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.”

For more information on Shani Davis visit:

http://www.shanidavis.org/

The Need for Speed: Olympic Speedskater Shani Davis

Speed Skater Shani Davis is an athlete to watch. In 2006, the Chicago native became the first Black athlete (from any nation) to win a medal (gold) in an individual Winter Games Sport. In 2010, Davis is adding to his impressive list of accomplishments, he won his second straight Olympic title in the 1,000-meter speedskating. He is the first skater ever to win this event twice at the Winter Games. His victory also makes him the third American male to win more than one speedskating gold medal.

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.” Currently, Davis holds eight world records. Not bad for an athlete who started at the roller rink, dabbled in the ice rink, and has become one of speedskating’s most prolific competitors. Expect for him to finish these Winter Games with a few more records and medals under his belt.

For more information on Shani Davis visit:

http://www.shanidavis.org/