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Joey Cheek

2006 Olympic Champion / gold medalist - 500 meters
2006 Olympic silver medalist - 1000 meters
2006 US Olympic Team Closing Ceremonies Flag Bearer
2006 United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award Winner

2006 World Sprint Champion
2006 US Speedskating Athlete of the Year
2002 Olympic bronze medalist - 1000 meters

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  • 5.01.07 Joey Cheek Update
  • 12.07.06 Cheek Wins Heisman Humanitarian
  • 10.05.06 Joey Cheek Update
  • 7.01.06 Joey Cheek Update
  • 5.08.06 'Time 100 Most Influential'
  • 4.30.06 Cheek to Speak at Rally to Stop Genocide
  • 4.20.06 Zambia, Darfur, mtvU Debut & College Admission
  • 3.28.06 Joey Cheek Day Raises $300,000.00
  • 3.14.06 Cheek Donations Reach Half-Million
  • 2.28.06 Cheek Olympic Recap
  • 2.13.06 Gold Medal Press Conference Transcript

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A native of Greensboro, NC, Joey Cheek grew up as an inline skater and made the switch to the ice in 1995. Cheek began his ice career as an 'Allround' or distance skater but later switched to the shorter sprint distances, where he really began to shine. A bronze medalwinner in the 1,000 meter event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Cheek fulfilled a lifelong dream at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, where he won gold in the 500 meters and silver in the 1,000 meters (read the Olympic recap here). That same season Cheek won the World Sprint Championships and became the first-ever recipient of US Speedskating's 'Eric Heiden Athlete of the Year' award.

Perhaps Cheek’s most notable effort, however, began off the ice when he made the remarkable gesture of donating $40,000 in winnings to Right To Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool to help young people in the most disadvantaged areas of the world (read about that press conference here). In April, he visited Zambia to see the organization’s work first-hand (read his Zambia journal here).

Cheek’s donation announcement in Torino was quickly followed by his call to action to others in support of the people of the Darfur region of the Sudan. His generosity inspired corporations and individuals alike; to date hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for the region. Cheek continues to work to call attention to Darfur on an ongoing basis. His influence in doing so earned him spot on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People list (May 2006 issue) and recognition at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative where Joey officially launched his personal campaign to take action for Darfur; Team Dafur.

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist - 500 meters
  • 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist - 1000 meters
  • 2006 World Sprint Champion
  • 2006 500 World Cup Overall Championship - Bronze Medalist
  • 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist - 1000 meters
  • 2005 World Sprint Championships - Bronze medalist
  • Winner of 20 international World Cup and World Championships medals
  • 2002 US Olympic Team Member: 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters
  • Three-time US National Champion
  • 2003 World Championships - Gold Medal - 1000 meters
  • US World Team Member
  • US National Team Member
Follow this link to read about Joey's work with Right To Play
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When he's not skating...

Public Speaking

An enthusiastic and talented public speaker, Joey is not shy about sharing his Olympic experience, the challenges he's overcome and most importantly, 'What I've learned along that way that is far more important than a medal of any color.'

He has performed numerous public speaking engagements/personal appearances for; Xerox, Samsung, ADT, Nike, Qwest, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, John Hancock, TIAA-CREF, Lenovo, Jet-Set Sports, Visa, US Olympic Committee and numerous colleges and universities.

Other: Began skating in 1995 after changing from inline skating to speedskating...felt needed change from inlines...was a junior national champion as an inliner...set junior national records in the 1500 and 3000 meters...a member of two junior world inline teams...parents are strongest influence. Credits them for instilling a strong work ethic, to enjoy life, and to attack every challenge to the best of ability...enjoys playing the guitar (see photo), going to clubs with teammates Kip Carpenter and Nick Pearson, and building and shooting potato guns...hopes to attend law school and have own MTV show...favorite book is 'Enders Game' by Orson Scott Card...The Dave Matthews Band is favorite musical performer...lists mom's chicken and mushroom dish as favorite food...favorite move is 'Dazed and Confused.'

Personal Info:

  • Born: 6/22/79
  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Height: 6' 2'
  • Weight: 185 lbs.

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In this experiment, the class will grow a potato’s roots in a shoebox for four weeks and learn about the science of how it grows. Specifically, students will learn that plants have cells that direct its growth and towards what direction.

What You Need

  • a shooting potato (one that has little white shoots growing out of it)
  • a shoe box
  • scissors
  • rocks


  • Cut a small coin-size hole in the short end of the shoe box.
  • Put a handful of potting mix in the corner of the box opposite the hole you have made.
  • Lay the potato in the soil.
  • Put the rocks in the box with the potato to create ‘obstacles’.
  • Put the lid on the box and put it somewhere where there is plenty of light.

After 4 weeks, open the box and you’ll see that the potato shoot has made it’s way around and over the rocks to reach the hole where the sunlight is coming in.

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Plants have cells that are sensitive to light and tell the plant which way to grow.

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Plants will always grow toward the light.

The shoe box had a tiny hole of light and the potato shoot twisted until it reached the light.