Shani Davis: Making Black History at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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A Child Star

Like most children, Davis enjoyed playing video games and hanging with friends, but seeing the star power in her son, Shani’s mother encouraged him to start competing when he was 8 years old. He began winning regional age-group competitions and started to gain interest in competing on a professional level.

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