Marquis Athletes

September 17, 2010

Testimonial: Sirona Dental Systems

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner delivered a motivational keynote speech for Sirona Dental Systems’ CEREC 25 Celebration in late August in Las Vegas, NV. We recently received the following testimonial about the event:

“Everyone on our staff just fell in love with Rulon and couldn’t stop talking about how nice he was and how easy it was to work with him.”

For more information about booking Rulon Gardner for your next event, visit our website at www.marquisathletes.com or contact us at info@marquisathletes.com.

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June 23, 2010

Discounted Events Added in Beijing, China!

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner currently has events booked in the following locations. If you would like to piggyback your event on one of these events, you can save 50% off his speaking fee!

Colorado Events

July 11 & 13: Denver area

Wyoming Events

January 14, 2011: Cheyenne area

Pennsylvania Events

July 6, 7 & 8: Erie area

Nevada Events

August 25 & 27: Las Vegas area

Illinois Events

April 15, 2011: Normal area

International Events

August 28-September 4: Beijing, China area

Events must take place in the same general area on the dates listed to qualify. If you are unsure whether your event qualifies, please contact us. Your group is responsible for ground transportation between the existing event and your event, as well as any changes necessary to existing travel reservations (book early to avoid this), in addition to the speaking fee. Contact us at info@marquisathletes.com to book your event!

June 16, 2010

“Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin” Named “#7 Upset in Sports History”–above “The Miracle on Ice”

The “Bleacher Report” announced its “Giant Killers: Top 10 Upsets in Sports History” this week, and “Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin” was listed as the #7 upset–above “The Miracle on Ice” which came in at #10. Gardner’s stunning defeat of Russian Alexander Karelin was also the first Olympic upset on the list, and along with “The Miracle on Ice” they were the only Olympic upsets on the list.

The article begins by explaining that “one word can be used to describe certain teams that overcome adversity to win and that is excellence. Excellence is a trait that is not built in teams, but is earned. Underdogs achieve excellence through hard work and determination to upset unbeatable favorites.”

The article describes Gardner’s defeat of Karelin this way:

Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin had not surrendered a single point during a 10-year span heading into the 2000 Summer Olympics. He had never lost in 15 years of international competition, and had won three consecutive Olympic gold medals and seven consecutive world titles….Karelin faced American Rulon Gardner who had never finished better than fifth in any international wrestling competition. This was supposed to be another opponent crushed at the hands of Alexander the Great, but on this night it was Gardner who won gold in a stunning 1-0 defeat of Karelin. Gardner crushed the one-man dynasty of Karelin in Sydney and claimed the golf, solidifying Gardner as one of the biggest underdogs in Olympic history.”‘

The complete Top 10 list is:

1. Upset upsets Man O’ War

2. 2007 NBA Playoffs: No. 8 Warriors def. No. 1 Mavericks

3. Super Bowl XLII: Giants def. Patriots

4. George Mason advances to Final Four

5. Buster Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson

6. 1984 NCAA Final: Villanova stuns Georgetown

7. Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin

8. 1969 Miracle Mets

9. Super Bowl III: Jets def. Colts

10. The Miracle on Ice

Rulon Gardner is available for motivational speeches to corporate groups, nonprofits and schools. He shares with his audience how he overcame adversity to win Olympic gold, and how he earned excellence through hard work and determination. For more information on speaking events or endorsement opportunities, contact Marquis Athletes at info@marquisathletes.com.

June 1, 2010

Rulon Gardner & Dennis Miller Featured at Sirona Dental’s 25th Anniversary Extravaganza

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Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner will be part of the featured entertainment at Sirona Dental System’s 25th Anniversary Extravaganza to be held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Gardner’s motivational speech “Never Give Up, Never Stop Trying: 7 Steps to Success” will be part of the 3 day event geared towards dental and laboratory professionals. In addition to a “Who’s Who” of digital dentistry professionals and educational programming, the event will also feature performances by the Second City Comedy Troupe and five-time Emmy Award-wiinning comedian and actor Dennis Miller. Attendees will also enjoy a “White Party” scheduled to take place at Pure Nightclub. For more information about Sirona Dental Systems, click here. To register for the event, click here. To book Rulon Gardner for your next event, click here.

April 7, 2010

Health & Wellness Events

Recently I’ve been getting requests for motivational speakers for events with a “health & wellness” theme. These requests have come from hospitals, corporate groups and school groups–the theme really crosses boundaries. Retired Olympic athletes are a natural fit for these events, because they’ve made health & wellness a priority in their lives–it’s what made them great at what they do, and they can help you translate their knowledge into your life.

Balanced, healthy individuals aren’t just better employees and better students, they’re better people! When you feel good, your health improves, you have better focus, better concentration and you’re a nicer, happier person to be around. These events are often requested around final exam time for colleges, around prom time for high schools, during awareness campaigns for hospitals and around open enrollment time for health benefits in the corporate world. If you’re interested in booking a health and wellness speaker for your next event, contact me and let me know what you have in mind. We’ve had athletes talk about their workouts and nutrition plans (both during competition and now in “real life” during retirement), we’ve had them talk with people about avoiding alcohol and drugs, we’ve had them compete in fun field day style events alongside attendees, we’ve had them do joint events with HR staff, nutritionists and physicians–and we’ve done combinations of all of these things. I’ll work with you to determine your specific needs, talk about your ideas and develop a program that will have your patients, employees or students returning to your hospital, work or school happier, healthier and more productive.

