“Ruben teaches us that once
transform our fear into energy,
we begin to transform our dreams into reality.”

Gerhard Gschwandtner – Founder of Selling Power Magazine

Ruben will Tailor His Presentation
Based on Your Needs

In only 10-15 minutes on the phone with you, Ruben will be able to learn the theme of your event, your goal for your people, and the challenges that are keeping your people from achieving your goals. The following titles and topics can be mixed and matched to create the perfect program for your audience.


Ruben has many hours of material made up of personal Olympic stories and stories of his adventures around the world (climbing mountains, running with the bulls in Pamplona, etc.). These stories powerfully illustrate the topics of teamwork, leadership, sales, overcoming challenges, embracing change, customer service, positive attitude and how to achieve more.

Ruben will always make sure to include stories in his presentation that fit your objectives.

Selling in a Slow Economy

This is an example of how Ruben uses his stories to seamlessly illustrate the points his audiences need to hear. Imagine an entertaining and inspiring presentation filled with exactly what your people need to hear. That’s what Ruben can do for you.

It’s all About Helping You Reach Your Objectives

About Moving Your People to Commitment and Action for Your Goals

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“You were our best speaker ever!
Your wonderful story resonates
with people of all ages.”

Maryellen Reinhart – Special Olympics

Becoming Unstoppable – Success Secrets from a Four-Time Olympian

Ruben’s story of his quest for the Olympics gives people hope and strength. His inspiring story moves people to commitment and action.

Your audience will learn how to build confidence and destroy fear, how to unleash their passion and drive, how to unlock their full potential, how to turn defeat into victory, and how to achieve their personal or professional ambitions.

Human Nature (fear of failure and fear of the unknown) is what holds most people back.

Ruben will teach your people how to overcome human nature by using proven methods and techniques that will help your people develop a winning mindset. 

This program is perfect for a group facing change, challenges or set-backs to overcome. Your audience will learn how to become resilient and how to become unstoppable on the way to the top.  

Your people will learn:

  • How to condition their minds for success.

  • How to become unstoppable in the face of challenges.

  • How to take their commitment to a higher level.

  • How to become confident and laser focused.

  • How to become better leaders.

“Overcoming Human Nature”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben’s story relates to everyday situations. It reminds you to turn your thoughts to a more positive direction. Our experience was very valuable. Thanks for sharing your gift and talent.”

Donnisha Spicer – Marriott

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Ruben is proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things if they follow a few simple steps. Ruben is funny, direct and on target. He’s on a mission to inspire and equip people to think differently, to take immediate action, and to produce better results. To achieve more than ever before.

Through his riveting stories and keen insights Ruben brings the Olympics to life. He will give your audience an Olympic experience they will never forget. A transforming, powerfully emotional experience. Truly an event. Ruben’s story of his quest for the Olympics gives people hope and strength. His story moves people to commitment and action. After experiencing Ruben’s program, your people will know exactly what it takes to succeed in life.

They will be inspired and equipped to take whatever they do to the next level.    

Your People will Learn:

  • How to build confidence and destroy fear.

  • How to unleash their passion and drive.

  • How to unlock their full potential.

  • How to turn defeat into victory.

  • How to become more resilient.

  • How to reach their personal and professional goals.

“Mental Toughness in Business and in Sports”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)




Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben’s energy and zeal really lit the torch in my heart! Ruben is motivational, encouraging and funny!”

Jane Hudson – Health One

Get Started and Don’t Quit

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” 

Improvement requires change. And it requires pushing harder than you’ve ever pushed before.

By boldly taking action and leaving behind what feels safe, massive change can occur – life-changing change. When Ruben decided to pursue his Olympic dream he did exactly that. He abandoned the safe easy path and he embraced the bold, difficult path.

After listening to Ruben’s presentation your people will be ready to embrace change and focus on the end result. They’ll find the courage, determination, fortitude and resolve to do what it really takes to win. 

Your people will learn:

  • How to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.
  • How to get themselves to take massive action.
  • How to become relentless in the pursuit of their goals.
  • How to become resilient in the face of life’s challenges.
  • How to start fast, play all out and finish strong.

“The Courage to Succeed”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“I strongly encourage anyone who needs a great speaker to consider Ruben Gonzalez.”

– Robert Tretter – Former President – National Association of Health Underwriters

How to be an Olympian in Business and in Life

Using concepts from his best-selling books, “The Courage to Succeed” and “Becoming Unstoppable,” Ruben shares the success principles that took him from a second string soccer player to a four-time Olympian in the sport of luge. Principles that will help your audience excel both personally and professionally.

