Introducing the 2016
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic,
BMW Performance Team.

As a proud partner of the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, BMW of North America is entering its sixth year supporting the advancement of Team USA athletic performance. In support of its global commitment to performance-driven sports, BMW is proud to announce plans to design a new racing wheelchair for use by the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Get to know the BMW Performance Team athletes by clicking on the tab above and follow them along the Road to Rio as they Go for the Gold in 2016.

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BMW Racing Wheelchair for U.S. Paralympics Track and Field

As part of our commitment to advancing athletic performance through technology, BMW has designed a new racing wheelchair that the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team will use in competition during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Our design team has collaborated closely with the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field team to identify and address the need for advancements in the team's racing equipment.

The racing wheelchair's advancements will include a complete redesign of the chassis, application of BMW's signature aerodynamic efficiencies, enhanced athlete restraint, carbon fiber durability, as well as steering and braking advancements. In the months leading up to the 2016 Paralympic Games, BMW will continue to work closely with the athletes and coaches to refine and enhance the design of the racing wheelchair and supporting Team USA along the Road to Rio.

BMW Motion Tracking Technology for USA Swimming

BMW is proud to continue their collaboration with USA Swimming in an effort to improve performance through innovative technology. Using the same technology found in BMW's autonomous driving systems, BMW has helped develop a motion tracking system for USA Swimming. After mounting LEDs onto a swimmer's wrists, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and toes, the system captures the cadence of a swimmer's kick and streamline angle of the pull - providing performance data for coaches to analyze. This technology helps evaluate how major and minor adjustments in form and technique can affect overall performance.

The BMW Olympic Bobsled

BMW is using their vehicle technology and engineering to create tools that will help improve performance. They collaborated with the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to redesign Team USA's two-man bobsled. Designers leveraged the principles of BMW EfficientDynamics—advanced mobility solutions that improve efficiency without sacrificing performance—to create the new bobsled. It's constructed with lightweight carbon fiber, the same intelligent material that the electric BMW i Concept vehicles boast. At the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the BMW-designed two-man bobsled clinched the Silver and Bronze medals for the Team USA women, and helped the men end a 62-year medal drought by securing Bronze.

BMW has also helped develop a motion tracking system has been created for USA Swimming. It automatically captures the power of a swimmer's kick and pull and then provides a performance data analysis for coaches. This new technology helps evaluate how major and minor adjustments in form and technique affect overall performance.

Swimming runs in Nathan's family. His parents first introduced each of their three children to the sport through a water-safety program, which ultimately led them all to swim collegiately. A three-time gold and one-time silver medalist, Nathan has represented Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and has a total of 25 medals in major international competition. A native of Bremerton, WA, Nathan graduated from UC -Berkeley with Honors where he won five individual national titles and helped lead the Golden Bears to their first National Championship in 31 years. He is an ambassador for USA Swimming Foundation's Make-A-Splash program.

Career Highlights show

2012: London Olympic Games, Gold 100 m Freestyle, Gold 4x100 Medley-relay, Silver 4x100m Freestyle-relay
2014: AT&T Winter Nationals, became the first man to win the 50y, 100y and 200y free in a single Nationals
Current American Record holder in 50y Freestyle and 100y Freestyle
10th Fastest all-time performer in 100m Freestyle

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When he's not pursuing his passion of racecar driving, Tyler finds himself in the pool, training and competing, for Team USA. He took home gold for Team USA in the 200m backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Games and also placed 5th in the 200m fly. Clary is a 16-time national champion swimmer, with a 4th place finish in the 400m IM at the 2015 FINA World Championships, and a bronze in the 200m backstroke at the 2013 FINA World Championships. In his time away from the water and the racetrack, Tyler enjoys playing League of Legends and playing with his two rescue dogs Shelby and Murphy.

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2012: London Olympic Games 200m Back, 1st, 200m Fly 5th
2014: Anchored team USA to gold in the 800m Freestyle-relay at the Fina Short Course Worlds in Doha, Qatar.
2014: Gold in 200m back at 2014 Pan Pacs
Current American Record holder in the 400y IM

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Maya began swimming at the age of six. Since then, she has compiled a long list of accomplishments in the sport. She won silver in the 400m IM at 2015 World Championships, and won the 2014 NCAA National Champion in the 200y IM and 400y IM. Maya also won USA Swimming's Breakout Performer award in 2014. A graduate of Stanford University with aspirations of becoming an engineer, Maya swims 12,000 meters and four hours a day, six days a week, and enjoys sleeping and baking, the latter of which she calls "the ultimate way to relax."

