Olympic Gymnastics Champion
Kyle Shewfelt achieved his ultimate goal on Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Athens, Greece when he captured Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics with his Gold medal performance in the floor exercise. In 2006 Kyle won multiple Commonwealth Games medals, a bronze medal and best ever sixth-place team finish at the World Championships and a silver medal at the prestigious World Cup Finals.
During a training session at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Kyle suffered a devastating injury, breaking both of his legs just below the knees. Determined to contribute to his team's performance to qualify Canada for the Beijing Olympics, Kyle opted to stay in Germany to support his teammates from the sidelines for the entirety of the competition, where they qualified. Back in Calgary, Kyle embarked on the biggest comeback of his athletic career - overcoming two broken legs in just eleven months to qualify for Canada at the 2008 Games. By overcoming seemingly insurmountable circumstances, Kyle's comeback story has inspired as many people as he did when he won the gold medal four years earlier.
Kyle Shewfelt was recently inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and is currently working to launch the first annual Kyle Shewfelt Festival of Gymnastics in Calgary. He has been a re-occurring guest on the Rick Mercer report and continues to work as a commentator for CBC throughout the year for various International Gymnastics events. He is part of CTV's London 2012 Olympic coverage.
An engaging and seasoned speaker, Kyle creatively weaves his personal and motivational stories into topics ranging from overcoming challenges, taking risks to grace under pressure.
Going for Gold
Shewfelt's story is one of determination and perseverance. After years of competition and training, on Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Athens, he captured Olympic Gold in the floor exercise becoming the first Canadian ever to win an artistic gymnastics event at the Olympics. This Canadian hero exemplifies grace under pressure and commitment to the true ideals of sport.
Grace Under Pressure
"Kyle Shewfelt spoke about Grace Under Pressure at our 2010 Western Regional Conference for the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. Kyle's speech was amazing and he had the 300 people attending the lunch completely engaged in what he was saying. He really made his story exciting and inspirational and he had some fantastic footage that was a great complement to his speech. Afterwards, a long line of folk from the lunch wanted to meet him and get photos with Kyle and he handled the crowd with a wonderful combination of grace and charm. Kyle's speech was the talk of the conference." CPBI Western Regional Conference Programming Committee, 2010
"Kyle was great! He had a really compelling story to tell and the audience was engaged the whole time. Afterwards he was very approachable with all our staff at the event. He was a great addition to our corporate conference." GE