“Atos Origin Announces Sponsorship of Adam Pengilly – British Bob Skeleton Racer”
London, 28 June 2005
Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced sponsorship of the British bob skeleton athlete, Adam Pengilly, who is looking confidently towards competing in his first Winter Olympic Games in Turin in February 2006. The company is also continuing - through to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - its sponsorship of Georgina Harland, winner of the bronze model for the Modern Pentathlon at the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games.
Adam Pengilly, who is 27, was 11th at the world championships in 2004; setting a new track record on the penultimate run at Konigssee Germany, and came 5th at the 2005 European Championships in Altenberg, also in Germany. He is the only Briton to have won medals in the Europa Cup and America's Cup, having turned to skeleton after attending the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games as British women's bobsleigh coach.
Skeleton is one of the three ice track events and is the fastest growing of all these sports. After pushing the sled for about 30 metres in a sprint-start position, the athlete dives aboard and adopts a face down, head first, minimal drag riding position. Once aboard, he the steers the sled, mainly with shoulders and knees, down the man-made 1.5km ice track for about a minute, reaching speeds of up to 85mph. The aim simply is the fastest possible descent of the track, racing against the clock to within 1/100th of a second.
“I took up bob skeleton because it is fast, challenging, exciting and great fun,” said Adam Pengilly. “I am delighted to have the support of Atos Origin. The company's sponsorship enables me to focus 100% on my training and preparations for my first Olympic Games in Turin in 2006.”
Commenting on the Sponsorship, David Tait, Executive Vice President for the UK, Atos Origin said: “It is a great honour to support British sport at this level and we wish Adam and Georgina the best of luck in their Olympic efforts. We'll all be watching their progress very closely.”
As the Worldwide IT Partner and TOP Sponsor of the Olympic Games through to 2012, Atos Origin has primary responsibility for the design, build and operation of the Olympic Games IT infrastructure that securely relays results, events and athlete information to spectators and media around the world.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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