1,000 days to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 & just 100 days to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
The 2 striking milestones in our wonderful Olympic journey are nothing less than special reminders.
They remind us that the 200+ Olympic & Paralympic hopefuls supported by Bridgestone are getting closer to their Olympic dream, and they are fiercely ready, more than ever!
I write to you today to highlight two very special milestones on our company’s Olympic journey.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, we reached exactly 1,000 days until to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This week on Wednesday, Nov. 1, we will also celebrate the 100 days mark in the countdown to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Central to our Olympic journey is our support for athletes, who are the driving force of the Olympic Games and the heart of the Olympic Movement. Through our partnership with the IOC, we are helping to support more than 200 National Olympic Committees and their athlete teams around the world.
Across our regions, we are also supporting Team Bridgestone –a global team of select Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls who bring our Olympic Manifesto to life by truly embodying our core message: Chase Your Dream. This group is a combination of winter and summer athletes who will represent Bridgestone around PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020, making this the perfect time to share their stories. In addition to the brief introduction below, you may refer to the attached to see the full global roster of Team Bridgestone Olympic and Paralympic athlete ambassadors.
Thank you for your continued support of our Olympic journey. Please join us in cheering for these incredible Team Bridgestoneathletes at PyeongChang 2018 and on the journey to Tokyo 2020.
Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Bridgestone Corporation
Team Bridgestone Japan
Team Bridgestone Japan was officially established on June 23, Olympic Day, with the introduction of athlete ambassadors who are helping Bridgestone Japan accelerate its Olympic and Paralympic activation. For Winter Games athletes, Bridgestone is supporting the Japanese women's national ice hockey team (Smile Japan). For Summer Games athletes, Bridgestone supports Kosuke Hagino, a swimming superstar and Olympic gold medalist, Ryo Chikatani (cycling), Ai Ueda (triathlon), Mami Tani (paratriathlon), Ayaka Watanabe (golf), Manami Tanaka (wheelchair tennis) and Kohei Kobayashi (para-badminton). Tanaka-san and Kobayashi-san are both Bridgestone teammates who are aiming to compete at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. All of the ambassadors demonstrate a message of “Chase Your Dream,” and create more excitement for Olympic and Paralympic Games all over Japan. You can learn more about Team Bridgestone Japan here.
Team Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe’s Olympic activation, entitled “Chase Your Dream, No Matter What,” is designed to empower people to persevere through adversity. In Europe, Bridgestone currently is partnering with athlete ambassadors in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Spain. It also will be announcing support of athletes in an additional European country early in 2018. This collection of 17 Olympic athletes has won more than 20 medals, and includes stars like retired decathlete Daley Thompson (UK), high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi (Italy), gymnast Fabian Hambüchen (Germany), basketball player Sergio Rodriguez (Spain), and sprinter Christophe Lemaitre (France). More importantly, each athlete has overcome significant adversity in an Olympic journey that truly exemplifies the “Chase Your Dream, No Matter What” message.
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Team Bridgestone Spain
Team Bridgestone USA
Nathan Chen (figure skating), Elana Meyers Taylor (bobsled), Amy Purdy (para snowboarding), Evan Strong (para snowboarding) and Ashley Wagner (figure skating) have combined to win five Olympic and Paralympic medals. Like other global members of Team Bridgestone, they also have demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles, break down barriers and perform when it matters most. Chen is the first athlete to ever land five clean quadruple jumps in a program, while Meyers Taylor is the first female bobsled athlete to win medals as both a driver and a brakewoman. Purdy lost both of her legs at age 19 and Strong lost his left leg at age 17, but both have become snowboarding superstars and Paralympic medalists. You can learn more about Team Bridgestone USA here.
Team Bridgestone India
Ace badminton player and Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu was named Bridgestone India’s first-ever brand ambassador this summer. With her Olympic Silver Medal in Rio Olympics 2016, she became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympic Games badminton event and the youngest Indian to medal in an individual Olympic event. She featured throughout Bridgestone India marketing and CSR activities as she prepares for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, starting with the company’s current Pink Valve Cap Donation Campaign to support breast cancer awareness. You can learn more about P.V. Sindhu and Bridgestone India here.