Yesterday I started to write a post about Amway Global’s Team Nutrilite athletes that competed at the recent Beijing Olympic games. I instead up with a more personal post about the value of persistence – I quit. On Tuesday, Amway itself will publicly congratulation the athletes with a full page advertisement in USA Today (click the image to open the full version).
American sprinter Sanya Richards won Bronze in the Women’s 400m and Gold in the 4x400m relay, Asafa Powell was 5th in the Men’s 100m and anchored the Jamaican men’s 4x100m relay to a World Record. Team USA’s Jen Stuczynski lived up to her promise, winning Silver in the Women’s pole vault behind the incomparable Yelena Isinbayeva. Finally, Brazil’s Olympic football team, including superstar Ronaldinho, won Bronze in their competition. Together, Team Nutrilite’s athletes won 2 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals. Congratulations!
Special mention needs to be made of Asafa Powell’s performance in the 4x100m men’s relay. Asafa was disappointed not to win a medal behind the spectacular Usain Bolt in the men’s 100m sprint, however in the relay he came out and performed superbly – not only did Jamaica win in the world record time of 37.10s, but Asafa Powell also set a new anchor leg world record – 8.70s according the USATF high performance split analysis, bettering his previous record of 8.84 set in Osaka in 2007.
Finally, our commisserations to China’s Liu Xiang. Liu, 2004 Olympic Champion and a superstar in China, was one of the favourites for the Men’s 100m hurdles. Unfortunately a heal injury led to him withdrawing from the race. The next day Amway published the following in Chinese papers in support –
One interesting fact came out about Liu Xiang’s relationship with Nutrilite during the games. It’s well known that Asafa Powell was introduced to Nutrilite Double X by his brother Donovan, not through being approached by Nutrilite for a sponsorship. It seems there is a similar story for Liu Xiang. In one interview, he reportedly said –
“From a young age, I used Amway products my father’s work unit gave to him and felt they were great.”
Congratulations again to all of Team Nutrilite’s athletes!