Sochi Spotlight: Racing Toward Olympic History

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The 31-year-old speedskater is looking to make history this year at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games. Shani Davis, the defending gold medalist for the 1,000 meter race, is chasing history this year as he looks to become the first U.S. man to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event.

The self-coached athlete recently placed first in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters and is a heavy favorite in the Olympic Games to win gold for USA.

Along with U.S. snowboarder Shaun White, both Olympic stars are looking to win three straight medals for Team USA in their respective events. But since the 1,000 meter final is on Feb. 12, a week before “The Flying Tomato” looks to takeoff in the halfpipe final; Davis is the front-runner to make history this month.

In an event where one-one hundredths of a second has the biggest impact amongst the speedskaters, Davis finds himself once again looking to reach another Olympic milestone.

Back in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy; the 6-foot 2 speedskater took over the headlines in his first Olympic appearance when he became the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Games. He also ended up taking home a silver medal in the 1,500 meter race which made him a young superstar on the ice for the U.S.

Four years later in the Vancouver Winter Games, Davis successfully became the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in the 1,000 meter event, and also duplicated his Olympic performance in the 1,500 meter race with another silver medal.

Davis currently holds the world record for the 1,000 and 1,500 meter race. Back in 2009 he broke the 1,000 m world record with a time of 1:06.42 and the 1,500 m world record by crossing the finish line with a time of 1:42.04.

Shani Davis is poised to make history in the upcoming weeks now that the games have begun. Be sure to cheer-on the Chicago native and don’t be surprised when Davis is on top of the podium.

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