BOSSIP will be spotlighting Black athletes shining in the 2010 Winter Olympic games. First up is Shani Davis…he is the first Black Winter Olympic champion ever (won gold in 2006 for 1,000m):
Defending Olympic 1,000m speed skating champion Shani Davis said Wednesday he is “having more fun” in Vancouver than at previous Games as he bids for another gold medal. Davis became the first black Winter Olympic individual event champion by winning the 2006 Olympic 1,000m gold and also took 1,500m silver. The three-time 1,500m and two-time 1,000m world champion owns world records at each distance.
In Vancouver the 27-year-old is entered in the men’s 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 5000m races. “I’m getting used to the ice now. I’m doing well. I hope my confidence continues to grow and when competition comes I hope to do well,” he said. “Things are really good. I’m having more fun here than at my two other Olympics so that’s a good starting point for my third Olympics.
“You got to be focused but I do play a lot as well. Out of any other speedskater I think I have the most fun but during game time I put that away,” he added. Davis, who said he was in “good shape,” believes the US speedskating team has a decent mix of veterans and young athletes determined to prove themselves.
He reiterated his decision not to race in the team pursuit event. “My decision stands not to do it. But who knows what will happen later in the event? But right now I passed up my spot.”
We wish him the best of luck and hope he makes it rain on them hoes in 2010.