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Cheek, Teter, Long, men's curling honored by USOC

1/16/2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Speedskater Joey Cheek and
snowboarder Hannah Teter were honored Tuesday as the U.S. Olympic
Committee's sportsman and sportswoman of the year.

Swimmer Jessica Long was selected Paralympian of the Year, and
the Team of the Year award went to men's curling.

Cheek won the 500-meter race at the Torino Games, with his margin
of victory the largest in more than 50 years. He announced in Torino
he was giving $40,000 to a charity for refugee children in Darfur,
Sudan. He has since traveled the world, talking to world leaders
about Darfur. He also visited refugee camps in Chad.

"It's pretty heady stuff for a guy who speedskates for a
living," he said. "It's pretty life-changing stuff."

Teter captured the halfpipe in Torino. Long set five world
records and won nine gold medals at the Paralympic worlds in South
Africa. She currently holds world records in 12 events.

The men's curling team won the bronze medal at the Torino Games,
the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in curling.