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“Shani Davis”

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Iron Roots Athlete Tribute WOD

583 17
  • For Time
  • Buy-In: 1,000 meter Run
  • Then, 4 Rounds of:
  • 9 Back Squats (135/95 lb)
  • 13 Deadlifts (135/95 lb)
  • 19 Lateral Skiers Over a Box (24/20 in)
  • Buy-Out: 1,500 meter Run

With a running clock, as fast as possible complete the prescribed work. Athlete will start with the buy-in of 1,000 meter Run. Then, complete 4 rounds of 9 Back Squats, 13 Deadlifts, and 19 Lateral Skiers over a Box. Finally, complete the buy-out of 1,500 meter Run to end the workout.

Score is the time on the clock when the buy-out is completed.

Movement Standard

Lateral Skiers Over a Box: This is a variation of the Box Step-Up wherein athlete will jump with one foot on the box and the other foot to the ground on the opposite side of the Box. Alternate feet every rep. Watch the movement demo.


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Background: This workout is dedicated to Shani Davis. Shani was born on the Southside of Chicago on August 13, 1982 and raised by his mother. It was his mother who introduced him to skating at the age of two and then eventually switched over to the ice at age six. The switch was influenced by the attorney Shani’s mother worked for, who’s own son was involved with speed skating at an elite level.

Davis didn’t set out to break barriers or even be a champion, he just wanted to be a fast skater. Luckily for us, he accomplished both and became the USA’s winningest male speed skater. He credits much of his success to his mother, who moved them out of the inner city to the far north side as there were no rinks in the inner city. To this day she manages his career and it has been quite an illustrious career to manage. In 2006, Davis became the first Black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Olympic Winter Games by winning the 1000m speed skating event in Turin, Italy. He’s won world titles in the all-around, sprint, single distances, and team pursuit, held the 1000m and 1500m world records, and still ranks second in the historic Adelskalendar, which ranks skaters overall based on their times across all Olympic distances.

Shani was enshrined in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall, where he is honored as one of U.S. sports history’s greatest ‘Gamechangers’, alongside Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson and other luminaries. He is also beloved by people of his hometown Chicago, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in DC, where he inspired the creation of Inner City Excellence (ICE), a skating-based youth development program rooted in Olympism that serves hundreds of children each year.

This workout was designed by Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete as part of their celebration for the Black History Month in February. Their mission for this celebration is to educate people on lesser-known athletes who have helped to shape and influence American Sports.

They encourage you to do continued research and follow up with their action items through donation, volunteering, and most importantly being active in your allyship.

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