Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I rode across that sky and once I touched the gold!

We had a lot of Sasha Cohen and Johnny Weir and Bode Miller, but the best story of the Winter Olympics was Joey Cheeks, right? I seriously love that guy. You heard that he donated the money USOC paid him for his gold medal to Right To Play. Well, through that donation, and the money from his silver medal, and matching corporate funds, he's helped raise over $300,000 for this organization that focuses on helping impoverished children. In his press conference after winning the gold medal, he started by discussing how the money would go specifically to children in a war-torn region of the Sudan. You hear about much larger amounts being donated by celebrities, but here's an amateur athlete that could surely have used the money, but realized the power of the pulpit he held for those few short moments. So cool.

He's kinda hot, too, isn't he? Those thighs own me. If all that wasn't enough, now I'm all charmed by his very own iTunes playlist comments. He loves singing Johnny Cash's If I Were A Carpenter and he makes his girlfriend sing June's part with him. Loves, loves, loves him.UPDATE: Maddie notes in the comments that thanks to La Cheeks' efforts, they've now raised over $500,000 USD.

7 comments:

The Other Andrew said...

Great thighs and a social conscience? Sign me up!

maddie said...

He was on the Today show this morning and said that it's up to over 500,000 now. That was so great of him! Also, he is hot, yes. Tall, lean, lanky and hot. Just my type.

Michael said...

And ass for days.

He's awesome.

savante said...

My God. La Cheeks is damned cute. And so sexy he makes me wanna weep.

Paul

maddie said...

That's maddie, not maggie. ;)

Michael said...

Oops. I'll blame my lightheadedness from my starvation diet. Abs by Easter now (since Purim is next week and they are nowhere in sight). It's corrected.

luscious loulou said...

And don't forget Canadian Clara Hughes who won the female 5000m speedskating race, and gets no bonus from the Canadian Government for winning (which Joey did get) donated everything in her savings account, $10,000 bucks.

Fine woman. And fine thighs, I'm sure.


(addendum: I just read she's been a longtime supporter of Right To Play. But of course.)