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Feb 18: Shani Davis Becomes First Black Olympic Gold Medalist

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Shani Davis (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Shani Davis (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb 18, 2006, Shani Davis was awarded with a gold medal for speed skating, becoming the first black athlete to win gold during the Olympics.  His win in the 1000 meter event allowed Davis to make history in an individual sport.  He also placed silver in the 1500 meter dash.  The following Olympics cycle in 2010 allowed Davis a chance to defend the title and he became the first man to successfully defend his gold medal in the 1000 meter and defend his silver medal in the 1500 meter dash.

Now currently 31, Davis is back competing in the winter Olympic games and finished eighth in the 1000 meter race.

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