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Athlete Profile: Shani Davis

With less than a month to go before the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Games, we are going to be doing a profile on a different athlete each day. Today’s athlete is American speed skater Shani Davis.

Shani Davis is brash. He is competitive. He is controversial. He is, at times, an asshole. He is also the best speed skater in the world.

In Swahili, Shani means lightweight. Davis is definitely lightweight on the track. He currently holds the world record in the 1000m, the 1500m, and the samalog. If you want to know more about the samalog, click here.

After a controversial ruling that left him off the 2002 Olympic team, Davis made the most of his 4 year wait, winning a gold and a silver in Torino.

Davis has won 13 career medals at the world championships, 5 of them gold. Davis recently won the 2009 World Sprint Speed Skating Championship, held in Moscow, and is one of only 2 men ever to win both the World All-Around and World Sprint titles, the other being Eric Heiden.

Davis is undoubtedly the favorite in the 1000 and 1500m races next month.

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