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Shani Davis

Shani Davis
Speed Skating USA

Shani Davis

Shani Davis
  • Birth date 8/13/1982
  • Birthplace Chicago, IL
  • Hometown Chicago, IL
  • Residence Chicago, IL
  • Height/Weight 6'2"/ 185 lbs
  • Olympics 2006, 2010, 2014


Two-time Olympic speed skating champion Shani Davis made his first Olympic team in 2002—for short track. Davis, who grew up training in both long and short track speed skating, was selected as the U.S. short track’s team relay alternate, and didn’t end up competing at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Four years later, he made his official Olympic debut at the 2006 Torino Winter Games, this time as a member of the U.S. speed skating team. It was the start of a history-making run for Davis: when he won 1000m gold in Torino, he became the first African-American athlete and first black athlete from any country to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Davis also earned a 1500m silver medal at the 2006 Games.

Davis successfully defended his 1000m Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and also picked up a second silver medal in the 1500m. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Davis finished eighth in the 1000m and 11th in the 1500m. He was back in winning form a year later, when he claimed 1000m gold at the 2015 World Championships. Now 35 years old, Davis has stated that PyeongChang will likely be his final Olympics.
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Getting to know Shani Davis


Learned to roller skate at age 2


Made U.S. Olympic short track team for 2002 Olympics but didn’t race


Current world record holder in 1000m, set in 2009

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