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Olympics no place for politics? Some athletes balancing sports with activism

Updated: July 25, 2008, 10:49 PM ET
By Amy Rosewater | Special to ESPN.com

There will be thousands of athletes in Beijing. Some will come to win Olympic medals. Some will come for a chance to compete.

Some will come to change the world.

Joey Cheek will be in Beijing for the Olympics. A gold medalist in speedskating, he certainly won't be there as a Summer Games competitor. Nor will he be there representing the United States.

Instead, he's making the trip as a member of Team Darfur, a group of international athletes whose goal is to raise awareness ...

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