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Shani Davis Biography
Shani Davis (Shani Earl Davis) is an American speed skater. Shani Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Olympic Winter Games, winning the speedskating 1000 meter event. He won the silver medal in the 1500 meter event. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he repeated the feat, becoming the first man to successfully defend the 1000 meters and repeating as the 1500 meter silver medalist.
He won the silver medal at the 2004 World Allround Speed Skating Championships. He then proceeded to win the World Allround Championships in both 2005 and 2006. In 2009, he won the World Sprint Championships in Moscow, the site of his first World Allround Championship victory.
When Davis won those events, he became the second male skater to win both the Sprint and Allround in his career, after Eric Heiden. He has won six World Single Distance Championships titles, three at 1500 meters (in 2004, 2007 and 2009) and three at 1000 meters (in 2007, 2008 and 2011), and he led the United States to its first and only World Championship gold medal in the Team Pursuit event in 2011.
He has won ten careers in the Overall World Cup titles, six at 1000 meters (in 2006, 2008–10, 2012, 2014) and four at 1500 meters (2008–2011). Davis also earned the title of Grand World Cup Champion for the 2013–14 season, earning the most points across all distances.
His 58 career individual victories on the ISU Speed Skating World Cup circuit (through March 2014) place him second all-time among men. Davis has set a total of nine world records. He held the top spot on the world Adelskalender list after taking the lead from Sven Kramer in March 2009 for a little over ten years until Patrick Roest surpassed him in March 2019.
The Adelskalender ranks the all-time fastest long track speed skaters by personal best times in the four World Allround Championship distances. Davis is known for his consistency and technical proficiency.
Davis is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and trains at two U.S. Olympic training facilities, the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis, Wisconsin, and the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Shani Davis Age
Shani Davis was born on August 13, 1982, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is 36 years old as of 2018.
Shani Davis Education
Shani Davis graduated from Marquette Senior High School and he later joined Northern Michigan University. He got all the skills as a trainee in the Olympic speedskating center in Marquette, Michigan, where as of February 2010 he also was attending classes at Northern Michigan University.
Shani Davis Family
Shani Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois, the United States to his father who selected the name “Shani” from an African name dictionary; the name translates “to adventure.” His mother, Cherie, worked for a man who was a local lawyer as well as a speed skating official.
The lawyer’s son was an elite level speed skater. At her lawyer’s suggestion, Cherie enrolled Shani at the Robert Crown Center in nearby Evanston when he was six years old. His mother Cherie was determined about her son if he would reach his maximum potential.
She would wake Shani up in the morning to run a mile on a nearby track to build up his endurance. In order to be closer to his skating club, she and Davis moved from the neighborhood of Hyde Park to Rogers Park.
Shani Davis Net worth
Shani Davis earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as speed skater. He has an estimated net worth of $ 2 million dollars.
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Shani Davis was invited to Lake Placid, New York, to participate in a development program for young speed skaters.
After training there for a year, Davis decided to pursue his Olympic dreams and moved to Marquette, Michigan, to further his training.
There, he would graduate from Marquette Senior High School, where he ran track his senior year.
Davis earned spots on both the long track and short track teams at the 1999 junior world championship, simultaneously making the national team. In 2000, he made history by becoming the first U.S. skater to make the long and short track teams at the Junior World Teams, a feat he would accomplish again in 2001 and 2002.
His height has always made him unique among short trackers, who are much shorter. The extra height made it easier for Davis to race low to the ice. He would go on to win a bronze medal in the Team Relay at the 2005 World Short Track Championships in Beijing, China, shared by U.S. teammates Apolo Ohno, Rusty Smith, and Alex Izykowski.
Shani Davis Winter Olympics
He made his jump from junior competition to men’s speed skating in 2003. In February of that year, he earned the title of North American long track champion, which qualified him for the World Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden. During his Olympics competition, he adjusted on skating in the men’s division, and his scores were much lower than usual; he finished 16th overall.
On January 2004, he became the North American champion for the second consecutive year. He finished in second place overall in the 2004 World Allround Long Track Championships in Hamar, Norway. In March, Davis won the 1500 m at the men’s World Single Distance Championships in Seoul, finishing the race in 1:48.64 in March 2004.
He also set three world records in 2005 – two of them in Salt Lake City. At the World Championship Qualifier on January 9, 2005, he broke the 1500 m world record, recording a time of 1:43.33. He also set the world record for best overall time in the history of the Qualifiers – 149.359. A month later, Davis would win the World Champion all-around, scoring 150.778 points.
In November, he broke another world record at the third World Cup match in the fall of 2005, skating in the 1000 min 1:07.03. Davis did not participate at the Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City in December 2005 because his performances in the Fall World Cup events had already pre-qualified him for the Olympic Team in the 1000 m, 1500 m, and 5000 m events.
