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Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle's wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Lloyd Carr has led the University of Michigan to a bowl game in every season at the helm, and claimed the Big Ten title five of the past seven seasons (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). He became the first Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, beating Auburn 31-28 on New Year's Day at the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl, after leading U-M to victories in the 1998 Rose, 1999 Citrus, 2000 Orange and 2003 Outback Bowls.
American swimmer Mark Spitz achieved an Olympic record in 1972 that may never be equalled: seven gold medals. Perhaps no one athlete put more pressure on himself than American swimmer Mark Spitz. The athlete's bold predictions and cocky disposition made it almost impossible for him to live up to the standards he was setting for himself.
Marla Runyan placed third in the qualifying trials for the Women's 1500 meters earning a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team the first time a legally blind person has ever accomplished such a feat. Diagnosed with Stargard's Disease as a child, Marla has been legally blind for 20 years; but she refuses to consider her blindness a handicap. "It is not a factor or an excuse for a bad race" she says. Marla's performance in the Olympics stands as a testimony to what can be achieved through determination and hard work.
"In the darkest days of World War II," he begins in his best lecture-hall baritone, "Winston Churchill inspired the English people with words like, 'Let us brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for one thousand years, men will still say: This was their finest hour.' "
Mike Ditka is one of the most recognized and successful NFL personalities as a player, coach and television commentator. Currently working as an analyst and commentator on CBS, this is Ditka's second stint in broadcasting, having spent four years as an NFL commentator and analyst on the NFL on NBC.
The enthusiastic captain who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to its gold medal victory, Eruzione served as a sportscaster for both the 1984 and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
An unprecedented combination of power and defense made Mike Schmidt one of the game's greatest third basemen. The powerful right-handed hitter slugged 548 home runs, belting 40 or more long balls in three separate seasons and hitting over 30 home runs 10 other times. His 48 homers in 1980 are the most ever in a single season by a third baseman. A three-time National League MVP, he was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Gold Gloves. Schmidt was named the "Sporting News" Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
Mike Tomlin was named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history on Jan. 22, 2007. Hired at the age of 34, Tomlin became only the third head coach hired by the Steelers since 1969. He is the youngest Head Coach in NFL History to win a Super Bowl.
When you think of the Olympics, you think of heroic competition and accomplishments. Well, in 2000 at the Sydney Aquatic Center, Misty provided the World a Race for the Ages!
Leaders with a personal coach reach their goals faster, manage change better, and solve problems more effectively. Teams are encouraged to have open communication and are more action-oriented. And the organization benefits from increased focus on goals and strengthened corporate culture.
Throughout his life, Orel Hershiser has been known as an outstanding baseball player. He has excelled at every level in which he has played and has captured baseball's highest honors - World Series Champion, World Series, American and National League Championship Series MVP,Cy Young Award, and Gold Glove Award.
Achieving successful change inevitably means overcoming obstacles. Oz tells his story first hand of how he faced adversity and overcame. His success story is living inspiration for others. The Recon-Marine suffered from paralysis after a traumatic motorcycle accident and has since proactively competed in the adaptive sports of handcycling and Triathlon, working his way to the top in both sports in relative short time. Today Oz is a double world champion in the sport of handcycling, bringing back a gold and a bronze medal for the US Team, in the 2008 Beijing games. View his website for further details: www.knownolimits.com
The all time "Hit King" was Rookie of the Year during the sixties and Player of the Decade during the seventies. His career on the field as a player is legendary. His headlines made as a manager are, regretfully, even more legendary.
When Peter Vidmar was eleven years old, his parents found an ad in the newspaper for a new "experimental gymnastics program designed to develop future Olympic champions."
The all-time passing leader of the New York Giants is Phil Simms, a battle-scarred veteran of fifteen NFL seasons, who fought back from injury and adversity to become one of football's most respected quarterbacks.
