Jordan Windle: June 20, 2016

Rio Reality-Check: U.S. Olympians Team up with TD Ameritrade to Surprise Top Teen Athletes

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JORDAN WINDLE

Olympic Hopeful from Morrisville, NC

TD Ameritrade again teams up with U.S. Olympians to support and mentor the “next generation” of athletes. Leveraging its relationship with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), TD Ameritrade is the only official sponsor to match U.S. Olympians with up-and-coming athletes who have their sights set on competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In coordination with the USOC and the National Governing Bodies and, four 2020 U.S. Olympic hopefuls were identified as top athletes in their sports and surprised with a special message from TD Ameritrade, delivered by a U.S. Olympian. Each hopeful will receive mentoring, education and training opportunities, as well as a trip to Rio to cheer on Team USA and experience the Games firsthand.

 

To pull off the reveal, the 2020 Team USA hopefuls were told they would be participating in a “special” training session. While working out, the young athletes were greeted by U.S. Olympians David Boudia, Chaunte Lowe, David Oliver and Mariel Zagunis who helped pull off the surprises of a lifetime.

 

2020 U.S. Olympic Hopefuls and Mentor Match-up:

  • Tia Jones, age 15 and U.S. Olympian Chaunte Lowe, Track & Field
  • Damion Thomas, age 16 and U.S. Olympian David Oliver, Track & Field
  • Jordan Windle, age 17 and U.S. Olympian David Boudia, Diving
  • Sylvie Binder, age 16 and U.S. Olympian Mariel Zagunis, Fencing

“Having the right support system is critical whether you’re an Olympian vying to compete in Rio this summer, or among the next generation of athletes who look up to them,” said Denise Karkos, chief marketing officer, TD Ameritrade. “TD Ameritrade is proud to support these incredible U.S. Olympians who will serve as role models, showing younger athletes the importance of staying focused in order to meet long-term goals. We’re equally excited to work closely with this group of 2020 U.S. hopefuls’ respective National Governing Bodies and the USOC to offer them education and training opportunities, including spending time with their mentors and experiencing the Games firsthand in Rio.”

U.S. Olympic high jumper Chaunte Lowe has competed in three Olympic Games and will mentor 15-year-old track & field standout, Tia Jones. Jones, along with the other hopefuls, will travel to Rio and get the opportunity to attend the Opening Ceremony and experience the Olympic Games, firsthand, without the pressure of competing.

“I remember my first Olympic Games, I didn’t know what to expect and I was in shock when I got there,” said Lowe. “I think I could have really benefited from having somebody mentor me, and help me prepare mentally, so I was more confident and focused on doing my best out there on the track.”

TD Ameritrade #LikeYou Olympic Campaign: Athlete or Investor, Everyone Has a Dream

 

TD Ameritrade will feature the U.S. Olympic hopefuls in a campaign designed to raise awareness about the tools and support available to help investors pursue their goals. While the 2020 U.S. hopefuls have a singular focus of someday competing in the Olympics, TD Ameritrade supports all investors working toward their own “someday” goal, whether it’s sending children to college, buying a dream house or retiring on a beach.

The #LikeYou campaign will feature a number of everyday TD Ameritrade clients as well as a roster of sponsored U.S. Olympians who also are long-time clients. These athletes use TD Ameritrade’s platform tools – which are available to all clients – for trading, investing and managing their portfolios. While U.S. Olympians can perform amazing athletic feats, TD Ameritrade levels the playing field when it comes to planning and pursuing financial goals.

Active Traders:

  • Chaunte Lowe, three-time U.S. Olympic high jumper
  • Bob and Mike Bryan, three-time U.S. Olympic doubles tennis players

Long-term Investors:

  • Mariel Zagunis, U.S. Olympic gold medal fencer
  • David Boudia, U.S. Olympic gold medal diver
  • David Oliver, U.S. Olympic bronze medal hurdler

 

“We chose the campaign theme #LikeYou because, like millions of individuals and families, these athletes are on a journey to fulfill their dreams both in competition and in their financial lives,” added Karkos. “We will be cheering for them as they turn those dreams into achievements, just like we cheer for investors every day.”

 

Follow along with the hopefuls and the TD Ameritrade sponsored U.S. Olympic athletes on social media using the hashtag #likeyou.

 

For the latest news and information about TD Ameritrade, follow the Company on Twitter, @TDAmeritradePR or @TDAmeritrade.

 

More about Jordan Windle

Sport: Diving

Age: 17

Hometown: Morrisville, NC

Birthdate: November 13, 1998

Mentor: David Boudia

Social Media: Twitter: @DiverJordan; Instagram: @JWINDLE1998;

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• Won his first Junior National Championship at age 9

• Chosen to be on the Junior Elite Performance Team at age 11

• At 12 years old, became one of the youngest divers to ever qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team

• Won the Jr. National Championship Title on the 10m platform in 2013

• Gold medalist on the 10m platform at the 2013 Jr. Pan American Championships

• Member of the U.S. National Team in 2013 and 2015

• Won the 2014 USA Diving Junior National Championships

• Won 2014 USA Diving Senior National Championships – men’s platform title at age 15, one of the

• Was adopted from Cambodia at 18 months

• Became interested in diving the summer after second grade. His dad signed him up for a summer

camp. One of the coaches at the camp was the son of 4-Time U.S. Olympic Diving gold medalist

Greg Louganis’ coach. He noticed his natural talent for diving and so Jordan’s dad signed him up.

• It turns out the coach was right – Jordan was a natural. He was 9 when he won his first Junior

• At age 10, once he started winning competitions and met his favorite diver – Greg Louganis, it

became his dream to, one day, go to the Olympics

• When he’s not on the platform, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball

• Co-authored a children’s book with one of his dads, Jerry, called “An Orphan No More – The True

Story of a Boy” about a white rooster who adopts a brown boy – a story about embracing diversity

and acceptance and promoting love; the foreword was written by Jordan’s favorite U.S. Olympic

• A huge proponent of human rights and a big advocate and being a champion for those who can’t

• Wants to be a physical therapist when he grows up as a way to give back – appreciates the many

people who have and continue to help him through his diving career

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