Endurance Athlete & Fastest Climber of the Seven Summits
Colin O’Brady Speech Sample:
Colin O’Brady Speech Topics:
- Going Beyond
- Fluidity and Change
- Goal Setting
- Risk Management
Colin O’Brady Biography:
On May 27th, 2016 Colin broke two mountaineering world records; he claimed the speed records for both the Seven Summits (132 days) and the Explorers Grand Slam (139 days), climbing the tallest mountain on each continent and skiing the last degree of latitude to the North and South Poles. These world records are part of a larger venture coined BEYOND 7/2.
Raised in Portland, Oregon Colin spent his childhood exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. Colin was a nationally ranked swimmer and youth soccer star. He was recruited to swim at the collegiate varsity level for Yale University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Economics in 2006.
Before beginning what he thought would be a lifelong career in finance, Colin left to explore the world on a backpacking trip. While in Thailand, Colin suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned in a fire. His injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet.
Doctors warned him he might never walk again normally, but Colin was determined to beat the odds. He focused not only on walking again, but set himself a goal: to complete his first triathlon following his recovery. This focus drove his recovery and rehab. A mere 18 months after his accident while working as a commodities trader in Chicago, Colin amazed the racing world when he not only completed his first triathlon but placed first overall amateur at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.
Over the past six years, Colin has raced as a professional triathlete in 25 countries on six continents representing the United States in international triathlon competitions. However, his ambitions do not stop there. Colin aims to use his athletic success to raise awareness and $1 million in charitable funds to inspire active, healthy kids in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
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