Faster, Higher, Stronger
After a global companywide contest last year, eight Cisco employees were selected to participate in the experience of a lifetime—the chance to carry a torch in the official Torch Relay for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As an official supporter of the Rio 2016 Games, we sought out employees who embody the Olympic spirit and bring to life Our People Deal and Cisco values in everything that they do.
Meet Our Torchbearers
This year, as the Olympic flame winds its way around Brazil in the torch relay for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, eight of our employees are among the torchbearers. They are Cisco Olympians, winners of the prize of last year’s torch relay contest.
Watch Our Rio 2016 Torchbearers video and get to know their individual stories and the passions that drive them.
Cisco Olympian: Bee Lin
Bee Lin was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer in September 2014. She bravely battled the disease for almost two years but passed away on July 27, 2016. Fabiano Carneiro, a member of Cisco’s Rio 2016 IT Team, was chosen to run on her behalf. »
Cisco Olympian: Luis Puig
As a professional athlete, Luis came one match short of qualifying for the Olympic Games. But that wasn’t the biggest challenge of his life. »
Cisco Olympian: Kate Baldwin
Kate founded Girls Advancing Technology, to open girls’ eyes to a future in science and technology. »
Cisco Olympian: Srikanth Narasimhan
As the father of an autistic child, Srikanth advocates finding the "ability" in "disability." His 19-year-old daughter Sanjna uses her artistic talent to inspire others and raise money for charitable causes. »
Cisco Olympian: Mary Bradburne
She won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. »
Cisco Olympian: Tunji Akintokun
Tunji’s passion for connecting less advantaged youth to technology led him to found an enterprise that is one of the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. »
Cisco Olympian: Cody Bell
His journey took him from a small town in Texas to the U. S. Marine Corps and then a career at Cisco. »
Cisco Olympian: Alexandre Faroni
When Alexandre Faroni's son was born with Down syndrome, it changed everything. Now, he is a champion for those with special needs. »
As part of our sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Games, we are digitizing with social and urban innovation programs. Read the story Olympics, a Springboard for Creating Lasting Impact.
Also read Determined to Build a Better Future, a story about the young graduates of our Olympic City Program in Rio.
Join the Excitement
The second–place finalists in our torch relay contest are amazing people with compelling stories to tell. They exemplify the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”—and they live the spirit of Our People Deal.
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Flavio Bacci
Flavio Bacci channels support from the Cisco community to overcome life's obstacles. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Giuseppe Marrara
Despite personal challenges, Giuseppe Marrara strives to make a difference and see things from a higher perspective. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Carolina Barnabe
As a competitive swimmer, Carolina Barnabe learned the value of discipline and hard work–values she implements every day at Cisco. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Eli Banay
After 22 years in the Israeli Air force, Eli Banay is now leading a transformative initiative in his home country. UPDATE: Eli Banay participated in the Olympic Torch Relay in July. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Marina Morando
Through her volunteer efforts, Marina Morando sets an example as both a mother and a Cisco employee. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Christopher Riling
Christopher Riling strives to always do better and reach for the sky, regardless of circumstance. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Mauricio Amaya
Mauricio’s positive outlook on life helped him recover from a life-altering medical issue – and made him a role model. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Brijesh Gajera
Brijesh combined his passion for running with his desire to make a difference in the world – and ran almost 200 miles in the process. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Kelli Lee
Kelli Lee may be a newcomer to the Cisco community, but her ties to the company run deep. »
Faster, Higher, Stronger: Meet Eric Cullum
After 6 years in the U.S. Navy, Eric Cullum is embracing the opportunity to bring a new perspective to Cisco »