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Peter Vidmar

US Olympic Hall of Fame

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Peter Vidmar 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, Peter 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 portions of his Olympic routine on the pommel horse to drive home his message. He demonstrates 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. His message brings something unique and refreshing to the corporate arena.

Peter Vidmar is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history. The winner of numerous national and international titles, Peter 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, he 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. He 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. He also 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, the Executive Board of the United States Olympic Committee, and the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the Vice Chair of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and is the Vice President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

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 Perfect10. 
Motivation — 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 every time." Humor, relevance to his audience, high energy, drama and standing ovations are all characteristic of this presentation.

Teamwork — 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 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 he and his teammates applied, every day, to reach the top of the Olympic Podium, both as a team and as individuals.

Innovation — 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 the judging category of ROV: Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity, became a mandate for constant change in his sport. 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 I don't innovate, I'll be left behind very quickly!"
“I do want to make a special point to acknowledge Peter Vidmar's performance. He was perfect -- genuine, passionate, dynamic and obviously, very skillful. He really drove our key message home perfectly. On a personal note let me also say that I have never (I mean never) worked with a more gracious and sincere speaker as Peter. He not only did a great job fulfilling his speaking obligation, he spent the entire evening with our team at the bowling alley and then stuck around late in the evening talking to everyone in the lobby. And, late in the evening when I was speaking with three managers I sensed someone off to my side -- it was Peter -- he was patiently waiting for me to finish speaking to once again say thank you. Again, I have NEVER met anyone so genuine and gracious as Peter. Thank you! We will use him again.”
Hilton Hotels

“Peter's program far exceeded my expectations! He was able to connect with my extended leadership team in a way that riveted their attention for his entire presentation. My team is still talking about the impact Peter had on them as individuals, and also on how they can use his message to further motivate their teams, which was one of the major objectives of our meeting. They were amazed that he is still in "Gold Medal" physical shape to be able to perform the Olympic skills he demonstrates during his presentation. I also appreciated Peter's willingness to take questions from the group, to personally autograph a copy of his book for everyone, and to have his photo taken with any one who asked. His warmth and genuine connection with everyone made a lasting impression on all in attendance.”

"Thank you for being so approachable and easy to work with. Your presentation exceeded our expectations. I can't think of anything that you could do to improve it. You were very good at bringing the audience up, taking them down, and adding humor to make your points. They loved it. The overall reaction to your program has been extremely positive and your presentation rated the highest on our survey. You also did an outstanding job of tailoring your approach to the message of the conference and our particular audience.”
Bekins Van Lines

“Working with Peter was fantastic. He took the time to prepare for the presentation, whether it was participating on a conference call with our team, to arriving ahead of time to meet people in the business and understand how it works. His presentation was extremely well received and he made himself available to meet and greet afterwards. Everything went perfectly!”
GE Consumer Finance

Peter was brilliant!!!! All of the feedback was really positive and our CEO was really impressed by him. The topics he talked about were a perfect complement to the discussions that we had been having during the conference. Everyone that has commented has spoken about how "on point" he was with his messages, with the right mix of fun and self deprecation.”
Beijing Olympics Sponsorship, BHP Billiton

“Peter is an outstanding speaker and such an inspiration to all. He is not only an amazing athlete, he is an amazing person.”
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

“Thank you for your most entertaining and inspiring presentation! As our opening keynote speaker, you set the bar for all those who followed you on the platform. The responses we have received from our attendees after the convention only verify that you made a lasting and memorable impression on our members. Peter, you inspired and energized them, while providing maximum entertainment our attendees expect from on opening keynoter.”
American Payroll Association

“The charisma and insight you brought to your presentation made our meeting truly inspirational. I know I can speak for the entire team when I say we have all benefited greatly from the ideas you shared. Thank you for your contributions in making this day a perfect 10!”
Allstate Insurance Co.

“Peter Vidmar was a great speaker! It was a different speaker for us than most...sports vs. a business slant. HOWEVER...everything Peter said you could make a business case for...very well. This was for an audience of business women and he STILL hit a home run...or scored a perfect 10. The action on the Pommel Horse was AWESOME!!”
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

“Our sincere thanks for a wonderful presentation that was so well received by all who were there.”
Insurance Conference Planners Association

“A Perfect 10!!! The program was absolutely impressive. We enjoyed listening to Peter and felt that we understand the journey.”
The Bergman Companies

“We cannot tell you how many times we heard our partners say that this was the single best industry event they had ever attended. And many of them shared that your performance was a highlight for them – energizing, relevant, and complete engrossing. The experience you bring as an Olympian and your ability to clearly communicate principals to achieving excellence is truly inspiring regardless of your industry or focus.”

“Peter delivered an energetic and entertaining keynote that was a great opening to our event. The principles of Risk, Originality and Virtuosity are great tools that can be applied to any competitive situation, whether it's athletics or business. Peter makes a compelling case for it and does so in an enjoyable way.”
National Bicycle Dealers Association

“Thought you would like to know that our meeting evaluations are in and you were a hit! Which made us look very smart in front of our as far as Comdata's performance in inviting you: 10 for originality, 10 for virtuosity, and even though having you on our program was no risk at all, I still give us a 10 for a decision that was Rewarding! Many thanks.” Comdata

“We were so pleased with Peter's presentation at our All Staff Together Day. He was great and our employees loved him and his performance. Kudos to Peter!”
Travis Credit Union

“Peter definitely met and exceeded our expectations – his speech was great and very inspiring. His presentation was unique and the audience loved the message he sent.” -
Alliance Data

“Thank you, Peter for joining us at Academy I in San Diego. Your presentation was awesome!”
Bachrach & Associates