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Davis Focused on History after Conquering Unorthodox Path

Shani Davis' mother wanted her young son to pursue roller dance, while guards at the Chicago ice rink he frequented just wished he would slow down. A myriad of medals in a glorious decade of elite speed skating prove emphatically the American was right to do neither.
(NBCOlympics.com) -- Shani Davis' mother wanted her young son to pursue roller dance, while guards at the Chicago ice rink he frequented just wished he would slow down. A myriad of medals in a glorious decade of elite speed skating prove emphatically the American was right to do neither.

The 31-year-old Davis, the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympic gold, heads to Sochi in February with more records in his sights as if to hammer home the point.

Olympic 1000m champion in Torino and Vancouver, Davis could become the first American to win the same event at three consecutive Games.

He is also entered in the 1500m and two medals in Russia will make him America's most decorated male long track speed skater.

"I first went roller skating at one of the many Chicago rinks. Mom thought I'd like roller dance but I just wanted to go fast, even then," Davis told Reuters in an interview.

"My speed got me in trouble sometimes with the rink guards, and someone who my mom worked for suggested I might like speed skating."

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