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U.S. Gold Medalist Donates Award to Darfur Refugees

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U.S. Gold Medalist Donates Award to Darfur Refugees

U.S. Gold Medalist Donates Award to Darfur Refugees

U.S. Gold Medalist Donates Award to Darfur Refugees

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Joey Cheek of the U.S. celebrates his gold medal in the men's 500-meter speedskating competition in Turin, Feb. 13, 2006. Reuters hide caption

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American speed skater Joey Cheek did something very unusual after winning the 500 meter race at the Winter Olympics. He announced he's contributing his $25,000 gold medal award from the U.S. Olympic Committee to refugees from Darfur. And he urged Olympic sponsors to support the same relief effort.