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Speedskater Joey Cheek And Kayaker Tamara Jenkins Announce They’re Expecting A Baby

By Karen Price | Feb. 23, 2020, 5:19 p.m. (ET)

(L) Joey Cheek competes in the men's 1,000-meter long track speedskating race at the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006 on Feb. 18, 2006 in Torino, Italy; (R) Tamara Jenkins competes in the women's 500-meter K2 at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 on Sept. 27, 2000 in Sydney, Australia.


Make room, Cashew.

The Cheek household is welcoming a new addition.

Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek, 40, posted the happy news to his Instagram that he and his wife, fellow Olympian Tamara Cheek (née Jenkins), 41, are expecting their first child this summer.

The photo is of their dog, Cashew, along with a sign that reads, “We are getting a hooman.”

The post continues: “Tamara and I have never been more excited about anything in our lives! Cashew isn’t so sure. Baby Cheek coming in July!!”

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Cheek, a long track speedskater, proposed to Jenkins, a kayaker, in June 2018 and one year later he shared the news that they had married on Jan. 1 because they couldn’t wait a day longer.

After starting as an inline skater, Cheek made the move to long track speedskating after watching Dan Jansen compete at the Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994. He went on to compete at 2002 and 2006 Winter Games himself, winning bronze in the 1,000-meter in Salt Lake City in 2002, and then gold in the 500 and silver in the 1,000 in Torino in 2006. He also won the world sprint championships in 2006. Cheek also made headlines in Torino for donating his medal winnings to Right to Play.

Jenkins competed in sprint kayak at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 at the age of 22. She’s the co-founder of Vicaso, a real estate photography service, and a past president of the Southern California chapter of the U.S. Olympians & Paralympians Association (2012-2016) and past member of the LA 2028 Athletes’ Advisory Commission (2015-2017).

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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