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Shani Davis

 

Shani Davis made speedskating – and Olympic – history in 2006 as the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal at an Olympic Winter Games. Davis, a three-time Olympian, achieved that feat when he earned gold in the men’s 1,000-meter long track speedskating event at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Davis also earned silver in the 1,500-meter, and followed that up four years later with repeat gold in the 1,000 and silver in the 1,500 at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to his four Olympic medals, Davis has earned 14 World Allround Championships medals, 12 World Single Distance Championships medals, three World Sprint Championships medals and his World Cup medal count is nearing 100. In his spare time, Davis works with Inner City Excellence, a skating-based youth development program. Follow Shani as he blogs about his experiences on his road to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.