Turin and the team pursuit controversy
Shani Davis and the team pursuit event had its inception at the senior level during the 2004–05 season. Davis had never practiced or participated in the event, and U.S. Speedskating never expressed an interest in having Davis skate in the team pursuit event. In April 2005, U.S. Speedskating voted that it could appoint skaters to the Olympic Pursuit Team who had not otherwise made the team in an individual event. Having never skated the pursuit event,
Davis submitted his declaration to U.S. Speed skating; he informed them of his intention to skate the 1000 m, 1500 m, and 5000 m. On December 31, 2005, U.S. Speed skating named the maximum allotted 5 member team (K. C. Boutiette, Chad Hedrick, Charles Leveille, Clay Mull, and Derek Parra). The U.S coaches arrived in Turin and named Davis as a substitute for the pursuit team without his knowledge or consent.
During his Olympics event, he got an injury after the team and entered the competition track, the substitution would be permitted if an International Skating Union (ISU) Withdrawal Form had been presented to and accepted by the referee. No such injuries occurred, which meant that Davis was not even eligible to skate the team pursuit event at the Olympics.
The lineup for Team USA was announced on Saturday, February 11. Hedrick would skate with Mull and Leveille in the preliminary races; veteran Olympians Boutiette and Parra were reserved for the finals. Within hours, articles that denounced Davis as unpatriotic, selfish, and a poor teammate were posted on the Internet. Those same stories hit the newspapers the next day.
He had to defend himself and made up excuses for not skating in the event he was never eligible to compete in from the start. U.S. Speedskating remained silent during the controversy. Hedrick directed much of the criticism towards Davis.
Two days before the official announcement, Hedrick stated, “I don’t see what his logic is. We can’t be beaten if he skates. It’s his decision. I’m not going to get in the middle of it. I would like him to be in the pursuit, but am I going to beg him? No.”
The two skaters who had not earned spots in any individual event had been brought to Turin specifically to skate the team pursuit. Ironically, Davis said that he did not want to skate the pursuit event so that those skaters would have a chance to compete; this was a chance that Davis had been denied during the 2002 Games.
“It was a difficult decision for me,” Davis said. “Athletes came here just for [team] pursuit. I came here just for the 1000 meters, the 1500 meters, the 5000 meters.” In an email sent by U.S Speedskating Executive Director on February 3, 2005, USS terminated Davis’ athlete agreement effective February 4, 2005, discontinuing Davis’ USS benefits and terminating USS rights to the use of Davis’ name and image. Davis remained estranged from U.S. Speedskating.
Shani Davis Post-Olympic performance
Shani Davis won the final 1000 m World Cup event of the 2006 season at Thialf, Heerenveen, with a time of 1:08.91, becoming the first skater to skate below 1:09 in Heerenveen and also winning the overall World Cup on the 1000 meters. He placed fourth overall in the 1500 meters World Cup, despite only competing in three of the five races.
He defended his World Allround Championships title in Calgary in March 2006 with a world record of all-around score of 145.742. At the competition, he was paired with teammate Chad Hedrick in the 1500 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 all-around 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 10000, you have to skate a 1500 and a 5000 and you only have two days to do it.”
In the 2006–07 season, Davis placed third at the World Sprint Championships held in Hamar in January 2007 and also won world titles in the 1000 m and 1500 m events at the World Single Distance Championships held in Salt Lake City in March 2007.
In the 2007–08 season, he won overall world cup titles in the 1000 m and 1500 m, defended his 1000 m world title at the World Single Distance Championships held in Nagano, Japan, and tied for second in the 1500 m with Sven Kramer of the Netherlands.
In the 2008–09 season, he defended his world cup titles in the 1000 m and 1500 m. He broke world records in the 1000 m and 1500 m and won the 1500 world title at the World Single Distance Championships held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
He placed third in 1000 m and won the 2009 World Sprint Speed Skating Championship in Moscow. He became only the second male skater in history joining Eric Heiden to win both the World Allround and World Sprint titles. Read also Shireen Sandoval
Shani Davis Olympics
2014 Winter Olympics
In the 1000-meter race, Davis finished 8th at 1:09.12. In the 500-meter race, Davis finished 24th at 70.98. In the 1500-meter race, Davis finished 11th at 1:45.98. He did not compete in the 5000.
2018 Winter Olympics
On February 13, 2018, in the 1500-meter race, Davis finished 19th at 1:46.74. On February 23, 2018, in the 1000-meter race, Davis finished 7th at 1:08.78.
American flagbearer voting controversy
One day before the February 9 opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Davis Tweeted his displeasure with the process for choosing the American team flag bearer. Following a vote among representative athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations, Davis and four-time Olympic luger Erin Hamlin had each received four votes.
Following the pre-determined procedure for settling a tie vote, a coin toss was made. Hamlin won the toss and was therefore selected to carry the flag. Davis’s Tweet called the coin toss “dishonorable” and included the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018, implying that race was, or should have been, a factor in the election voting process.
Hamlin is a white female. Davis decided to boycott the opening ceremony. Reaction to Davis’s tweet and his opting out of the opening ceremony was overwhelmingly negative so much so that on the evening of February 9, the “protected” his Twitter profile so that only his confirmed followers could see or reply to any of his tweets.