Skater Davis’ coach dies at 73

The Detroit News - - Front Page - As­so­ci­ated Press

Robert Fenn, a Mil­wau­kee-based speed­skat­ing coach who men­tored two-time Olympic gold medal­ist and North­ern Michi­gan alum Shani Davis, has died. He was 73.

He died un­ex­pect­edly Sun­day at his home in Waukesha, Wis­con­sin.

The Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel re­ports Fenn was also an ac­com­plished speed­skater and won gold and bronze medals at the short-track world cham­pi­onships in 1976.

Davis tells the news­pa­per that Fenn “was the best guy you could have in your cor­ner” and called him “a pil­lar of con­fi­dence.”

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