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The Olympics were a Million-to-One Shot.

The “Rocky” of the Olympics 

“Speedy” is a gritty true life story about the pursuit of an impossible dream while seeking authenticity and redemption.

A 21-year-old, second-string soccer player from Houston battles fear, naysayers and serious injury when he takes up the sport of luge with dreams of becoming an Olympian. He makes Olympic history after facing death in the world’s fastest luge track.

Ruben’s story of overcoming incredible challenges on the road to competing in four Olympic Games over the span of four decades goes right into the core of audiences psyche, filling them with the inspiration and self belief they need to face life’s challenges.

“This is an unbelievable Olympic story! Motivating and inspiring.”

Devon Harris – Original Jamaican Bobsled Team – “Cool Runnings”

“Ruben will inspire you to pursue your dream, equip you to get through the struggle, and encourage you on to victory!”

Rudy Ruettiger – Inspiration for the movie “Rudy”

 “Adventure, determination, danger, perseverance – this is an unbelievable Olympic story! 
Ruben is truly invincible!” 


  Vince Papale – Inspiration for the movie “Invincible”

Opening Scene

Ruben has a terrible crash while training in the St. Moritz, Switzerland track. At the hospital, a French luger tells Ruben to quit because he’s not good enough to compete at the international level.

St. Moritz luge run video.

 

 

Speaking to Eat

Right before the Salt Lake City Olympics, a fifth grader from Ruben’s neighborhood asks Ruben to be his show-and-tell project in school. Ruben shares his story at the school and the principal tells him he has a gift and needs to speak for a living.

Three days later, Ruben quits his job selling copiers and starts speaking full time. Ruben’s great on stage but he doesn’t know how to build a business. After struggling for five months, he’s on food stamps and almost loses his family’s home. It’s almost as bad as “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Ruben realizes he needs a coach. He finds a mentor who shows him how to build a business and after several lean years full of struggle, he’s able to build a successful business. 

After a 7 year break from the luge, Ruben begins training for the Vancouver Olympics with the goal of becoming the first person to compete in four Winter Olympics in four different decades.

After St. Moritz Crash
Broken foot. Broken arm. 
End of season.

Life and Death at the Olympics

Nodar flying into metal column.

Memorial at Nodar’s crash site.

Gripping End of “Speedy”

The Whistler Luge Track is by far the fastest in the world.

On the last day of official training, just a few hours before the Vancouver Opening Ceremonies and the day before the men’s Olympic race, Nodar Kumaritashvili, of the Georgia Luge Team flies off the track and hits a metal column at 95 MPH.

Everyone is in shock. Ruben, races to honor Nodar by doing what he died trying to do.

When Ruben finishes his race he makes Olympic history by becoming the first person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade.

 “Ruben’s story will inspire you to fight for your dream.” 


  Lou Holtz – Notre Dame Football Coach

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben racing the day after Nodar’s crash.

Ruben’s wife and children surprise him after his last run.

Ruben’s Quest to Make Olympic History

Competing in 5 Winter Olympics in 5 Different Decades
Oldest Winter Olympian Ever at 63 Years of Age
1988, 1992, 2002, 2010, 2026

A Hundred-Year-Old Record

The oldest person to ever compete in the Winter Olympics was Carl August Kronlund, a Swedish curler who was 58 at the 1924 Chamonix Olympics.

Ruben is training for the 2026 Milan / Cortina Winter Olympics. He’s sliding better than ever and his coach says he can do it.

 

Why Is Ruben Doing This?

Ruben hopes that people of all ages will be inspired to pursue their goals and dreams. Together, we can show the world that no matter how old you are, you can still make your life an adventure.

The Chick-fil-A Connection

Ruben’s first job in high school was working at Chick-fil-A #85 in Houston. 

Up to that point in his life, Ruben didn’t believe much in himself.

But working at Chick-fil-A for almost four years gave Ruben the confidence that allowed him to pursue is Olympic dream. 

In 2022, Chick-fil-A booked Ruben to tell his story at their National Convention. Ruben’s task was to get the Chick-fil-A franchisees to remember why they got into the business and how they make a big difference every day.

Enjoy this 20 minute video.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

1983

Ruben is the bench warmer
in his college soccer team.
On a good day he gets to play
5 minutes in a game.

 

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

1984

Ruben decides he wants to compete
in the Olympics. He flies to Lake Placid
and takes up the sport of luge.
At the age of 21.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

1988

Competes in the Calgary Olympics.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

1992

Competes in the Albertville Olympics.
Here sitting with Prince Albert
who bobsledded for Monaco.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2002

Selected to carry the Olympic Torch
at Salt Lake City Olympics.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2002

Competes in Salt Lake City Olympics.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2002

Begins speaking professionally full time.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2003

Writes “The Courage to Succeed.” 

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2004

Writes “Becoming Unstoppable.”

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2006

Featured in the personal
development movie “Pass It On.”

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2008

Runs with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2010

Competes in the Vancouver Olympics
at the age of 47 becoming the first person
to ever compete in four Winter Olympics
EACH in a different decade.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2011

Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro,
the highest mountain in Africa.

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2012

 

Commissioned by the
Napoleon Hill Foundation
to record the Spanish version
of “Think and Grow Rich.”

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2014

Writes “Fight for Your Dream.”

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2014

Teams up with his daughter Gabriela
to write “Dream, Struggle, Victory.”

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

2015

Writes “The Inner Game of Success.”
Ruben’s books are translated to over
10 languages and are International Bestsellers.

2018

 

Writes “How to Get Where You Want to Be.”

“Speedy” is an Olympic Experience
Movie Audiences will Never Forget.

Ruben Gonzalez –  832-689-8282 – Ruben@TheLugeMan.com