Olympic Champion speedskater Shani Davis inspired the creation of DC-ICE during his initial visit to Washington, DC, following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Invited by his former youth coach, Coach Nat, and two families living near their local rink, Fort Dupont Ice Arena, Shani graciously accepted and helped spark into existence a novel learn-to-speedskate program that has since served several hundred youth in Washington, DC.

Olympian in Life

Shani visited DC-ICE again after winning Olympic Gold in 2006, where he was honored in the Martin Luther King Day parade, and he returned in 2010 after defending his Olympic crown. In 2012, he headlined Skate of the Union with DC-ICE, uniting skaters of all disciplines & backgrounds at the historic RFK Stadium campus. Shani also visited unannounced on several occasions. His unassuming participation serves as a bright example of Olympism.


Shani graciously served as the Honorary Chairman of Inner City Excellence and continues to inspire DC-ICE youth of all backgrounds in their daily pursuit of personal - and skating - excellence.


Skating Bio

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

  • Honorary DC-ICE Club Member since 2002

  • Discipline: Short Track & Long Track

  • Titles:

    • 2x Olympic Champion

    • 9x World Champion

    • 8x World Record Holder

    • 8x World Cup Champion

    • 44x World Cup Winner

    • 9x National Long-Track Champion

    • 4x National Junior Champion

    • 4x National Age-Group Champion

  • Personal Bests

    • 500m (Long Track): 34.7

    • 500m (Short Track): 43.0

    • 1000m: 1:06.4 (World Record 2009-2019)

    • 1500m: 1:41.0 (World Record 2009-2019)

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