Shani Davis Makes Fifth Straight Olympics

Shani Davis Makes Fifth Straight Olympics

MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 03: Shani Davis competes in the Men's 1000 meter event during the U.S. Speed Skating Long Track Olympic Trials at the Pettit National Ice Center on January 3, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Shani Davis, the first African-American to win an individual Olympic gold medal, finished second in the 1,000-meter long track speed skating Olympic trials in Milwaukee in a time of 1:09.23, marking his fifth consecutive Olympic games.

Joey Mantia came in first (1:09.15) to qualify for his second consecutive Olympics, and two-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore rounded out the top three (1:09.31).

Chicago native Davis got his start as a toddler in roller skates and joined the US junior national speedskating team as a 16-year-old in 1999, joining the Olympic team in 2002 as an alternate on the short track team.

Written by Madison365 staff