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Rudy Garcia-Tolson

Four-Time Paralympian & Five-Time Medalist; People Magazine's “20 Teens Who Will Change the World"

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Rudy Garcia-Tolson Biography

Rudy Garcia-Tolson was born September 14th, 1988, in Bloomington, California. The youngest of 4 children.

At age five, having already undergone 15 surgeries to correct a rare birth defect, Garcia-Tolson elected to amputate both legs above the knee. He opted for greater mobility and a full, active life with prostheses Undaunted, he began swimming, then running, and has been winning ever since! By age 15, he had won a Gold medal in the Paralympic Games, breaking world records in swimming.

When he was eight years old, he stated that he would swim in the 2004 Paralympic Games. He was true to his word and won the gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley and broke the World Record for his SM7 class. In the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, when he was 20, he again won the gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley event, breaking his own SM7 World Record twice in the process. He also won a bronze medal in 100m Breaststroke SB7.

At the 2012 Paralympics in London, he broke the SM7 World Record in 200m Individual Medley heat. In the final, both he and Yevheniy Bohodayko swam faster still. Bohodayko touched the wall first; Garcia-Tolson won silver. As part of the 2012 Paralympics, Garcia-Tolson also qualified and competed in 100m and 200m track and field.

At the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Garcia-Tolson broke his PR (personal record) and gain back the AR (American Record) in 100m Breaststroke SB7. In the 200-meter Individual Medley, again, he broke his PR and won silver.

Garcia-Tolson also has a history with triathlons. He competed in his first triathlon at age 8 as the swimmer in a winning relay team. He raced with celebrities including Robin Williams as part of Team Braveheart. At age 10, he completed the first of many individual triathlons.

In 2006, he completed the Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida. He attempted the 2009 Ironman World Championship in Kona but missed the bike cut by 8 minutes. Six weeks later, at Ironman Arizona, he became the first double above-knee amputee to complete a full Ironman Triathlon.

Garcia-Tolson has spoken across the country to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools. His blend of energy and humor inspires organizations and individuals to adopt his swim motto, No Legs No Limits, A Brave Heart is a Powerful Weapon, as their new standard of excellence

Garcia-Tolson shares stories about choosing to amputate his legs at a young age, swimming in the Paralympics, and playing jokes with his prothetic legs to give motivation for overcoming adversity and reaching peak performance. He tailors his message for each audience, so his presentations are a one-of-a-kind combination of spectacular entertainment and practical, customized inspiration.

Audience members of all ages and backgrounds walk away from his speech with a renewed sense of hope for the future and a determination to live their lives without limitation, to maximize their potential in work and life. They will carry Garcia-Tolson's universal message of courage, determination, and hope in their hearts and minds long after the conclusion of the meeting.

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    Speaking fees for Rudy Garcia-Tolson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rudy Garcia-Tolson are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rudy Garcia-Tolson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
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    Rudy Garcia-Tolson is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Olympics, Swimming, Virtual Speakers.
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    Rudy Garcia-Tolson generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rudy Garcia-Tolson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rudy Garcia-Tolson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rudy Garcia-Tolson for your next private or corporate function.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Four-Time Paralympian & Five-Time Medalist; People Magazine's “20 Teens Who Will Change the World"

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Rudy Garcia-Tolson Biography

Rudy Garcia-Tolson was born September 14th, 1988, in Bloomington, California. The youngest of 4 children.

At age five, having already undergone 15 surgeries to correct a rare birth defect, Garcia-Tolson elected to amputate both legs above the knee. He opted for greater mobility and a full, active life with prostheses Undaunted, he began swimming, then running, and has been winning ever since! By age 15, he had won a Gold medal in the Paralympic Games, breaking world records in swimming.

When he was eight years old, he stated that he would swim in the 2004 Paralympic Games. He was true to his word and won the gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley and broke the World Record for his SM7 class. In the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, when he was 20, he again won the gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley event, breaking his own SM7 World Record twice in the process. He also won a bronze medal in 100m Breaststroke SB7.

