MEANINGFUL + INTERACTIVE SPEECHES

 

With over a decade of experience our Olympic keynote speakers deliver meaningful and interactive presentations, packed full of dramatic stories, breathtaking visuals and enough inspiration to truly Light The Fire Within!  Our keynotes will provide you and your team with discussion topics and actionable takeaways toward achieving dynamic, ongoing success.  Allow our Olympians to make a lasting connection with your attendees for a once in a lifetime experience. 


 Shannon Bahrke Olympic Medalist
 Shannon Bahrke Olympic Medalist for Team Empower Hour in Utah

SHANNON BAHRKE

Shannon Bahrke is one of the most recognized Olympic skiers with her signature pink hair and big smile, but it is her ability to make a lasting connection with her audience that makes her an exceptional keynote speaker.  Shannon’s exciting and inspirational keynote speeches address winning, overcoming obstacles, goal setting and the commitment required to achieve success.  A fantastic cornerstone for any corporate event, let Shannon inspire guests with her welcoming style and memorable take-aways.

Achievements:

  • Three time Olympic Team Member
  • Silver Medalist, 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT (Deer Valley Resort)
  • Bronze Medalist, 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, CAN
  • Founder of Team Empower Hour and Silver Bean Coffee Co.
  • Proud mom and wife

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Website: FunPinkShannon.com
LinkedIn: /ShannonBahrke
Facebook: /ShannonBHappe
Instagram: @ShannonBahrke

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 Muffy Davis Team Empower Hour Utah
 Muffy Davis Team Empower Hour Utah Olympian

Muffy Davis

Muffy Davis is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in Human Biology, with a concentration in Disability Studies.  Upon her graduation in 1995, she was honored by the Stanford Alumni Association with their only award for service to the community.  For the past 12 years Muffy has been a highly sought after motivational speaker, speaking to corporations and companies throughout the world such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Time Warner Cable and many others. In addition, Muffy has worked as a spokesperson for top companies including Independence Technology, a Johnson and Johnson Company, the CDC’s Tobacco Free Sports Program and Disaboom.com, an online web community for people with disabilities

Muffy has worked as a host and talent for various television shows, including ESPN and Resort Sports Network and Trading Spaces.  She has been featured in several ads and commercials for companies such as Subaru, REI, Mountain Hardware and The United States Olympic Committee.  Muffy also works as a freelance writer and has had articles published in various magazines and online websites. 

A World Champion disabled ski racer, Muffy has won more than 25 World Cup titles, two Overall World Cup victories and 4 Paralympic Medals.  When she was 16, a devastating ski racing accident changed Muffy’s life, but not her motivation to reach her dreams.  As an upcoming junior ski racer, it was probable that Muffy would eventually reach her dream and compete in The Olympics until her accident in 1989 left her paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for her mobility.  But Muffy didn’t let her physical condition keep her from reaching her dream, she relearned to ski, adaptive ski and after much hard work and determination, she was back on the slopes, chasing her dream.  In 1998 and 2002, Muffy accomplished her life long dream and ski raced in the Paralympics, the Olympics for people with physical disabilities, winning a total of 4 medals. She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her skiing and athletic accomplishments, including the International Olympic Committee, The Paralyzed Veteran’s of America and The Challenged Athletes Foundation.  She is currently one of 11 athletes worldwide invited to serve as Ambassadors for the International Paralympic Committee.  In April of 2011, Muffy was inducted into the US Ski and SnowBoard Hall of Fame, an immense honor, truly beyond her dreams. And in December of 2012, Disabled Sports USA inducted Muffy into their Ski Hall of Fame.

Most recently, Muffy has climbed the top of the podium in summer Paralympic competition winning 3 Gold Medals in the 2012 London Paralympics in handcycling.   After just three years of competition, Muffy has become a dominating force in female handcycling, winning every race she entered in 2012.  All of this after serious neck surgery in October of 2011 threatened to halt all her future competitive goals.  Muffy won back to back World Cup Overall titles, a World Championship and won the most Gold medals of any athlete in the 2012 Paralympic Road Cycling events. She is excited to be going to Rio this year as a member of the US Paralympic Advisory committee and cheer on all her old teammates.

Muffy’s National Organizations and memberships include being a past National Board Member of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, a former Board Member of The United States Ski and Snowboard Association and she currently serves as an Ambassador for The International Paralympic Committee and Right to Play, an international humanitarian organization.  Muffy was an Athlete Representative to the US Olympic Committee’s Athlete’s Advisory Council and currently serves on The International Paralympic Committee’s Women in Sports Committee, the US’s Paralympic Advisory Committee and UCI’s Paracycling Commission. Additionally, she was a founding member and currently serves as an Honorary Board Member of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports.  She is a an Alumni Member of Stanford University, The United States Disabled Ski Team and a National Alumni Member of Delta, Delta, Delta Fraternity, who honored her with their Women of Achievement Award in 2006.

