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Peter Vidmar is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history and the winner of numerous national and international titles. As the captain of the USA men’s gymnastics team in the 1984 Olympic games, Peter led his team to win America’s first team gold medal. He won the gold medal on the pommel horse with a perfect score of 10, and he won the silver medal in the individual all-around competition, becoming the first American to win an all-round Olympic medal.

Peter continues to lead the Olympic movement as Chairman of the Board of USA Gymnastics, and he has served as a US Olympic Ambassador and Co-Chairman of the US Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit. He has also served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, the Executive Board of the United States Olympic Committee and the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Peter as Vice Chair of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He has been a gymnastics commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN for many years, and he is currently a journalist and broadcaster at each summer Olympics.

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Peter Vidmar is a powerful and entertaining speaker at corporate meetings and trade shows. With over 2 decades of experience helping people throughout the country to realize their own potential, Peter does much more than just speak about his experiences. In his inspiring, humorous, and energetic presentations, he actually performs world class gymnastics on the pommel horse to drive home his message of Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV) – and discusses how they apply to success in business and in life. His message brings something unique and refreshing to the corporate arena.

Peter Vidmar is the highest scoring American gymnast in Olympic history. The winner of numerous national and international titles, Peter finished his successful career at the 1984 Olympic Games. As the USA men′s gymnastics team captain, he led his teammates to America′s first team gold medal with their stunning upset victory over the defending world champions, the People′s Republic of China. He went on to win the silver medal in the individual all-around competition (the first American to have ever won an Olympic All-Around medal), and with a perfect score of 10, he captured the gold medal on the pommel horse.

Peter is a leader in the Olympic movement today. He is the Chairman of the Board of USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of gymnastics in the United States. He has served as a US Olympic Ambassador, and as the Co-Chairman of the US Olympic Committee Summer Sports Summit, an annual series of workshops designed to prepare America′s medal hopefuls to win Gold in future Olympics.

Peter has worked for many years as the gymnastics commentator for CBS Sports and ESPN and continues to work as a journalist or broadcaster at each summer Olympics. Peter has served on the President′s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, the Executive Board of the United States Olympic Committee, and the Executive Committee of USA Gymnastics. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Vice Chair of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for the state of California.


Peter Vidmar Speaker Videos Back to top

Peter Vidmar: On Innovation


In this speech, Peter discusses originality, which he describes as doing “something new,” or something that “nobody else has ever done before.” He demonstrates by explaining one of his pommel horse routines from the 1984 Olympic Games. He says he tried a new sequence that no other gymnast had tried in order to surprise the judges. “My score went up two tenths of a point,” he says.

Peter goes on to explain that the “key to originality” is to “stop watching the other guy.” He says that while it’s important to know “who the competition is and what they do,” the goal is to “get to the point where everyone is watching me, where I’m the standard of excellence.” He explains that one of the reasons his team won the gold medal in 1984 was because “every member of our team stopped playing catch up and did things on our own that were unique and original.”

Peter Vidmar: Overcoming Setbacks


Peter Vidmar: Motivation



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


With over two decades of experience, Peter is a powerful and entertaining speaker at corporate meetings and trade shows. Using his experience as an Olympic gymnast, Peter helps audiences throughout the country realize their own potential. In his inspiring, humorous and energetic presentations, Peter drives home his message by performing world class gymnastics on the pommel horse.

Peter’s programs discuss his principle of Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV), three criteria used to judge his team’s performance in the 1984 Olympic Games. He relates these three criteria to success in business and in life, showing audiences how applying ROV to their lives can help them go from “good” to “great.”

When Peter Vidmar captained the US Men′s Gymnastics Team to its Olympic Gold Medal in 1984, exceptional performances were judged using three criteria - Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV). A technically correct performance could only receive a 9.4 at best. In order to achieve a perfect 10, the gymnast had to show Risk, Originality and Virtuosity. An additional 0.2 points could be earned in each of these categories.

ROV has important applications in the business world and in life, especially if someone wants to go from "good" to "great." People often give a "technically correct" performance, but they are unable to achieve the degree of success they desire. Frequently, the additional effort or needed improvements are embodied in ROV.

