I’m looking forward to the winter Olympics for a few reasons, one is this man right here. Shani Davis could be in for more individual success on the same Sochi ice, where he won silver in the 1,500 and bronze in the 1,000 at the 2013 ISU world single distance championships. He could join Eric Heiden as the only male skaters to win world championships in the sprint and all-around competitions. Davis is just the third male to pass 10,000 points on the ISU speed skating World Cup circuit.
If all those accolades aren’t enough to make you watch this man skate, then perhaps this is. He could win two more medals in Sochi, that would bring Davis‘ total medal count to six. He would then surpass Eric Heiden and Chad Hedrick as the most decorated male Olympic long-track speedskater in U.S. History. Wow, I know, right!
Davis is a pioneer in the sport of speedskating and overall history of Olympic winter competition. Davis became the first African-American from any nation to take home a gold medal in an individual winter Olympic event when he won the 1,000 meters at the 2006 Games in Turin. Four years later in Vancouver, he successfully defended his gold to become the first male to accomplish such feat in that Olympic event. Davis also captured silver in the 1,500 meters at the last two winter Olympics, and competed but did not medal in the 500 and 5,000 at the 2010 Games.
If you miss this amazing skater during the Olympic games, then you will be missing out on a piece of history in the making. This feat might not ever be repeated in our lifetime.
I know I’ll be watching Shani Davis. Good Luck!