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Olympic champion. Humanitarian. Motivational Speaker.


B Chad Hedrick Olympic Speedskater



Fast Facts


Chad Hedrick Today


Corporate Speaking Engagements


G Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010

G The Hedrick Family Chad, Lynsey, Hadley & Harper (not pictured: newborn son Hogan)

Olympic SpeedSkater: Chad Hedrick Chad Hedrick is the world’s most lauded speedskater dominating the sport for last 20 years. He was born on April 17, 1977 in Spring, Texas to loving and supportive parents, Paul and Wanda Hedrick. Chad was introduced to the world of skating as a toddler at his parent’s family business, a popular roller skating rink just outside of Houston. As his parents watched Chad learn to walk on a pair of roller skates, they knew he was destined for greatness as a skater. At a very young age, he found what he loved to do. Chad’s father coached the local roller-skating team, and immediately Chad started winning. He won his first national Championship when he was 8 years old on 4 wheel roller skates. In the late 80’s, when inline speedskating was introduced, Chad quickly mastered fearless techniques for speed. In 1993, he made the US Junior National team. In 1994, at age 16, he became the youngest skater in history to qualify for the United States World Team and he won his first World Championship shortly thereafter. One of the remarkable things about his early success in inline racing was that he used a fundamen-

tally different style of skating from everybody else. Hedrick developed a technique called “The DoublePush” that allowed him to generate speed much more efficiently than others by pushing in the same direction with both feet simultaneously. The technique relies heavily on the body’s own weight transfer in order to put as much power into the ground as possible. This technique, using extreme edges, is much different than the traditional speedskating techniques used up until Chad’s use of the “DoublePush.” This technique not only helped him reach higher speeds, but it helped him execute speeds that topped the charts and notably awarded him his legendary status as what today, some would call, visionary. The DoublePush gave Chad a competitive advantage as an inline speedskater and soon thereafter, he began winning every competition there was to was to win. Today this is the gold standard for inline skating and you can even buy books that teach this skating style. Racing for the top teams of Rollerblade and Hyper,

Chad won World Championship after World Championship. In 2000, he won his 50th championship in Oostende, Belgium. In 2002, while watching his close friend Derek Parra win the 1500m gold medal in the 2002 Olympic games, he knew he’d found the next new challenge. He decided to undertake the transition and make his way onto the ice and become a competitor in ice speedskating. After training on ice for less than a year, Hedrick won the 2004 World Allround Speedskating Championships, breaking a world record in the process. He went on to win the gold medal in the 5,000 meters during the 2004 World Single Distance Championships. In 2004, he also became the second American to be awarded the prestigious Oscar Mathisen Memorial Trophy, joining the ranks of our 1980 Olympic hero, Eric Heiden. In 2005, he successfully defended his own 5,000m world title. He has gone on to set six world records, and became the first man in history to ever skate 10,000 meters in under 13 minutes. Chad’s accomplishments in the years leading up to the 2006 Olympics put him in the ranks of the greatest Amer-

ican speedskaters of all time. Chad has lived the ultimate athletic dream and his new dream today is to inspire and motivate others to do the same. He is the World’s Ambassador for Speedskating and continues his legacy through a global movement, “the DoublePush.” Chad Hedrick currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas with his beautiful wife, Lynsey, and their three children. In 2006, Chad and Lynsey Hedrick started the “The Chad Hedrick Foundation” to pursue bold, philanthropic fundraising moves for all children that dream of athletic excellence. Since 2006, he has joined the Special Olympic volunteer team as a coach and mentor, raising over $400,000 for the charity. He continues to support the Special Olympics as well as other charities through the annual “Go For the Gold” Charity Golf Tournament.

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During Chad’s inline skating career he has won over 93 national championships and 50 world championships as well as having a line of inline skating wheels branded in his name.

