24 Hour Fitness Congratulates Employee Adam Wheeler on His Bronze Medal Performance
First-time U.S. Olympian Continues to Serve as an Inspiration to the Fitness Chain's more than 20,000 Team Members
SAN RAMON, Calif. - August 14, 2008
24 Hour Fitness, the largest privately-owned U.S. fitness chain and Official Fitness Center sponsor of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, offered its congratulations to Team 24 Hour Fitness athlete Adam Wheeler on his bronze medal performance in Greco-Roman wrestling.
Wheeler, 27, beat Korean Tae-Young Han 3-1, 4-1 in the bronze-medal match after a 1-1, 1-1, 1-1 victory over 2004 Olympian Lajos Virag of Hungary, an 0-7, 4-2, 1-1 win against China's Jiang Huachen and a 2-1, 2-1 loss to German Mirko Englich. This marked the first U.S. wrestling medal in six tries.
“24 Hour Fitness is proud to call Adam Wheeler a Team 24 Hour Fitness athlete and would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to him on his bronze medal performance,” said Carl Liebert, Chief Executive Officer, 24 Hour Fitness. “Adam proves that ‘We are all Athletes’ and shares in the brand’s vision of making fitness accessible for everyone. With this performance, he clearly exhibited the importance of setting goals, working hard and remembering to have fun along the way.”
As part of its sponsorship of the USOC, which launched in 2003, 24 Hour Fitness offers eligible U.S. Olympic athletes and hopefuls free and reduced rate club memberships to support them as they train in their hometowns. Additionally, 24 Hour Fitness is proud to support the U.S. Olympic Movement by sponsoring 11 National Governing Bodies (NGBs): USA Basketball, USA Cycling, USA Gymnastics, USA Judo, USA Softball, USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo, USA Weightlifting and USA Wrestling.
24 Hour Fitness and the USOC recently announced 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.