The ROV principles are simple, yet the underlying messages are profound. Risk means you′re willing to do something daring. Originality allows you to quit copying others and accomplish something that causes others to try and copy you. And Virtuosity involves performing an ordinary skill in an extraordinary way. When applied together, these principles can produce outstanding results.

Motivation — ROV... Risk, Originality and Virtuosity
In his powerful keynote presentation, Peter converts Olympic Gold into corporate wisdom. With a live demonstration on the pommel horse, artfully blended into his speech, Peter uses the ROV principles to vividly describe requirements for a perfect 10 in business and in life. Audiences gain fresh perspectives on reaching higher levels of performance, using their creativity to separate them from the competition, and perfecting their needed skills on a daily basis. As Peter says, "If you want to be at your best when it really matters, you′ve got to be at your best when it doesn’t matter." Humor, relevance to his audience, high energy, drama and standing ovations are all characteristic of this presentation.

Overcoming the Odds - World Class Performance in any Environment
You don’t need to tell Olympians that some things don’t always go according to plan. Every athlete has had to deal with setbacks and changing conditions. If organizations and individuals are going to thrive in any environment, they will need to take calculated risks, continually innovate, and take their products or service to entirely new levels of performance. This process never ends. Using his effective ROV principles, Peter vividly describes the lessons learned from setbacks and mistakes, how to fuel the creative process, and how to achieve world class performance, even when circumstances are less than desirable. Peter’s personal experiences, as well as those of recent Olympic athletes help to reinforce the message that with proper planning and focused drive, we can overcome hardships and achieve results that elevate us above the rest of our competitors.

Teamwork — Getting your Team on the Podium
Gymnastics, while a team sport, is based entirely on a collection of individual performances for it′s outcome. At the Olympic Games, while he was competing with his teammates, Peter was simultaneously competing against them for individual medals. So how did these individual athletes work together on a daily basis for the benefit of the team? Using the ROV principles, Peter answers this important question, describing the tools you and your team can use, every day, to reach the top of your Olympic Podium.

Innovation — Pushing The Envelope
One of the reasons gymnastics is the most watched event of the Olympic Games is that the viewer can always expect something new and different from the athletes. Gymnasts are masters at pushing the envelope, as they constantly try to reinvent their athletic art form. Innovation also involves some risk, and Peter shows how ROV: Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity, can become a mandate for constant change in his sport and in your business. In describing how we need to stop playing “catch up” with the competition, Peter says, "A perfect 10 just a few years ago may only score an 8.5 today. If you don′t innovate, you’ll be left behind very quickly!"



Peter Vidmar Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"I've worked with many professional speakers during the past 15 years, but never has one been so concerned about his clients as Peter Vidmar was."
    Sprint

"We felt Peter Vidmar's presentation was extremely relevant and was enthusiastically received. He has set a standard that will be difficult to improve upon in future meetings."
    Xerox

"Peter could not have done a better job closing out our series of events. His insights, anecdotes, wisdom and wit will long resonate with my colleagues."
    Disney

"Clearly, Peter's ability to educate people about the demands of gymnastics and draw a correlation to the business world was creative, informative, and certainly kept everyone's attention."
    Maritz Travel

"Peter's presence and attention to our guests helped make the 1996 Olympic Games a memorable and special experience."
    Delta Airlines

"It sounds so simple—Risk, Originality and Virtuosity. Yet the application of those three simple words and the resulting action we take will either make or break our organization."
    Information Resources

"The message Peter gave was clear and he delivered it in an interesting, informative, and entertaining way. The audience reaction was tremendous-he scored a perfect 10!"
    Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute

"I have never seen or enjoyed a program as much as Peter's. His message is relevant and useful for all organizations and groups in business as well as personal life."
    Texas Credit Union League

"Peter gave much more than asked for by staying with the group and sharing ideas outside of his formal presentation. I guess that's typical of the commitment to excellence which won him the Gold."
    SmithKline Beecham

"Peter has developed an excellent presentation style with the pommel horse demonstration which, combined with his upbeat and entertaining delivery, makes for one of the best motivational speaking presentations that I have seen."

