Salute to the Olympic Family

Salute to the U.S. Olympic Family Luncheon

Salute to the U.S. Olympic Family Luncheon

March 20, 2019 - DoubleTree by Hilton

Olympic Legend Bob Beamon will be the Celebrity Speaker at the Sports Corp's Salute to the U.S. Olympic Family Luncheon
Colorado Springs----Bob Beamon, the world’s greatest long jumper and Olympic Hall of Fame member, will headline an all-star cast for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp’s Salute to the U.S. Olympic Family Luncheon on March 20 at The DoubleTree by Hilton. On a magical day at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Beamon proved that humans could fly when he broke Jesse Owens’ world long jump record on Track & Field's grandest stage.



Beamon soared six feet into the air to make an epic long jump of 29 ft.-2 1/2 inches on his first attempt to win the gold medal at theOlympic Games in Mexico City. Beamon added an incredible 22.8 inches to the existing world record. It was twelve years before anyone else reached 28 feet and the record stood until 1991 when Mike Powell of the U.S. spanned 29.3 feet in Tokyo to win the world title.

Beamon’s phenomenal leap at the Games inspired a new word. “Beamonesque” means an athletic feat so superior to what has come before, it is overwhelming. "Compared to this jump, we are as children," Soviet jumper Igor Ter-Ovanesyan said at the time.


Hundreds of long jumpers over the course of nearly five decades have attempted to break Bob Beamon’s Olympic record in the event, and all have failed. The mark still stands 50 years after it was set in Mexico City. Like the sensational upset of the Soviet Union by the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team at Lake Placid, Beamon’s spellbinding effort remains among the greatest performances by American athletes in Olympic history. He’ll be the featured speaker at the March 20 luncheon, sponsored for the Sports Corp by UCHealth, El Pomar, Coca Cola, The DoubleTree by Hilton, the City of Colorado Springs, Sports Travel Road Trip and the U.S. Olympic Committee.


"Forty One years ago, Colorado Springs opened its arms to welcome the United States Olympic Committee when it sought a new home after decades in New York City,” said Sports Corp President & CEO Tom Osborne. “Now, Olympic City USA is the home of the USOC, U.S. Paralympics and 24 National Governing Bodies. Our luncheon will salute the Olympic Family and our spectacular city and what it has brought to Colorado and the nation.”


A golden roster of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, world champions and Olympic & Paralympic medal winners representing Colorado Springs-based National Governing Bodies will also be on hand as part of the Sports Corp program:



Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, FL) Swimming, Olympic Gold Medal 2016

Margalis won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in the 800m free relay and placed fourth in the 200m IM. She’s training hard now for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after a superb 2018 season and a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships. She swam for the University of Georgia and gained her degree in Fashion Merchandising while helping the Bulldogs win back-to-back NCAA Championships. Margalis graduated from Countryside High School, where she was also a club swimmer for St. Petersburg Aquatics. In high school swimming, she was a three-time state champion and held the state record in the 200-yard IM. For four years in a row, Margalis was named her team’s MVP. Proving her versatility, she also swam the 500-yard free in 2009 in which she also won a state championship. After her performances that season, she was named the 2009-2010 Pinellas County Female Athlete of the Year. That same year, she was named to the National Youth Championship Team.

Allysa Seely, Paratriathlon (Glendale, AZ) Paralympic Gold Medal 2016

U.S. paratriathlete Allysa Seely made history at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning gold in the women’s PT2 division in the sport’s Paralympic debut. She is also a three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion (2015, 2016, 2018) and a nine-time ITU World Paratriathlon Event gold medalist. Seely was diagnosed in 2010 with Chiari II malformation, basilar invagination and Ehlers-Danos Syndrome, which affect her brain, spine and connective tissues. Just seven months after a brain surgery related to the disorder, she raced in the 2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships for Arizona State University. Later complications led to the amputation of her left leg. Prior to her amputation, Seely was a nationally-ranked age-group triathlete and a standout runner, owning a pre-amputation 5k personal record of 17:21. An Arizona State University graduate, Interdisciplinary Studies: Sport Psychology and Exercise and Wellness ’13. A member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Seely is training hard to defend her title at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 

