About

Chad's Story


Born and raised in Spring, Texas, Chad Hedrick was in skates by the time he was two years old at the local roller skating rink his parents owned. By the time he was eight, he was U.S. National Champion. At sixteen, he was World Champion. Chad revolutionized the inline speed skating world with his own unique skating technique. Originally dubbed ‘The Chad,’ it is now universally referred to as the ‘double push’ or DP and is the standard for elite skaters around the world. If you aren't using the double push, you aren't winning. Traveling to over 30 countries with just a pair of skates and a backpack, Chad made history with 52 world champion titles from 1994-2002.

Inspired by watching former inline skater turned ice skater Derek Parra win gold at the 2002 Olympics, Chad made the switch to the ice. In February 2004, after only one year of ice training, he became World Champion—shocking everyone but himself. He went on to set six world records and was the first man in history to ever skate 10,000 meters (6.2 miles) in under 13 minutes. At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, he captured the gold medal in the 5000 meter event, and then added a silver medal in the grueling 10,000 meters and bronze in the 1500 meters.

In the years between 2006 and 2010 Chad struggled with injuries and coaching changes as he sought to return to the Olympic podium. At the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver he delivered a breakthrough performance in the 1000 meter event, a distance at which he had never before won a medal, capturing Olympic bronze. Days later, he added a fifth Olympic medal to his collection by anchoring the USA to a silver medal finish in the Team Pursuit event.With this, Chad became the second speedskater in American history to win five medals in five different distances, joining the 1980 American Olympic hero Eric Heiden.
No other skater in history has amassed a comparable collection of podium appearances as Chad’s five Olympics medals and his astonishing fifty World Championships in inline skating. He is said to be the greatest all-around skater in history.
At the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, however, Chad experienced a moment that changed him forever. Before climbing the podium to receive the ultimate prize of a gold medal, Chad thought of all the other Olympic champions he had seen at this moment in their lives. He had visions of tears rolling down their faces, arms raised high, and smiles that showed pure joy. But when he stood on the podium, he sadly felt something was missing. He had worked his entire life for a moment that seemed . . . empty.
Shortly after that night, Chad realized that he lacked purpose in life. He was defined by how fast he could skate around a track and nothing more. He also realized that he had deprived himself of meaningful relationships in the process. Skating was all that mattered. Each day he woke up chasing fame and fortune. With that came a prideful attitude, poor sportsmanship, and even putting his sport and himself over family and friends.
In 2009, Chad decided he wanted more out of life. God was working in and through Chad’s life, changing his eyes and his heart. In November 2010, Chad finally accepted what he had been missing. He received Christ as his Savior and was baptized.
Chad now travels around the world sharing his “Ice to Christ” testimony. His life verse is 1 Corinthians 9:25: “Everyone who goes into the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

By the close of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Chad Hedrick had won a pair of Olympic medals (silver & bronze), bringing his career total to five and complimenting the astonishing fifty (50) World Championship medals he accumulated as an inline skater before stepping foot on the ice. No other skater in history has amassed a comparable collection of podium appearances. He is said to be the greatest all-around skater in history.

In the years between 2006 and 2010 Chad struggled with injuries and coaching changes as he sought to return to the Olympic podium in Vancouver. At the 2010 Olympic Games he delivered a break-through performance in the 1000 meter event, a distance at which he had never before won a medal, to capture Olympic bronze. Days later, he added a fifth Olympic medal to his collection by anchoring the USA to a silver medal finish in the Team Pursuit event.With this, Chad became the second speedskater in American history to win 5 medals in 5 different distances joining the likes of 1980 American Olympic hero Eric Heiden.

However, in 2006 Chad experienced a moment that changed him forever. As he stood on the podium in Torino, Italy to receive the ultimate prize of a gold medal, all Chad could do was imagine other Olympic champions he had seen in the past. He had visions of tears rolling down their faces, arms up high as they jumped, and smiles that showed pure joy. Sadly, he felt like there was something missing. Shortly after that night, Chad realized that he lacked purpose in life. He was defined by how fast he could skate around a track and nothing more. He also realized that he had deprived himself of meaningful relationships in the process. Skating was all that mattered. Each day he woke up chasing fame and fortune. With that came a prideful attitude, poor sportsmanship, and even putting his sport and self over family and friends. In 2009, Chad decided he wanted more. God began working in and thru Chad’s life, changing his eyes and his heart. In November 2010, Chad accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized. He now travels around the world sharing his “Ice to Christ” testimony. Chad’s life verse is 1 Corinthians 9:25 which says “Everyone who goes into the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever”.