Furthermore, Muffy is an accomplished adventurer and world traveler.  In 2002 she became the first female paraplegic mountaineer to summit a peak over 14,000’ when she successfully climbed California’s Mt. Shasta with three other paraplegics using a device called a SnowPod.  Since then, she has successfully climbed Colorado’s Pikes Peak two times in her wheelchair.  She is active in many sports including:  mt. biking, river rafting, waterskiing, scuba diving, swimming, weight training, horseback riding and handcycling.  

In 2005 and 2006, Muffy and her husband, Jeff Burley, spent 9 months traveling the globe volunteering with non-profit organizations in developing countries helping teach sports and recreation to people with disabilities, proving the only limits any of us have are the ones we place on ourselves.

Of all that she has accomplished, what Muffy is most proud of is her 7 year old daughter, Elle!  Motherhood is by far the best of all her adventures!

Social:

Website: MuffyDavis.com
Facebook: /MuffyDavisUSA
Twitter: @MuffyDavis


 Emily Cook Team Empower Hour Utah
 Emily Cook Team Empower Hour Utah Olympian

Emily Cook

Emily is a 3 time Olympian, 6 time National Champion and has over 10 World Cup podiums during her time as a member of the U.S. Freestyle Aerial Ski Team.  

Diversity aside, Emily Cook, never let go of a dream to compete in the Olympics. Sidelined by two broken feet only days after making the 2002 Olympic Team, Cook watched her hometown Olympics from a wheel chair, and missed three World Cup seasons while healing. She persevered and returned to compete, reaching her Olympic dream in 2006 in Italy, the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and again in Sochi in 2014.

Today, Emily is traveling the world with the US Ski Team, coaching the next generation of champions to reach their own Olympic dreams. She also works with the audio brand, Skullcandy as their manager of sport and human potential, running the Skullcandy High Performance Lab and investigating the science and ties between music and human performance.  

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Website: EmilyCook.com
Twitter @EmilyCook
Instagram @EmilyCook02
Facebook /EmilyCook2010


  Derek  Parra Team Empower Hour Utah
 Derek  Parra Team Empower Hour Utah Olympian

Derek Parra

In 1984 Derek began roller skating and by 1996 he had become the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport.  As an inliner he was a three-time national champion, two-time overall World Champion, two-time World record holder (1500m and 42K) and earned eighteen individual gold medals.  He was the most decorated athlete at 1995 Pan-Am Games winning 5 gold, 2 silver and a bronze medal.  He had everything but an Olympic Medal.  So in 1996, he switched from inline roller skates to ice skates to chase after that medal.  Just two years later he earned a spot on the 1998 US Olympic Team.

In February of 2001 he won a silver medal at the World Single Distance Championships (1500 meters) setting a new American Record and marking himself as "one to watch at the 2002 Olympic Games".  Later that year, in November, he won a gold medal at the World Cup competition in Den Hague, Netherlands and became one of America's foremost medal contenders heading into the Olympics.  In Salt Lake City he did not disappoint!  After being selected to carry the World Trade Center flag into the opening ceremonies, the emotional evening inspired Derek through a remarkable 5000 meter performance on opening day of the Games.  He briefly held the world record en route to a silver medal finish.  That set the stage for a stunning world record finish and Olympic Gold Medal in the 1500 meter event!

Derek is also the first-ever Mexican American to compete in, and medal, in the Olympic Winter Games. Upon retirement from the sport, Derek began a coaching career leading a transition program that guided other inline skating athletes with Olympic dreams over to the ice. The success of the program earned him the head coaching position for the US Speed Skating Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC.

Today, Derek is the Director of Sports at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah; sharing the vision of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation to the youth of Utah and the surrounding communities.


 Billy Demong Team Empower Hour Utah Olympian
 Billy Demong Team Empower Hour Utah

Billy Demong

Billy grew up jumping in the Lake Placid Ski Club, a cross country skier as soon as he could walk he added the longer skis when he was 8 and fell in love with Nordic Combined. After a World Cup career spanning 5 Olympic games he retired from the competitive side following the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Having played a major role in developing USA Nordic Sports from its origins as USA Ski Jumping, adding Nordic Combined and ushering in many of the organizations key donors, Demong took on the role of Executive Director in the spring of 2016 because of his love for the sport and desire to see the organization find athletic and financial sustainability. “When I look down the road a few years I see USA Nordic’s elite athletes supported at a higher level than they have ever known and the number of youth trying ski jumping and nordic combined at higher rates than we have seen in decades. Ski Jumping in this country has a vibrant community and rich history that I aim to grow on and develop new opportunities to grow our base of athletes, clubs and fans!Demong is America’s first Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic Skiing and in addition to his passion for skiing has experience as the Global Marketing Director at Reynolds Cycling and longer term experience as a Board Member USA Nordic and the National Nordic Foundation (NNF).

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Instagram @BillyDemong
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