February 13, 2014 by Speakers' Spotlight
Spotlight On: From Medalist to Mentor, The Who’s Who of Sochi 2014
Canadians cheered around the world as we watched four-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser carry the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Regarded as the best female hockey player in the world, she was twice named the Most Valuable Player of the gold-medal-winning Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. Hayley shares with audiences what it takes to achieve optimal teamwork and success.
As Athlete Mentor for the Canadian Olympic Team, three-time Olympic gold medalist Marnie McBean prepares athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they perform at the highest level. An expert in turning potential into performance, Marnie helps organizations and individuals find winning strategies to reach their own goals.
It’s a gold for Alexandre Bilodeau! Alexandre wrote a page in history by becoming the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold on home soil at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and now he has won gold again in Sochi! One of Canada’s most talented athletes, Alexandre is a source of inspiration to audiences everywhere.
We’ve seen Ron MacLean for nearly 30 years covering hockey alongside his co-star, Don Cherry, on Canada’s most watched weekly program, CBC TV’s Hockey Night in Canada. His quick wit, encyclopedic hockey knowledge, and thrilling stories entertain audiences across the country. Ron shares some of the secrets to his success here.
Award-winning Health Care and Medical Expert Dr. Mike Evans is the creator of the worldwide YouTube sensation 23½Hours, which has been viewed by over four million people—drastically outpacing any other health-based messaging in history. Dr. Evans is now in Sochi, providing medical care to the 340 CBC employees working at the Games, and serving as an on-air medical commentator when health topics arise.
The New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Edmonton Oilers and others have all benefited from working with performance consultant Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan. She is now in Sochi acting as the Lead of Sport Psychology for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Audiences also have the opportunity to learn from her about what it takes to be a winner.
Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Champion and Chef de Mission for the 2012 Olympic Games, and Debbie Muir, celebrated Olympic coach, have teamed up once again! Together, they have created Great Traits, a program that teaches people to be victors in their own right. Using stories, activities, heart, and humour, individuals, teams, and organizations learn fundamental principles that drive achievement, leadership, and lasting legacy.
Congratulations to all Canadian Athletes at the Games!