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SOLO ACT
March 10, 2010
Going into the 1,000 meters at the Richmond oval, defending champion Shani Davis (left) of the U.S. knew he had "a little thing on [my] back called a target." The first African-American to win individual Winter Olympic gold, the Chicago-born Davis struggled through 600 meters but dug down and scorched the final lap to edge South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum and surprise bronze medalist Chad Hedrick (above), his teammate. An iconoclast who trains apart from the U.S. squad, Davis faced his old nemesis Hedrick again in the 1,500. That showdown was spoiled by Dutchman Mark Tuitert, who skated the race of his life, relegating Davis to silver and Hedrick to sixth. Davis quickly turned the loss into fuel: Saying he wouldn't feel complete without a 1,500 title, he vowed to return in four years.
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March 10, 2010

Solo Act

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Going into the 1,000 meters at the Richmond oval, defending champion Shani Davis (left) of the U.S. knew he had "a little thing on [my] back called a target." The first African-American to win individual Winter Olympic gold, the Chicago-born Davis struggled through 600 meters but dug down and scorched the final lap to edge South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum and surprise bronze medalist Chad Hedrick (above), his teammate. An iconoclast who trains apart from the U.S. squad, Davis faced his old nemesis Hedrick again in the 1,500. That showdown was spoiled by Dutchman Mark Tuitert, who skated the race of his life, relegating Davis to silver and Hedrick to sixth. Davis quickly turned the loss into fuel: Saying he wouldn't feel complete without a 1,500 title, he vowed to return in four years.

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