Photo by David G. McIntyre/Genesis Photos
VANCOUVER (BP)--The message isn't written for the worldwide audience to see, but solely as Chad Hedrick's reminder to himself.
On the top of his skate's blade, the U.S. speedskater has written the letters "CGIM," which stands for "See God in me." As he looks down at his skates when he's competing at the Winter Olympics, Hedrick is intent on thinking about his demeanor and the way he conducts himself.
"It's me going out there understanding what the whole process is and how many people are watching out there," Hedrick said. "It's not about going out and winning. It's about presenting myself well, and after the last Olympics I've grown quite a bit as a person."
The reason for Hedrick's growth is his recent conversion to Christianity, and he wants others who are struggling to know that there's hope for them as well.
"I won my gold medal [in Torino in 2006] when I felt like the world was trying to crush me," Hedrick said. "During a high point like that in your life, people can feel that way.... Read More