Kerri Walsh Jennings is one of the best female beach volleyball players of all time (along with her partner Misty). Kerri captured the public's imagination in 2004 by bringing home a Gold Medal from the Athens Summer Games, and soon afterwards started a stretch of 50 consecutive match victories. In 2008, Kerri and Misty captured Gold again at the Beijing Summer Games, and did it again in London this summer. Along with Misty May, Kerri has had one of the longest and most impressive winning streaks in professional sports. After winning 89 straight matches on the AVP Tour as well as the international circuit between 2003 and 2004, 20 more wins in 2007 tied her with Misty for the most wins in a single season.
Misty May-Treanor is the other half of the unstoppable professional volleyball team that has dominated the last three Summer Olympics. She has won more tournaments than any other female player with 107 career wins. May-Treanor and Kerri were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. They have been called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time." Misty May and Kerri Walsh won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics by defeating the Brazilian team in the finals. In 2008, May-Treanor and Walsh repeated as Olympic gold medalists, and did it again in London in 2012. Misty has released her memoir Misty: My Journey Through Volleyball and Life.
Ryan Lochte has 11 Olympic medals to his name, including 5 golds, as well as 7 NCAA championships, 51 major international medals and a handful of world records. Lochte started his swimming career early under the tutelage of his father Steven and mother Ike, who claimed that their son had an amazing feel for the water by the time he was 5 or 6. He attended the University of Florida, where he honed his skills with coach Gregg Troy, and took home numerous awards and honors. Lochte is now a three time Olympian, having competed in Athens, Beijing, and London, and is an 11 time Olympic medalist. He has won five gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in his Olympic career. He has been a member of Team Speedo since 2006, and has been named “Male Swimmer of the Tear” by USA Swimming and Golden Goggles. Ryan is considered by many to be the best swimmer in the world, known for his incredible short course ability, overall well roundedness and amazing talent for travelling incredible distances while kicking underwater. It’s only fitting that Ryan is well known for his kick, given that he designed his own pair of custom shoes for Speedo.
Bob Bowman is the legendary coach who guided Michael Phelps to becoming the most decorated Olympic Athlete of all time. Arguably the most famous water maestro in the world, Bowman is the man who has pulled the strings and pushed the buttons for the greatest swimmer of the modern Olympic Games. Under Bowman's tutelage, Phelps has emerged as the world's greatest swimmer ever.
Speakers.com suggests pairing swimming legend Michael Phelps with Coach Bowman and moderator Mike Moran, former Chief of Communications for the United States Olympic Committee. It's a wildly successful format and allows for great dialogue and storytelling.
If you watched the London 2012 gymnastics coverage, you heard Tim Daggett, the gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast and veteran sports broadcaster. As a commentator for NBC sports, Tim was the primary commentator for the London Olympics, and called all gymnastics coverage for the Games. He has many "inside stories" from the Olympics to share with your audience!
When Brandi Chastain famously stripped off her jersey to celebrate her World Cup-winning penalty kick against China, she became one of the most recognizable figures in sports. Chastain and her team won the first women's world soccer championship in 1991 as well as Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004. Brandi traveled with First Lady Michelle Obama in the official American delegation to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Keri Strug's heroic performance at the 1996 Olympic Games ensured the United States' first-ever Team gold medal in Women's Gymnastics. After shocking spectators by falling and injuring her ankle on her first vault, she managed to stick the landing on her second vault before collapsing in pain, helping to secure gold for the American team. It was a moment that landed Kerri on the front page of newspapers around the world and catapulted her into the spotlight.
For over 20 years, Olympic Champion Peter Vidmar has effectively communicated new levels of performance to tens of thousands of people, in virtually every industry in America. Peter is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history. Using his effective trademark concept of "Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity," Peter's unique presentations give audiences a fresh perspective on how to motivate employees, improve morale, and encourage new ways of thinking.
Bruce Jenner captivated the world when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and earned the title of "World's Greatest Athlete." A devoted husband and father of ten, Bruce can be found spending time with his family onscreen on E! Network's "Keeping up with the Kardashians."
Millions of Americans remember Mike Eruzione as the captain of the United States Hockey Team that beat the odds to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. It was his decisive winning goal that beat the Soviet team and stunned the world. That victory against the Soviets advanced the U.S. Hockey Team to the Gold Medal Game where they beat Finland. Dubbed the "Miracle on Ice," Walt Disney adapted the story of that Olympic triumph into a feature length film, titled Miracle.
Winning Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens Olympic Games, Amanda Beard is known as much for her swimming as she is for her modeling. In her new candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, In The Water They Can't See You Cry, the swimmer reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, and the demons she battled along the way.
Fans across the nation and around the world rememberDominique Dawes as a member of the gold medal winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Atlanta Games, becoming the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal. She is also known for her permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.
1994 Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Jansen is a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance. He first captured the world's attention during the 1988 Winter Olympics when the world learned that his sister, whose last words were ones urging him to victory, had died mere hours before his first race. During his final chance in the 1994 Olympics, he dazzled the spectators with a world record and an Olympic gold medal in the 1000 meter event.
Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. At the Beijing Games in 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer at age 41 to compete in the Olympics. In total, Dara has competed in 5 Olympic Games and has won 12 medals in her Olympic career. Her impressive performance in Beijing has inspired many older athletes to consider re-entering competition, including cyclist Lance Armstrong.