American speedskater Shani Davis failed to add another medal to his Olympic haul Wednesday, finishing eighth in the 1,000 meters.

Davis, skating in his third -- and likely last -- Olympics, had been seeking his third straight gold in the event, after winning in both Turin in 2006 and in Vancouver in 2010.

Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won gold, with Canadian Denny Morrison finishing second to claim silver and Groothuis' countryman Michel Mulder coming in third for bronze.

American Brian Hansen finished ninth. Hansen, a 23-year-old Illinois native, made his Olympic debut in 2010, placing 19th in the 1,500 and winning silver as part of the second-place American pursuit team.

Earlier in the Sochi Games, Hansen pulled out of the 500 meters to focus on his other events.

Davis, 31, was aiming to become the first American to win three straight gold medals in a single event at the Winter Olympics. Snowboarder Shaun White also had a chance to be the first Tuesday in halfpipe, but finished in fourth place.

Besides his two golds in the 1,000-meter distance, he also owns silvers in the 1,500 from Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010. He will seek a third medal in that distance on Saturday in Sochi and is scheduled to be a part of the team pursuit event on Feb. 22. Earlier in Sochi he finished 24th in the 500 meters.

The world-record holder in both the 1,000 and the 1,500, Davis is still two medals away from becoming America's most decorated male long-track speedskater.