As a retired athlete, I know how hard it is to train full-time for a dream and still pay the bills. Not to mention having to make the sometimes difficult transition out of sport to the working world. It’s a common misconception that all athletes have big-name sponsors! Check out what some of the athletes in the Team USA Career Program have to say about it:
Today marks the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the whole world is waiting with bated breath to watch Team USA step onto the world’s largest stage. Many people are hosting their own viewing parties for their favorite events; even corporations are acquiescing to the fact that many employees will want to watch the Games online at work.
There are also actual meet-up groups you can join to support Team USA as they Go for the Gold ™. First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the way on a “Let’s Move!” initiative and encouraging people to be active in their local communities.
Last but not least, don’t forget to check back here! We’ll be posting videos live from London with the Team USA athletes who are part of the Team USA Career Program,a unique partnership between Adecco and the United States Olympic Committee.
Here are the first of several videos we’ll be sending your way to share what’s happening with Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London! Angel Bovee is our Athlete Liaison and will be interviewing several athletes from Team USA who are also members of the Athlete Career Program that Adecco runs in partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee.
With less than a month until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, U.S. Olympic Hopefuls are kicking their preparations into a whole new gear! Across the nation, athletes are attending intensive training camps where they are immersed in training regimens specially designed by the best and brightest coaching minds to fine tune athletes’ physical and mental skills before the remaining trials and, possibly, the London spotlight.
Between now and the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, U.S. Paralympic training camps are being held in Colorado, California, and Wyoming. In fact, the last training camp before the start of competition ends in California on August 13th, less than two weeks before the start of competition!
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I recently had the honor of hearing First Lady Michelle Obama pay tribute to over 200 service men and women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs at the opening of a six-day sports competition for wounded active duty soldiers and veterans.
These wounded soldiers are using sports not only as a vehicle for rehabilitation, but as a way to challenge themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. Maybe someday some of the athletes in attendance will go on to compete for Team USA in the Paralympic Games.
Not familiar with the Paralympic Games? They happen two weeks after the Olympic Games and are the pinnacle of the career of Paralympic athletes all around the world. Paralympic athletes are elite athletes with a physical impairment including mobility disability, amputations, visual impairments and more. The vision of the International Paralympic Committee is to enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world. And London 2012 will be the biggest Paralympic Games in history!
According to the IPC website, “The Paralympic Games showcase the achievements of athletes with an impairment to a global audience and act as a primary vehicle to change societal perceptions and leave lasting legacies”.
The Athlete Career Program administered by Adecco serves both U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. The Paralympic athletes currently working in the program include some of our biggest success stories. These athletes not only inspire their co-workers, they also can bring a diversity of thought and perspective to the workplace. Adecco believes this type of diversity and inclusion is not only good for business but having a diverse workforce will be critical for the success of companies in today’s ever changing business landscape.
Michelle Obama summarized it best: “Every competitor here has faced adversity that most of us can never imagine. No matter what obstacles or setbacks you face, you just keep moving forward. You just keep pushing yourselves to succeed in ways that just mystify and leave us all in awe.”
Less than 100 days until Team USA competes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The world will be amazed and inspired by these champions! While you’re at it, check out Adecco’s own Allison Jones, a winter and summer Paralympic medalist, as she prepares for London!
Often I get asked, why in the world do elite athletes need jobs? Aren’t they all on cereal boxes, have big-money sponsors, and financially set for life?
For the majority of US Olympic and Paralympic athletes, nothing could be further from the truth. Of course there are the few superstars everyone knows like Bruce Jenner, Michael Phelps, and Lindsey Vonn…but for every athlete that becomes a household name and makes it to the cereal aisle in your local grocery store, you have hundreds of others in lesser known sports struggling to balance their training while paying their bills.
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