LA28 is collaborating with retired Olympians and Paralympians to amplify the athlete voice and enhance career opportunities in the sports business industry
The LA28 Games are strategically integrating athletes into daily business operations through the LA28 Olympian and Paralympian Fellowship – marking the first time an Organizing Committee has provided meaningful career development opportunities and positive change in retired athletes’ lives. Serving as an innovative and replicable model that complements athletes’ expert insights and lived experiences, the Fellowship presents athletes the opportunity to exhibit the unmatched value that they have to offer the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
Since the program’s launch in 2021, the Fellowship has inducted 21 Olympians and Paralympians, representing 14 sports, 10 nations and winning 13 medals. Collectively, the LA28 Athlete Fellows have taken part in every edition of the Summer Games since 1996, as well as the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, showcasing a wealth of historical Games knowledge.
“Our Athlete Fellows possess an innate understanding of what it means to experience the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Janet Evans, LA28 Chief Athlete Officer and five-time Olympic medalist. “Their insights, unique skillsets and diverse perspectives serve as an invaluable guide for LA28 as we seek to reimagine the role of retired athletes in the Games ecosystem, and keep the athlete voice real, relevant and central in all we do.”