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Peter Vidmar, CPAE California
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Peter Vidmar is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history. The winner of numerous national and international titles, he finished his successful career at the 1984 Olympic Games. As the USA men's gymnastics team captain, he led his teammates to America's first ever team gold medal, with their stunning upset victory over the defending world champions, the People's Republic of China. He went on to win the silver medal in the individual all-around competition (the first American to have won an Olympic All-Around medal), and with a perfect score of 10, captured the gold medal on the pommel horse.

Peter continues to contribute to the Olympic movement today. He is the Chairman of the Board of USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of gymnastics in the United States; has served as the Co-Chairman of the US Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit, an annual series of workshops designed to prepare America's medal hopefuls to win gold in future Olympics; serves as a USOC Olympic Ambassador, helping to prepare all of America's athletes on working with the media and to represent the United States with character and respect.

For many years, Peter has also worked as the gymnastics commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN. He continues to work as a journalist, broadcaster, and corporate spokesperson at each summer Olympics. Peter has served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; serves as the Vice Chair of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports; is the Vice President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games; serves in his hometown as Vice President of the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation; and is Chair of the Los Angeles "Ready, Set, Gold!" Program.

Peter is one of only three athletes inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice; first as an individual, then as a member of the historic 1984 USA men's gymnastics team. He is also the author of Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity: The Keys to a Perfect 10. Peter is a powerful and entertaining speaker at corporate meetings and trade shows. With over two decades of experience for hundreds of corporations and professional associations, he has helped people throughout the country realize and fulfill their own potential. He does much more than just speak about his experiences. In his inspiring, humorous, and entertaining presentations, he also performs live demonstrations of his Olympic routine on the pommel horse, to drive home his message. He exhibits the three components of a perfect score in gymnastics - Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV) - and discusses how these principles apply to success in business and life. Peter's message brings something unique and refreshing to the corporate arena.

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  • Margins of Victory: There's No Silver in Sales - The Olympic experience serves as a great allegory for human aspirations. Scoreboards, stopwatches, measuring tapes, and concrete identifiable results make it easier to quantify the human experience and distinguish what works from what doesn't. However, there is one important difference between the Olympic Games and the business world. When it comes to sales, there is no silver medal for second place. Either the customer purchases your product or service, or your competitor's. Second place might as well be last place. And the decision to purchase from someone else may have been based on the smallest item or detail. So it is vital your sales team understands the value of the little extra effort, the critical importance of attention to details, and what this could mean to your company's success.

    With over 25 years of experience presenting to the world's top companies, double Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar will teach your sales force that if you want to achieve a "perfect 10" for the customer, you need to think, plan and prepare like an Olympic champion.

  • ROV... Risk, Originality and Virtuosity - In his powerful keynote presentation, Peter converts Olympic Gold into corporate wisdom. With a live demonstration on the pommel horse, artfully blended into his speech, Peter uses the ROV principles to vividly describe requirements for a perfect 10 in business and in life. Audiences gain fresh perspectives on reaching higher levels of performance, using their creativity to separate them from the competition, and perfecting their needed skills on a daily basis. As Peter says, "If you want to be at your best when it really matters, you've got to be at your best when it doesn't matter." Humor, relevance to his audience, high energy, drama and standing ovations are all characteristic of this presentation.

  • Getting your Team on the Podium - Gymnastics, while a team sport, is based entirely on a collection of individual performances for it's outcome. At the Olympic Games, while he was competing with his teammates, Peter was simultaneously competing against them for individual medals. So how did these individual athletes work together on a daily basis for the benefit of the team? Using the ROV principles, Peter answers this important question, describing the tools you and your team can use, every day, to reach the top of your Olympic Podium.

  • Pushing The Envelope - One of the reasons gymnastics is the most watched event of the Olympic Games is that the viewer can always expect something new and different from the athletes. Gymnasts are masters at pushing the envelope, as they constantly try to reinvent their athletic art form. Innovation also involves some risk, and Peter shows how ROV: Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity, can become a mandate for constant change in his sport and in your business. In describing how we need to stop playing "catch up" with the competition, Peter says, "A perfect 10 just a few years ago may only score an 8.5 today. If you don't innovate, you'll be left behind very quickly!"

  • On Your Mark...Get Set...Gold! - "Awaken the Olympian Within" Interactive Workshop
    Today's meeting planner is looking for a novel approach to providing inspiration and life lessons to their meetings and conferences...and America's Olympic champions are the perfect heroes to help them accomplish this task! Peter Vidmar joins forces with other Olympians to produce a highly interactive "mock-Olympics," guaranteed to add FUN and ENTHUSIASM to your agenda.

    By facilitating a collection of competitive activities that do not require athletic skill but do involve a steady hand, quick reactions, rational thought, group dynamics, following directions and innovative thinking, participants learn attributes about teamwork, tenacity, lateral thinking, problem-solving skills, performance under pressure, risk-taking and resource allocation; as well as demonstrate the Olympic spirit of fair play, sportsmanship and tenacity to overcome adversity.

    Local Olympic athletes help Peter coach your team to building a higher level of trust and understanding, increasing productivity at the office, and developing new ways of thinking. Workshops can last anywhere from 2-8 hours and include all necessary Olympic "equipment" (flags, music, attire and even a genuine Olympic torch), as well as provide the option of Olympic themed prizes or awards for winning teams.
Risk, Originality & Virtuosity
Risk, Originality & Virtuosity: The Keys to a Perfect 10

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