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Old 02-14-2006, 02:33 PM   #16
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Yes I understand that deep, I know about the genocide, the rapes, the horror of what is happening there.

Nevermind, forget it
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Yes I understand that deep, I know about the genocide, the rapes, the horror of what is happening there.

Nevermind, forget it
Come on, now. It was clear that even through Cheek mentioned genocide, he really was talking about GWB policies regarding Gosh (even though most have never heard of him before).

What other angles can we shoehorn into this thread?
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Please, no politics in this thread.
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Well done. So nice to see someone giving back.
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WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
For Cheek, Gold Is the Gift That Keeps On Giving

American speedskater wins men's 500-meter race, then says he will donate his $25,000 USOC bonus to charity

By Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer


TURIN, Italy — Gold was on his mind. What good would a gold medal do, after all, when the applause died down?

So, two days before his race, Joey Cheek had coffee with Johann Olav Koss in the Olympic village, an American speedskater and his Norwegian inspiration. Koss won four gold medals in speedskating, then devoted his life to the children of the world.


Cheek did not ask Koss how to win the race. He asked how he could help others if he did.

"He was talking that he wanted to do something big," Koss said. "I was so humbled to meet such a person. The most important race of his life is coming up in a couple days, and he's talking about what he can do to give back."

Cheek did that, within minutes after he'd won the men's 500-meter race Monday. He announced that he would donate $25,000 so that children in African refugee camps might have a chance to play sports.

"For me to walk away with a gold medal is amazing," Cheek said, "and the best way to say thanks that I can think of is to help somebody else."

The $25,000 represents the prize awarded by the U.S. Olympic Committee to all gold medalists. Cheek donated his to Right to Play, the organization led by Koss that provides recreation programs to underprivileged children in 20 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Cheek, citing the U.S. government's finding of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, said he wanted to sponsor programs for what he said were 60,000 children forced into neighboring Chad. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) wrote last week in the Baltimore Sun that more than 2 million people had been displaced from Darfur over the last two years.

Cheek, who lives in Park City, Utah, also said he would ask his sponsors — Nike and Oakley — and "all of the Olympic sponsors that give hundreds of millions of dollars" to match his donation. And, if he wins the 1,000 meters on Saturday, he said he would donate that $25,000 as well.

In the traditional post-competition news conference, gold medalists generally describe the thrill of victory and the agony of previous defeats. But Cheek would not address that lighter side until he had made his announcement, well aware that the world might never again pay attention to him.

"I can take the time to gush about how wonderful I feel," he said, "or I can use it for something productive."

In a sport in which every hundredth of a second can be critical, Cheek won with almost laughable ease. He skated each of the two heats in under 35 seconds. No other skater has done so even once.

The margin between Cheek and silver medalist Dmitry Dorofeyev of Russia — 65 hundredths of a second — was greater than the margin between Dorofeyev and the ninth-place finisher.

"I don't know how I skated that fast," Cheek said.

After the first heat, his lead was so commanding that, he said, "I knew I had to not screw up and I would win."

Kang-Seok Lee of South Korea won the bronze medal.

American Casey FitzRandolph, who won gold in Salt Lake City, finished 12th, doomed by the momentary slip of a skate.

"It was my own fault," FitzRandolph said. "I caught the outside edge, and my day was over. That's sprinting for you."

Still, Cheek's victory gave the U.S. consecutive gold medals at 500 meters, last accomplished by West Germany in 1968 and 1972.

Cheek won bronze at Salt Lake City and won the world sprint championship last month, so in no way was his performance an upset. But no matter how good the cause, you could tempt fate by talking about what you might do when you win.

"A little risky, don't you think?" he said with a smile. "I just wanted to be prepared if the stars aligned. God blessed me."

His mother, Chris, said she had no idea her son would make such an announcement. His girlfriend, Eleanor Collins, said he had talked about working with Right to Play, but nothing specific.


"I just assumed it would be more like speaking engagements or volunteering his time," she said. "This is great."

And, when the two men met for coffee, Koss said he wasn't sure quite what Cheek meant by "something big." When a reporter called Monday night and told him the size of the donation, Koss sounded so stunned he had to repeat the figure to believe it.

