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The other Cheek

Gold-medal speedskater is making new strides as advocate for Darfur

Ex-Olympian Joey Cheek was planning to go to Beijing to speak up on human rights issues until the Chinese revoked his visa Wednesday. Ex-Olympian Joey Cheek was planning to go to Beijing to speak up on human rights issues until the Chinese revoked his visa Wednesday. (Globe Staff Photo / Stan Grossfeld)
By Stan Grossfeld
Globe Staff / August 6, 2008

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PROVIDENCE - Speedskater Joey Cheek, 29, glides through T.F. Green International Airport as if he's in a race with himself, his long, thin torso leaning slightly forward when he walks. His Olympic gold medal is stashed in his backpack. He's in New England to give a motivational speech for a pharmaceutical company to help pay those pesky Princeton tuition bills. ... (Full article: 1830 words)

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