Driving Performance.

BMW is a proud partner of the
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

BMW’s commitment to performance and striving to be the best includes partnering to support USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, US Speedskating and USA Bobsled and Skeleton. BMW has also assembled the BMW Performance Team to help Team USA athletes and help them realize their Olympic and Paralympic Dreams.

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Meet the team

Powering athlete performance with BMW innovations.

BMW is using their vehicle technology to create tools that will help improve athlete performance. By taking innovations like camera based pedestrian detection, BMW has developed a velocity measurement system for USA Track & Field. It provides real–time analysis of three key parameters—horizontal approach velocity, vertical take–off velocity and take–off angle—in the long jump.And that’s not the only project BMW has been engineering.

A motion tracking system is also being created for USA Swimming. It automatically captures a swimmers’ stroke and then provides a performance data analysis for coaches. This new technology will help evaluate how major and minor adjustments in form and technique affect overall performance.

Meet the BMW Performance Team.

The BMW Performance Team was formed to help Team USA athletes achieve their Olympic and Paralympic Dreams. Each team member is passionate, talented and constantly striving to improve in his or her sport. And with BMW’s support, members of the BMW Performance Team will be able to focus entirely on qualifying and training for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ricky Berens: Swimming

Olympic Swimming gold medalist Ricky Berens is a living testament to BMW’s innovation and technology. In fact, Ricky still credits BMW for saving his life in a car accident that occurred when he was younger. Since then, he has become an accomplished Olympian and the only male swimmer to win a gold medal at every key international event between 2007 and 2011. Ricky made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Olympic Games, where he won gold in the 4x200 meter relay with a world-record-breaking time of 6:58:55. He also won gold in the 2009 World Championships, 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, 2011 FINA World Championships and 2011 Duel in the Pool. After a solid showing in the London 2012 Olympic Games, Ricky went home with a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay and a gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Past Results show

Gold 2011 World Championships (LC) 4x200m freestyle
Gold 2010 Pan Pacific Championships 4x200m freestyle
Silver 2010 World Championships (SC) 4x200m freestyle
Gold 2009 Gold 2009 World Championships (LC) 4x100m freestyle
Gold 2009 World Championships (LC) 4x200m freestyle
Gold Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 4x200m freestyle

Accolades show

In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, he set a new world record of 6:58.56 men’s 4x200 m freestyle relay with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Peter Vanderkaay.
Set a world record as a member of the 800m free relay at the 2009 FINA World Championships.
Member of the American record-setting 800y free-relay team at the 2008 Big 12 Championships.

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Matt Chrabot: Triathlon

Collegiate swimmer Matt Chrabot started cycling his sophomore year at George Mason University. Always a strong swimmer and runner, Matt entered his first triathlon in 2003. He turned pro in 2006, won the USAT Elite National Championship in 2009, became the youngest U.S. male to win a World Cup and was named the 2010 Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year by USAT. Matt was an alternate for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, and cheered for his teammates as they competed for the chance to make the Olympic podium.

Past Results show

4th 2011 Huntington Beach Half Marathon
1st 2011 Miami International Triathlon
8th 2011 ITU Monterrey World Cup
3rd 2011 Escape from Alcatraz
37th 2011 ITU Kitzbuhuel WCS
42nd 2011 ITU London WCS - U.S. Olympic Trials
1st 2011 Chicago Triathlon
25th 2011 ITU Beijing WCS - Grand Final
5th 2011 ITU Yokohama WCS
1st 2011 ITU Huatulco World Cup
10th 2011 Pan American Games
10th 2011 ITU Guatape World Cup

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Bryan Clay: Track and Field

Bryan Clay is one of the few decathletes to hold more than one Olympic medal. He earned a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, finished first in the 2005 World Championships and was the Olympic gold medalist from the 2008 Games. However, after an unfortunate turn of events at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Bryan fell short of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Even so, he still made the trip to London to cheer on Team USA.

Past Results show

Gold 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships
Gold 2010 Pan Pacific Championships
Gold Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Men's decathlon
Gold 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships
Gold 2005 World Championship in Athletics
Silver Athens 2004 Olympic Games Men's decathlon
Silver 2004 World Indoor Championships

Accolades show

Victory margin of 240 points in the 2008 Beijing Olympics was the largest since 1972.
The Olympic decathlon champion is referred to as the "World's Greatest Athlete".
Reigning Olympic champion for the decathlon.

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Natalie Coughlin: Swimming

Eleven-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin made a splash in the 2004 and 2008 Games by earning more medals—five in Athens and six in Beijing—than any other female athlete. She’s also the first woman to win consecutive individual gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke and has remarkably medaled in every Olympic event she’s ever entered. Natalie also won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2011 World Championships. At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Natalie helped the team qualify for the finals of the 4x100m freestyle relay. In a last-minute decision she didn’t swim in the finals but still received a bronze medal. And with that final medal, she tied the record with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for being the most-decorated female athlete.

