24 Hour Fitness Employee Named Team Captain
24 Hour Fitness Team Member and U.S. Olympian Brian Olson Named Captain of the U.S. Judo Team in Beijing
SAN RAMON, Calif. - August 7, 2008
24 Hour Fitness, the largest privately-owned U.S. fitness chain, offered its congratulations to team member and four-time U.S. Olympian Brian Olson, who was unanimously elected captain of the U.S. Olympic Team for Judo by his teammates on Wednesday, August 6.
Olson, 35, is a 1997 World Medalist and five-time U.S. National champion currently ranked #3 in the 90kg weight class. When not competing, he is the Fitness Manager at the 24 Hour Fitness Fort Collins (Colo.) Super Sport Club near his home in Boulder, Colo.
“On behalf of our 20,000 team members across the U.S., we’re proud to call Brian one of our own, as his leadership and dedication embody the best of what our brand as well as the Olympic movement represent,” said Carl Liebert, Chief Executive Officer, 24 Hour Fitness. “We hope in the future to have many more U.S. Olympic athletes and hopefuls enjoy the benefits of joining the 24 Hour Fitness team.”
“I’m honored that my teammates have named me team captain,” said Olson. “And I want to thank 24 Hour Fitness for giving me the opportunity to work close to home in a setting that’s beneficial to my training and continues to inspire me to reach my fitness goals.”
Olson is one of four 24 Hour Fitness team members competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Olson’s teammate on the Judo team, Adler Volmar, is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness Coral Springs (Fla.) Sport Club, while weightlifter Carissa Gump is a service representative at the 24 Hour Fitness Colorado Springs Sport Club and Greco Roman wrestler Adam Wheeler is a personal trainer at the 24 Hour Fitness Broadmoor (Colo.) Sport Club.
24 Hour Fitness and the USOC announced on Wednesday that the leading health club pioneer will extend its role as exclusive fitness center sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team through 2012. As part of its renewed sponsorship, 24 Hour Fitness will expand its commitment to employ U.S. Olympic Hopefuls with flexible schedules so they can earn money while focusing on their training in hopes of making the U.S. Olympic Team.
About 24 Hour Fitness
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, an innovative leader in the health and fitness industry, serves more than 3 million members in over 425 clubs worldwide. Founded in 1983 as a one-club operation, 24 Hour Fitness pioneered the concept of making fitness accessible, affordable and a way of life for everyone. 24 Hour Fitness has partnered with superstar athletes and celebrities like Magic Johnson, Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Shaquille O’Neal, Jackie Chan, Yao Ming and Derek Jeter to open co-branded clubs around the world. The company demonstrates its leadership through sponsorships like that of the U.S. Olympic Team and a commitment to the community through various charitable and in-kind donations. In addition, 24 Hour Fitness enjoys strategic partnerships with major consumer brands like Coca-Cola and Nike, and for five seasons has partnered with NBC’s popular reality TV show, The Biggest Loser. For more information and to find the location nearest you, visit our contact us page.