Sunday, February 26, 2006

Final US Medal Count

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Apolo Anton Ohno - Short Track – Men’s 1500m
Julia Mancuso – Women’s Giant Slalom
Ted Ligety - Alpine Skiing – Men’s Combined
Chad Hedrick – Speed skating 5000m
Shani Davis – Speed Skating – 1000m
Joey Cheek – Speed Skating – 500m
Shaun White – Snowboarding – Halfpipe
Hannah Teter – Snowboarding – Halfpipe
Seth Wescott – Snowboarding – Snowboard Cross


Chad Hedrick –Speed skating - Men’s 10000m
Sasha Cohen – Figure Skating – Women’s Individual
Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming –Women’s’ Bobsled
Shani Davis – Speed skating – Men’s 1500m
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto – Ice Dancing
Joey Cheek – Speed Skating – 1000m
Lindsey Jocobellis – Snowboarding – Snowboard Cross
Danny Kass – Snowboarding – Halfpipe
Gretchen Bleiler – Snowboarding - Halfpipe


Rusty Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Alex Izykowski and JP Kepka – Short Track 5000m Relay
US Men’s Curling Team
Rosey Fletcher – Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom
Chad Hedrick – Speed skating 1500m
Women’s US Ice Hockey Team
Apolo Anton Ohno – Speed Skating – Short Track 1000m
Toby Dawson – Freestyle Skiing - Moguls

Congratulations to the US Teams and to all Olympians. There are only so many medals that can be won, but every athlete who competed showed that personal and political differences can be put aside for a couple of weeks. It would be nice if our governments could figure out a way of doing the same.

In my opinion, Joey Cheek of the US deserves a Gold Medal for being the most generous Olympian. He donated, I believe it was $40,000 in bonus money received for winning medals to charity. Other Olympians followed his leadand also donated bonus money. I'll have more information on how much, who and what charity(ies) as I find the inforamtion.

And finally, we bid a fond farewell to Turino and look forward to Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010, and London in 2012.

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