Organizations and individuals that are going through major change and going through challenges will especially benefit from Ruben’s message.

Your people will learn:

  • How to develop a winning mindset.
  • How to motivate themselves to succeed.
  • How what they say to themselves determines what they will accomplish.
  • How associating with the right people will help them win more.
  • How to create a plan and then work their plan to reach their goals.
  • How to take advantage of change to surpass their competition.
  • How to be more engaged and how to engage their teams.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben is an outstanding, accomplished and inspiring speaker. His story is one of the most compelling I’ve ever heard.”

– Guy Baker – President – Million Dollar Round Table

Motivation Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Ruben has an incredible story. He was always the last kid picked to play sports in PE. When he was 21 years old he decided he wanted to compete in the next Winter Olympics. He lived in Houston at the time. Didn’t even know what snow looked like. He went to Lake Placid, took up the sport of luge and four years and a few broken bones later he was competing in the Calgary Olympics. He went on to become the first person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.

As he jokingly says, “It doesn’t mean he’s good, it just means he’s old!” He competed in the Vancouver at the age of 47. Everybody thought he was a coach! But seriously, his story takes people’s excuses away because he’s an ordinary guy who did some extraordinary things.

Your people will learn:

  • How to become a high performer.
  • How to tap into their greatest source of personal power.
  • How to crate a vision that will dictate their efforts and results.
  • How to become more productive by focusing on solutions and speed.
  • How taking responsibility for their results helps them win more.
  • How to simplify their lives by focusing on what’s important now.
  • How to commit to their goals.
  • How to achieve long-term success and balance.
  • How to turn success into significance.

“Probabilities and Possibilities”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben’s presentation motivated our sales force to the point where the entire region is excited about conquering all sales goals”

– Ces Guerra – Sales Manager – AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals


Sales Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Ruben sold copiers in downtown Houston for several years. He regularly speaks for sales kickoffs all around the world. In addition to selling copiers, Ruben sold paper shredders. He tells a story about how he knocked on every door of every floor of every building in downtown Houston many times. The only building he could never get into was the Enron building because it had such tight security. He always wondered what was going on in there. Now that he knows, he thinks that he could have sold them a million dollars worth of paper shredders!

IMPORTANT – Ruben doesn’t talk about sales techniques and closes. He talks about attitude, stick-to-ive-ness, and mental toughness. The things that it really takes to succeed in sales and in life. That way your people can continue using your sales systems more effectively.

Your people will learn:

  • How to sell uniquely from their competition.
  • How to become high performers.
  • How to gain a competitive advantage.
  • How to separate themselves from their competition.
  • How to commit to their goals.
  • How to keep moving forward while constantly improving.
  • How to consistently be at their best.
  • How to connect and listen to people to sell more.
  • How to get and stay motivated.

“Take Advantage of Opportunities”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“This was a fantastic lesson on leadership. Ruben is a real example for us to follow as Business leaders.”

– Caroline Basyn – CIO – Bacardi


Leadership Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

When Ruben got started in the luge he thought he could do it all himself. Along the way Ruben realized that he would need help. He needed coaches, sled mechanics, doctors, chiropractors, financial assistance, etc. He needed to learn some leadership skills and create a team of people. Ruben was able to create a Dream Team and by working through his team he was able to realize his Olympic dream. Ruben believes leaders are trustworthy and passionate about their mission. Those two attributes make people want to follow a leader.

Your people will learn:

  • How to engage their teams.
  • How to communicate effectively as a leader.
  • How to get their people to take personal responsibility for their results.
  • How top leaders make quick and effective decisions.
  • How to become better leaders by teaching, coaching and mentoring their people.
  • How to connect with their people in a meaningful way.
  • How to achieve maximum positive impact with their teams.
  • How to turn success into significance.

“How to Become a Better Leader”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)



Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben’s message is still resonating with me long after I heard him speak. In this world of information overload that doesn’t happen very often.”

– Dianna Gould – Field Services Director, Pacific West Region, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)


“You were the buzz at the conference. I had so many people come up to me after and tell me how much they enjoyed your presentation. You inspired and touched so many people this week. Thank you!” 

– Robyn Carpenter –  National Business Aviation Assn.





Dealing with Change – Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian


Anybody that can switch from soccer to luge at the age of 21 and make it to the Olympics knows a thing or two about embracing change.

