Team Bridgestone ended up with one gold medal and two silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. partnered with five U.S. Olympic hopefuls for the games, which ended Aug. 21. One of the athletes, gymnast Aly Raisman, accounted for the three medals.
Here is a review of the five Olympic athletes sponsored by Bridgestone, plus their results.
1. Aly Raisman (gymnastics): gold medal in the women’s team all-around, silver in both the women’s floor exercise and individual all-around.
2. Meb Keflezighi (track & field, men’s marathon): 33rd place.
3. Kelley O’Hara (women’s soccer): lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals.
4. Cullen Jones (men’s swimming): didn’t qualify for the Olympics.
5. Khatuna Lorig (women’s archery): didn’t qualify for the Olympics.
Bridgestone is also sponsoring Will Groulx at the 2016 Paralympic Games, which will be held in Rio Sept. 7-18. Groulx will compete in men’s cycling.
Team Bridgestone also is partnering with four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, who is serving as “coach” of an internal program to offer performance-based training and inspiration to Bridgestone’s retail employees. Johnson’s world-record 400m time of 43.18 seconds, set in 1999, was broken by South African Wayde van Niekerk, who won gold at the 2016 Olympics with a time of 43.03 seconds.
Each of the six athletes not only received financial support from Bridgestone, but also access to Bridgestone’s “cutting-edge products and technologies,” according to the company.
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