What must happen is that some manager decides he must inspire his troops by having some ex-champion come in to give a rousing speech.
The inspirational tale usually goes something like this: the athlete got injured a year and a half before the Games, and thought his dreams of Olympic glory were dead, but he kept at it and managed to work around his injury and train. And then, he went to the Olympics, no longer the favorite, but still managed to win a gold medal. The message, visible from a mile away: don't give up hope, keep trying and you will achieve your dreams.
You have to wonder what goes through the mind of the average employee forced to endure such a speech. His thoughts must run something like this:
"I sorta remember this guy from twenty years ago....Geez, he's so tall he's sorta of freakish. He hasn't aged any better than the rest of us though.....Listen to the guy go on and on, like I give half a shit......He sounds so pleased with himself. Now how am I supposed to relate to this? How does this story help me with my asshole of a boss, and his impossible demands? How does it help me pay my mortgage, or deal with my harridan, spendthrift wife? How does it help me sell our product? How's this going to help me get my son off drugs, or help my aging parents? I only wish my life were as simple as this guy's back when he was a teenager, when all he had to worry about was getting in shape.....I wonder how much they paid him to come here and tell that useless story? What a goddamn waste of money."