Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez
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  motivational speaker Rube Gonzalez

Ruben's Road to the 2010 Olympics

Journey with Ruben on the Road to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Learn the Timeless Principles of Success that will Help You
Succeed More in Life

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February 2009 - Over 90 MPH on the Luge

At 90+ MPH, things happen very quickly. Your timing needs to be very sharp because if you miss time a steer, you can easily lose control on the following curve. You can't get behind the 8 ball in the luge because if you do, you'll be eating ice!

Here are a couple of quick videos shot at the bottom of the Whistler track - the fastest in the world.

 

 

 

 

Whistler Men's Start  - World Cup Training

 

 

Track Workers getting Whistler Track Race-ready

The track workers in Whistler are the best in the world. Whenever there is a new track record, they are as much responsible as the athlete.

 

 

Pascal the Track Worker Making the Track Fast

 

 

Ladies Start at Whistler

Sleds from Ladies Start at the Whistler luge track reach higher speeds than are reached from Men's Start at most other luge tracks.

 

 

Riding up to Ladies Start at the Whistler Track

This is how we get back up to the top of the track after a luge run.

 

 

 

February 2009 - Relieving Tension before a Luge Run

This is shot at the Men's Start at the Whistler Olympic luge track. The first day of official training for the World Cup race.

This is the fastest track in the world. We had just taken a run from Ladies Start and were about to take our first run from Men's Start. We were all a little nervous about the upcoming run until something spontaneous happened.

One of the guys was eating an apple. He took a bite and tossed it to another athlete. The apple flew all around the start house and by the end, we were all in a better state of mind and we all ended up having good luge runs.

 

 

Calgary Luge and Bobsled Start Training Center

"The Ice House," in Calgary, is a state of the art luge and bobsled training facility that can be used year-round. This is where Canadian sliders perfect their starts.

Just like you have to invest in yourself or invest in your business to get top results, countries that are serious about getting top results at the Olympics invest in the infrastructure that will help produce top athletes.

Just last week, Canada had a 4th place in the ladies luge World Championship in Lake Placid. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Are you investing in yourself? Reading the right books, associating with top people? If you aren't, why not?

 

 

 


February 11th, 2009

Official training for the Calgary Luge World Cup race started today. We each get 6 luge runs. Your time must be within 7% of the fastest run on at least two of the six runs to qualify.

The men's start ramp in Calgary is very steep. Not too much time to paddle for extra speed.

Fortunately, I was able to qualify on my first two runs.

 

 

You Can Help Ruben!

You can help Ruben get to the Olympics by sharing his website with anyone who hires professional speakers.

Meeting planners, sales managers, medium to high level corporate managers, heads of organizations or associations, etc.

Send them to Ruben's website where they can watch a video of Ruben's incredible Olympic story here:

www.TheOlympicSpeaker.com

Thanks for your help!

 

 

 

 

February 11th 2009

The Men's Start House is where you get ready for your luge runs. Suit up, do mental luge runs, stretch, and talk to coaches and other athletes about proper luge lines (especially when you are having trouble somewhere in the track).

When you first watch this, it doesn't look like much is going on, but notice, that there are athletes getting ready, others stretching on the floor, others with their eyes closed doing mental runs, and you'll see Jonathan Edwards coaching Michelle Despain Hoeger, from ARG Luge.

The field was divided into four groups of athletes for this official training. Each group trains for about 3 hours. This session was from 6:00 PM till 9:30 PM.

Outside temperature was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Very hard ice. So hard that on my first two runs I was skidding all over the track. Jonathan sharpened my steels a little for the 3rd run and I was able to get some better grip.

In this quick sweep of the Men's Start House you see athletes from Venezuela, India, Slovenia, Latvia, Argentina, Norway, Romania, and Bulgaria.

 

This is what the Men's Start house looks like in the middle of a sliding session then everyone is suited up and sliding.




 

The Secret Ingredient for Luge Speed

Lugers sand their steel runners with many grades of sandpaper. The smoother the steels, the less friction against the ice. The finishing touch is to polish the steels with 0.25-0.5 micron diamond paste. The same diamond paste jewelers use to polish gold rings.


You have to be willing to do whatever it takes...

 

 





February 9th 2009

Jonathan Edwards working on my sled

Iím in Calgary training for my first World Cup race here in 7 years. 21 years since the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics - my first. Like usual, everyone asks me if Iím a coach.

Sliding very well, had a personal best time a couple of days ago. Thatís a good thing because the field is stronger than ever.

Jonathan Edwards, who competed for the US in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics is coaching me. Having the right coach is crucial if you want to make quick improvement.

The sport of luge is the only sport that is timed to the thousandth of a second so everything counts. Just like in business and in life.

Jonathan spent several hours reshaping the steel runners on my sled to gain some speed in the race. Itís an art.

Everybody thinks thereís a Silver Bullet that leads to success. Thereís not. You just do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. Success is the cumulative result of consistently and persistently doing all you can do.



 

 

 

Sigulda WC 2008 

December 5, 2008

Just finished my first international race in 6 years. The road to Vancouver 2010 has officially begun. I have earned one World Cup point which gives me a world ranking. Not a great one but it's a start.

My race run was clean and my lines were good, but my time was slow because my steel runners are sharp. Sharp steels give you a lot of traction but the tradeoff is slow speed.

In the past, I have always slid with sharp steels because since I have taken only about 1/10th as many luge runs as everyone else in the circuit, I never had the experience to slide with more rounded steels.