Past Results show

Gold Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 100m Backstroke
Silver Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Medley Relay
Silver Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Bronze Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 100m Freestyle
Bronze Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 200m Individual Medley
Bronze Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Gold 2007 World Championships 100m Backstroke
Gold 2007 World Championships 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Silver 2007 World Championships 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Silver 2007 World Championships 4x100m Medley Relay
Bronze 2007 World Championships 100m Butterfly
Gold Athens 2004 Olympic Games 100m Backstroke
Gold Athens 2004 Olympic Games 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Silver Athens 2004 Olympic Games 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Silver Athens 2004 Olympic Games 4x100m Medley Relay
Bronze Athens 2004 Olympic Games 100m Freestyle

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First woman ever to win back-to-back Gold medals in the same event in consecutive Olympics, 100m back (2004/2008).
Became the third woman to win five medals in a single Olympics.
She became the first woman to swim the 100m back in less than one minute.
2002 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year.
Three time NCAA Swimming of the Year.
Three time National Sullivan Award Finalist (nation's top amateur athlete).
First person since Tracy Caulkins (1978) to win five U.S. National titles at one meet (August 2002).

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Janet Evans: Swimming

Before competing in the 1988 Olympic Games, Janet Evans’ parents promised her that if she won the gold medal they would buy her any car she wanted. A red BMW 325i Convertible was waiting for her when she returned home. Since then, Janet has been recognized as one of the best female distance swimmers, and even made appearances in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, winning a total of five Olympic medals, four of them gold. After a 15-year hiatus, Janet made a run for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the age of 40. Although she just missed qualifying, Janet still serves as an inspiration to many and remains a legendary athlete of her generation.

Past Results show

Gold Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games 800m freestyle
Silver Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games 400m freestyle
Gold Seoul 1988 Olympic Games 400m individual medley
Gold Seoul 1988 Olympic Games 400m freestyle
Gold Seoul 1988 Olympic Games 800m freestyle

Accolades show

1989 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.
Female World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine in 1987, 1989, and 1990.
In 1987, she broke the world records in the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle events.
Set a new world record in the 400-meter freestyle event; this record would hold for 18 years until Laure Manaudou broke it in May 2006.
Until June 2007, Evans held the 1,500-meter freestyle record (set in March 1988).

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April Holmes: Paralympic Track and Field

After losing her left leg in a train accident, April Holmes learned about the Paralympic Games from her Emergency Orthopedic Surgeon. She immediately resolved to do whatever it took to become a part of the Games. Since 2002, April has broken world records, won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2008 Paralympic Games and earned the title "World’s Fastest Amputee." Most recently at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she won a bronze medal in the Women’s 100m with a seasonal best time of 13.33 seconds. And as a BMW owner, April has always had a special relationship with the Ultimate Driving Machine®— recognizing her X5 for getting her to the training sessions that would help make her Paralympic dreams come true.

Past Results show

1st 2006 IPC World Championships 100m 200m
1st 2006 U.S. Paralympic Outdoor National Championships 100m, 200m, LJ
1st 2006 IPC World Cup Championships Long Jump
1st 2006 German Nationals Champion 100m, 200m
1st 2006 Paralympic Revival Champion 100m, 400m
3rd IPC World Indoor Championships Long Jump
3rd 2004 Paralympic Games Long Jump 4.65m American Record
1st 2003 German Nationals Champion 200m
1st 2003 Rocky Mountain State Games Champion 100m
2nd 2003 Rocky Mountain State Games 200m
1st 2003 Milano, Italy Invitational Champion 100m and 200m Champion
2nd 2002 IPC World Championships 100m
4th 2002 IPC World Championships 200m

Accolades show

100 meter world record holder.
200 meter world record holder.
400 meter world record holder.
IPC World Champion 100m (13.13); 200m (WR 27.05).
Broke T-44 World Record 100m 13.13 (previous record 13.53).
Broke T-44 World Record 100m 13.53 (previous record 13.77).
Broke T-44 World Record 200m 27.51 (previous record 28.53).
Broke T-44 World Record 100m 13.77 (previous record 13.88).
Broke T-44 World Record 200m 28.53 (previous record 28.57).
Bettered American Record T-44 100m 13.77 (previous record 14.12).
Bettered American Record T-44 200m 28.53 (previous record 29.87).

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Jonathan Horton: Gymnastics

Texas native Jonathan Horton discovered gymnastics at the age of five and he’s never looked back. He boasts six medals from U.S. Championships and was the 2009 and 2010 National Champion. At the 2010 World Championship, Jonathan won an individual bronze medal in the all-around. And after winning the silver on the high bar in the 2008 Olympic Games, Jonathan rewarded himself by purchasing his first BMW. Most recently, he placed fifth in the Men’s Team Final and sixth in the Men’s Horizontal Bar at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Past Results show

2nd 2011 Visa Championships (AA)
1st 2010 Visa Championships (AA)
1st 2009 Visa Championships (1st- AA, HB, SR; 2nd-FX)
1st 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials (AA)
2nd 2008 Visa Championships (AA)
2nd 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (2nd- HB; 3rd-Team)
3rd 2008 Winter Cup Challenge (SR)
4th 2007 Visa Championships (PB)
2nd 2007 NCAA Championships (2nd- AA; 1st-Team)
2nd FX(T) 4th-PB(T) 6th-HB 2007 Winter Cup Challenge (2nd-FX; 4th-PB; 6th-HB)

Accolades show

During his time competing for Oklahoma he won 6 NCAA titles and 18 All-American honors.
2008 NCAA Nissen-Emery Award winner.
2008 USA Gymnastics Men's Athlete of the Year.
Nominated for 2008 James E. Sullivan Award.

