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This whole Hedrick-Davis is stirred up by the media. He said before he got tired of always having to answer questions about Shani. He also said everyone prepared for the Olympics in a different way. He wants to put the team's interest above his own. But he also stressed everyone should make up their own mind as to whether Shani is selfish.
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If Chad was tired about talking about Shani he should have stopped talking about him. Chad helped stir the media stuff by statements like he wouldn't beg anyone to participate, or that if Shani had been a part of the team it would have meant a sure gold and then by going and saying he's only happy for Joey -- this is one sided and largely created by Chad himself. He wanted five and didn't get it and he's angry that Shani didn't help him live up to the NBC hype.

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If Chad was tired about talking about Shani he should have stopped talking about him. Chad helped stir the media stuff by statements like he wouldn't beg anyone to participate, or that if Shani had been a part of the team it would have meant a sure gold and then by going and saying he's only happy for Joey -- this is one sided and largely created by Chad himself. He wanted five and didn't get it and he's angry that Shani didn't help him live up to the NBC hype.
Exactly because I've heard Chad speak freely about the Shani controversy to the media without a problem. He could of just said no comment if he was bothered by the line of questioning.

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Great achievement!!
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It's kewl when barriers like these are broken.

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You obviously don't know the background on Shani Davis. I would encourage you to do a yahoo search search and see how the US Speed Skating Association treated him in the 2000 games and then you will see how team player is a two way streak. Things are so bad that he trains in Canada and not in the US.
Whoa! Did not know this. Seems it's usually our fault when something doesn't go right. But I'm not surprised. *sigh - shakes head*

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Some nice reading: Davis provides America true Olympic hero

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Yay!!! And so annoyed that people got in his face about not skating in the team competition. Ever heard the phrase "do you?" Sometimes you have to follow your heart and gut and do what's best for yourself instead of an *obligation* to other people. Why people have to make others feel guilty all the time for doing what their heart tells them to do? I dunno. Plus US woulda lost with or without him b/c that third skater fucked it up for us royally anyway

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Which is why I don't care for the 'team' crap being pushed Shani's way. Chad wanted to be the star and he wanted the gold for his legacy. He's spinning this to be about the team when it was about his individual stats. Shani didn't oblige and now Shani is the bad guy? Chad sucks.


Chad Hedrick, Hendrick... whatever, just went down 8 notches in my respect level

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It was one of those head-scratching moments. How did anyone get sucked into this idea of five gold medals when one was in a race he knew he wasn’t going to win?

Hedrick didn’t explain that, because once he didn’t medal, all the five-medal talk was just that. Even if Davis had run the pursuit, Hedrick couldn’t have won five of any color. End of controversy.

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You obviously don't know the background on Shani Davis. I would encourage you to do a yahoo search search and see how the US Speed Skating Association treated him in the 2000 games and then you will see how team player is a two way streak. Things are so bad that he trains in Canada and not in the US.
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I was wondering why he trained in Canada...interesting!

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Hedrick/Hendrick, whatever = selfish bitch, DIVO

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Congrats to Shani well done.


But isn't the whole Olympic thing about winning for ur country rather then urself? I understand Shani and his mother hava probs with US SSA but couldn't they put that aside for the Olympics? If he won't do team then why skate at all if things are so bad between Shani/Mother & US SSA? Hopefully both parties can find a common ground.

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