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February 19, 2006 | Carissa Wodehouse, Special to The Times
TURIN, Italy -- Where does one stash a gold medal for safekeeping in the Olympic village? Though a crowd of 50 is assembled at this lavish sponsor dinner after his medal ceremony to celebrate his dominance in the men's 500-meter speedskating race on Monday, this is the only reference Joey Cheek makes to his gold medal. He doesn't wear his newly acquired bling, but instead leaves it at the far end of the table protected from spills.
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February 19, 2006 | Carissa Wodehouse, Special to The Times
TURIN, Italy -- Where does one stash a gold medal for safekeeping in the Olympic village? Though a crowd of 50 is assembled at this lavish sponsor dinner after his medal ceremony to celebrate his dominance in the men's 500-meter speedskating race on Monday, this is the only reference Joey Cheek makes to his gold medal. He doesn't wear his newly acquired bling, but instead leaves it at the far end of the table protected from spills.
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February 13, 2006 | Bill Shaikin
Casey FitzRandolph will defend the gold medal he won at Salt Lake City, but Joey Cheek has had a better winter season and ranks as the top U.S. contender at 500 meters. Joji Kato of Japan and Dmitry Dorofeyev of Russia should battle Cheek for the gold. Chad Hedrick, trying to match Eric Heiden's record of five speedskating gold medals, is not entered in today's event. -- Bill Shaikin
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February 14, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 14, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 18, 2006
Four U.S. team stars will skate in this event. World-record holder Shani Davis would seem to have an edge, but he'll be challenged by Chad Hedrick and Joey Cheek, both of whom have already won gold at these Games, and possibly by Casey FitzRandolph as well. Also watch for Jan Bos of the Netherlands and Russian Dmitry Dorofeyev, the silver medalist in the 500 meters.
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February 17, 2002
Women's 500m short-track speedskating G Yang Yang, China S Evgenia Radanova, Bulgaria B Wang Chunlu, China * Men's 1,000m short-track speedskating G Steven Bradbury, Australia S Apolo Anton Ohno, U.S. B Mathieu Turcotte, Canada * Men's 1,000m speedskating G Gerard van Velde, Netherlands S Jan Bos, Netherlands B Joey Cheek, U.S. * Men's 12.
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February 24, 2002
Feb. 9 Freestyle skiing: Women's moguls: Shannon Bahrke, silver; speedskating: Men's 5,000: Derek Parra, silver. Feb. 10 Snowboard: Women's halfpipe: Kelly Clark, gold. Feb. 11 Snowboard: Men's halfpipe: Ross Powers, gold; Danny Kass, silver; Jarret Thomas, bronze. Feb. 12 Freestyle skiing: Men's moguls: Travis Mayer, silver; speedskating: Men's 500: Casey FitzRandolph, gold; Kip Carpenter, bronze. Feb. 13 Alpine skiing: Men's combined: Bode Miller, silver. Feb.
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December 12, 2006 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
Stepping up his efforts to raise awareness about the killings in Sudan's Darfur region, Oscar-winning actor George Clooney this week led a small delegation of activists, among them fellow actor Don Cheadle and two former Olympians, to meet with high-ranking government officials in China. The group planned to travel from Beijing to Cairo for more talks today, before returning to the United States later in the week.
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February 25, 2006 | Alan Abrahamson, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Speedskater Joey Cheek, the winner of two medals at the Winter Games who ignited a fundraising effort that has raised more than $300,000 for the nonprofit group Right to Play, was named the U.S. flag-bearer for Sunday's closing ceremony. "It's an honor and I'm humbled by it," Cheek, 26, said after being elected by his American teammates Friday. A bronze medalist in the 1,000 meters in 2002, Cheek won a gold medal in the 500 meters and silver in the 1,000 in Turin. He donated the U.S.
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February 13, 2006 | Bill Shaikin
Casey FitzRandolph will defend the gold medal he won at Salt Lake City, but Joey Cheek has had a better winter season and ranks as the top U.S. contender at 500 meters. Joji Kato of Japan and Dmitry Dorofeyev of Russia should battle Cheek for the gold. Chad Hedrick, trying to match Eric Heiden's record of five speedskating gold medals, is not entered in today's event. -- Bill Shaikin
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