The Need for Speed: Olympic Speedskater: Shani Davis

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete from any nation to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Olympic Winter Games, winning the speedskating 1000 meter event. He also won a silver medal in the 1500 meter event. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, he duplicated the feat, becoming the first man to successfully defend the 1000 meter gold medal, and repeating as 1500 meter silver medalist.

Davis attributes his success to his encouraging mother. She manages his career and is the person responsible for his discipline and skill. Shani declares, “My mom never thought of herself first, and I credit most of my success to her. She continues to manage my career and is always there for me.”

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