Quest for Gold: Shani Davis surpassing own expectations

Quest for Gold: Shani Davis surpassing own expectations

December 22, 2013, 10:30 am
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CSN Staff

Dreaming of one day becoming an Olympic Champion may cross the minds of some ambitious athletes but it wasn’t in the foreseeable future for a young kid growing up in the City of Chicago.

"I did not want to be a champion growing up, I just wanted to be a fast skater," said World record holder Shani Davis.

Davis -- who has earned four Olympic medals, two gold and two silver -- has transformed into a world-class athlete. And as he enters his third Olympics, reflecting back on how far he has come in life is an inspiring story for any aspiring athlete. Never forgetting where he came from is the motto he carries with him at all times, something that was instilled in him a youngster by the one he credits all his success to -- his mother.  

In 2006, Davis became the first African American from any country to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Winter Olympic Games. He has won back-to-back gold medals in the 1000 meter, and will attempt to become the first athlete to ever win gold in the same event in three-straight Olympic Games. He has also won silver in the 1500 meter in back-to-back Winter Olympic Games.

Davis has earned 84 individual medals in World Cup competition, which ranks second all-time to legendary United States speed skater Dan Jansen. Currently, he is the world record holder in both the 1000 and 1500 meters.

But even with all the accomplishments and accolades he has earned, Davis remains thankful and humble, never forgetting his Chicago roots. 

Be sure to catch "Quest for Gold 2014," a 30-minute special highlighting gold-medal hopefuls heading to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, airing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 25 on Comcast SportsNet.

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