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Former Olympian Marilyn King is an extraordinary speaker, providing business leaders and educators with the tools and skills they need to dig deep–and reach for the Gold! Through her keynotes, training and consulting Marilyn has been a prime example of applying skills learned in one arena (sports) and applying it elsewhere—in business, education and the pursuit of peace.
King competed in the 1972 Munich and the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the Pentathlon, a grueling five-event race. Her 20-year athletic career includes five national titles and a World Record. An automobile accident in 1979 left her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team. Instead of giving up, King trained using only mental techniques, and amazingly placed second at the Olympic Trials for the 1980 Moscow Games.
That incredible experience led to plenty of research, and to King’s 17-year career as an expert in the field of human performance. Given the incredible implications of her findings regarding human performance, King gave up her prestigious head coaching position at University of California, Berkeley to found Beyond Sports. Taking her research a step further, King found the three elements that are always present when ordinary people do something extraordinary and developed Olympian Technology.
For the past 17 years King has shared her message of unlimited possibility and unfettered human potential to inspire thousands of people worldwide. Her techniques have been incorporated by businesses seeking to better empower their employees, embrace change and provide global leadership. Her most pioneering work, a Russian-American venture called the “Peace Team” prompted two invitations to speak at the United Nations.
King has been featured in numerous articles and books, including Dreammakers by Michele Hunt and Spirit of Champions by Lyle Nelson & Thorn Bacon. She recently appeared on News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Her corporate clients include American Express, Apple Computer, AT&T, Haas School of Business, Hewlett Packard, IBM, L.M. Ericsson, Monsanto, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Reinsurance Company and Xerox Business Services.
Two-Time Olympic Pentathlon Athlete and “Olympic Thinking” Business Keynote Speaker
Through keynotes, training and consulting, Marilyn King provides business leaders and educators with thinking tools that will serve them for a lifetime. Her work is a powerful example of applying skills learned through sports to the areas of business, education and peace.
King is a two-time Olympian (Munich, 1972 & Montreal, 1976) in the grueling five event Pentathlon. Her 20-year athletic career includes five national titles and a World Record.
In 1979, an automobile accident rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team. Using only mental training techniques she placed second at the Olympic trials for the 1980 Moscow Games.
This extraordinary experience and the resulting research led to a 17-year career as an expert in the field of exceptional human performance. The implications of her findings regarding human performance prompted Marilyn to give up her prestigious head coaching position at the University of California, Berkeley to found Beyond Sports. Her discovery of the three elements that are always present when ordinary people do extraordinary things led to the development of Olympian Technology.
Over the past 17 years Marilyn′s message of unlimited possibility has inspired thousands worldwide. Her techniques have been incorporated by businesses seeking to empower employees, embrace change and provide global leadership. Her corporate clients include American Express, Apple Computer, AT&T, Haas School of Business, Hewlett Packard, IBM, L.M. Ericsson, Monsanto, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Reinsurance Company and Xerox Business Services.
Her most pioneering work, a joint Russian-American venture called the Peace Team prompted two invitations to speak at the United Nations. She is currently featured in numerous articles and books including, DreamMakers by Michele Hunt and Spirit of Champions by Lyle Nelson & Thorn Bacon, and appeared recently on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Marilyn King speaks about her program “Olympian Thinking” and what it means to think like a champion.
“What I’m suggesting is that we’re in a place right now in human history where we can very quickly shift people from ‘Homo Sapiens’ which is “one who thinks,” to what our true genus species name which is ‘Homo Sapiens Sapiens’: one who thinks about their thinking. We can learn to direct our thinking in ways that produce the kinds of results we want to produce.”
“Passion, power, vision guided, action oriented. That’s the message. I would say it’s simple, but it isn’t easy. It’s really a profound act of courage to engage how we are naturally wired in order to produce exceptional human performance.”
Quotes from Marilyn's interview: “My event [in the Olympics] was the Pentathlon— 5 track and field events— and when I was training for my third Olympic team, my car was hit by a truck and I was injured and couldn’t physically train for, I thought, a couple of weeks. It kept going on for weeks and weeks, and I said I have to do something, so I got films of all of the record holders in all five of my events. I began watching them for two or three hours every day, thinking ‘I’ll train again next week.’ That went on for seven months. So I would go and stand out at the track for three or four hours, and just imagine my hurdles or my starts. “
“Seven months have gone by, it’s time for the Olympic Trials and I have not physically trained for them, I don’t know what to do so I had them give me an injection in my back and I placed second at the Trials for my third Olympic Team. That’s the power of Olympian Thinking.”
Former Olympian Marilyn King is an inspiring speaker. She engages audiences with highly motivating, inspiring content about the limitless nature of human potential. She will help your organization to find the Olympian inside each person, and how to latch on to that dedication to “win gold” at whatever they put their minds to.
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March 23, 2023
she was a great speaker and travel adviser-- it was many years ago in ft. hamilton ,n.y. i remember her walk and the assured manner --always a proud demeanor. marilyn has been a speaker that I've never forgotten and I've thought of her and how well she has done because of her never give-up ways with whatever she did. i have a daughter in sandiago ca. that I plan to see soon and possible meet with marilyn .
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“Marilyn, you were a true partner with us. The specific tools provided in your workshops were put to immediate use to fan the flames of the learning revolution.”
— Chris Turner, Xerox Business Services
“What can I say except ′Wow!′? Your graciousness, professionalism, and inspirational message truly resonated with everyone at the conference. Your message has had a lasting impact. Thank you for making this year′s conference such a success!”
— Financial Women International
“Thank you for your participation in the Sun Microsystems Finance and Legal Affairs Group (FLAG) Conference. This years conference was the most successful by all accounts. Very much in part due to your assistance in the design phase as well as a presenter. Fantastic feedback from your keynote speech at dinner was received from everyone. Congratulations!”
— Kevin Walsh, Vice President, WWOPS Finance and Planning Sun Microsystems
“I know that this was not your first experience with Hewlett-Packard, and your reputation is well deserved as both keynote and workshop presenter. Your message has been an inspiration to those who have had the fortune to be in your audience.”
— Judy Allen, Hewlett-Packard
“What an inspiration you are! My staff and I came back with renewed spirits and the will to work on building a stronger team bond…thanks to your ability to motivate and inspire. Needless to say I was again awestruck by your talk, just as I was when I heard you at the Women in Leadership Summit in San Francisco.”
— Barbara Whittacker, Exectuive Director, Worldwide Purchasing- Metallic General Motors
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