The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in Athens, Greece and saw an amazing 10,625 athletes competing within the fantastic historical setting.

With a team of 5,501 officials from 201 countries these games marked the first time since the 1996 Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee attended.

In comparison to previous games such as Sydney, Athens attracted a substantial global audience, offering spectators the opportunity to see brand new sporting events against the backdrop of its famous historical venues.

In the lead up to these games, there was concern over delays in construction, with many venues being completed at the final stages. However the end result proved a great success and participation results were once again broken.

With 301 medal events in 28 different sports there were some considerable record winners that year, one of which was Dame Kelly Holmes who took home 2 gold medals winning both the 800m and 1500m.

From an early age, Kelly Holmes showed a significant talent for running and was inspired by the 1992 Olympics when watching them on television.

Her dedication and determination enabled her to fulfill her lifelong dream and when she brought home 2 Gold Medals at the Olympics she became the second British athlete to win 2 gold medals at the same games in over 80 years.

As a motivational speaker Kelly Holmes is both powerful and inspiring, drawing on her experience within the British army and as national school sport champion. She is charming and witty and has the ability to present at a diverse range of events from team building sessions and sales conferences to strategic retreats and change management sessions.

With experience on TV and a book under her sleeve, Kelly has a great deal of motivation and determination and would be a perfect choice when looking for a motivational speaker.

One of Speaker’s Associates other clients also showed considerable athletic ability at the 2004 Olympics and is a very popular motivational speaker.

Sir Matthew Pinsent also took home a Gold Medal that year in the men’s coxless 4 rowing, where he led the British team to victory by only eight one hundredths of a second.

A very accomplished speaker, Matthew’s specialist topics include teamwork and motivation and winning and success.

Matthew has had great athletic ability from an early age and whilst studying for a degree in Geography at Oxford University he became president of the Rowing Club.

Awarded the MBE in 1993 and a CBE in 2000, Matthew is incredibly well respected and considered one of the world’s greatest oarsmen.

With appearances at some of the most prestigious corporate events already under his belt Matthew is a confident and outstanding motivational and after dinner speaker.

Aug 2, 2012 By Lucy Thorpe