Black History Feature: Shani Davis

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Black history, Shani Davis
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Shani Davis (1982-) is the first black individual medalist in Winter Olympics history. But no one would know that if they looked at the U.S. speedskating media guide. Aside from the records and results section of the guide, he’s not mentioned. According to Yahoo! Sports:

There has long been animosity between Davis and the U.S. speedskating federation, mostly stemming from a snafu at the 2006 Winter Olympics where Davis received undue criticism for not skating in the team pursuit event. Though never eligible to skate in the event, the federation remained quiet throughout the ordeal, alienating Davis. Now that the Olympics have arrived, Davis has made it quite clear that he does not want to be included in the U.S. speedskating federation media guide.

So he’s not, though he is going to the Olympics, where he’ll be skating in four events. He’ll be favored to win gold in the 1,000-meter and 1,500. And if he does, he’ll end up in that media guide whether he likes it or not.

Although Shani is the first black speed skater to earn a spot on the U.S, Olympic Team in 2002, he does not concentrate on making Black History. That doesn’t mean that we can’t recognize him for it though. At age 17, Shani became the first U.S. skater to earn a spot on both the short track and long track Junior World Teams and accomplished that feat three years in a row (2000, 2001 and 2002). Now ten years later, Shani has reached amazing heights of competing all around the world in various countries such as Hungary, Canada, Italy, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Norway, China, Japan, Korea, Finland and Poland. For a more detailed biography visit the Official Shani Davis site. The 2009-2010 season should be quite amazing for Shani Davis.. Good luck!

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