Shani Davis eyes history in Sochi, thinks about 2018
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Shani Davis is from Chicago, but one of the faces of Team USA lives part time in Milwaukee.
"It's unreal to think of where I started off at," said the normally quiet Davis, the first-ever African American to win gold in an individual Winter Olympics event, to TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan.
"I waited my turn in line, and I really feel that this is my time, so I want to take as much advantage of it as I possibly can."
These Games could be another standard set by Shani.
In 2006, he was the first African-American to win an individual winter Olympics gold.
In 2010, he became the first man to successfully defend his title in the 1,000 meters.
In 2014, he could be the first speedskater to win gold medals in three Olympics.
Don't even rule Davis out in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"As long as I still have that competitive drive, the fire for me to do the work and get myself out of snowed-in cars and get up to Milwaukee for training in -10 weather, you'll see me skate," said Davis.
"If those aspirations fade away, I'll probably go off and do something else. I still love skating very much. I love the challenge. I love the competition. I still love what I'm able to do."
You can take literally what Davis was saying about dealing with weather to train. His blue-collar mentality was never more tested than this winter, when he was snowed in at his home in Chicago, and he had to come north.
He had to shovel himself out.
"I don't look for any handouts. If something needs to be done, I do it myself."
Davis allegedly inspired the Frozone character in "The Incredibles."
"I've heard the same thing, but I don't thinK Pixar has really signed off on it, but I'd like to think they got that idea from seeing me skate," Davis joked.