If you didn’t already know, Cisco will connect more people from more countries to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games than to any sporting event in history.
But we’re not just connecting the Games. As its official network provider, we’re also partnering with some of Brazil’s most talented athletes who represent the values of true Olympians – both on and off the field.
We invite you to get to know our Athlete Ambassadors. Along the way, you will learn how “connections” have become an integral part of their daily lives—and get a better understanding of the dedication and passion that drives Olympic competition. You’ll also see how technology plays a pivotal role in making this possible.
Our Athlete Ambassadors include:
At the age of 12, Marcus Vinicius D’Almeida moved from Rio de Janeiro to the small seaside city of Maricá, the headquarters of the Brazilian Archery Confederation. There, he set his sights on an Olympic gold, tirelessly training to become one of the most promising young archers in the world—despite a less than tradition-laden history of archery for his home country.
Today, the 17-year-old is considered one of the top archers in the world—primed to make a run at his first Olympic medal just miles from his birthplace. His near-perfect 2014 season—which shattered all South American records for 1,440 rounds—included a silver medal in the Youth Olympic Games, earning him a position in the World Cup finals.
Over the past 20 years, Flavio Canto has established himself as one of the preeminent Judoka competitors in the world. He medaled in three consecutive Pan American Games (1995, 1999, 2003), holding a total of 6 medals—including a bronze from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
However, it’s his performance off the mat that is perhaps his most impressive accomplishment—and the reason he is widely considered a prime example of an athlete who blends competitive success with social work.
Despite Yane Marques’ ascension to become one of the world’s best modern pentathlon competitors, her sport is still growing in much of her home country.
She plans on changing all that in 2016.
Born without hands, Yohansson Nascimento learned from an early age that he could overcome many difficulties with the combination of a positive attitude and indomitable spirit.
When he was introduced to the sport of running at the age of 17, he had no idea he would one day become one of the top Paralympic athletes in the world.