Shani Davis: Making Black History at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Another First for Black Skaters

Davis’s speed and athleticism would continue to pay off as he made the Olympic team in 2002. He beat Apolo Ohno and Rusty Smith in the 1,000-meter race to earn a spot on the U.S. team becoming the first Black speed skater on the team. However, critics suggested that Ohno and Smith slowed down to let Shani get a spot on the team.

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