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 Ford Team Connects with Olympic Spirit

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Recently, @Ford put out a call for all those employees, agency/contract as well as retirees with a connection to the Olympics, Paralympics and Senior Olympics.  Over the coming days, @Ford will share our Blue Oval Olympian stories.  Below is the first installment, which includes an Olympian’s parent, a drummer, a diver, a long distance runner, and more.
 
By Mary Bensen
“Amazingly brilliant,” is how Gail Schmitt of Ford Motor Credit Company describes her experience at the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, borrowing a phrase she heard in England. She was there to cheer for her daughter – U.S. swimmer Allison Schmitt, winner of three gold medals, a silver and a bronze – and returned home with memories to last a lifetime. Click here to continue reading.
 

Below is a report from Ford’s David Brighton on his experience in the Olympics’ opening ceremony.
 
Oscar-Winning Director Danny Boyle came on the radio and said they were looking for men for the Olympic Opening Ceremony – no artistic talent required. “You fit the bill perfectly,” says my wife, so I applied, confident of my ability to dad-dance as badly as the next man. Click here to continue reading.
Story submitted by David Brighton
 

In 1976, Ford employee Trevor Simpson was an Olympic diver in the Montreal Olympic Games. Just prior to the competition in the 3-meter springboard event, Simpson’s coach, Johnny Rasch died, delivering a huge blow to Simpson and his teammate.
 
“It was obviously a big shock when we found out and we spent a few days getting over that, but then got down to training about four or five days before the final.”  Click here to continue reading.
Story submitted by Brian D. Mansfield, Trevor Simpson, Gini Scanlan
 

Martin Peter’s son Jordan is nearly 21 years old and has been a Special Olympics athlete since he was 8 years old.
 
He competes in soccer skills in October at Halmich Park in Warren, Mich., and in ramp bowling at the Summer Games at CMU in Mount Pleasant, Mich., in June. Click here to continue reading.
Story submitted by Martin Peters
 

Retired Ford engineer Eamonn Martin was an elite long distance runner from England.
As the most recent British male winner of the London Marathon, he ran 2:10:50 to win the 1993 race in a sprint finish against the Mexican athlete Isidro Rico. Click here to continue reading.
Story submitted by Alexandra Walker, Robert Beazley 
 

  

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8/9/2012 6:00 AM