Team Visa Goes for Gold: Largest and Most Diverse Athlete Roster Unveiled for Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
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102 athletes, including two
Visaemployees from Visa’s Olympians and Paralympians in Business Development Program
- 56 female, 46 male, reinforcing Visa’s commitment to gender equality in sports, business and beyond
54 markets, including 19 with Team Visa athletes for the first time (
Argentina, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, India, and Thailand, among others)
- 28 sports, including new sports: BMX Freestyle, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, and Surfing
“The resilience and dedication that our Team Visa Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls have shown over the past year is nothing short of inspiring, and watching them turn the uncertainty into resolve is a mindset we can all learn from,” said
Shining a Light on The Olympic and Paralympic Mindset
The resilience and unbreakable spirit of Olympic and Paralympic athletes can be seen in experiences of veterans and newcomers alike over the past year, spreading messages of optimism and positivity while staying dedicated to their training to compete on the world stage in
Simone Biles( Gymnastics, USA) inspired global audiences as she became the first woman to land a Yurchenko double pike vault in competition and, most recently, captured her record-setting 7th U.S.National Title, which marks onefor every senior nationals she’s competed in since 2013. Off the gym floor, Simone also helped to raise money for COVID-19 relief.
Sky Brown(Skateboarding, Great Britain), Team Visa’s youngest Olympian at age 12, is an unmatched source of optimism and strength on social. She also lent her vibrant personality to Visa’s “This Isn’t Easy” campaign, inspiring youth across the globe to stay safe during the pandemic.
Katie Ledecky( Swimming, USA), while training was suspended, participated in Visa’s social media PSA campaign “This Isn’t Easy” that promoted safety measures and social distancing. She also visited children in hospitals virtually to cheer them up when hospitals were in lockdown.
Noah Lyles( Athletics, USA) stressed the importance of social distancing for those who are immunocompromised and then put his creative energy and artistic spirit into encouraging audiences to find new hobbies – his was creating artwork and making music.
Oksana Masters(Para cycling, USA) encouraged her followers to take care of themselves while quarantining, giving them an inside look into how she was spending her time in quarantine, with a focus on at-home workouts to stay healthy.
Sean McColl(Sport Climbing, Canada) opened up on Instagram about how he was feeling emotional after the Games were postponed and applauded Team Canada for prioritizing physical and mental health. He shared daily exercise challenges to help others adjust to working out from home.
Monika Seryu (Para Canoe,
Japan) was having a tough time after the Games were postponed and applauded Team Japan for motivating and inspiring her to push forward. She also lent her vibrant personality to Visa’s “This Isn’t Easy” campaign, inspiring people across the globe to stay safe during the pandemic.
“When the decision to postpone the Games was made, I tried to approach with strength the uncertainties that lay ahead. With the support of my family, friends, coaches, and sponsors like
“It was hard to be stuck inside, but we took social distancing very seriously and made the most of it. Spending time with my family, keeping each other strong, playing guitar and just keeping a smile on my face. I also talked to my followers and fans on social channels about having a positive attitude, even if it meant some of our lives were flipped upside down, or in my case, my Olympic dreams were put on hold.” –
Empowering Athletes Beyond the Field of Play
In advance of an unprecedented Games,
To learn more about Visa’s ongoing support of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls, visit Visa’s