BATTLE CREEK, Mich., July 28, 2016 – After a challenging season of trials and qualification, all Team Kellogg’s athletes have officially been named to Team USA. Through their dedication, hard work and perseverance, Team Kellogg’s has proven they have what it takes to representthe United States at the 2016 Olympic Games as first-time Olympians. By showcasing what gets them started each day, the athletes have shown fans firsthand what drives them towards their Team USAaspirations, and gets them through the daily grind of training and competition.
“It has been thrilling to watch Team Kellogg’s transition from Team USA hopefuls to official first-time Team USA members. By examining what gets them started, we’ve learned what inspires these athletes to push themselves to success in their sports and in life,” said Noel Geoffroy, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Innovation for Kellogg’s® U.S. Morning Foods. “We are extremely proud of Team Kellogg’saccomplishments over the past few months and wish them the best of luck on their Road To Rio.”
Kellogg’s is excited to announce the newest member of Team Kellogg’s and Team USA. First-time Olympian in men’s basketball, Jimmy Butler, has been a partner of the company for several years and a natural addition to Team Kellogg’s. Butler joins the existing Kellogg’s team which is made up of first-time U.S. Olympic athletes: Ajee’ Wilson (track and field – 800m), Julie Johnston (soccer), Simone Biles(gymnastics) and Tom Shields (swimming – 100 and 200m fly). While the official Team USA Paralympic announcement comes out in a few weeks, Natalie Bieule has been nominated for Rio, having placed first in U.S. Paralympic discus trials in early July.
“I’m really excited share my first Olympic Games experience with Team USA and my fellow Team Kellogg’s members,” said Simone Biles. “Kellogg’s has helped get me started since I was a kid, so I’m proud to be representing their team with this incredible group of athletes. We are all very excited to experience Rio in August.”