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Sat, 02.18.2006

First Black Winter Olympic individual Gold Medal won

Shani Davis

*On this date in 2006, Shani Davis became the first Black to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

He captured the men's 1,000-meter speed skating race in Turin, Italy. After crossing the line and spotting his time, the first guy to break 1:09 on the slow Turin ice, Davis thrust his right fist in the air.

As he coasted along the back straightaway, he raised both arms toward the roof of the Olympic oval, and then put his hands on his head in obvious relief.

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