Three Surprised And Delighted Fitness Trainers from Three Different Continents Are Selected to Join Technogym as Master Trainers at The Beijing Olympics

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Technogym, the official supplier of training equipment at the Beijing Olympics, has invited three lucky people to join the company's team as guest trainers.

Katie De-Mouilpied from England

I was on holiday in California when I received the call to tell me that I had been chosen to go to Beijing. It was the day after my birthday and the best present I could have had. I was initially very subdued while all my friends and family went wild! After the shock had worn off I realised just what an amazing opportunity this was going to be.

After a long selection process, each of the winners reacted with predictable excitement. One of the three trainers selected, Sjouke Vellema, wrote, "I expected to wait a week or more, but still couldn't wait to get home that next afternoon to check my email, because just maybe there is some news. I opened my email and saw that there was an email from Technogym. When I opened that I got a confirmation email from Riccardo that I have been chosen to go. I almost jumped out of my skin and immediately opened a bottle of Champagne and started calling my family and all my friends telling them about the great news!"

Technogym is the Exclusive Official Supplier to the BOCOG (Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games). More than 20,000 athletes from over 200 countries will be using Technogym fitness equipment and software in over 15 different locations in Beijing.

In addition to providing training equipment for the Olympic athletes, Technogym is also flying in with 30 of its own trainers to help athletes as they prepare for their events.

For the first time in its history at Olympic events, Technogym is also bringing in three additional trainers, none of them affiliated with the company.

Earlier this year Technogym sent out an invitation to fitness trainers around the world, asking them to apply for one of three spots as guest trainers with the Technogym team. Over 1,000 people applied, went through a rigorous selection process and then waited to hear the final results.

Technogym is now delighted to announce the names of the three trainers who were selected.

Katie De-Mouilpied - from Manchester, England
Rodney Corn - from Yuba City, Northern California, USA
Sjouke Vellema - from Pretoria, South Africa

For these three, going to Beijing will be the trip of a lifetime.

In the words of Katie De-Mouilpied, "I was on holiday in California when I received the call to tell me that I had been chosen to go to Beijing. It was the day after my birthday and the best present I could have had. I was initially very subdued while all my friends and family went wild! After the shock had worn off I realised just what an amazing opportunity this was going to be."

The three trainers will be guests of Technogym for four weeks in Beijing, with their travel and accommodation paid for by the company. Each day they will be working alongside Technogym trainers to meet the needs of the Olympic athletes using our equipment.

When asked about the project to invite three guest trainers,Technogym President, Nerio Alessandri, said, "It has been a remarkable process. Our search for these three trainers has been part of a huge, integrated plan to get our equipment and people to Beijing, and do the best job possible for all the Olympic athletes as they prepare for their events. At the beginning, this was just one of many projects we had undertaken as part of our preparation. But as the selection process progressed, all of us here came to recognize the enormous value of talking with over a thousand trainers, from all over the world, all of whom use our equipment. It has been an incredibly valuable exercise for us with benefits that we had never anticipated. I only wish we had more places available for guest trainers."

More details about our three trainers and their upcoming trip to the Olympics in Beijing can be found on our web site: technogym.com/news

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