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24 Hour Fitness Sponsors Team USA

24 Hour Fitness Sponsors Team USA
March 23
13:51 2016
24 Hour Fitness has sponsored Team USA since 2004 and will be continuing the pattern this summer at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

24 Hour Fitness is dedicated to its members, both average and elite. Since 2004, the gym has worked tirelessly to support more than 100,000 athletes with equipment and Olympic Training Centers. 24 Hour helped design the HPTCs (High-Performance Training Centers) for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. The gym’s dedication continues this year with the facility in Rio.

This Year’s Athletes

The picture above shows the 5 lucky athletes who will be wearing 24 Hr. gear this summer in Rio. From left to right, triathlete Gwen Jorgensen, Paralympic swimmer Cortney Jordan, runner Alysia Montaño, elite swimmer Conor Dwyer, and blind long jumper Lex Gillette.

Gwen is the only US female to win back-to-back world triathlon titles. In 2015, with 12 consecutive wins since May of the previous year, Gwen became the first triathlete – male or female – to complete an undefeated season.

UgfRLI_uCortney was born with cerebral palsy, but she hasn’t let it slow her down. “My disability is really annoying sometimes. I get out of bed and I fall. My leg isn’t ready to go in the morning. I get out of the pool sometimes and I can’t walk. It’s frustrating when your body doesn’t do what you want it to do. In the water I don’t worry about that. I don’t have pains. I can just float.”

Cortney participated in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, taking home eight medals in total for the 50m freestyle, the 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, and 100m backstroke.

Alysia is a middle-distance runner known for running with a flower in her hair (she says it represents femininity). Born in Queens, New York, Alysia is a 7-time US outdoor national champion. She came in 5th in the 800m event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Hobbies include swordplay, welding, and wood work.

Conor is an Olympic gold medalist, taking home first place in 2012 as a member of the US 4x200m freestyle relay team. In total, Conor has won 14 medals at major international events. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Conor loves spending time at the beach…and in the pool.

Lex-Gillette-Bio-Image-1_Fotor1Lex is a 3-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, and 2012) with the current world record in the F11 men’s long jump. He is the only blind athlete on the planet to eclipse the 22’ barrier in the long jump event.

Lex went blind at age eight after he suffered repeated retinal detachments in both eyes that could not be remedied with surgery. He has a master’s degree in business administration and has taken up motivational speaking. “No need for sight when you have a vision,” he says.

Lex loves to sing and has been chosen to perform the national anthem at multiple major sporting events.

Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer at 24 Hour Fitness, explains why 24 Hour chose these particular athletes:

“Our distinguished athletes come from diverse backgrounds. They are each compelling, inspiring and relatable. The athletes that make up Team 24 have embarked on the fitness journey of a lifetime and we look forward to sharing their stories with our members in the weeks ahead. It’s moments like this that reaffirm our commitment to helping people – everyday athletes and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls alike – reach their fitness goals.”

24 Hour is based in San Ramon, California and has over 400 facilities across the nation that serve nearly 4 million members.

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