Shani Davis Wins Olympic Gold for 1,000 Meter Ice Sprint
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Number one, some black folks like ice and snow, and excel in it. Just like swimming.
We can do almost everything…if we want to. It doesn’t take a bunch of us. Just a few.
Number two, there are some black athletes who do not do hoops, football or track. Or golf.
Number three, here is one brother who brings in the gold for his country, Shani Davis. Check out his 2006 gold medal win.
Shani won five National Age Group Championships (1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003) and also won a North American Championship in 1999. Though Shani was the first black speed skater to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2002, Shani does not concentrate on making black history. Shani began making skating history at age 17 when he became the first U.S. skater to earn spots on both the short track and long track Junior World Teams and accomplished that feat three years in a row in 2000, 2001 and 2002. At 22, not only did Shani win his third consecutive U.S. All-Around Championship and Regional Qualifier (long track events), Shani became the first U.S. skater to make all three World Teams in the same season in the 2004-2005 (World Sprint, World All-Around and World Short Track), medaling at all three events, and ultimately winning the 2005 World Allround Championships held in Moscow, Russia in February 2005. At 23, Shani won Gold and Silver at the 2006 Olympics held in Torino, Italy and also repeated his World All-Around Title in March 2006 in Calgary. In 2006-2007 season, Shani won world titles in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter events. In the following season (2007-2008) Shani repeated his 1000 meter World Title. For this 2008-2009 season, Shani won his first World Sprint Title in Moscow and his third 1500 meter World Title and currently holds two world records (1000m and 1500m).
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The brother is a native Chicagoan, 28 years old, six foot two, and committed to achievement. He won his gold medal yesterday. For you Wisconsinites, he trains at the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis. He is the first speed skater to repeat an Olympic gold medal win for the men’s 1,000 meter. Wiki also reports that:
Davis periodically trains at the Olympic speedskating center in Marquette, Michigan where as of February 2010, he also was attending classes at Northern Michigan University.
Frozone, an African-American superhero with ice powers and skates on it as well from the animated movie The Incredibles, was designed after Shani Davis.
Davis inspired the creation of DC Inner City Excitement in Washington, DC. He continues to support and encourage youth affiliated with the DC-ICE program.
Modeled after Frozone, huh? I don’t think Shani’s through yet. He’s a guy to watch.
And if you were wondering, and want to look up the name, don’t rely on Wikipedia to give you the correct meaning of the name Shani. Shani actually means “crimson” in Swahili, whether it is given to a boy or a girl child.