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Joey Cheek Honored at 14th Annual Iba Awards

It's nice to see the honors still coming for local skater guy Joey Cheek, and that his good works continue. Looks like this award was received on June 4 in Tulsa, OK, and was presented by the Rotary Club of Tulsa in memory of the legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach Henry P. Iba.

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Jennifer Rodriguez Switches from Speedskating to Track Pursuit Cycling

Here's a very interesting article by Sharon Robb on Olympic speedskater Jennifer Rodriguez and her switch to competitive cycling, her effort to reach the Olympic level in a the sport, and more. It mentions the Brian Piccolo velodrome where skaters and cyclists work out together on separate tracks. It is a great facility. For a brief movie of the place see my minimovie at:

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11 Consecutive Olympics: A Speedskating Dynasty?

     In the sports world, columnists declare a sports dynasty is upon us every time a team, athlete, or coach has multiple appearances in his or her version of "the big show". The papers and sports channels clamor to tout their successes. However, a success story in amateur sports has been mostly ignored in St. Louis where area skaters have represented the USA in the last 11 consecutive Olympics games. Now, St. Louis skaters are positioning themselves to continue this great tradition while continuing to be mostly ignored. 

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Derek Parra Helping Inline Skaters Take to Ice...plus High Point NC Skater Heather Richardson

Derek Parra was among the early adopters switching from inline to ice, and now he seems ready to switch to coaching and recruiting to help the USA continue its improvements in speedskating. As part of a Wheels on Ice initiative, Parra recently hosted a group of inliners, including Heather Lynn Richardson of High Point NC and Chad Horne of nearby Danville VA.

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Imagine Winning World Championships in Speedskating and Cycling in the Same Year...Twice

I sometimes imagine winning my age group in a small enough race where there might be one or two others in my group. Ha! Imagine winning the world championships in speedskating. Then imagine that same year taking the world championships in cycling! Thirty years ago, that's what Sheila Young did. Check out the great form and how close she sets down to the snow-marked lane edge in the photo attached to the story below...

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Alaska Speedskating Skate Skiing Duathlon and More

Folk in Anchorage, Alaska are working on combining some skate skiing with speedskating, and that sounds like tons of fun for all involved. There's also a plan for a new speedskating oval too, which will accommodate inline skaters when there's no ice...

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Deaf and Blind Speed Skater Aims for Paralympics

This is mostly a press release so if you want to know about that, click it. But an important and interesting part is that this skater wants to get his event class into the Paralympics. Good luck! From the release...

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Chad Hedrick back after a rest

Chad Hedrick is back on the ice after several months off, and this article shows he has some new attitudes, at least for now. He seems to be planning to do less in hopes of doing better (since he didn't win all gold) and may be actually following the example of others a bit. He's in with the team this year, including their coaching (as his former coach is now in Germany). This article is an account of what for Hedrick was a warm-up race, and it has some good quotes of note. --Blake

Chad Hedrick shaking off the rust
USOlympicTeam.com - 16 minutes ago
MILWAUKEE _ It has been a long time since Chad Hedrick showed up at a speedskating race willing to settle for anything but victories and track records. ...

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