Chad's Bio


C had Hedrick learned how to walk on a pair on conventional roller skates at the age of 17 months. Growing up in a suburb just north of Houston, Chad spent countless hours skating at his parent’s roller rink. He was an official rink rat. He first started racing for popcorn and cokes at public skating sessions, but when they started a speedskating team, he set his sights on competitions. Chad had one dream, to be the fastest skater in the world.

When he was 15, Chad turned in the conventional roller skates for inline skates and shortly after became the youngest man ever to become World Champion at the age of 17. Chad would go on to travel to over 35 countries with a backpack and a pair of skates. He was the overall World Champion for 9 straight years and amassed 52 World Champion victories in the process. After crossing the finish line for the last time on inline skates in 2002, Chad became fixated on a prize he had always dreamed about: Olympic Gold. That fixation would drive him to move to Salt Lake City, Utah to trade warm weather for cold weather, and inline skates for ice speed skates. After training on ice for just 17 months, Hedrick broke the world record and won the 2004 World All Around Speedskating Championships. The ultimate crown for Chad was stepping to the starting line for Team USA in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. There he brought home the first gold medal for Team USA in the 5000 meter. In his career, Chad set six world records, become the second man in US history to win 5 different Winter Olympic medals in 5 different distances, and was the first man in history to ever skate 10,000 meters (6 miles) in under 13 minutes. Chad’s accomplishments put him in the ranks of the greatest American speed skaters 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.

Beyond the Skates

Family and Philanthropy.

C had shares an Olympic, athletic perspective on leadership that can be translated into motivation and vision for any executive team. Imagine corporate leaders transformed by the experiences of a 5-time Olympic Medalist who knows how to achieve success not only in athletics, but also in corporate sales.

He continues to support the Special Olympics as well as other charities through the “Go for the Gold” Charity Golf Tournament held annually at Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas. Chad also donates his time to public schools around Texas reading books and speaking to inspire kids to dream big and to understand the importance of dedication, sacrifice, and integrity. Chad remembers when he was just a kid with a dream and loves to share his story of success and failure on his road to Olympic gold.

Family and Philanthropy.

C had shares an Olympic, athletic perspective on leadership that can be translated into motivation and vision for any executive team. Imagine corporate leaders transformed by the experiences of a 5-time Olympic Medalist who knows how to achieve success not only in athletics, but also in corporate sales.

He continues to support the Special Olympics as well as other charities through the “Go for the Gold” Charity Golf Tournament held annually at Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas. Chad also donates his time to public schools around Texas reading books and speaking to inspire kids to dream big and to understand the importance of dedication, sacrifice, and integrity. Chad remembers when he was just a kid with a dream and loves to share his story of success and failure on his road to Olympic gold.

Corporate & Motivational Speaking

C had Hedrick currently resides in Montgomery, Texas with his beautiful wife Lynsey, and their 3 children, Hadley (7), Harper (5), and Hogan (2). In 2006, Chad and Lynsey Hedrick started the “The Chad Hedrick Foundation” to pursue a bold, philanthropic fundraising movement for all children that dream of athletic excellence. Since 2006, he has joined the Special Olympic volunteer team as a coach and mentor, raising nearly $500,000 for the charity.

Chad has appeared before many Fortune 500 clients such as AT&T, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Safeco Insurance, John Hancock, Accenture, and Nike just to name a few. Chad has the ability to tailor a message to fit your organization. Topics include leadership, transitions, using pressure to be your best, and overcoming failure to succeed.

Faith Based Speaking

F or some reason, when Chad was standing on the gold medal podium in Torino, Italy, that moment didn’t feel like he envisioned. Chad reflected on those feelings after that experience and realized that his life lacked one major characteristic: purpose. His identity was defined in how fast he could skate on ice around a 400-meter track. Skating was his idol, and he was just realizing it.

Fame and fortune were in his sights daily. Chad realized that he had not been giving God the glory for his God-given talent and he realized the feeling he had on the podium was that of emptiness. Chad set out to fill that void with God’s love and nothing else. Chad’s desire is to share his “Ice to Christ” story with as many people as possible. During Chad’s spiritual transformation, one verse leaped off the page of his bible and has been his favorite verse to live by

Everyone who competes in 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.
1 Corinthians 9:25