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Cheek is kind of athlete we should spotlight

Updated: February 15, 2006, 11:15 AM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

TORINO, Italy -- Joey Cheek just went from ODB to BMOC.

The newest gold medal speedskater fretted half jokingly before these games about how a 26-year-old would be received when he switched from skater to student and enrolled in college this fall. He self-mockingly worried that he'd be the "dirty old man" around campus.

Now, Will Ferrell's got nothing on this guy. He's an Olympic champion after being the only 500-meter speedskater to break 70 seconds in two rounds of competition ...

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