Career Highlights show

2012 Olympic Trials: 4th 200m IM, 4th 400m IM, 27th 200m Backstroke
2013 World Championships: Gold 800m Freestyle-relay, 4th 400m IM, 12th 200m Butterfly
2014: Gold in the 200m IM and silver in the 400m IM at 2014 Pan Pacs
2014: Finished 2nd in the 400 IM at 2014 Phillips 66 Nationals to earn a spot on the Pan Pacs roster

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Josh has been a U.S. Paralympics Track & Field team member since 2004 and has raced in three Paralympic Games. He currently participates in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and marathon - all events in which he is the American record holder. Josh has medaled in each of his three Paralympic Games, earning three bronzes, one silver, and most notably, gold in the 100m at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. On top of his Paralympic successes, George is a 6-time world champion and currently holds the world record in the 800m. An alumnus of the University of Illinois, Josh studied journalism and is also an active motivational speaker and guest blogger focusing on helping people discover how to maximize their potential. His ultimate dream is to one day live in a house where the ceilings are lined with monkey bars. Josh was the top American finisher at the 2015 Chicago Marathon which qualified him for a spot on Team USA in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Career Highlights show

2004 Bronze (100m, 400m)
2006: IPC World Championships- Gold (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m)
2008 Gold (100m), Silver (800m)
2012 US Paralympic Trials, Gold (400m, 800m,1500m, 5000m)
2012 Bronze (800m)
2013 IPC Word Championships, Gold (800m)
2014 Chicago Marathon - Winner
2015: IPC Marathon World Championship - Winner

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A U.S. Paralympics Track & Field team member since 2004, April won gold for Team USA in the 100m at the 2008 Paralympic Games and bronze in the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games, but her achievements stretch far from the track. April was named by the International Paralympic Committee as "Top 10 Women in Paralympic Sport", NCAA 2015 "Inspirational Athlete of the Year", and has assisted First Lady Michelle Obama on the "Let's Move" campaign. She also runs the April Holmes Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and medical equipment to those with physical and learning disabilities. April recently completed her MBA in marketing, which she seeks to use to raise awareness for people with disabilities.

Career Highlights show

2004 Paralympic Games Bronze Medalist (Long Jump)
2008 Paralympic Games Gold Medalist (100m)
2012 Paralympic Games Bronze Medalist (100m)
2013 IPC World Championship Bronze Medalist (100m)
14x World Record Holder; 18x American Record Holder

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A well-versed athlete, Tatyana grew up playing wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, swimming, gymnastics and track and field in her hometown of Clarksville, Maryland. At the age of 15, she won silver and bronze medals as a member of Team USA Track & Field in her first Paralympic Games. Since then, she has competed in every Paralympic Games, winning a total of ten medals, including three gold. Tatyana is also the first person to ever win a Grand Slam - 4 World Major Marathons in one year (Chicago, Boston, New York and London). She also holds world records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5,000m events and holds 15 World Championship titles. Being the athlete that she is, Tatyana picked up Nordic skiing in addition to track and field, winning the national title in January 2013 at her first U.S. Adaptive Nordic Skiing National Championship and was a member of Team USA at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Tatyana won the 2015 Chicago Marathon, which qualified her for a spot on Team USA for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Career Highlights show

2012: London Paralympic Games: Gold: 400m, 800m, 1500m and Bronze: 100m
2013: IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, 6th 1km sprint, 8th 10km, 9th 5km.
2013: World Championships: first person to win 6 golds at Championships: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m,1500m, 5000m
2013: Marathon Grand Slam: London, Boston, Chicago, New York, 1st place - all -
2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, 2nd 1km sprint, 5th 12km, 6th 4x2.5km mixed relay, 7th 5km
2014: Marathon Grand Slam: London, Boston, Chicago, New York Marathon, 1st place - all -
2015: Marathon Wins: London, Boston, Chicago, 1st place - all -
2015: USA Nationals: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 1st place - all -

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Chelsea was the youngest member of the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team, competing at the age of 14 after becoming a member of the team at the age of 12, and qualified for the final of the 800m race. Since then, she has maintained her high level of success, most recently winning gold in the 800m, silver in the 400m and 5000m, and bronze in the 1500m at the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships. Still only 21 years old, Chelsea's post-competition dreams include working as a children's rehab counselor at Seattle Children's Hospital - the hospital where she went through rehab after her accident. At the 2015 Chicago Marathon, Chelsea finished 3rd which qualified her for a spot on Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Career Highlights show

2013 IPC World Championships, 3rd (200m)
2014: Indianapolis Mini Marathon, 1st, Chicago Marathon, 4th, New York City Marathon, 9th
2015: World Record in the 5000m in Arbon, Switzerland

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Aaron was a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, competing in Track & Field. In 2014, he competed in his first Paralympic Winter Games with Team USA for Nordic Skiing. During 2013, his first year with the Nordic skiing team, he placed in the top 15 of three world cup competitions. In Track & Field, Aaron has placed in the top three of two Twin Cities Marathons since 2010 and also has two top-ten finishes in the Boston Marathon. In 2014, Aaron placed 7th at the Chicago Marathon, 2nd at the Boulder 10K, 2nd at the Peach Tree 10K and 2nd at the Bloomsday 12K. A natural outdoorsman, Aaron enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with his family in his time away from competing. At the 2015 Chicago Marathon, Aaron was the 2nd place American finisher and qualified for a spot on Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Career Highlights show

2012: London Paralympic Marathon, 16th place
2012: Grandmas Marathon, 2nd place finish
2012: Boston Marathon, 10th place finish
2013 Twin Cities Marathon, 2nd place finish
2013 Chicago Marathon, 7th place finish
2013 NYC Marathon, 8th place finish
2013: LA Marathon, 6th place finish
2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 12th 15km, 14th 1km sprint, 14th 10km, 19th 15km biathlon, 19th 7.5km biathlon
2014: Chicago Marathon, 7th place finish
2015: IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships, 6th 1k sprint, 9th 5km
2015: Chicago Marathon, 7th place finish

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