Clients Include:

    • General Motors
    • Motorola
    • IBM
    • Disney
    • UPS
    • Federal Express
    • MCI
    • Marriott
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Coca-Cola
    • M&M Mars
    • John Hancock
    • New York Life
    • MONY
    • PaineWebber
    • Pontiac
    • Sir Speedy
    • Mobil
    • BMW
    • Arthur Andersen
    • US West
    • Jazzercise
    • Rainbird
    • Toro
    • TV Guide
    • American Express
    • Visa
    • Xerox
    • Coldwell Banker
    • General Mills
    • Bristol Meyers
    • AT&T
    • Toshiba
    • Franklin Quest
    • US Air Force
    • US Marine Corps
    • Cigna
    • DuPont
    • Texaco
    • Ralph's Grocers
    • Honeywell
    • Prudential Realty
    • Mattel
    • Uncle Ben's
    • Hewlett Packard
    • Apple
    • Blue Cross
    • Century 21
    • Amway
    • Sun Microsystems
    • Delta Airlines
    • 3M
    • American Suzuki
    • Squibb
    • UCLA
    • K-Mart
    • Miller's Outpost
    • Aetna
    • Bank of America
    • US Ski Team
    • Red Roof Inns
    • Thrifty Car Rental
    • Nestle
    • Novell
    • Kaiser Permanente




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"I've worked with many professional speakers during the past 15 years, but never has one been so concerned about his clients as Peter Vidmar was."
    Sprint

"We felt Peter Vidmar's presentation was extremely relevant and was enthusiastically received. He has set a standard that will be difficult to improve upon in future meetings."
    Xerox

"Peter could not have done a better job closing out our series of events. His insights, anecdotes, wisdom and wit will long resonate with my colleagues."
    Disney

"Clearly, Peter's ability to educate people about the demands of gymnastics and draw a correlation to the business world was creative, informative, and certainly kept everyone's attention."
    Maritz Travel

"Peter's presence and attention to our guests helped make the 1996 Olympic Games a memorable and special experience."
    Delta Airlines

"It sounds so simple—Risk, Originality and Virtuosity. Yet the application of those three simple words and the resulting action we take will either make or break our organization."
    Information Resources

"The message Peter gave was clear and he delivered it in an interesting, informative, and entertaining way. The audience reaction was tremendous-he scored a perfect 10!"
    Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute

"I have never seen or enjoyed a program as much as Peter's. His message is relevant and useful for all organizations and groups in business as well as personal life."
    Texas Credit Union League

"Peter gave much more than asked for by staying with the group and sharing ideas outside of his formal presentation. I guess that's typical of the commitment to excellence which won him the Gold."
    SmithKline Beecham

"Peter has developed an excellent presentation style with the pommel horse demonstration which, combined with his upbeat and entertaining delivery, makes for one of the best motivational speaking presentations that I have seen."

Clients Include:

    • General Motors
    • Motorola
    • IBM
    • Disney
    • UPS
    • Federal Express
    • MCI
    • Marriott
    • Merrill Lynch
    • Coca-Cola
    • M&M Mars
    • John Hancock
    • New York Life
    • MONY
    • PaineWebber
    • Pontiac
    • Sir Speedy
    • Mobil
    • BMW
    • Arthur Andersen
    • US West
    • Jazzercise
    • Rainbird
    • Toro
    • TV Guide
    • American Express
    • Visa
    • Xerox
    • Coldwell Banker
    • General Mills
    • Bristol Meyers
    • AT&T
    • Toshiba
    • Franklin Quest
    • US Air Force
    • US Marine Corps
    • Cigna
    • DuPont
    • Texaco
    • Ralph's Grocers
    • Honeywell
    • Prudential Realty
    • Mattel
    • Uncle Ben's
    • Hewlett Packard
    • Apple
    • Blue Cross
    • Century 21
    • Amway
    • Sun Microsystems
    • Delta Airlines
    • 3M
    • American Suzuki
    • Squibb
    • UCLA
    • K-Mart
    • Miller's Outpost
    • Aetna
    • Bank of America
    • US Ski Team
    • Red Roof Inns
    • Thrifty Car Rental
    • Nestle
    • Novell
    • Kaiser Permanente


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Risk, Originality & Virtuosity: The Keys to a Perfect 10
To succeed in business, like sports, we must not just do a technically correct performance. Rather we need to put forth an extra effort or needed improvements to reach the degree of success we desire. Olympic Gold medallist Peter Vidmar says those principle are embodied by ROV?. The ROV? principles are simple, yet the underlying messages are profound. Risk means you're willing to do something daring. Originality allows you to quit copying the other guy and accomplish something that causes others to try and copy you. Virtuosity involves taking a certain skill and doing it better than anyone else. When applied together, these principles can help change lives.


