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Mike -- Danny O'Brien knows what it takes to travel the road to the Olympics -- three time gold medal winning -- happily.
He became world famous before the 92 games in.
The head to head band and gave ads from Reebok which -- him again stand Johnson.
After being disqualified from the 92 games in Barcelona he's bounced back in 96.
Two wins -- gold in the decathlon and now he's helping others.
Get to me in Beijing in conjunction with Goodyear tire -- -- involved in the program that honors those who helped American athletes achieve their dream of competing in China.
And this morning we welcome -- -- Indiana Brian thanks for joining us.
Around my pleasure -- -- -- you know everybody will remember you as I'm sure you are very well aware of from those.
Same message ads that we've got gadget and it started on Super Bowl Sunday at that that is -- Dan and Dave.
What I do for your career in terms -- Put -- on the spotlight and putting the decathlon in the spotlight well you know the decathlon hadn't been really highlighted since 1976 -- Bruce -- one.
And I was the a good American that came along quite a few years later Dave Johnson was doing very well and Reebok just took a chance and said let's take two unknown guys.
Throw him out there in the spotlight and see what happens and it it worked out great except for the fact that -- make the team.
So it was you know heart breaking from that standpoint but I was able to come back four years later when the -- You know what was that period like I'm -- not making the team right after you mean the world was paying so much attention to you how hard -- those moments immediately following and and -- -- -- boost you to get to the 96 Olympics and take on the goal.
Well you know what it's like it's like you know losing in the Super Bowl or are not making you know not making the playoffs for that matter you don't even get chance to play there.
It was very heartbreaking but I had a lot of support from my family and friends and and close people coaches that got me through it and I think that's what's cool about this award as we're honoring those people that are the behind the scenes guys you know the people upfront the people winning the championship they get all the glory.
But they don't realize the community and some of the people that are really instrumental in helping those athletes when when those awards let's just a special let's revealed -- at the Goodyear tire and wheel award winner is and how this whole program came together about of course honoring those.
Who are helping raise the funds -- provide the opportunity for training for the Olympic athletes and many which can afford the level of training to get to the Beijing Olympics.
Well -- I think just like in your vehicle the unsung heroes are your tires we don't really think about getting from point a to point B it's the engine it's the driver.
But it's actually your tires and -- so Goodyear -- to.
You know -- you want -- Recognize those people that -- the most instrumental in some of these athletes lives are three winners.
Our James -- he's the coach of Daniel Cormier was a wrestler assuming its big time supporter of Daniel Cormier -- a wrestler.
Brian barker who has been James Blake tennis player his long time lifetime coach.
And -- and Pedro who is a long time lifetime coach of of around a rousing who -- the judo player and so these people have.
You know made it possible for those people to get the Olympic Games I had to coach a couple of coaches.
That made it possible for me I could have never done it without a record of never won the gold medal with.
So they're honoring those individuals are reporting eight there -- 48 stories submitted.
They they've narrowed the field to -- and we came up with three finalists.
You know when you look back to 1996.
Olympics and and all -- world that competitions that you participated in and today.
Much has changed because one thing that you -- more than ever is sponsorship opportunities for me what that means for these athletes because I imagine.
It just it it plays a huge role in their ability.
Well as an athlete that makes himself available to the media.
Somebody asked me -- -- do these athletes do I say go shake hands what should they do to get more sponsorship.
Go up into the meat go up into the sky boxes built into the Booth shake hands with the with the CEOs in the vice presidents and the people ahead of marketing at the visa AT&T.
Johnson & Johnson.
And make themselves available let people know hey this is who I am.
Show people who you -- and then get your personality out there people love stories.
And for the Olympic Games if you can tell a great story tell people where -- from connect with America you're going to be you're going to be very marketable.
I think people want to know -- even do and I is still out there and do it in magic have won for fun who what where did the end what even doing it since we -- site.
You know I do a lot of public and motivational speaking.
RIA actually created very good relationships with some of the sponsors that I had I am I'm big in health fitness and nutrition field.
I've been a spokesperson for chiropractic for years which was which I really feel was one of the reasons that I was able to perform at a high level physically.
I was I was under the care of a lot of chiropractic.
And -- volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State and I just had a girl qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing -- -- Jacqueline Johnson in the heptathlon come.
Rainy -- congratulations.
I have to met when I saw you -- locked in a much alike didn't you and each Saturday afternoon -- -- and my dad hey you know we can fill letter over to me.
-- -- great pleasure meeting going on X I absolutely am I will be in Beijing am looking forward to it.
This has been a really difficult -- -- for a lot of I think staff and family members to get to the expense is absolutely outrageous but.
There's going to be a lot of support for the -- there are a terrific ball -- look forward -- thanks so much for joining.
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