The luge is a lot like race car driving. In car racing, you use different tires for different road conditions. In the luge you prepare your steels differently for different tracks and for different weather. You have to be ready for any changes in conditions. Whenever conditions change, whoever adapts first wins. Change is actually a good thing because it is like a blank slate – it gives you an opportunity to leave the competition behind.

If you don’t embrace change you’ll get left in the dust. Like a 6th-grade-educated truck driver who became a millionaire used to tell me, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

In the 1970s, in the days of mechanical watches, Switzerland owned 50% of the world’s watch business. They refused to embrace the quartz movement technology and Japan took their business away. When fuel injection replaced carburators in the 80s, the mechanics that didn’t embrace that change went out of business. When the analog copiers I sold in the were replaced by digital technology, the salespeople who didn’t embrace change lost their jobs. Vinyl records got replaced by CDs, and today they are not putting CD players in laptops because that technology is being replaced.  In the telecommunications industry, they went from selling boxes to selling cloud services, the list goes on and on.

So deal with it. Everything that is comfortable for you right now is eventually going to change. But that’s a good thing.

Change is good. It gives you a chance to get ahead of your competition – as long as you embrace it. 

Your people will learn:

  • How to navigate challenges, problems and setbacks with agility.
  • How to use creativity to stay ahead of the game.
  • How to innovate in any situation.
  • How to take advantage of change to surpass your competition.
  • How to thrive in the midst of uncertainty and change.

“Embrace Change to Win “

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)



Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Your talk was superb. You helped our conference shine!”

– Daniel Ranta – Director, Knowledge Sharing – ConocoPhillips


Teamwork Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Ruben trained for years as part of an international team made up up lugers from many different countries. Even though they competed against each other at World Cup races, European Championships, World Championships and the Olympics, they understood that their best chance was to work together and help each other out during the training week. This is because they were competing against powerhouse teams from Germany, Italy, Russia and Austria that would eat their lunch if they did not stick together.

This 2 minute video illustrates how athletes work together right before the Olympics.

Imagine your people being this tight.

Your people will learn:

  • How to create a high performance team.
  • How to develop mutual respect amongst teammates.
  • How by focusing on that’s best for their team they can be their best.
  • How to stop making excuses and start taking responsibility and accountability.
  • How to get themselves to focus on exceeding expectations.

Ruben promises not to say that there is no “I” in TEAM, or tell any other worn out stories like the one about throwing the starfish back into the water. 

“Teamwork and Partnering”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)



Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben did a phenomenal job at our sales kick off.”

– Mariana Castro – General Manager – Microsoft


Overcoming Challenges – Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Ruben did not take up the sport of luge until he was 21 years old. He was a marginal athlete, lived in hot and humid Houston, Texas, and financed his Olympic training himself. People laughed at him and said he was crazy. He broke many bones on the way to the Olympics and eventually became the only person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.

He’s an ordinary man who accomplished the extraordinary and THAT’S what makes him special. Because people in his audiences relate to Ruben and after hearing him are inspired to go the extra mile and fight for their goals and dreams.

Your people will learn:

  • How to become resilient in the face of challenges.
  • How to become mentally tough.
  • How to create a vision that keeps them from becoming discouraged.
  • How to create the mindset of a champion.
  • How to outlast their competition.
  • How to win regardless of the circumstances.

“Bouncing Back Quickly to Win”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben ignited our meeting. His message was right on target. It generated immediate action and helped us excel as a company.”

– George Chavel – CEO – Sodexo


Customer Service – Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Ruben’s first job in high school was working at Chick-fil-A, where he worked for four years. During that time he was part of a crew that was selected to help train and open other stores. Incredibly, the members of his crew had no turnover in four years and they still keep in touch 40 years later.

Ruben actually got to spend valuable time with Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. Working at Chick-fil-A was an incredible opportunity to learn about customer service, leadership and teamwork.

Ruben went on to work at other restaurants for six years before getting into copier sales.

In his customer service presentations Ruben also shares things the different Olympic Villages have done to create an “Olympic Experience” for the athletes.

Your people will learn:

  • How to connect with customers in a meaningful way.
  • How to deliver exceptional service by taking personal responsibility.
  • How to become creative and proactive in anticipating customer’s needs.
  • How to create an exceptional experience for customers.
  • How to achieve maximum positive impact with customers.
  • How to develop loyal relationships with customers.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“Ruben captivated our team from the first minute with his success story. His ability to weave safety in to his story was fantastic. It was a safety day that won’t soon be forgotten.”