This Hall of Fame forward is the only player to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. After playing fourteen seasons (10 with the NBA), Barry racked up a career total of 25, 279 points. He was a 12-time All-Star selection, and in 1975, he led his Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship. He retired after the 1979-80 season, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1996, Barry was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Rocky is in demand as a professional speaker, motivating audiences in a wide variety of organizations and corporations. Rocky sees parallels between the challenges he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today's crowded, competitive marketplace, and that is the central message he delivers. His presentation - Be the Best You Can Be - motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Rocky is a dynamic speaker, using real life stories with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences can relate to.
Craig joined the NFL's San Francisco 49ers as a second-round draft choice in 1983 out of the University of Nebraska and was a vital member of the San Francisco offense during three Super Bowl championship seasons.
Member of the 1980 Olympic Swim Team that boycotted the Olympics held in Moscow, then came back to win three gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games in the 100m free, the 400m free relay and the 400m medley relay.
Singer, impressionist and humorist Roy Firestone is best known as host of ESPN's Up Close. Well-recognized and honored for his varied abilities in broadcast and sports journalism, he presents a spectacularly funny and inspirational multimedia review, saluting the athletes and sports events of the twentieth century.
In Houston, Rudy Tomjanovich has dedicated three decades to the Rockets franchise, earning fame as a player before moving up the ranks in the front office. As head coach of the Rockets, he won the city of Houston its first-ever championship with back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.
Over the course of his 27-year NFL career, Wyche served as a quarterback and coach for such teams as the Cincinnati Bengals, the Washington Redskins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of football's most respected head coaches, he has two division titles, a 1988 Super Bowl appearance, and NFL and AFC Coach of the Year awards to his credit.
NBA All-Star Forward Sean Elliott, 32, began his basketball career at the University of Arizona, where he was the all-time leading scorer in Pac-10 Conference history, breaking the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Since the birth of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997, Swoopes has stormed onto the sports scene as one of the nation's most skilled and impressive athletes, earning the nickname that testifies to her speed and grace on the court, "Wind."
Baseball legend, Steven Garvey, nicknamed the "Iron Man," for establishing the National League record of playing in 1,207 consecutive games, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during most of his career.
This man knows boxing like no one else does. If you like boxing, then you're going to want to hear what Teddy Atlas has to say. He discusses his induction into Cus D'amato's Boxing Camp and his first major challenge ," training a 14-year old Mike Tyson.
Terry Bowden is a dynamic motivational and inspirational speaker who also happens to be incredibly funny. Unlike so many speakers that make a living by telling people how to be a success, Terry Bowden has made a living by being a success.
Whether she is playing in the Olympics or signing autographs for her adoring fans Tiffeny does it with energy and concern. She has given so much back to the game and continues to encourage young soccer players everywhere to follow their dreams.
As head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers for 25 years, Osborne took his team to a bowl game every year, won three national championships in the last four years he coached, and ended his career boasting an 84 percent winning record...
Most baseball fans will undoubtedly best remember Tom Seaver for his incredible achievements on the mound in the Major Leagues, and his leadership of the 1969 "Miracle Mets
One of the most popular and outspoken figures in professional sports, Lasorda has been associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 50 years'as a player, scout, coach, manager, and an executive. During his 20 years as manager, this Hall-of-Famer led the Dodgers to two World Series championships, four pennants, and six division crowns. An entertaining and powerful speaker, he captivates, educates, and energizes his audiences with his colorful stories, humor, and lessons for life.
Tony DiCicco is the winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history with a 103-8-8 record. He has won both Olympic and World Cup Gold. He is currently the the commissioner for the WUSA - the Women's United Soccer Association - the new professional soccer league with teams in eight major markets.
The greatest player in San Diego Padre history, Gwynn won eight batting titles, five Gold Gloves, and helped the inconsistent franchise to their first two World Series appearances, but never got that elusive championship ring. He batted .394 in 1994 and banged more than 3,100 career hits.