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May 20, 2009

2009 Dallas Regional Recap

View the 2009 Dallas Regional photo gallery.

Distributors come to regional meetings to hear key announcements and receive information not available anywhere else. On Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Dallas Regional Meeting, that meant an exclusive phone call from Indianapolis 500 racer Tomas Scheckter, an advanced taste of MonaVie Energy, and a motivating speech from Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Barton.

Tomas Scheckter, who finished 12th at this year's Indianapolis 500, called in to Dallas from the speedway in Indianapolis just minutes after qualifying for the race to say how proud he is to be wearing the MonaVie colors, both as a driver and as a distributor.

The photographs of Scheckter and his car, both draped in MonaVie Energy blue, gave distributors a craving for the new product, which will officially launch on June 20, 2009, at the Salt Lake City Super Regional. Fortunately for them, those in attendance in Dallas were treated to their very own can of MonaVie Energy. As distributors came back to the meeting from lunch, they found a can of the new product on each of their seats.

Carrying the momentum of the morning into the afternoon session was Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Barton. A former sprint kayaker, Barton won four Olympic medals over the span of three Olympic Games. He took home two gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games to go along with the bronze medals he earned in both 1984 and 1992. Barton's speech focused on how doing just a little more can make all the difference.

As a boy growing up in Michigan, Barton first dreamed of winning a medal in kayaking at the age of 10; however, he would have many obstacles to overcome on his journey to the Olympic Games.

Born with club feet, Barton underwent several surgeries as a kid that left him with limited motion in his ankles and his left leg an inch-and-a-half shorter than his right leg. Barton decided after his final surgery at the age of 13 that he would begin running so that he could participate in sports with his peers.

Throughout all his physical trials, Barton never lost sight of his goal to compete as a kayaker, and, in 1977, he qualified for the Junior World Championship in France. He seemed well on his way to becoming champion but was defeated in the semifinals. He had lost by only 8-10 inches.

Determined to not let the loss permanently defeat him, Barton framed the photo finish and displayed it in his bedroom as a reminder that a little bit more makes all the difference.

When he won the bronze medal several years later at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Barton decided that the third-place finish wasn't good enough. He wanted to go for the gold, which meant four more years of training. He immediately asked himself what he needed to do to overcome his personal barriers to winning gold.

As a kayaker, Barton's strength had always been his endurance; but, he recognized that he was lacking in speed. He got right to work on improving his speed by putting in extra training sessions each week.

The extra hours and effort all paid off in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where Barton became the first American to win a gold medal in kayaking and the first man to win gold in both the 1000 meter singles and the 1000 meter doubles in the same Olympics.

Upon returning from the games, his friends and family congratulated him on his victories. Amidst the praise, one thing stood out to Barton: Everyone kept telling him how lucky he was to win his gold medals.

"Isn't it amazing how lucky you can be when you spend 18 years of your life working for something," Barton facetiously asked MonaVie distributors in Dallas.

He continued, "It's amazing how lucky you can be when you spend three or four hours a day, seven days a week working for something. That's the way it is with anything if you have a plan and are willing to work toward it."

Barton advised distributors all around the world to decide what they need to do to improve, take those steps, and "you can be lucky too."

View the 2009 Dallas Regional photo gallery.

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