At the young age of 17 months, Chad stepped out on his first pair of inline skates and from this fateful moment, he became the most decorated inline speed skater ever. He won nine straight World Overall Championships and 52 World Championship victories before switching to ice in 2002. In less than two years, he managed to break the World Record in the big combination and became the World Allround Champion.
Chad held a spot on the 2006 and 2010 US Olympic teams, bringing home a total of five Olympics medals in five different distances, a feat that had only ever been achieved by Eric Heiden until Chad. Whether he was on inlines or on the ice, he has always been dedicated to his sport and becoming a champion. Since retiring in 2010 at the age of 33, Chad has continued to do motivational speeches around the country. He has also been devoted to his ministry “Double Push”, where he talks to audiences about how faith has played a role in his life and his successes. Along with these activities, Chad has also started a speed skating equipment company called “DP52 Racing”. If this was not enough, The Chad Hedrick Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.