34 Total Quotes

Shani Davis Quotes

Because it's an improvement. As long as I'm improving, I'm pretty happy if it's a world record or a rink record.
Shani Davis
#Improvement

Last man standing -- that's what it is.
Shani Davis
#Man

The competition is not over. Lord knows what can happen. It's short track, so I just try to stay positive and I just keep on trying to push and exert all that energy out of my body. The rest is history.
Shani Davis
#Competition

I've trained all my life for this. If it's meant to be, I'll make the team. If not, I'll know I tried my best.
Shani Davis
#Life

I can be really fast, but other people are in the race. So you've got to be able to maneuver around those guys, and you have to be a little more versatile out there on the ice. I bring my fitness that I gained from the long track over to here. Hopefully, I'll be able to put it to good use.
Shani Davis
#People

I really don't consider this a defeat because I am skating better and better every race.
Shani Davis
#Defeat

My obligation is to my sponsor.
Shani Davis
#Obligation

We're a very competitive country. We want the best of the best. But as an athlete, you can't allow that to put pressure on you. You just have to be your own person and do what you can to find success for you.
Shani Davis
#Country

No one loves you more than your mother. It's like on the Discovery Channel where you see a bald eagle do everything it can to protect its young. People can say whatever they want, but it's a sticks-and-stones thing.
Shani Davis
#Discovery

I don't want to be a celebrity athlete. When you are, there's this pressure on you. It's like you have this halo over your head and have to walk on eggshells. That's not for me. All that glamour builds up a false sense of ego. It's not needed. I'm already happy with who I am. My job is just to get on the (medal) podium.
Shani Davis
#Celebrity

If what I do creates a common interest among certain people to try something different, great. Whatever comes from what I do is a bonus. But I'm just trying to win. People will make their own choices, anyway.
Shani Davis
#Interest

I've been training all year for the 1,000 meters. I want to give myself the best opportunity in the 1,000. Skating the pursuit would take away from that. It's not a difficult decision.
Shani Davis
#Opportunity

It showed that all the hard work and all the sacrifice paid off. Kids in general, if you put your mind to it and you believe it, you can achieve it.
Shani Davis
#Hard Work

I'm just just happy about my race. More than anything, the things that I've trained for, I was right about.
Shani Davis
#Race

He's on the top floor and I'm on the first floor. I mind my business and he minds his business and whatever's whatever.
Shani Davis
#Business

I'm one of a kind.
Shani Davis
#Kind

Joey almost gave me a heart attack when I saw how fast he was going.
Shani Davis
#Heart

I was trying not to sweat bullets.
Shani Davis
#Trying

I'm one of a kind. I'm a different type of person. I have a different charisma. A lot of people don't understand me.
Shani Davis
#Charisma

I'm not trying to beat Chad. I'm trying to beat everyone.
Shani Davis
#Trying

The Dutch fans are really passionate about speed skating. They bring a lot of energy and atmosphere to our sport.
Shani Davis
#Energy

I'm trying not to get too emotional because I have more events. I'll be emotional in the closing ceremony, but I've got a job to do. I've got to stay focused.
Shani Davis
#Events

You've got to be tough. People are skating really well, and you've got to go out there and know you're a tough dude.
Shani Davis
#People

I love my city. I love baseball. I love the White Sox. That's a lot of patriotic things.
Shani Davis
#Baseball

I am upset because I didn't take advantage of the opportunity of being in the last pair and being able to really go for it.
Shani Davis
#Opportunity

I was not focused on trying to beat Chad. Chad is one person in the field. There are lots of others out there trying to win medals besides me and Chad.
Shani Davis
#Trying

He skated a beautiful race. He was the best today ... I am very proud of him, he's a champion.
Shani Davis
#Race

This is not a heavyweight boxing fight.
Shani Davis
#Boxing

I couldn't hold it together mentally. I couldn't finish the race the way I needed to physically.
Shani Davis
#Race

I'll be honest with you. Sure, Chad and I are fighting for the same thing. But it would have been kind of nice after I won the 1,000 if he would have been a good teammate and shook my hand.
Shani Davis
#Fighting