Olympic champions Jenner, Torres deliver keynote presentations at International Bowl Expo


    2013 IBE

    Legendary athletes Bruce Jenner and Dana Torres empower bowling industry's leaders with leadership insights and tips for success

    2013IBELogo.jpg The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) welcomed Olympic champion Bruce Jenner and five-time Olympian Dara Torres as this year's thought leader keynote speakers at the 2013 International Bowl Expo (IBE) in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The dual keynotes offered bowling industry leaders a rare opportunity to gain valuable insights from two of the Olympic Games' most prolific and iconic champions. In separate sessions, Jenner and Torres addressed attendees, providing lessons learned in sports and life that can be applied to running a successful bowling center business.

    The IBE is the premier summer convention for bowling center proprietors, managers and industry leaders, offering education, networking and industry insights on new and upcoming products.

    "The attendees at this year's Expo had the rare opportunity of hearing two gold medal-worthy keynote addresses," said Steve Johnson, executive director of BPAA.

    "The skills it takes to compete in the Olympics - determination, perseverance and a winning attitude - are many of the same skills it takes to run a business. The tips, anecdotes and insights that Bruce and Dara shared are transferable to the experiences that bowling center proprietors face every day."

    2013IBEBruceJenner.jpg Monday: Jenner and "Finding the Champion Within"
    Known as the "World's Greatest Athlete," Jenner (pictured left) captivated global audiences when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games.

    Today he is an entrepreneur, commercial spokesperson, television personality, actor, producer and author. Bruce Jenner is also a sportscaster and commentator for a number of NBC sporting events, including the Olympic Games and received the title "Outstanding International Sportscaster of the Year."

    Jenner's Monday morning keynote session titled, "Finding the Champion Within," focused on unleashing inner greatness and applying it to your business.

    "I'm of the firm belief that greatness lies within the core of everyone. Just like athletes, bowling center proprietors must challenge themselves every day to be at the top of their game," said Jenner.

    "One powerful way to inherit greatness is simply to give - something that so many bowling centers do as cornerstones and community hubs in cities and towns across our nation."

    2013IBEDaraTorres.jpg Tuesday: Torres and "Never Give Up On Your Dreams"
    Arguably the fastest female swimmer in America, Torres (pictured right) entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympic Games a few years later in 1984.

    At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games. She took three silver medals home-including the infamous heartbreaking 50-meter freestyle race where she missed the gold by 1/100th of a second.

    Now a top-selling author, her memoir, "Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life," published in April 2009 and was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling business books by June. Her second book, "Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program" hit stands in May 2010 and is now a New York Times Best-Seller.

    In her keynote address, Tuesday afternoon at Expo, Torres spoke to the importance of keeping a winning attitude in all aspects of life.

    "Never put an age limit on your dreams. At any stage, it is our goals and aspirations that give us the motivation to be better at life, love and business," said Torres. "Whether it is the Olympics or running a successful small business, you need to continually aim high and set goals - sometimes great success requires you to take the plunge."


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