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Clay Johnson: Sailing

Clay Johnson started sailing when he was only five years old. In 2000, he was the youngest person to compete in the Olympic Trials and he placed third in the 2008 Olympic Trials. After graduating from Harvard, he worked as a Commodities Trader for a year before deciding to focus on sailing full time. Clay came in a close second during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and didn’t compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. He continues to sail competitively.

Past Results show

5th 2012 Miami OCR
9th 2011 Miami OCR
3rd 2011 Midwinters East
25th 2011 Trofeo Sar Princesa Sofia
11th 2011 Semaine Olympique Francaise
34th 2011 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta
1st 2011 North American Championship
3rd 2011 Canadian Olympic Regatta in Kingston
6th 2011 Pan American Games
21st 2010 Miami OCR
6th 2010 Midwinters East
18th 2010 Trofeo Sar Princesa Sofia
25th 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta
35th 2010 European Championship

Accolades show

He remains the only person to win four NEISA (New England Interscholastic Sailing Association) Singlehanded Championships and was top three at Singlehanded Nationals all four years.
In 2000, Clay was the youngest person who qualified to compete in the Olympic Trials--where he finished 19th.

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Sanya Richards-Ross: Track and Field

Sanya Richards-Ross is an unstoppable force in Track and Field. One of the fastest female runners in the world, she has earned five National U.S. Titles (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009), won five Olympic medals, and broke the record for the most 400 meter races run in sub-50 seconds (39). Additionally, Sanya is a five-time World Champion in the 400 meter (1) and 4x400 meter relay (4). Sanya carried her American Record 400 meter time of 48.70 seconds to the London 2012 Olympic Games. After a victorious showing, she went home with gold medals in the 400m and 4x400m relay.

Past Results show

1st 2012 World Indoor Champion 400m
2nd 2012 World Indoor 4x400m
1st 2012 U.S. National Indoor Champion 400m
1st 2011 World Champion 4x400m
1st 2009 2-time World Champion 400m 4x400m
Gold Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 4x400 m relay
Bronze Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 400 m
Gold Athens 2004 Olympic Games 4X400 m relay

Accolades show

2011 Inducted into The University oF Texas' Hall of Honor.
2009 IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year, 2009 Jesse Owens Award Winner.
American Record Holder - 400m dash 48.70sec.
Most sub-50 400meter races in history (39 and counting).
2-time Olympic 4x400m gold medalist and 400m bronze medalist ('04, '08).
5-time USA Outdoor Champion ('03, '05, '06, '08, '09).

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Evelyn Stevens: Cycling

Long and stressful workweeks on Wall Street were the norm for cyclist Evelyn Stevens. Fitting in even an occasional jog? Next to impossible. It all changed in 2007 when she entered a Cyclo-cross race in Northern California. When she returned home, she bought a road bike and quickly became the talk of the NYC Cycling Community. In 2010, she went pro and won both the 2010 and 2011 U.S. National Time Trial Championships. And only two years after going pro, Evelyn placed 24th in the Women’s Road Race at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Past Results show

1st 2011 U.S. National Time Trial Champion
1st 2011 Ardeche Stage 4
2nd 2011 Redlands ITT
1st 2010 U.S. National Time Trial Champion
1st 2010 Stage Winner Giro Donne
1st 2010 Winner Chrono Gastineau
1st 2010 Stage Winner Nature Valley GP
5th 2010 Winner of final stage of Redlands Classic

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Mallory Weggemann: Paralympic Swimming

In January 2008, Mallory Weggemann went in for a routine medical procedure for back pain. Due to complications, the college freshman came out paralyzed from the waist down. A swimmer since the age of seven, Mallory was determined to keep competing. Since then she has broken 34 American and 16 world records and won the 2011 ESPY award for Best Female athlete with a disability. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Mallory was a force to be reckoned with, and delivered a gold medal in the Women’s 50m Freestyle as well as a bronze medal in the Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay.

Past Results show

1st 2009 IPC Swimming World Championships 25m
1st 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships
2nd 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships

Accolades show

2009, 2010 and 2011 USA Swimming Disabled Swimmer of the Year (Trischa L. Zorn Award).
2009 and 2010 Swimming World Magazine Female Disabled Swimmer of the Year.
Eight gold medals and one silver medal 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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