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Old Feb 18th, 2006, 05:33 PM   #1
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Shani Davis: 1st black person to win individual gold medal in winter olympic history!

Davis walks his talk with gold in 1,000 meters
Cheek takes second; Hedrick fails to medal in quest for second gold

TURIN, Italy - Shani Davis knew what he was talking about.

Davis became the first black to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history on Saturday, capturing the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating race. Joey Cheek made it a 1-2 American finish, adding a silver to his victory in the 500.

Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands captured the bronze.


Chad Hedrick, skating the weakest of his individual events, put up an early time that stood until Davis bested it in the 19th of 21 pairs with a time of 1 minute, 8.89 seconds.

Four other skaters passed Hedrick as well, leaving the Texan in sixth place — still an impressive showing considering he was skating the 1,000 for only the seventh time in his career.

Davis came under scrutiny from Hedrick for skipping the team pursuit — especially when the Hedrick-led squad was knocked out in the quarterfinals, doomed by a slow skater who might not have been on the ice if Davis was available.

But Davis, world record holder in the 1,000, wanted to focus on his signature event. It certainly paid off.

congrats to him!
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Old Feb 18th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #2
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Congrats to Shani. A deserved winner.
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Old Feb 18th, 2006, 05:42 PM   #5
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Good for him, but it would have been nice for him to skate for the US team and get us gold in pursuit. Not a good team player.
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That's what I thinking. what about her?
I forget what she won for tho. Was it an individual event?
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Good for him, but it would have been nice for him to skate for the US team and get us gold in pursuit. Not a good team player.
You obviously don't know the background on Shani Davis. I would encourage you to do a yahoo search search and see how the US Speed Skating Association treated him in the 2000 games and then you will see how team player is a two way streak. Things are so bad that he trains in Canada and not in the US.
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Good for him, but it would have been nice for him to skate for the US team and get us gold in pursuit. Not a good team player.
The 'team' part was just as much about Chad Hendrick than it was anything about team. Shani was right to skip it as the criticism has only been about him costing Chad the gold.
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Does anyone know if the following is true? I read it somewhere....

"Joey Cheek, the guy who donated all of his prize money from an earlier gold medal win refugees Darfur, finished second, collecting a silver medal and $15,000 more to donate.....

Another American skater, Chad Hedrick (Chad's the skater who won the first gold medal for US in speed skating this Olympics), was mad at Davis because Davis skipped out on an earlier relay event, leaving Hendrick, who was hoping to challenge Eric Heiden’s record of five golds in one Olympics, stuck with a slower skater, and ultimately doomed to lose in the quarterfinals. Someone asked Hedrick afterwards if he was happy for Shani Davis, and he said, “I’m happy for Joey.” ....
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Respect!

Davis and Ohno are best friends....
I love this.

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Does anyone know if the following is true? I read it somewhere....

"Joey Cheek, the guy who donated all of his prize money from an earlier gold medal win refugees Darfur, finished second, collecting a silver medal and $15,000 more to donate.....
Yes, he's donating his money to an organization Olov Kos (sp) developed. And he'll visit to see just how his money is being used. And he was also happy for Shani

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Another American skater, Chad Hedrick (Chad's the skater who won the first gold medal for US in speed skating this Olympics), was mad at Davis because Davis skipped out on an earlier relay event, leaving Hendrick, who was hoping to challenge Eric Heiden’s record of five golds in one Olympics, stuck with a slower skater, and ultimately doomed to lose in the quarterfinals. Someone asked Hedrick afterwards if he was happy for Shani Davis, and he said, “I’m happy for Joey.” ....
Which is why I don't care for the 'team' crap being pushed Shani's way. Chad wanted to be the star and he wanted the gold for his legacy. He's spinning this to be about the team when it was about his individual stats. Shani didn't oblige and now Shani is the bad guy? Chad sucks.
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That's what I thinking. what about her?
I forget what she won for tho. Was it an individual event?
No, it was for the two-woman bobsled. It was still an historic accomplishment, though.

A black man wins a gold medal in an individual sport, and people say he's not a team player. Could you imagine the comments if we ever win gold in the biathlon? "Those people get so much practice shooting each other, I'm surprised they haven't won this event sooner!"
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