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Shani Davis and hometown pride

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There's nothing like a hometown win.

Chicago got a huge one last night -- a repeat gold medal for South Sider Shani Davis in men's 1,000-meter speedskating.

A few weeks ago, in preparation for the Olympics, I went to the Robert Crown Center rink in Evanston to channel a little Shani. Though a South Sider, Davis grew up skating at that public rink and the sight of a banner honoring him -- "Home of Shani Davis" -- helped me feel, in a small but powerful way, a part of the Olympics.

Normal people, not just superstars, can make it the Olympics.

So last night, when Davis captured his gold, this normally reserved and impartial observer of the world shouted with glee -- "Way to go, Shani!"

It's parochial, maybe even small-minded to root for a guy just because he's from your town.

But when you've got a winner on your hands, how can you possibly hold back?

Thanks for the victory, Shani.

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