“Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Atos Origin Supports Teddy Riner, Gold Medalist at the 2007 European and World Championships”
Paris, July 2 2008
Atos Origin, an international Information Technology services provider and the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, today announced its support for Teddy Riner, France's young judo star, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The partnership reflects the values that Atos Origin shares with athletes, notably respect for commitments, friendliness and team spirit. Through this new partnership, Atos Origin involves Teddy in its initiatives that enable its clients and employees to live the Olympic experience to the fullest.
In 2007, Teddy Riner achieved an incredible feat, winning back-to-back gold medals at the European and World Judo Championships and becoming the youngest men's world champion ever in the heavyweight category (+100 kg). Currently in competition for the Olympic title in the same category, Teddy is focusing his efforts on another win.
“With the whole world watching, Atos Origin must deliver a flawless performance during the 17 days of competition,” said Teddy Riner. “I also have a very clear objective, which is to come back from Beijing with a medal. Like Atos Origin's Olympic team, which has been fully operational in the Chinese capital since 2004, I'm training intensely to achieve that goal. I'm pleased to have received Atos Origin's support and to be part of the program that involves its employees and clients in the Olympic Games, a truly outstanding event.”
The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports-related IT contract. As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin designs, builds and operates the vast IT system for the Olympic Games and manages a consortium of technology partners. Atos Origin provides a complex mix of technologies, people, process and know-how. This challenge mobilises our experts 4 years before the opening ceremony. It is then essential to anticipate and test everything in advance : on 8 August 2008, everything must be operational in real time.
“There is a striking similarity between the preparation and deployment of our exceptional project and Teddy Riner, whose hours and hours of training over the years are all focused on a single day,” said Didier Zeitoun, Chief Executive Officer of Atos Origin in France. “Teddy is the youngest world champion ever in the heavyweight category. He embodies the values of talent, success and continuous improvement that we defend every day in our projects—proof that Atos Origin's commitment to the Olympic Games involves more than just technology.”
About Teddy Riner
In 2007, at age 18, Teddy Riner achieved an incredible feat, winning back-to-back gold medals at the European and World Judo Championships and becoming the youngest men's world champion ever in the heavyweight category (+100 kg). The French judoka won his first titles when he was 14, becoming French Champion successively in both the juvenile and junior age groups. In 2006, as a junior, he showed his determination by winning gold medals in both the European and World Championships. In 2007, he was again victorious in both the European Championships in Belgrade and the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, eliminating two former world champions in the process. This year, Teddy Riner has had another outstanding season, finishing in first place in the Tournament of Paris and the French Championships. Currently in competition for the Olympic title at the Beijing Games in the heavyweight category, Teddy is focusing his efforts on yet another victory.
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 EUR 5,8 billion and it employs over 50,000 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, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
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