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Shani Davis (born August 13, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American
speed skater who competes in both short track and long track speed skating.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Davis became the first black athlete to win
a gold medal in an individual sport (1,000 m) and the fifth black Winter
Olympics medalist. He also won the silver in the 1,500 m. He won the allround
World Allround Championships in both 2005 and 2006, after winning the silver
medal in 2004, and won the World Single Distance Championships 1,500 m
in 2004. Davis then defended his World Allround Championships title in
Calgary in March 2006 with a world record allround score of 145.742. At
the competition, Davis was paired with teammate Chad Hedrick in the 1,500
meter race, and dramatically broke Hedrick's own world record with a time
of 1:42.68, which Davis would later rebreak that year with a time of 1:42.32.
Regarding his world allround title, Davis said, "To me, this is bigger
than the Olympics. This medal is prestigious. Not only do you have to skate
500 meters, but you have to skate 10,000, you have to skate a 1,500 and
a 5,000 and you only have two days to do it." In the 2006-2007 season,
Shani placed third at the World Sprint Championships held in Hamar in January
2007 and also won world titles in the 1,000 m and 1,500 m events at the
World Single Distance Championships held in Salt Lake City in March 2007.
In the 2008-2009 season, Shani placed first at the World Sprint Championships
held in Russia in January 2009.