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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Cheek, Teter, Long, men's curling honored by USOC

Associated Press

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.