Deloitte Backs Team USA Athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2018
Ten “Team Deloitte” Olympic and Paralympic Athletes and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Prepare for Global Competition.
NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2017 – Deloitte today announced its sponsorship of 10 Team USA athletes and the United States National Sled Hockey Team, all preparing to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, beginning in February 2018.
Eight athletes are experienced Olympians and Paralympians, while two are hoping to compete at the Olympic Games for the first time. Team Deloitte also includes a husband and wife, who hope to compete in bobsled in PyeongChang.
“We are excited and proud of our work with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and to support 10 Team USA athletes, and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, on their journey to the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert said. “What’s especially meaningful about our relationship is the opportunity to work with outstanding athletes who have committed themselves to excellence in their sport, serving as leaders and sources of inspiration. These women and men are at the heart of our sponsorship, and we take pride in helping them awaken their full potential.”
In addition to the 10 athletes, Deloitte is also a proud sponsor of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. Sled hockey is a team sport and a game of speed, intensity and strategy. For Paralympic athletes, veterans among them, sled hockey represents an opportunity to unlock their potential on the ice, play for their country and develop a strong camaraderie. In supporting the U.S. sled hockey team, Deloitte celebrates the power of sport, inclusion, teamwork, courage and perseverance.
“The USOC leans on its sponsors to help equip Team USA athletes with the tools and resources needed to compete on the world stage,” said USOC Chief of Sport Alan Ashley. “Since 2009, Deloitte has helped support the growth and development of elite U.S. athletes, while promoting the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the United States.”
Since 2009, Deloitte has been integral in the development of Team USA athletes and promoting the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Athletes need tools and resources to train, compete and represent the United States on a global stage. Deloitte is proud to be the team behind the team, delivering a breadth of knowledge, a network of seasoned practitioners and the depth of analytical rigor that helps these athletes respond to an evolving competitive landscape.
“Training, equipment and travel all come at a cost, and they are key to the success of all Olympic and Paralympic athletes,” said Team Deloitte athlete Hilary Knight, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team. “The support from Deloitte lets me stay focused on my training. It means a lot to me, knowing that Deloitte is behind me all the way.”
The Team Deloitte athletes include:
Brittany Bowe (speedskating): A 2014 Olympian, four-time world champion and world record holder, Bowe has her sights set on the podium in 2018.
Jason Brown (figure skating): A first-time medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Brown brought home the bronze medal in the team event. He was the 2015 U.S. national champion.
Shani Davis (speedskating): A four-time Olympian with two gold medals and two silver medals, he’s set nine world records — three of which he still holds. In 2016, Davis was enshrined in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture on National Mall, where he was honored as one of U.S sports history’s greatest “Gamechangers.”
Gus Kenworthy (freestyle skiing): An Olympic silver medalist in 2014, Kenworthy finished third in the men’s slopestyle during the 2017 World Cup and has earned two silver medals and one bronze at the X Games.
Hilary Knight (ice hockey): A silver medalist at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Knight has also competed on the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team at nine world championships. She is currently a member of the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League.
Mikaela Matthews (freestyle skiing): An Olympic hopeful who is already an experienced mogul skier, Matthews is looking to secure a ticket to her first-ever Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. She won the 2016 U.S. Championships and has already notched top-10 world cup finishes in 2017.
Elana Meyers Taylor (bobsled): Taylor earned a bronze medal at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She recently won gold at the 2017 Bobsled World Championship. She is married to Team Deloitte member Nic Taylor.
Rico Roman (sled hockey): While serving his third tour in Iraq, an explosive device left Roman critically injured and his left leg had to be amputated above the knee. A Purple Heart recipient, he started sled hockey in 2008 and joined his first major league hockey team shortly thereafter. Roman made his debut on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in 2011 and secured a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.
Nic Taylor (bobsled): A multifaceted athlete, Taylor competes in high-performance sports such as bobsled and skeleton. Taylor is a promising athlete who plans to compete for the bobsled team during his first-ever Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. He is married to Team Deloitte member and Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor.
Danelle Umstead (alpine skiing): Umstead won bronze in the super combined at both the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and also added a bronze medal in the super-G at the 2017 World Championships. Umstead, who is visually impaired, relies on her husband, Rob Umstead, as her sighted guide.
Learn more about Team Deloitte athletes by visiting www.deloitte.com/us/winter-olympics.
Deloitte is proud to sponsor the USOC. Deloitte and the USOC share common values such as leadership, integrity, commitment to teaming, strength through diversity and global perspective. We support the United States Olympic Committee through our professional services to achieve its long-term mission in support of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. As used in this document, professional services mean audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services. To learn more about Deloitte’s USOC sponsorship, visit www.deloitte.com/us/olympics.
As the world’s leading professional services organization, Deloitte professionals work with sports organizations to help them innovate, to look again at unrealized opportunities, to adapt to change and to more effectively pursue their missions. Since 2009, Deloitte’s sponsorship efforts have expanded to include: the United States Golf Association, United States Tennis Association, US Equestrian, U.S. Speedskating, the Warrior Games, Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club and Team Dimension Data (cycling). Visit Deloitte’s sports sponsorships page for more information.
About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.
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