Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, most Americans thought that skeleton was something you might see on Halloween and not an Olympic sport. But after the incredible story of Jimmy Shea Jr., the profile of the sport of skeleton went to new heights. Skeleton is similar to luge, although perhaps even more spine-tingling in that skeleton requires participants to go head-first on a tiny sled at speeds of more than 80 mph down a dangerous and winding course.
Born into a family of Olympic athletes (his father competed in the 1964 Winter Olympics and his grandfather won two gold medals in the 1932 Winter Olympics), Shea grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and started down the path of his father and his grandfather to the Olympic games. But tragedy struck right before the 2002 Games, as Shea’s grandfather was killed by a drunk driver. The younger Shea dedicated his performance to the memory of his grandfather, and he used that motivation to bring home a gold medal.
Since retiring from skeleton, Jimmy Shea Jr. has been an active motivational speaker, and TSE can help you arrange for a Jimmy Shea speaker appearance. We have the experience and resources to handle the Jim Shea appearance fee negotiations while saving you time and money.
**Jimmy Shea Jr. Speaker**
The most famous Jim Shea speaker appearance came just before the 2002 Winter Olympics, when he was honored to be chosen to recite the traditional Olympic Oath to kick off the Games.
**Jimmy Shea Jr. Appearance**
A Jimmy Shea Jr. appearance is sure to inspire your audience. The story of his Olympic gold medal and his commitment to family is something that will capture the attention of anyone.
**Jimmy Shea Jr. Endorsement**
You might not think that a skeleton athlete would be able to land many endorsement deals, but the list of Jimmy Shea Jr. endorsements and Jimmy Shea Jr. speaker engagements includes companies like Kellogg’s, McDonald’s and Budweiser. That’s an impressive list that most NFL and MLB athletes can’t even match.
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