Shani Davis is an Olympic Champion speed skater from the United States. At the 2006, Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first Black athelete (from any nation) to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Olympic Winter Games, winning the speedskating 1000 meter event. Mo'N Davis, Shani Davis
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Charlotte Cooper is the FIRST woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics (Tennis, Paris 1900, Team GB)
At the London Olympics, Kayla Harrison became the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo.
William DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to win a gold medal in an individual competition in the Olympic Games. He was born on November 25, 1903, in Cincinnati, Ohio. After completing high school in Cincinnati, Hubbard enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he excelled as a track and field athlete. In 1924, Hubbard participated in the running long jump at the Olympic Games in Paris, France. He won the gold medal.