To contact sports agent Danielle Marquis of Marquis Athletes about booking Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner for your Health & Wellness event, email info@marquisathletes.com.

March 23, 2010

Discounted Events in CO, WY, MO, PA & NV

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner currently has events booked in the following locations. If you would like to piggyback your event on one of these events, you can save 50% off his speaking fee!

Colorado Events

April 21 & 22 (afternoon only): Northern Colorado (Greeley) and Denver areas

July 11 & 13: Denver area

Wyoming Events

April 24: Worland area

May 12 & 14: Casper area

June 6 & 8: Powell area

Missouri Events

June 22 & 24: St. Louis area

Pennsylvania Events

July 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9: Erie area

Nevada Events

August 25 & 27: Las Vegas area

Events must take place in the same general area on the dates listed to qualify. If you are unsure whether your event qualifies, please contact us. Your group is responsible for ground transportation between the existing event and your event, as well as any changes necessary to existing travel reservations (book early to avoid this), in addition to the speaking fee. Contact us at info@marquisathletes.com to book your event!

March 9, 2010

Corporate Keynote Webinars

Corporate Keynote Webinars are a great way to host events for up to 1,000 employees and/or customers with our motivational speakers—without anyone leaving their office. Our speakers can fly to your corporate headquarters and perform the webinar in conjunction with your management and staff, or perform it from their home location. You save on employee and customer travel expenses, and your employees and customers don’t have to take time off of work to attend—our events can even be scheduled over the lunch hour!

Webinars include a 45 minute speech using the GoToWebinar software platform and 1 hour of online Q&A (using either the teleconference option or the instant messaging option) or pre-signed autographs for your attendees. The fee for 1 month access to GoToWebinar is included in the price.

Would you like to book an event with Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner? Visit our website or contact us today for more information.

February 24, 2010

Top 10 Moments in Amateur Wrestling-’00-’09

2. (2000) Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin for Olympic Gold

In what was arguably the most amazing upset in all of sports, the unheralded American heavyweight from Afton, Wyoming upended the most dominant and feared heavyweight wrestler in the history of the sport. In a truly “David vs. Goliath” moment, Karelin surrendered the first point he had allowed in the past six years to Gardner, who ended up handing Karelin his first loss in over 13 years of International competition.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/349939-top-ten-moments-in-amateur-wrestling-00-09

Would you like to book Rulon Gardner for a motivational speaking event? Visit our website at www.marquisathletes.com or contact Marquis Athletes at info at marquisathletes dot com.

August 21, 2009

Rulon Gardner Named #2 Greatest Individual Sports Upset Ever by Fox Sports

In these tough economic times, wouldn’t it be great to get someone who has done the impossible to motivate your employees? To get them to push past the bleak financial news, the layoffs, the increased workloads and really do something great for your company?

Motivational speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner was just named #2 on a Fox Sports list of Top 10 Greatest Individual Sports Upsets Ever–he might be the guy you’re looking for. He was listed behind Buster Douglas and ahead of Yang–who just upset Tiger Woods. Yes, THAT, Tiger Woods.

What makes Gardner’s story so great? Well, for starters, he won a Gold Medal. A pretty amazing achievement in its own right, but when you consider that he won that Gold Medal against 3-time Gold Medalist Alexander Karelin–who had not been defeated in international competition in 13 years, who was nicknamed “the Siberian Tiger,” “the Russian Bear,” “King Kong,” and, my personal favorite, “the Experiment” for his powerfully muscled physique and punishing wrestling style (his signature move was to throw opponents on their head–risking neck and spinal fractures). Still not convinced that this was a David v. Goliath worthy matchup? Gardner grew up on a dairy farm, didn’t win a high school wrestling match in his tiny WY town until his senior year and was shaped like a teddy bear.

Ready to make that booking? Visit our website at www.marquisathletes.com or contact us at info at marquisathletes dot com. Mention you saw this blog post, and I’ll give you a 20% discount.

-Danielle, Owner & Sports Agent, Marquis Athletes, LLC

October 16, 2008

Motivational Speakers for your Financial Services Company

In the current economic climate, your financial services company is probably looking for some motivation. At Marquis Athletes, LLC, we’ve been working with John Hancock Financial Services for years. Rulon Gardner has performed hundreds of speeches on behalf of John Hancock to various financial services companies–Morgan Stanley, UBS, Merril Lynch and others. These events are always well attended because the clients and potential clients want to meet Rulon, and follow up is facilitated by the signed photos and autographed books. If your company is interested in working with Rulon, visit our website at www.marquisathletes.com or contact us info at marquisathletes dot com. We offer long-term, multi-unit discount deals and would be happy to work with your meeting planners to create memorable, profitable events for your clients and staff!

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