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Hannah Teter: Olympic silver medal, heart of gold

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(Read caption) Hannah Teter smiles after winning silver in the Winter Olympic halfpipe competition on Cypress Mountain near Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday.

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When Hannah Teter tells the assembled media to check out, she is serious. At least, as serious as Hannah Teter can be.

For a smart-mouthed Vermonter who manages to get a reference to her family’s maple syrup business into every conceivable answer, what is serious and what is thinly veiled mockery of the straight-laced media is always open to interpretation.

These are facts:

After Thursday’s women’s halfpipe finals, she is a two-time Olympic medalist – with a gold from Turin and Thursday’s silver behind Australian Torah Bright – and she is starting her own line of women’s underwear (hence the website).

But that doesn’t begin to tell the story.

For every pair of Teter’s Sweet Cheeks underwear, $5 will go to Doctors Without Borders. Since the earthquake in Haiti, she has donated all her winnings to the relief effort – and will do the same here in Vancouver.

And, being a famous Vermonter, she has her own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, of course – Maple Blondie, from which part of the proceeds go to her charitable foundation, Hannah’s Gold.

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