Growing up in Greensboro, NC, Cheek became a national champion inline speedskater. After watching Dan Jansen win gold in 1994, he decided at 14 to become an Olympic Speedskater.
Just a few years after lacing up ice skates, Cheek won his first ever international medal at the 2002 Olympic games, a bronze.
Four years later, in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy, Cheek returned to the worlds greatest stage, winning Gold and Silver medals.
After winning the gold in 2006, Cheek announced that he would donate his Olympic bonus money, totaling $40,000, to humanitarian efforts in Darfur, Sudan to aid displaced women and children. He would ask other sponsors and individuals to donate and all told, more than $1,000,000 dollars were raised for that and other efforts.
Cheek would go on to be named one of TIME magazines 100 Most Influential, the inaugural Heisman Humanitarian Award winner, and be inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
After graduating from Princeton in 2011, Cheek spent time working with sports and sponsors in the Olympic family. This led him to realize the need for all athletes to be able to better share their athletic moments.
To achieve that goal, Cheek founded SportSnap, a livestreaming sports app that allows anyone, anywhere to capture, find and share the best sporting moments in the world. He writes about his experience as an athlete turned entrepreneur in his blog.