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Shani Davis

First Black Athlete to Win a Gold Medal for Speed Skating at the Olympic Winter Games

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Shani Davis started roller-skating at local rinks at age 2. By age 4, Shani was darting around the roller rink so fast that skate guards would chase him just to ask him to slow down. Seeming to become bored with roller-skating, a coach suggested that Shani switch to ice skating. Shortly thereafter, his mother started working for an attorney whose son happened to be involved in speed skating at an elite level and who suggested that Shani give speed skating a try.

Shani joined the Evanston Speedskating Club at age 6 and within two months started competing locally. Though immediately thrilled by the sport's speed, at competitions Shani was generally more interested in running around with his skating friends and playing video games than he was with competing. Nevertheless, by age 8 he was winning regional age-group competitions and began to hear about the Olympic ideal from his competitors and friends at the Northbrook Speedskating Club. Shani's mother encouraged him to pursue his full potential, and in an effort to build his endurance woke him most mornings to run a mile on a track close to their home. As there were - and still are - no speed skating clubs in inner city Chicago, at age 10 Shani and his mother moved to the far north side of the city to be closer to the Evanston rink.

Shani won five National Age Group Championships (1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003) and also won a North American Championship in 1999. Though Shani became the first Black speed skater to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2002, Shani has never concentrated on making Black history. Shani began making skating history at age 17 when he became the first American skater to earn spots on both the short track and long track Junior World Team, accomplishing that feat three years in a row in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

At 22, Shani won his third consecutive U.S. All-Around Championship and Regional Qualifier (long track events) and became the first U.S. skater to make all three World Teams in the same season (World Sprint, World All-Around and World Short Track), winning medals at all three events and ultimately winning the 2005 World Allround Championships in Moscow, Russia.

At 23, Shani won Gold and Silver at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, and also repeated his World All-Around Title in Calgary. In the 2006-2007 season, Shani won world titles in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter events. The following season (2007-2008) Shani repeated his 1000 meter World Title. The 2008-2009 season saw Shani win his first World Sprint Title in Moscow, Russia, and his third 1500 meter World Title in Vancouver.

In 2009-2010, at age 27, Shani broke two world records (1000m and 1500m), won Gold and Silver in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games -- becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic 1000 m Champion -- and he won his third consecutive Overall World Cup Titles in the 1000 and 1500 meters.

Since winning his second Olympic Gold medal, Shani has has raised the bar even higher for speedskating excellence. In 2010-2011 he won the Overall World Cup 1500 meter for a fourth time and won the World Championship 1000m for a third time. He also lead his teammates to the USA's first Team Pursuit World Championship Gold Medal. In 2011-2012, Shani won his record fifth Overall World Cup 1000m crown and passed the 50-win milestone on the World Cup circuit, becoming the United States' winningest male speedskater. In 2012-13 he passed 10,000 points for his World Cup career, one of only three men to do so.

Only 31, Shani has traveled all over the world competing in Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and The Netherlands. He is beloved and respected by speedskating fans everywhere he goes, and he even possesses a World Passport. He is also beloved by people at home, especially in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in Washington, DC, where he inspired the creation of Inner City Excellence (ICE), a skating-based youth development program rooted in Olympism that serves hundreds of children each year.

Entering the 25th year of his illustrious speed skating career, Shani looks forward to continuing his pursuit of excellence far into the future, both on the ice and off.

"I did not want to be a Champion growing up, just a fast skater." - Shani Davis

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Shani Davis Biography

Shani Davis started roller-skating at local rinks at age 2. By age 4, Shani was darting around the roller rink so fast that skate guards would chase him just to ask him to slow down. Seeming to become bored with roller-skating, a coach suggested that Shani switch to ice skating. Shortly thereafter, his mother started working for an attorney whose son happened to be involved in speed skating at an elite level and who suggested that Shani give speed skating a try.

Shani joined the Evanston Speedskating Club at age 6 and within two months started competing locally. Though immediately thrilled by the sport's speed, at competitions Shani was generally more interested in running around with his skating friends and playing video games than he was with competing. Nevertheless, by age 8 he was winning regional age-group competitions and began to hear about the Olympic ideal from his competitors and friends at the Northbrook Speedskating Club. Shani's mother encouraged him to pursue his full potential, and in an effort to build his endurance woke him most mornings to run a mile on a track close to their home. As there were - and still are - no speed skating clubs in inner city Chicago, at age 10 Shani and his mother moved to the far north side of the city to be closer to the Evanston rink.

Shani won five National Age Group Championships (1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003) and also won a North American Championship in 1999. Though Shani became the first Black speed skater to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2002, Shani has never concentrated on making Black history. Shani began making skating history at age 17 when he became the first American skater to earn spots on both the short track and long track Junior World Team, accomplishing that feat three years in a row in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

At 22, Shani won his third consecutive U.S. All-Around Championship and Regional Qualifier (long track events) and became the first U.S. skater to make all three World Teams in the same season (World Sprint, World All-Around and World Short Track), winning medals at all three events and ultimately winning the 2005 World Allround Championships in Moscow, Russia.

At 23, Shani won Gold and Silver at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, and also repeated his World All-Around Title in Calgary. In the 2006-2007 season, Shani won world titles in the 1000 meter and 1500 meter events. The following season (2007-2008) Shani repeated his 1000 meter World Title. The 2008-2009 season saw Shani win his first World Sprint Title in Moscow, Russia, and his third 1500 meter World Title in Vancouver.

In 2009-2010, at age 27, Shani broke two world records (1000m and 1500m), won Gold and Silver in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games -- becoming the first man to repeat as Olympic 1000 m Champion -- and he won his third consecutive Overall World Cup Titles in the 1000 and 1500 meters.

Since winning his second Olympic Gold medal, Shani has has raised the bar even higher for speedskating excellence. In 2010-2011 he won the Overall World Cup 1500 meter for a fourth time and won the World Championship 1000m for a third time. He also lead his teammates to the USA's first Team Pursuit World Championship Gold Medal. In 2011-2012, Shani won his record fifth Overall World Cup 1000m crown and passed the 50-win milestone on the World Cup circuit, becoming the United States' winningest male speedskater. In 2012-13 he passed 10,000 points for his World Cup career, one of only three men to do so.

Only 31, Shani has traveled all over the world competing in Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and The Netherlands. He is beloved and respected by speedskating fans everywhere he goes, and he even possesses a World Passport. He is also beloved by people at home, especially in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in Washington, DC, where he inspired the creation of Inner City Excellence (ICE), a skating-based youth development program rooted in Olympism that serves hundreds of children each year.

Entering the 25th year of his illustrious speed skating career, Shani looks forward to continuing his pursuit of excellence far into the future, both on the ice and off.

"I did not want to be a Champion growing up, just a fast skater." - Shani Davis

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  • How to book Shani Davis?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shani Davis for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Shani Davis, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shani Davis or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Shani Davis?

    Booking fees for Shani Davis, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shani Davis, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Shani Davis?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shani Davis for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shani Davis for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shani Davis or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shani Davis or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Shani Davis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Shani Davis for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Shani Davis generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Eric Heiden, Dominique Dawes, Tommie Smith and Jason Collins. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shani Davis for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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