Adeline Gray (Kingston, PA) Wrestling, Four-time World Champion

Gray won the 2018 World Championship, her fourth World title, and was a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, finishing seventh in Rio for Team USA. Her list of triumphs include two Pan American Games gold medals and three World Cup championships. She’s currently ranked #1 in the USA in the 76kg/167.5-pound division. She grew up in the Denver area and wrestled for Bear Creek High School and started in the sport at the age of six. Her four World Championships ties her with Tricia Saunders, Jordan Burroughs and John Smith for the most world titles. Gray is the first female wrestler to have her own signature shoe. The ASICS Aggressor 3 L.E. Adeline Gray wrestling shoe is a special edition signature shoe that she designed herself. She is a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident-athlete and graduated with a Business degree from DeVry University.


J’den Cox (Colorado Springs, CO) Wrestling, 2018 World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist

Cox is ranked #1 in the USA at 92kg/202.8 pounds. He won the 2018 World Freestyle Championship, defeating Ivan Yankouski of Belarus, 4-1, to win his first world title and give the U.S. its third gold medal of the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He earned a bronze medal in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games after a great career at the University of Missouri, where he was a three-time NCAA Champion and chalked up a 136-5 career mark for the Tigers. He grew up in Columbia, MO, and attended Hickman High, where he became the first state wrestler to win four state titles in four years. He is now a resident-athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with his eyes on a gold medal in 2020 in Tokyo.

Sarah Hildebrandt (Granger, IN) Wrestling, 2018 World Championships Silver Medalist

The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident-athlete is ranked #1 in the USA at 53kg/117 pounds currently. She lost to 2017 world champion Haruna Okuno of Japan in the World Championhip final in Budapest last year. She was a collegiate champion at King (Tennessee) University. She’s a top Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful, who focuses on her mental conditioning as well. “You have to stay in the moment,” said Hildebrandt. “When I’m out there, I’m not thinking about the end of the match, I’m not thinking about how I got that last takedown or how I got taken down. The only thing I think is, at that exact second, what can I do? Where are my hands, where are my hips? You have to capitalize and win each position, always be one step ahead. That’s how you stay in the moment.”


Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, CO) Boxing, Bronze Medal, 2018 World Championships

The 2018 Middleweight National Champion and bronze medalist at the 2018 World Championships, Graham is a top 2020 Olympic hopeful for the United States. The Fayetteville, NC, native is in training at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center with USA Boxing and the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program as a Staff Sergeant. She took up boxing in 2014 and has gained traction each season, winning national titles in 2017 and 2018. The youngest of six kids, Naomi grew up in Fayetteville—home to an Army base, and many boxing gyms. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, her feet are moving faster than ever. How would it feel to win the Gold? “It would be a very emotional day,” says Naomi, as though she’s already pictured herself on the podium. “I’d be proving to myself and family and friends, that you can do anything you want in life. You can go from absolutely nothing to being on top of the world, and you’re strong enough to overcome the hardships.” Already, the question has sparked the visualization. “I could just feel it right there, more than words could say.”

Troy Isley (Colorado Springs, CO) Boxing, Bronze Medal, 2017 World Championship

Isley took home a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships and won national titles in the Middleweight Division in 2016 and 2017. Since the age of ten, Isley’s coaches have worked on honing his fighting skills by turning them into a positive inside the boxing ring. During training camps at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, tours are constantly going through the boxing gym during the middle of intense practice. While most would not notice them, Isley thrives when they are watching. “I enjoy the tours, I try to talk and interact with them so they don’t feel intimidated by the boxers. I like having them come in and watch us,” he says. He’s a native of Alexandria, VA, and has big dreams. “I have to continue to train and get stronger, get smarter, box, study, keep studying, just stay in the gym and take it one day at time,” Isley said. “I picture myself being an Olympic gold medalist.”


Mike Moran
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March 20

DoubleTree by Hilton
1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

11:30 am - 1:10 pm

$300 / Table for 10 (Sports Corp Member or NGB)
$350 / Table for 10 (All others)
$30 / Individual (Sports Corp Member or NGB)
$35 / Individual (All others)

Luncheon Program
11:30 a.m.                     Food Available
12:00 - 1:10 p.m.            Luncheon & Program
1:10 p.m.                       Luncheon Concludes 

For more information or to register, contact: Lisa Guhl

(719.634.7333 ext. 1005, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).