"Was it $25,000? That's amazing," Koss said. "That's totally fantastic.

"He's an Olympic speedskater. He doesn't make money. This is absolutely incredible."


Background on U.S. speedskater Joey Cheek, who won the gold medal in the men's 500-meter race Monday.

• Age: 26 (date of birth: June 22, 1979)

• Place of birth: Greensboro, N.C.

• Career: Began speedskating in 1995, started to focus on sprint racing in 2000.

PREVIOUS OLYMPICS



• Bronze: in 1,000, Salt Lake City, 2002.

• Fourth: in 1,500, Salt Lake City, 2002.

• Sixth: in 500, Salt Lake City, 2002.

WORLD CUP

• Current rank: Second.

• Bronze: in 1,000 at World Single Distance Championships, Berlin, 2003.



• Bronze: in 1,500 at World Single Distance Championships, Berlin, 2003.

• Gold: in sprint combination at World Sprint Championships, Heerenveen, 2006.

MEDAL WINNERS

MEN'S 500 METERS

GOLD

• Joey Cheek, Greensboro, N.C.

SILVER

• Dmitry Dorofeyev, Russia

BRONZE

• Kang-Seok Lee, South Korea




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I can think of no better person for Valentine's Day than Joey Cheek!

Instead of taking his biggest moment in the spotlight for himself, he turned that moment around and spoke from his heart about the current situation in Darfur, especially the children of Darfur, and then goes one step further by not only donating his Olympic winnings to build a school for the children of Darfur but challenges the corporations who have sponsored him to join in the project and match his own contribution!


PURE BRILLIANCE !


Almost sounds like Bono's RED Campaign.


An amazing and inspirational man - and an example for us all to follow.


What a wonderful way to celebrate the true meaning of St. Valentine's Day!


Joey Cheek -
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Wonderful thing he's done, what an example of Olympic and human spirit!
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this seems like a waste to me. his money is just going to be wasted by corrupt black people. he should've invested in wal mart or some other successful company that showcases american values.
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I hadn't heard this news until tonite. This is heartwarming! What a giving young man to do something so huge like this!
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TURIN, Italy - Speedskater Joey Cheek was elected by the U.S. team to carry the American flag during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Sunday night.

Cheek has won two medals at the Turin Games — gold in the 500 meters and silver in the 1,000.

“I feel like I’m not really worthy,” he said. “It’s a wonderful honor and I’m thrilled that it happened.”
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That's cool that they chose him to carry the flag.
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I was hoping they would chose him to carry the flag!
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I was hoping they would chose him to carry the flag!
I can't think of a more worthy Olympian. One of our national news programs made him "Person of the Week." What a great guy and yes, on a shallow note, he's quite cute.
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Canadian Clara Hughes gives life savings to charity

TURIN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Canadian speedskater Clara Hughes will empty her bank account and give all the money to charity, the 5,000 metres gold medallist said on Saturday.

Minutes after winning her first gold medal Hughes said she would donate CA$ 10,000 to the Right To Play charity run by former Olympic champion Johann Olav Koss.

Following in the footsteps of American Joey Cheek who donated his U.S. gold and silver medal bonus to the charity, Hughes called on Canadians to give as well.

"It would be nice to have an Olympic bonus like Joey Cheek to give. But we don't have that in Canada," Hughes, delighted with her win, said.

"I said to myself, 'If I win my race in my bank account I have $10,000. Money is nice but it's not everything.'

"I call on all Canadians whatever you have to give. A little goes a long way."

Cheek, who won gold in the 500 and silver in the 1,000 donated the $35,000 he will receive from the U.S. Olympic Committee, to Koss's charity. His efforts were matched by several companies raising just under $400,000.

Koss, a four-time Olympic champion, founded the charity to help children in refugee camps play and battle apathy, crime and sexual abuse.

Hughes said she had watched a documentary on the charity before the race and was moved by the work.

"Play can give so much hope," she said. "I feel very fortunate to be part of that. It's not just about sport."
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Good for her!
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