For over 100 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating technologies that move us all forward, improving people's lives and making the world a better place. We believe that passion drives progress, leading to purposeful action and innovation. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with remarkable individuals such as Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, who have followed their passions to achieve greatness for themselves and who are also committed to giving back to their communities and making a positive impact on the lives of others.
We’re proud to introduce Team Panasonic, featuring world-class athletes Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Sakura Kokumai and Lex Gillette. These leaders in their respective fields are also dedicated advocates who share our commitment to giving back and contributing to society.
Michael Phelps was born on June 30, 1985. He’s a retired Olympic swimmer who began swimming at the age of 7, and first competed in the Olympics at age 15. Michael holds the record for the most Olympic medals won.
Katie Ledecky was born on March 17,1997 and is an American Olympic swimmer. She’s won five Olympic gold medals and 15 world championship gold medals, the most in history for a female swimmer. Katie has also broken 14 world records.
Elexis “Lex” Gillette was born on Oct. 19, 1984. He is a four-time blind Paralympic medalist in the long jump. Lex won his first gold medal in the long jump at the 2002 USABA National Championships at the age of 17.
Sakura Kokumai was born on Oct. 2, 1992. She started karate at the age of 7 and started competing internationally at 14. Sakura is currently ranked number 5 in the world for kata and will be on the U.S.A team at the 2020 Olympics.
Nathan Chen was born on May 5, 1999. He is a dominant star in figure skating - a three-time World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist and five-time U.S. Champion.
Maame Biney was born on January 28, 2000. She began skating at 6 years old and made history in 2017 when she became the first African American woman to qualify for an American Olympic speedskating team.
Noah Elliott was born on July 12, 1997. He began snowboarding in 2017 after losing his leg to cancer in 2015. He competed in the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, winning a gold medal in the banked slalom and bronze in snowboard cross.
Michael is a great example of what can be achieved when you combine passion and perseverance with a clear and compelling vision. His love for swimming not only fueled his drive to win a record 23 Olympic Gold Medals (28 total), but also led him to create the Michael Phelps Foundation and its signature IM program. Thanks to this initiative, thousands of kids have already learned about water safety, have developed healthier habits in terms of their physical and mental wellbeing, and have been armed with the guidance needed to help them pursue their dreams. We're looking forward to helping Michael teach more kids how to excel both in and out of the pool.
For Katie Ledecky, education has always been her first priority. Her dedication to education drives her to make STEM opportunities available to the next generation of students. We're excited to be a part of her journey in helping to empower and introduce new career paths to students.
Lex Gillette is a world record athlete who has pushed past challenges and overcome obstacles to achieve the impossible. Lex believes that the support of strong relationships and connections helps not only him, but others reach success and create breakthroughs.
Sakura Kokumai shows up on the mat every day with the devotion and focus to not only be a better athlete, but to be an overall better person. It’s her drive that led her to become an elite, world-class athlete and it continues to push her to make each training session better than the last.
Figure skating is Nathan Chen's biggest passion, and his status as an Olympic Bronze Medalist and three-time World Champion attest to this. Yet his identity is about so much more than being an athlete. A student at Yale University, Nathan cares deeply about equity in education.
Maame Biney is a junior world champion speed skater who made history when she became the first Black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speed skating team. Her hard work, inspirational story and bright personality have launched Maame into the spotlight, and she is passionate about bringing attention to issues of racial inequality.
Noah Elliott is a Paralympic gold medalist who began snowboarding after losing his left leg to osteosarcoma bone cancer. As a survivor of childhood cancer, Noah has learned to be more present and to approach each day with a sense of gratitude, which serves as a strong motivator for him both on and off the snow.
At Panasonic, we value passionate, innovative, and collaborative individuals who have a vision for how we can make the world a better place. If you’re looking to use what moves you to create real impact, we invite you to check out our career opportunities on our Panasonic team.
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