This Day in Black History: Aug. 13, 1982

INZELL, GERMANY - MARCH 11:  Shani Davis of USA celebrates after winning the 1000 m heats during Day 2 of the Essent ISU Speed Skating World Cup at the Max Aicher Arena on March 11, 2011 in Inzell, Germany.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Aug. 13, 1982

Olympic speed-skating gold medalist Shani Davis was born on Aug. 13, 1982.

Published August 13, 2014

American Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis was born on Aug. 13, 1982, in Chicago, where he began his lifelong practice as a skater. He first learned to roller skate at the age of two.

By the age of four, Davis had mastered roller skating and his coach suggested that he up the ante by switching to ice skating. Davis took his coach’s advice and joined the Evanston Speed Skating Club at 6 years old. After two months of practice, he started competing locally.

Davis began breaking national records early in his career as a speed skater. At 22, he won his third consecutive U.S. All-Around Championship and Regional Qualifier, becoming the first U.S. skater to qualify for all three World Teams during the same season.

At age 27, during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Davis became the first man to be a repeated champion of the Olympic 100m. In 2013, Davis passed 10,000 points for his World Cup career. He is one of three men to do so.

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(Photo: Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Written by LaToya Bowlah


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