After 17 days of competition, the 2012 Summer Olympics have come to a close. Our 531 athletes representing the United States are coming home. Some have gold, silver or bronze. Others are returning without a medal. After two weeks of watching the joy of winning and the agony of defeat, what did these athletes teach us?
The U.S. won 104 medals, more than any other country. This record, including 46 gold medals, is the most medals won by the U.S. in an Olympics held outside the United States. The commitment, training, blood, sweat and tears paid off. Our athletes did a fabulous job representing America.
These are our sons and daughters that embody the American spirit. Swimmer Michael Phelps won his first gold medal at age 15. Now at 27, he is the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals.
This year we got to meet Missy Franklin, 17, and Katie Ledecky, 15 – two gold medalists that also recorded world record times in the 200-meter backstroke and the 800-meter freestyle, respectively. Just as they were Inspired and learned from Phelps, they will now lead the next generation of young Americans to achieve their best.
It’s the American way to lead and innovate, but our country’s legacy is also to encourage and foster prosperity and greatness in others. When Craig Sager of NBC asked Lebron James to put in words what it was like winning an NBA championship, NBA MVP and a gold medal in basketball, he said, “This is all about USA. It’s not about me. It’s about these three letters on our chest.”
Much like the name across the chest of our Olympic athletes, from the corporate office to the shop floor, all of us believe and work extremely hard for Master Power Transmission. Our experienced engineers and skilled machinists are training the next generation for success in manufacturing.
What makes America great also makes Master PT great.
Congratulations to all our Olympic athletes, especially our medalists with Hoosier connections, including David Boudia (diving), Shannon Boxx (soccer), Kelci Bryant (diving), Tamika Catchings (basketball), Lauren Cheney (soccer) and Courtney Hurley (fencing).
Thanks for the inspiration and a job well done.