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Shani Davis Goes His Own Way, but Controversy Seems to Follow

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Normally, a 35-year-old, four-time Olympic medalist might treat his fifth Olympic Games as a sort of congenial victory lap.

But Shani Davis tends to do things his own way.

Looking to bounce back from a disastrous showing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the United States speedskating team has worked hard to project a sense of placidity and collective well-being at these Games.

Davis, who was the first African-American to win an individual gold medal at a Winter Olympics, has been more than happy to complicate that narrative.

His long-fractured relationship with the United States Olympic Committee further degenerated when he publicly criticized a selection process that denied him a chance to carry the flag at the opening ceremony on Friday.