Metro Area Follows Speed Skater Shani Davis€ Olympic Win, Live
John E De Freitas. | 2/24/2010, 11:08 p.m.
In 2006, Shani Davis became the first African American to capture an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics when he won the 1,000 meters in long-track speed skating, a feat that caused fans to describe him as the Tiger Woods of the sport.
This year, Washington D.C. audiences followed the race live on TV, Wed., Feb. 17 and Davis did not disappoint. He easily won the 1,000 meter race and his second gold medal.
However, days later as Davis sought his third gold, he once again had to settle for second place in the 1,500-meter race, Sat., Feb. 20.
Davis has now set his sights on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"I have to accept it, but I still want to be able to win that race," said Davis, his Olympics over after settling for silver this weekend behind surprise winner Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands.
"That has been my favorite race since I was a junior, since as far along as I can remember skating," Davis said of the 1,500. I always wanted to win that medal," he said.
Davis ended his Olympics with the same result as the 2006 Turin Games -- a gold in the 1,000 and a silver in the 1,500.
"I am sure it is going to keep me in the sport," Davis, 27, said.
"It is not a bad thing I love skating."
Speed skater Lovelll Walls, 9 of Washington, DC demonstrates his speed skating skills before the start of the Shani Davis watch party at the Fort DuPont Ice Rink in Southeast on Feb. 17. Photos by Khalid Naji-Allah
Nina Shaw, 6 of Washington, DC, holds a sign in support of U.S. Olympian Speed Skater Shani Davis at the Fort DuPont Ice Rink in Southeast on Feb. 17. Photos by Khalid Naji-Allah