6 most inspiring business lessons from the Olympic Games

In what is the biggest event in the world, the Olympic Games offer the best of humanity the opportunity to shine. Despite the delay to Tokyo 2020, that hasn’t stopped top athletes from doing what they do best.

With captivating stories of successes and achievements spanning 339 events for 33 different sports, the utmost dedication, commitment, resilience and motivation are in the spotlight with every athlete.

This test of determination mixed with the promotion of peace and unity within the international community can be a lesson for many companies.

And in the midst of a global crisis, historic moments and the achievements of champions give the world something extraordinary to find joy in.

From gold medal-winning athletes who are still children to hungry returning competitors who let nothing stand in their way of their dreams, the Olympics never lack inspiring stories – many of which are rife with ideas for business leaders and entrepreneurs. with a fresh face.

Tokyo 2020 Leadership Lessons

Age does not limit success

What were you doing when you were 13? Probably not representing your country at the Olympics like Momiji Nishiya.

At just 13 years old, Nishiya competed in the first female street skateboarding competition, placing her among the youngest female competitors at Tokyo 2020. She was also the first female skater to win gold at the Olympics.

Winning a gold medal for her triumphant performance, Nishiya is believed to be part of the youngest Olympic podium in history alongside Brazilian silver medalist Rayssa Leal, 13, and Japanese bronze medalist Funa. Nakayama, 16 years old.

Leal is also making history as Brazil’s youngest medalist as well as the country’s youngest Olympian.

It comes as Tokyo’s second youngest athlete – Kokona Hiraki, 12 – has become the youngest Olympian from Japan to represent the country.

Syrian table tennis prodigy Hend Zaza is the youngest athlete competing in Tokyo at just 12 years old.

However, the title of youngest Olympian in history goes to 10 years Dimitrios Loundras. The Greek gymnast competed in the Athens Summer Games in 1896, helping his team win bronze – proving that age is no obstacle to success.

A touch of relentless determination

Image: Instagram by Sanda Aldass

Making her Olympic debut in Tokyo, Sanda Aldass has come a long way in the past six years.

In 2015, Aldass escaped from her home in war-torn Syria, Damascus, where she was separated from her husband (who is also her judo coach) and her two-and-a-half-year-old son.

While her family later joined her in the Netherlands, Aldass spent six months alone in a refugee camp where she continued her judo training.

“Running and exercising filled my time and also kept me in good mental health,” she told the International Olympic Committee. “If I had been sitting around doing nothing I would have gone mad.”

Now living with her family in the Netherlands, the mother of three represents the IOC Refugee Olympic Team.

The time is always now

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Image: Nadine Apetz Instagram

To become the best athlete in the world, many start their dream of becoming an Olympian at the age of six. Not Nadine Apetz.

Not interested in boxing until the age of 21, Apetz has spent the past 14 years mastering his craft.

Competing at Toyko 2020, the boxer made history as Germany’s first female boxer – while continuing her day job as a doctoral candidate in neuroscience.

“This was not always easy“said Apetz Tokyo 2020. “It means that sometimes the day can be very long. Getting up early in the morning to train, then going to the lab to work afterwards… You have to manage your time very well, get organized and plan, it’s very important.

Never underestimate your competition


Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui has shown the world exactly what you can accomplish when you think about it.

After qualifying in eighth place in the prelims, the underdog champion was stunned when he won Olympic gold in the men’s 400-meter freestyle.

The teenager made Tunisian history, winning the country’s fifth gold medal and the second for the country’s swim team.

“I just put my head in the water and that’s it,” said Hafnaoui Tokyo 2020. “I just can’t believe it. It is a dream come true.

Always stand up for what you believe

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Image: Sarah Voss Instagram

Making a poignant statement on equality, the German gymnasts wore full body suits during a podium training session to combat sexualization in the sport.

The German Olympic team of Elisabeth Seitz, Kim Bui, Pauline Schaefer-Betz and Sarah Voss wore berry-colored jumpsuits – a stark contrast to the typical leotards worn by gymnasts.

Traditionally, full body suits have been worn at international competitions for religious reasons, and these gymnasts have been praised for standing up for their values.

“We women all want to feel good about ourselves,” Voss said according to the BBC .

Celebrate great victories

Dean Boxall will undoubtedly go down in history as having one of the best celebratory reactions to the Games.

Coach of Australian champion swimmer Ariarne Titmus let his utter excitement shine through after Titmus executed the race to perfection, beating American superstar Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400-meter freestyle to win her first Olympic gold medal .

Footage from Boxall’s legendary celebration where he furiously rocked the rails of the pool deck, pumped his fists in the air and screamed around the stadium – all while accidentally ignoring a Japanese bailiff trying to overpower him – is went viral across the world.

Naomi C. Amerson