At the 2012 Paralympics in London, he broke the SM7 World Record in 200m Individual Medley heat. In the final, both he and Yevheniy Bohodayko swam faster still. Bohodayko touched the wall first; Garcia-Tolson won silver. As part of the 2012 Paralympics, Garcia-Tolson also qualified and competed in 100m and 200m track and field.

At the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Garcia-Tolson broke his PR (personal record) and gain back the AR (American Record) in 100m Breaststroke SB7. In the 200-meter Individual Medley, again, he broke his PR and won silver.

Garcia-Tolson also has a history with triathlons. He competed in his first triathlon at age 8 as the swimmer in a winning relay team. He raced with celebrities including Robin Williams as part of Team Braveheart. At age 10, he completed the first of many individual triathlons.

In 2006, he completed the Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida. He attempted the 2009 Ironman World Championship in Kona but missed the bike cut by 8 minutes. Six weeks later, at Ironman Arizona, he became the first double above-knee amputee to complete a full Ironman Triathlon.

Garcia-Tolson has spoken across the country to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools. His blend of energy and humor inspires organizations and individuals to adopt his swim motto, No Legs No Limits, A Brave Heart is a Powerful Weapon, as their new standard of excellence

Garcia-Tolson shares stories about choosing to amputate his legs at a young age, swimming in the Paralympics, and playing jokes with his prothetic legs to give motivation for overcoming adversity and reaching peak performance. He tailors his message for each audience, so his presentations are a one-of-a-kind combination of spectacular entertainment and practical, customized inspiration.

Audience members of all ages and backgrounds walk away from his speech with a renewed sense of hope for the future and a determination to live their lives without limitation, to maximize their potential in work and life. They will carry Garcia-Tolson's universal message of courage, determination, and hope in their hearts and minds long after the conclusion of the meeting.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson Videos

  • Hometown Hero: Rudy Garcia-Tolson Has Eyes Set on 2021 ...
    For Riverside native Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the 2020 Paralympic Games brought him out of retirement with a chance to continue his success in ...
  • Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a gold Medalist in the Paralympic Games, guest-stars.
    By age 15, Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a double above-knee amputee, had won a Gold medal in the Paralympic Games breaking world records in swimming. Host...
  • Meet Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Paralympic Swimmer
    Get to know U.S. Paralympic swimmer Rudy Garcia Tolson as he journeys to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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  • How do I book Rudy Garcia-Tolson to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Rudy Garcia-Tolson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Rudy Garcia-Tolson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Rudy Garcia-Tolson or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Rudy Garcia-Tolson

    Speaking fees for Rudy Garcia-Tolson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rudy Garcia-Tolson are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rudy Garcia-Tolson, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rudy Garcia-Tolson speak about?

    Rudy Garcia-Tolson is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Olympics, Swimming, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Rudy Garcia-Tolson travel from?

    Rudy Garcia-Tolson generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rudy Garcia-Tolson’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rudy Garcia-Tolson for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rudy Garcia-Tolson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rudy Garcia-Tolson or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rudy Garcia-Tolson for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Rudy Garcia-Tolson generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tatyana McFadden, Jessica Long, Blake Leeper, Melissa Stockwell and Brad Snyder. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rudy Garcia-Tolson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson Speaker Videos

  • Hometown Hero: Rudy Garcia-Tolson Has Eyes Set on 2021 ...
    For Riverside native Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the 2020 Paralympic Games brought him out of retirement with a chance to continue his success in ...
    Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a gold Medalist in the Paralympic Games, guest-stars.
    By age 15, Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a double above-knee amputee, had won a Gold medal in the Paralympic Games breaking world records in swimming. Host Timothy Clarke chats with Rudy to learn what makes...
  • Meet Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Paralympic Swimmer
    Get to know U.S. Paralympic swimmer Rudy Garcia Tolson as he journeys to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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