Gold Medal Win, Torino 2006

Chad in Team USA Uniform

Silver Medal Win, Vancouver 2010

Victory in Vancouver, 2010

Chad on the Today Show

Chad on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The best skater in history, Chad Hedrick, has a brand of inline skating wheels — the Hyper Chad Hedrick Micro and Full Wheel named after him.

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” —Paul Valery


Chad shares an Olympic athletic perspective on leadership that can be translated into motivation and vision for your executive team. Imagine your corporate leaders transformed by the vision of a 5-time Olympic Medalist who knows how to achieve success not only in athletics but also in corporate sales. Peak Performance and Business Best Practices are combined into real world applications to inspire your team with life-changing executive speeches, workshops, and seminars.

Business Breakout Sessions/Sales

Having retired from active competition after the 2010 Olympic Games, Chad has since immersed himself in corporate America. He has created a dynamic and entertaining sales focused presentation, “Sales Gold – 10 Things Olympians Do That Produce Results” wherein he speaks about confidence, risk-taking, technological adaptation, accountability and more. Chad transfers the lessons learned in pursuit of Olympic Gold to closing everyday sales in a fast paced, motivating seminar.

business and motivational speaker Chad Hedrick

Chad is available for a variety of custom speaking engagements and workshops including: 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Chad Hedrick is an iconic skating champion who has bridged

Corporate Appearances Executive Leadership Seminars Team Building Workshops Keynote Speeches Character Building Sessions Autograph Signings Meet & Greets

the gap between winning in sports and winning in life. Today, Chad is a compassionate humanitarian, generous philanthropist, corporate leader, and exemplary family man who strives to make a difference in our world. His former athletic career, synonymous with perfection and excellence, is the foundation for his speaking talents which motivate and inspire.


As a 5-time Olympic speedskating medalist on ice, and a 50-time World Champion on inline skates, Chad Hedrick is considered the greatest all around skater in history. From the humble beginnings of a toddler taking his first steps within the confines of his parents’ roller rink, to the triumphant step of a young man onto the Olympic podium to receive his gold medal, Chad shares his inspiring story of determination, focus, resilience, and personal growth.

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DOUBLE PUSH Chad Hedrick is brewing up a new project, to debut in early Spring 2015, “The DoublePush,” an online destination that will drive the movement of inline speedskating for today’s youth. The website will include the latest tips, tricks and inspiration for skaters world-wide as well as a yearly calendar of skating related events. The website plans to attract global users through the use of strategic digital marketing as well as assertive social media viral tactics. It will be the ultimate authority within the speedskating niche that will engage novice to professional, competitive skaters. Chad Hedrick hopes to be a top influencer leading other skating world champions to coach, strategize and engage “The DoublePush” community.

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“Chad Hedrick has a truly remarkable story — Inline Skating to Speedskating, and his Olympic journey to be the best. His story is real, and he is real which allows him to connect to real people.” —Matthew Nickerson, President Safeco Insurance Impress your audience with a 5-time Olympic Medalist, Chad Hedrick. Imagine the impact and memorable experience of your corporate or community event with a personal appearance by a hero of our time: Olympic Medalist and World Champion speedskater, Chad Hedrick. Tying your event to this famous All-American Athlete will create event awareness, increase sales and increase favorable corporate public image. From intimate settings to public arenas, Chad Hedrick is available for: 5 Special Appearances 5 Endorsements 5 Autographs 5 Charity Fundraisers 5 Host/Emcee 5 Kick-off Parties 5 Grand Openings 5 Commentator


Chad Hedrick’s all-American, salt-of-the-earth personality instantly lends legitimacy and prestige to any product, service, or business. A variety of endorsement opportunities from product placement, ambassadorships, and other efforts highlighting community visibility are available. If you or your business is interested in partnering with Chad and or the Chad Hedrick Foundation, please contact:

Public Relations Zapatero+Bucaram Public Relations (ZBPR) 888-511-ZBPR (9277) tw: @zbpr Sports Agent Pat Quinn Chicago Sports and Entertainment Partners w: e: m: 630-903-0000 tw: @sportsagentCSEP

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