An Olympic speaker doesn’t just talk about their profession in a broad sense. They detail the motivation, challenges, adversity, and a myriad of other factors that come with dedicating one’s life to training to be an Olympic star athlete. Olympic speakers may engage young, up-and-coming athletes who envision their own futures in a similar spotlight, or even audiences that consist of those training for a career that differs wildly from an Olympic sport, but that nevertheless requires a unique dedication, concentration, and maybe even some accolades down the road – something not unlike what Olympic greats have experienced.
The often lonely and highly-disciplined journey for those training for the Olympics may find great comfort and assurance in listening to an Olympic speaker who has experienced the same journey. An Olympian’s words may spark encouragement and a greater sense of identity in others when their listeners hear about what may lay at the end of a long and arduous journey.
There are many Olympic greats who may be recent champions or icons who have lived the glory years or even decades ago. As you search for your Olympic speaker, you can be certain to find one who is memorable, engaging, and a true inspirational hero or heroine who will definitely bring home the gold.
Abby Wambach is a Professional Soccer player for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.
Al Joyner gained his fame as a Gold Medal winner at the 1984 Olympic games in the triple jump. He is the coach of the UCLA Bruin's womens jump team.
Bronze medal winning U.S. Olympic speed skater; 2007 U.S. National Champion
Seven time Olympic Medalist; Former world record holder for the 200 meter breaststroke; Two Time American Swimmer of the Year
World Champion Speed Skater; Competed in the 2002, 2004 & 2006 Olympic Games; Holds the record for the most medals won by a U.S. athlete in the Winter Olympic Games
Former centre for the Flyers, Capitals & Flames; Broadcaster for the Philadelphia Flyers; Studio Host for the NHL on NBC and NBC's Olympic Hockey coverage
Former center for the Boston Celtics; Five-time NBA MVP; Twelve-time NBA All-Star; Eleven-time NBA Champion; Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame; 1956 Olympic gold medalist
Blaine Wilson competed in several Olympics with the US Men's Gymnastics team, capturing a silver medal in Athens in 2004.
Bob Bryan has won 18 Grand Slam titles in doubles playing alongside his twin brother.
Olympic gold medal skier and two time world champion; Considered the greatest American alpine skier of all time
Retired U.S. Speed Skater; Considered one of the top skaters of her time and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history with 5 gold medals and one bronze
Defender on the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup Champion Soccer Team; Memeber of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team; Assistant Soccer Coach at Santa Clara Univeristy
Winner of the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating; Inducted into the World and US Figure Skating Halls of Fame as well as the USOC Hall of Fame
Won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal; Gold Medalist at the 1975 Pan American Games
2008 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist; 2004 Olympic Decathlon Silver Medalist; World Indoor Championship gold medalist
Former Professional Hockey Player for the Montreal Canadians; Former Olympian in the 1980 Winter Olympics
Fox & ESPN Broadcaster: The Olympics, the Daytona 500, horse racing’s Triple Crown series of races, the Super Bowl, the World Series, The Masters, the NBA finals, the U.S. Open and the NCAA Final Four tournament.
Former Olympic Speed Skater and gold medalist at the 1994 WInter Olympics
12-Time Olympic Medalist, First swimmer from the United States to compete in 5 Olympic Games
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