Maybe it wasn't the suits after all.

After shedding their new, high-tech skinsuits for their old-fashioned gear, American speedskaters still were without a medal at the Sochi Olympics.

Zbigniew Brodka won Poland's first gold medal in the men's 1,500 meters, finishing 0.003 seconds ahead of Koen Verweij of the Netherlands. It was one of the closest 1,500 finishes in Olympic history.

The United States' Shani Davis, runner-up in the 1,500 at the last two Olympics, faded badly over the final lap. He wound up 11th in what could be the final individual event of his Olympic career.

Brian Hansen was the top-finishing American in seventh -- matching the best performance by a U.S. speedskater at these hugely disappointing games.

"We have no medals, man. We have none," Davis said. "And the way things are looking, we might not get any. It's sad, because we've had a lot of potential, a lot of talent. It's terrible, a big, big, big disappointment."

Davis said the debate over the suits drained him mentally before he ever raced. He was essentially done after a poor showing in the 1,000, an event he had won in both Turin and Vancouver.

"I did as much as I could to get myself ready," Davis said, "but I felt defeated."

Hoping to end the shutout, the U.S. had gotten IOC approval just hours before the 1,500 started to go back to its old suits. The new ones had been touted as the fastest the world has ever seen.

Verweij's silver medal gave the Dutch 13 of the 21 medals awarded so far in the sport, including four golds. Brodka and Verweij were initially shown on the scoreboard to be tied for the top spot, but when the time was broken down to the thousandths, the victory went to Brodka in 1 minute, 45.006 seconds. Verweij was second in 1:45.009. The bronze went to Canada's Denny Morrison, his second medal of the Sochi Games.

Viktor Ahn got the first short track gold medal for his adopted country of Russia in the men's 1,000. The South Korean-born Ahn became the first man to win four short track golds. Russia's Vladimir Grigorev took silver, and the Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt won bronze.

Zhou Yang of China won her second consecutive gold medal in the women's 1,500 meters. South Korea's Shim Suk Hee won silver, and Italy's Arianna Fontana took bronze.

The United States' Emily Scott finished fifth after being knocked down when Korea's Kim Alang wiped out. Scott had advanced to the final after Korea's Cho Ha-Ri was penalized in the semifinal. Cho had appeared to push away against Scott, who was trying to move in for position.

Surgery for skier: Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia underwent a 6½-hour operation on her fractured spine following a training accident.

Russian freestyle ski federation spokesman Mikhail Verzeba said Komissarova fractured the 12th dorsal vertebra in her lower-middle back and was taken to a hospital near the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for emergency surgery.

"The operation is over ... it's been successful," Verzeba said.

The Russian presidential website said Vladimir Putin visited Komissarova on Saturday night in the hospital where she underwent surgery.

Medical staff briefed Putin on the surgery and further treatment, and the president "wished her a speedy recovery," the statement said.

Putin also called the skier's father and told him "doctors will do everything possible for her recovery."

The national freestyle ski federation issued a statement after the surgery saying a team of specialists inserted a metal implant in Komissarova's spine.

The federation said Komissarova was conscious and described her condition as "grave" but stable, adding that it was likely she'd need further surgery within weeks.

Cross-country skiing: Charlotte Kalla erased a 25-second deficit on the final leg to give Sweden gold in the relay. Finland finished second to win silver, and Germany took bronze.

The U.S. team of Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, Liz Stephen and Jessica Diggins finished ninth.

Skeleton: Alexander Tretiakov won gold in men's skeleton. Known as the "Russian Rocket," Tretiakov finished well ahead of Latvia's Martins Dukurs after hurtling down a track he's trained on more than anyone else. Matt Antoine of the United States won bronze, the first skeleton medal for the U.S. since Jimmy Shea won gold in 2002.

Ski jumping: Poland's Kamil Stoch completed a gold medal sweep of the individual jumping golds when he won the large hill. Last Sunday, he took the gold on the normal hill. Noriaki Kasai of Japan won the silver on the large hill, and Peter Prevc of Slovenia took bronze. Stoch joins Simon Ammann and Matti Nykanen as the only men to win both individual events at the same Winter Games.

No U.S. jumper advanced to the final. Nick Fairall placed 35th, Nick Alexander was 48th, and Anders Johnson was disqualified.

The competition was delayed because of swirling winds; snow at the bottom of the course was paper thin because of the warm temperatures.

Curling: Canada became the first team to qualify for the semifinals in the women's tournament by beating Russia and Japan. Sweden has the next best record, one game ahead of China, Britain and Switzerland.

In the men's tournament, China and Sweden earned wins to stay at the top of the qualifying round standings. Canada and Britain are a game behind in the race for the four playoff spots.

Men's hockey: Undefeated Sweden beat Latvia 5-3 to become the first team to advance to next week's quarterfinals. Jonas Hiller put Switzerland in a strong position for the elimination rounds with his second shutout in Sochi, 1-0 over the Czech Republic. Slovenia, playing in its first Olympic hockey tournament, surprised Slovakia 3-1. Anze Kopitar, the only NHL player on the Slovene roster, scored the last of its three goals in the third period before celebrating with his father and coach, Matjaz.

Women's hockey: Sweden upset Finland 4-2, and Switzerland beat Russia 2-0, setting up next week's semifinal matchups: Sweden vs. the U.S. and Canada vs. Switzerland.