Olympian Elizabeth Beisel Signs with Speedo USA
Accomplished Young Swim Star Turns Pro, Joins Team ‘Speedo’
LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2014) — SPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH), today announced that 21-year-old Olympic medalist and college swim star Elizabeth Beisel has signed a multi-year agreement with the company through 2017. An extremely versatile swimmer and dominant force in the Individual Medley and Backstroke events, Beisel has worn Speedo throughout her swim career and joins Team Speedo with her sights set on making her third Olympic team in Rio.
Beisel made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing. As the youngest member of the U.S. swim team, the then 15-year-old narrowly missed medaling in the 400m IM and 200m Backstroke. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Beisel cemented her position on the world stage, taking home silver in the 400m IM (4:31.27) and bronze in the 200m Backstroke (2:06.18), setting new personal bests in both events.
“Speedo products are the industry leaders for all things swimming,” said Beisel. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner than SPEEDO USA as I begin my professional career. I’m very excited to be part of the Speedo family.”
The University of Florida senior caps her collegiate swim career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in Gator history, with two NCAA Championships (400m IM in 2013 and 200m Backstroke in 2012), nine SEC titles and 18 All-American honors. Out of the pool, the telecommunications major is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and was selected as a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient for the winter sports season for the 2013-14 academic year. A Rhode Island native, Beisel will continue to train in Gainesville, Fla. under Gators Head Coach and long-time Speedo Advisory Coach Gregg Troy.
“SPEEDO is proud to announce our relationship with Elizabeth,” said Jim Gerson, President of SPEEDO USA. “She has already accomplished so much in the sport at such a young age, and we know she has a very bright future ahead of her. We are very happy to welcome her to Team Speedo and look forward to supporting her in this next stage of her career.”
A member of U.S. National Team since age 13, Beisel made the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships team after finishing second in the 200m Backstroke at that year’s U.S. National Championships. Her first individual international medal came at the 2009 FINA World Championships, with a bronze medal finish in the 200m Backstroke in Rome; her first world title followed in 2011, winning gold in the 400m IM at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai. Domestically, Beisel is a six-time U.S. National Champion with three 200m Backstroke national titles (2009 – 2011), two 400m IM national titles (2009, 2011) and one 200m IM national title (2011).
As part of Team Speedo, Beisel will be part of an athlete advisory group to the SPEEDO Aqualab, the brand’s research and development center, and will train and compete in Speedo suits, accessories and related gear.
Beisel’s fellow Team Speedo swimmers include: Natalie Coughlin (USA), Ryan Lochte (USA), Conor Dwyer (USA), Nathan Adrian (USA), Cullen Jones (USA), Jessica Hardy (USA), Tyler Clary (USA), Ryan Cochrane (CAN), Christian Sprenger (AUS), Alicia Coutts (AUS), Florent Manaudou (FRA), Mireia Belmonte (ESP), Thiago Pereira (BRA), Michael Jamieson (GBR), Melanie Costa Schmid (ESP), Alia Atkinson (JAM), Jiao Liuyang (CHN), and more.
Speedo is a registered trademark of and used under license from Speedo International Ltd. Warnaco Swimwear, Inc., a subsidiary of PVH that does business as Speedo USA, holds the exclusive license from Speedo International Ltd in North America and the Caribbean.
The world’s leading swimwear brand, Speedo is passionate about life in and around the water, creating revolutionary new technologies, designs and innovations, and supporting swimming from the grassroots to the elite level. In the 1920’s Speedo made history with the Racerback, the world’s first non-wool suit. In 2008, Speedo redefined swimwear again with Fastskin LZR RACER, one of the fastest and most technologically advanced swimsuits ever created; 2011 saw Speedo unveil another world first with the Fastskin Racing System – a cap, goggle and suit designed to work together as one. Speedo is owned by Speedo Holdings B.V. and distributed in over 170 countries around the world; in North America and the Caribbean, Speedo is licensed exclusively to Warnaco Swimwear Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp. To find out more, visit www.speedousa.com.
PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein,Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s and Olga, and its licensed brands, including Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York,Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Ike Behar and John Varvatos.