– Jeff DiStefano – CEO – Harrison Burrowes Bridge Constructors



Safety and Managing Risk – Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Many people think that lugers are adrenaline junkies. On the contrary, lugers as a whole are very analytical and process following. They understand that in order to consistently have the best times, they need to manage risk and stay safe because when you are hurt you can’t train.

The adrenaline junkies quit after a few weeks and go on to something else.

Although Ruben enjoys challenging himself with high risk activities, he always manages risk by learning from the experts and doing lots of due diligence before taking action. In sports, at work and in life, you don’t know what you don’t know and what you don’t know can hurt you.

In this presentation Ruben shares the importance of learning what to do and what not to do to stay safe and to produce more.

He does this through entertaining stories about climbing Kilimanjaro, skydiving in South Africa, luging, running with the bulls in Pamplona, and other great high risk experiences where Ruben was able to stay injury free by managing the risk around him.

Your people will learn:

  • How to reduce disability.
  • How to achieve superior safety in the workplace.
  • How focusing on the task at hand increases safety.
  • How to take responsibility for your results.
  • How to using due diligence prevents accidents.
  • How to be present and how to create contingency plans.




“How to Manage Risk and Succeed”

Read Ruben’s article here. (PDF)




An example of how the International Luge Federation Team worked together even the day before the Vancouver Olympic race. Just like the Three Musketeers, “All for one and one for all.”

“Ruben’s story and energy are priceless. We were looking for someone to lighten our sales meeting with energy, great story, that could be wound into the philosophy of success and successful Sales Cultures. Ruben delivered a Gold Medal for Our team. Everyone was riveted to his story and how he was bringing it all together in life, work and play! Totally awesome, highly recommend!”

– Richard Dailey – Shamir Lens




Diversity – Secrets of a Four-Time Olympian

Socially diverse groups are more innovative than homogeneous groups. They bring in new information, and by acting with individuals with different backgrounds, they are forced to prepare better, to anticipate alternate viewpoints and to understand that reaching consensus will take effort.

Ruben played NCAA Division I soccer for Houston Baptist University. His team was made up of players from the Caribbean, South America, Africa and the US. Because of their diversity, they were able to routinely beat teams that were all South American, all American or all African. Their diversity was their secret weapon.

When Ruben was training for the Olympics he was part of a multi national team with racers from Argentina, Norway, Virgin Islands, Taiwan, Hungary, Moldova, India, Tonga, Bermuda, Liechtenstein, Romania, and New Zealand. They travelled together, ate together, trained together and on race day competed against each other. But by working together during the week, they were able to compete at a higher level on race day.

Wouldn’t you like your teams to buy into the power of diversity so they will accomplish and produce more? That’s what will happen after they listen to Ruben’s unforgettable stories.



Ruben getting ready to compete at the Vancouver Olympics with his teammates from China, Moldova, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei and Slovenia.



Ruben will Help You Reach Your Objectives

 He’ll Teach Your People World-class Best Practices That will Improve Their Performance


Depending on your objectives, Ruben can tailor his presentation in several directions. Ruben’s presentation is about what he had to do to get to the Olympics and how following those principles will help you realize your goals faster. Bottom line, he helps improve individual and organizational performance.   In order to get to the Olympics he had to:  


  • Muster the belief in himself that he could eventually compete in the Olympics,
  • Reverse engineer the whole process,
  • Sell himself to the people whose help he would need,
  • Create a team of people to help him get there,
  • Raise capital to fund the Olympic project,
  • Become resilient in the face of huge obstacles, and finally,
  • Perform under huge pressure.

Ruben made it in spite of:

  • Not taking up the sport of luge until he was 21 years old,
  • Living thousands of miles from the Olympic luge training centers and,
  • Not being a great athlete to begin with.

He went on to become the only person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.  

“If you will listen to Ruben speak your life will change.”

– Lou Holtz


Ruben’s Beliefs >

Ruben will show your people how to:

  • Increase their self-belief,
  • Become more resilient so they can overcome obstacles,
  • Become self-reliant so can solve their own problems,
  • Improve sales closing rates,
  • Work as a team,
  • Become better leaders,
  • Improve customer retention rates, and
  • To take responsibility to they can become more productive.

Ruben’s story takes people’s excuses away and fills them with the belief they need to fight for their goals and dreams. Ruben will give your people a swift kick in the rear. His story will be a wake up call that will leave your people wanting to burn the house down – ready to take massive action for you.

Book Ruben Today and Make Your Meeting
an Olympic Experience You will Never Forget.

To check availability call 832-689-8282 or email