When Peter Vidmar captained the US Men′s Gymnastics Team to its Olympic Gold Medal in 1984, exceptional performances were judged using three criteria - Risk, Originality and Virtuosity (ROV). A technically correct performance could only receive a 9.4 at best. In order to achieve a perfect 10, the gymnast had to show Risk, Originality and Virtuosity. An additional 0.2 points could be earned in each of these categories.

ROV has important applications in the business world and in life, especially if someone wants to go from "good" to "great." People often give a "technically correct" performance, but they are unable to achieve the degree of success they desire. Frequently, the additional effort or needed improvements are embodied in ROV.

The ROV principles are simple, yet the underlying messages are profound. Risk means you′re willing to do something daring. Originality allows you to quit copying others and accomplish something that causes others to try and copy you. And Virtuosity involves performing an ordinary skill in an extraordinary way. When applied together, these principles can produce outstanding results.

Motivation — ROV... Risk, Originality and Virtuosity
In his powerful keynote presentation, Peter converts Olympic Gold into corporate wisdom. With a live demonstration on the pommel horse, artfully blended into his speech, Peter uses the ROV principles to vividly describe requirements for a perfect 10 in business and in life. Audiences gain fresh perspectives on reaching higher levels of performance, using their creativity to separate them from the competition, and perfecting their needed skills on a daily basis. As Peter says, "If you want to be at your best when it really matters, you′ve got to be at your best when it doesn’t matter." Humor, relevance to his audience, high energy, drama and standing ovations are all characteristic of this presentation.

Overcoming the Odds - World Class Performance in any Environment
You don’t need to tell Olympians that some things don’t always go according to plan. Every athlete has had to deal with setbacks and changing conditions. If organizations and individuals are going to thrive in any environment, they will need to take calculated risks, continually innovate, and take their products or service to entirely new levels of performance. This process never ends. Using his effective ROV principles, Peter vividly describes the lessons learned from setbacks and mistakes, how to fuel the creative process, and how to achieve world class performance, even when circumstances are less than desirable. Peter’s personal experiences, as well as those of recent Olympic athletes help to reinforce the message that with proper planning and focused drive, we can overcome hardships and achieve results that elevate us above the rest of our competitors.

Teamwork — Getting your Team on the Podium
Gymnastics, while a team sport, is based entirely on a collection of individual performances for it′s outcome. At the Olympic Games, while he was competing with his teammates, Peter was simultaneously competing against them for individual medals. So how did these individual athletes work together on a daily basis for the benefit of the team? Using the ROV principles, Peter answers this important question, describing the tools you and your team can use, every day, to reach the top of your Olympic Podium.

Innovation — Pushing The Envelope
One of the reasons gymnastics is the most watched event of the Olympic Games is that the viewer can always expect something new and different from the athletes. Gymnasts are masters at pushing the envelope, as they constantly try to reinvent their athletic art form. Innovation also involves some risk, and Peter shows how ROV: Risk, Originality, and Virtuosity, can become a mandate for constant change in his sport and in your business. In describing how we need to stop playing “catch up” with the competition, Peter says, "A perfect 10 just a few years ago may only score an 8.5 today. If you don′t innovate, you’ll be left behind very quickly!"


Peter Vidmar: On Innovation


In this speech, Peter discusses originality, which he describes as doing “something new,” or something that “nobody else has ever done before.” He demonstrates by explaining one of his pommel horse routines from the 1984 Olympic Games. He says he tried a new sequence that no other gymnast had tried in order to surprise the judges. “My score went up two tenths of a point,” he says.

Peter goes on to explain that the “key to originality” is to “stop watching the other guy.” He says that while it’s important to know “who the competition is and what they do,” the goal is to “get to the point where everyone is watching me, where I’m the standard of excellence.” He explains that one of the reasons his team won the gold medal in 1984 was because “every member of our team stopped playing catch up and did things on our own that were unique and original.”

Peter Vidmar: Overcoming Setbacks


Peter Vidmar: Motivation