Shani Davis to Buy Ice Skates for Local Arena

Mayor of Evanston proclaims April "Shani Davis Month"

By Alex Perez
|  Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 7:20 AM CDT
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A couple hundred speedskating fans packed the Robert Crown Ice Arena in Evanston on Thursday to meet and honor Olympic Speedskater Shani Davis.

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A couple hundred speedskating fans packed the Robert Crown Ice Arena in Evanston on Thursday to meet and honor Olympic Speedskater Shani Davis.

"I'm grateful to everyone here," the 27-year-old shouted to the crowd. "These medals are proof that with hard-work and dedication, you do get rewarded."

Davis made Olympic history during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, becoming the first African-American speedskater to win gold in the 1,000 meter race in back-to-back Olympics.  He also scored a silver in the 1,500 meter race.

To show his apprecation for the club where he began his career and the dozens that lined up to greet him, Davis said he plans to buy all new skates for the arena.  He said the children there have been using the same skates he was using when he first skated there 21 years ago.

The Mayor of Evanston also proclaimed April to be Shani Davis Month.

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