VANCOUVER – 25 FEB.
As the 2010 Olympics near their epic conclusion, Shani Davis is savoring every moment.
“I’m really really enjoying this Olympic experience.It seems to get better and better every time.I’m honored to be part of something so universal.”
Shani has been able to spend quality time with family and friends, both in and out of the Olympic Village.His Olympic success has also thrust him into the media spotlight, where he’s been able to find a measure of comfort.NBC, Oprah, and Stephen Colbert are only a few of the media outlets that have sought an audience with the two-time Olympic Champion.
“I’ve tried to accommodate as many requests as I can without jeopardizing my Olympic experience or my preparation for the remaining World Cup races…It does get tiring, but hopefully I’ve represented the Olympic Movement well.”
Shani is also closely following speedskating’s remaining Olympic event, the Team Pursuit.Though he opted out of the event when forced to make a decision in December, he supports his U.S. Olympic Team compatriots in their effort to medal.”If I’d been able to make the decision now instead of last December I’d probably be racing, but now all I can do is watch and support my teammates.It will be exciting to watch.”
Shani is still in training for the remainder of the World Cup season: He is the current overall World Cup leader in the 1000 meters and 1500 meters and is determined to defend the overall World Cup titles he won last year in both distances. “The season’s definitely not over.There’s still a lot of business to take care of.”
Following the Games’ conclusion Davis heads for Europe, where two remaining post-Olympic World Cup races will take place.