Tuesday, February 21, 2006

It has been 59 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball and was named rookie of the year. From my limited knowledge, it looks to me like Shani Davis is the Jackie Robinson of speed skating. It’s 2006 and Shani Davis is the first African-American man to receive a gold medal in the winter Olympics. Tonight Davis will compete with another U.S. skater who seems to think it is his purview to set the agenda for American skaters. I’ll be cheering for Davis instead of the Texan. If Chad Hedrick wins, I’ll try not to adopt the same attitude toward him that he had about Davis’s victory in the 1,000m. But it won’t be easy.


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