Athlete Network CEO Chris Smith Speaks at 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Summit

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The summit was attended by over 200 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and focused on preparing the athletes for life after their Olympic careers.

Chris Smith

Athlete Network CEO, Chris Smith

These are the world’s elite athletes and the traits they have acquired competing at the highest level will serve them well as they transition out of their Olympic careers.

Athlete Network Founder and CEO Chris Smith was a guest speaker Friday night at the 2016 Athlete Career & Education (ACE) summit in Washington D.C. Mr. Smith addressed a large contingent of Olympic and Paralympic athletes from Team USA as they prepare to transition out of sports. The Athlete Network CEO focused his presentation on key tips for the athletes to use while networking themselves for future employment or speaking opportunities.

“It was a tremendous honor to be invited to speak at the 2016 Summit,” said Smith. “These are the world’s elite athletes and the traits they have acquired competing at the highest level will serve them well as they transition out of their Olympic careers. It is a privilege for Athlete Network to be able to assist the USOC ACE team with their technology and participate at events, such as the summit.”

"My two favorite parts of the weekend were meeting President Obama and your presentation,"said Jeff Butler, Paralympian, Wheelchair Rugby.

The goal of the Olympic & Paralympic Summit is to provide an interactive experience for these athletes with tangible takeaways on the next step in their professional or athletic careers. Throughout the event, athletes had the opportunity to work on personal and professional development by attending workshops, networking with industry professionals, and participating in one-on-one discussions. Smith also facilitated one of the workshops entitled “Find Your Professional Identity.”

The Summit was held September 29 - October 1 in Washington D.C. at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. It was attended by over 200 Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as various ACE staff members. Former gold medal Olympian Carl Lewis gave the Keynote Address at the Welcome Dinner Thursday evening.

About Athlete Network: Athlete Network was founded with a simple mission - create an online community where athletes can fuel their driven lifestyle. Athlete Network works to keep athletes competing in every aspect of their lives by uniting them in one network. They provide athletes with online tools to network with fellow athletes and the most efficient access to employers that embrace their competitive mindset and push it to higher levels. Visit http://www.athletenetwork.com for more information.

About the United States Olympic Committee: Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic Movement throughout the country. Visit http://www.teamusa.org for more information.

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