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ST. GEORGE, Utah - Oct. 16, 2013 - PRLog -- Bill Schuffenhauer, born June 24, 1973, is an United States of America Bobsledder who has competed since 2000. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he won the silver medal in the four-man event at Salt Lake City in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Bill grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and as a child, his parents were drug addicts, and his mother was a prostitute who was often beaten in front of him. He had to steal, to eat from trash cans, and once was caught trying to break into a bicycle store to try to steal something to sell for food.

The few friends he had were mostly in street gangs, and Bill drank and smoked.  His parents were often evicted, and he lived in foster homes.  Schuffenhauer's maternal grandmother, Sadie Muniz, took him in as he was about to enter junior high in Roy, Utah "She reminded me to never give up and always push on," he said.

Because of his grandmother's influence, he began going to school and started to participate in track and field in his high school (Roy High), due to his great speed. He persevered to become an Olympian, and his coaches encouraged him greatly as well. He soon became a decathlete. He went to Weber State University and there he won the junior nationals in 1992. Additionally, he played American football in high school and was asked to play professionally in Florida.

Schuffenhauer's Olympics dream as a track and field athlete came to an end in 2000. While training for 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he suffered a bad ankle injury and he could barely walk. When his friend told him that the U.S. Olympic team was practicing bobsledding in Park City, Utah, he took the chance to go and observe. While there, the team members noticed his 6 foot, 200 pound frame and asked him he wanted to be a pusher. He accepted and trained with the team from then on.

He was not originally slated to be a regular member, but was promoted when one of the U.S. four-man team members tested positive for steroids. That crew, piloted by Todd Hays, won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Games.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, Bill's two-man team placed 14th, after which he retired. He had two children and he felt responsible for them. Bobsledders earn only a meager amount, but Bill made the tough decision to continue to aspire for qualification for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He fought through a neck injury 2 Spinal disc herniated with the help of a chiropractor and a team physician.

In January 2010, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Bill and his 3 USA teammates placed sixth and qualified for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and it was officially announced on January 17, 2010 that Bill's team would represent the United States at 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Bill still said, "The dream is happening right now. I'm here. That's all I wanted," he said. Then he added, "It would be nice to get a medal of any color." They finished 13th in the four-man event.

Schuffenhauer also won two medals in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships with a silver in FIBT World Championships 2003 and a bronze in FIBT World Championships 2004.

Bill has traveled the world as a motivational speaker and has worked with companies and organizations such as Budweiser, Special Olympics, United Way, Adecco, Glaxo Smith Klein and Proctor & Gamble. His dedication to charitable causes is endless and that is actually how he met his future wife, Jyl London. The pair met when Jyl was enlisting help for an upcoming charity event and recruited Bill to the cause. He is the father of two children (Skyy Belle) and adding Jyl London’s three children (Taylor Kayli, Jaren Jason and Connor) to the mix. The couple and their children make their home in West Haven, Utah.

Following his Olympic victory, his professional career evolved to include participation in many national and international special events comprised of fundraisers, charity events, and keynote speaking opportunities, entertainment and product promotions. Along with his long and successful devotion to sports, Bill has made a positive impact with local and national youth groups and with those of the business community as well.

Bill has traveled the world as a motivational speaker and has worked with companies and organizations such as Budweiser, Special Olympics, United Way, Adecco, Glaxo Smith Klein and Proctor & Gamble.

Bill Schuffenhauer the CEO/President and Jyl London Chief Operating Officer were tired of the old-fashioned employee retreats that they both attended through-out their careers. You know, the retreat that is secretly dreaded because you know it entails sitting around a table for two days while you listen to a supposed expert talk about how to maximize supply chain or how to boost morale and create a winning team. This is why Silver was founded by three-time Olympian and 2002 Olympic Silver Medalist, Bill Schuffenhauer, who has a vast knowledge for team building and Jyl London, who's experience is within Fortune 500 companies directing and leading teams. Together they have perfected an incredible retreat experience as a result of their lifelong passions. A Silver Retreat is an outstanding experience that is far from the typical retreat or family vacation.

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