., and Roberge tied for third in the B group in 36.12.

‘’I know I can be even better in two weeks,’’ said Labrie, who’ll race the event at the Games. ‘’It gives me a lot of confidence.’’

Anni Friesinger of Germany repeated Saturday's win in the women's 1,000 to take the lead in the World Cup standings. Friesinger, sidelined for three weeks because of an ankle injury, finished in 1:15.47 to edge Chiara Simionato of Italy by 0.19. Aki Tonoike of Japan finished third.

Schussler, who posted a career-best ninth in Saturday’s 1,000, actually went faster on Sunday and took 12th spot. Sarah Smith of Calgary was 21st.

‘’I’m more happy with my race today,’’ said Schussler, an alternate on the Olympic team. ‘’I thought I executed the race a lot better. The result isn’t everything at this point so I’m very happy with the time. I’m excited about going to Turin and looking forward to being ready to race if needed.’’

Simionato won the women’s 500 ahead of Jenny Wolf of Germany, who held first place in the World Cup standings in the sprint. Smith was 15th and Schussler 16th

Canada’s other Olympic sprinters including medal contender Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., skipped this weekend’s competition to pursue their training for the Games. Wotherspoon is fourth in the World Cup 500 standings with two races remaining this season.