However, since I feel better than ever on the sled, I have decided to slowly round my steels as the season progresses so I can start getting better times.

The trick is to progress very slowly because since rounded steels have less grip, they are very unforgiving.

The adventure is about to get more exciting!

Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Go for YOUR Gold!


 

 

 

 Bottom of track Sigulda.

December 3, 2008

This is shot from the bottom of the Sigulda track. You can see the men's start tower behind me on top of the hill. 

Training is going well. We race this weekend.

 Dreams do come true if you believe and are willing to do the work. 

 

 

 

Finish Sigulda. 

December 2008

This is the view of the bottom of the track down in the valley. It is shot from up in men's start. When you are at men's you can look below and see where you will end up...

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is acting in spite of your fear. Do what you fear and the fear will disappear.

 

 

 

 

 Men's start Sigulda.

December 2008

Men's start in Sigulda sits on top of a 6 story building that sits on top of a hill. The finish is at the bottom of the hill. A great setting for a luge track.

Take action. Bold Action. Jump and the net will appear. If you get into the action habit, every day in every way you'll be getting better and better, closer and closer to your dreams and goals.

 

 

 

 

 

Latvian rental car. 

December 2008

Customer service in Latvia leaves a little to be desired. Here's my Hertz rental car.

The car is just fine. It was getting to it that was the tricky part. It was parked three blocks away from the terminal.

I lugged my baggage on slushy roads for 3 blocks, dusted the snow off of it, and when I climbed inside, realized it was a standard! To drive in the ice!

I had not driven a standard in 10 years but luckily it came back like riding a bike - or for that matter, like riding a luge.

Do the best you can do with the resources you have right now. If you wait until everything is perfect, you will never accomplish much. Done is better than perfect.

 

 

 

 

December 2008 Riga, Latvia airport.  

December 2008  (14 months before the Olympics)

I'm arriving in Riga, the capital of Latvia, where I'll be training for 2 weeks and then competing in the Sigulda World Cup race, my first luge competition in over 6 years.

The adventure is really starting to happen.
 

How badly you want something will determine what makes you quit. If you want something bad enough, NOTHING will make you quit. As long as you don't quit you've still got a chance...

 

 

 

 

 Outrun at Whistler luge track.

November 2008

This is shot at the outrun of the Whistler track. The outrun is where you break after the end of the run.

It's early morning and there are clouds covering the valley below.

The veggies are starting to take effect. Notice my face is not round like Charlie Brown's anymore.

Heck, when you compete in a sport where the uniform is a skin-tight spandex suit, you sure don't want to look like the Michelin Man!

Take action. Bold Action. Jump and the net will appear. If you get into the action habit, every day in every way you'll be getting better and better, closer and closer to your dreams and goals.

 

 

 


 

 

 

  Vancoucer (Whistler) luge track.

November 2008    (15 months before the Olympics)

Since February, I have gotten my old sled rebuilt, I've purchased all new gear, I've arranged for training all over the world, and done a lot of behind the scenes work to get back in the game.

At first, the old guard in the International Luge Federation refused to give me any support because they felt that after a 6 year break, and because of my age, I was no longer safe on the ice.

Isn't that always the case? There are always people out there that don't believe in your dream as much as you do.

I could have quit before I got started but I decided to pay for everything out of my own pocket, and PROVE to them that I am better than ever.

This is a picture of the new Olympic track in Whistler, two hours north of Vancouver. The fastest track in the world.

Everyone in the international circuit spent 10 days learning the track. Even the Olympic gold medalist crashed. That's how tough it is.

I was not the fastest by a long shot, but I never crashed.

The people in the International Luge Federation started to take notice. And they rewarded my results with 50 vouchers I can use so that I don't have to pay for my next 50 training runs. (which at $40 each, can add up really quickly).

By the way, the American Team never doubted me. From day one they were very encouraging, they rebuilt my old sled, and are helping me with coaching.

So who do you think I want to hang around? No brainer...

 
 Believe in yourself and take massive action regardless of what anybody else says.  Build a dream team made up of people who support your dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Salt Lake City Olympic Village Cafe

February 2008    (24 months before the Olympics)

20 years after competing in the 1988 Calgary Olympics I got the itch to luge again, so I went to Salt Lake City and took a few runs.

I slid so well that I decided to get back into the international circuit and make a run for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

This picture is shot in the cafeteria of the old Olympic Village in Salt Lake City. I'm all excited to be there because of the memories and because I'm realizing that this is the beginning of a new dream.

In this picture I'm about 20 lbs heavier than when I competed in the Olympics so I have a lot of work to do.

But when the dream is big enough, the facts don't count. Time to start eating more veggies and less dessert.

Find a dream that takes your breath away and be willing to pay the price to make your dream a reality. 

 

 

You Can Help Ruben!

You can help Ruben get to the Olympics by sharing his website with anyone who hires professional speakers.

Meeting planners, sales managers, medium to high level corporate managers, heads of organizations or associations, etc.

Send them to Ruben's website where they can watch a video of Ruben's incredible Olympic story here:

www.TheOlympicSpeaker.com

Thanks for your help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruben is the kind of experienced motivational speaker your group or organization deserves. Call today and make your next event truly unforgettable.

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Olympic Motivational Speaker

Ruben Gonzalez

Salt Lake City Olympics - 84 MPH

 

Proverbs 16:3

 

"Pray like it's up to God and work like it's up to you."

 

 

 

 

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