Head to ESPN Zone and show your support of local Olympian Shani Davis (2/17 5:30pm)

Coaches, colleagues and friends gather to cheer on Chicago speed skating star

ESPN Zone will host a watch party for Chicago product Shani Davis on Wednesday, February 17, as he competes in the 1,000-meter speed skating race at 6 p.m. The 27-year-old is scheduled to compete in four races in Vancouver, and is favored to win the 1,000m and 1,500m.

Shani’s former coach and legend in the sport, Sanders “Sam” Hicks, will be in attendance, along with current Evanston Speed Skating Club (ESSC) coach Jim Nubani. Hicks founded ESSC in 1966 and is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame. Both coaches will be available for media interviews and will be joined by dozens of Davis’ supporters from the ESSC and Chicagoland.

Davis, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, won gold in the 1,000m and silver in the 1,500m in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino and is the current World Record holder in both categories. Davis took up speed skating at just six years old when his mother enrolled him at the ESSC.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
5:30 p.m.

ESPN Zone (Corner of Ohio & Wabash)
43 E. Ohio St. [google map]
Chicago, IL 60611

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