Cheers & Congratulatory Videos for Team VISA’s Olympic Athletes | [CLOSED GIVEAWAY]

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What an amazing wild ride Team VISA has been on these past couple of weeks, huh? I have to admit I’ve shed quite a few tears watching these amazing athletes receive their medals. I can’t even begin to imagine the overwhelming emotions they must have been going through.

VISA put together a short congratulatory video for Michael Phelps.

If you haven’t been watching… he won his 19th Olympic Games medal making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Yes, even this video brought tears to my eyes.

Emilie Heymans won her 4th medal after 10 years of training.

These are just a couple of the amazing athletes on Team VISA. They’ve worked so hard for this… the least we can do is send them some cheer, right? VISA has set up a Global Cheer App for us to do just that… cheer. They are listening… so do it daily and do it often!


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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I like that Emilie Heymans won her 4th medal after 10 years of training. They train hard, she worked hard, and it is deserving 🙂

  2. debbie jackson says:

    loved the photography of her dive

  3. 10yrs, 25 hrs a week, all comes down to 4 seconds. Love Morgan Freemans voice too 🙂

  4. Suzanne says:

    How often we forget it is just 4 second in some events to show how hard they have worked for years to get to that point. Way to go Emilie Heyman!

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  6. Emily says:

    All the medals around Michals neck.

  7. Lisa Brooks says:

    What surprises me, is Phelps is a man, & not really a machine in disguise. LOL What an amazing accomplishment!

  8. Kim Tan says:

    Michael Phelps had 19 medals!!! Such a huge achievement

  9. Brandy says:

    I can’t believe Emile went through 10 years of TRAINING! That’s a full time job.,

  10. Jennifer says:

    I love seeing the hard work and dedication these trainers put in!

  11. Justice Montgomery says:

    8 YEARS AND 19 MEDALS. Phelps is awesome. <3

  12. Amber says:

    I was most impressed with how determined, humble and persevering Michael Phelps has been over the years. We’ve really seen him grow up over the course of four Olympics!

  13. Molly Tozier says:

    Amazing accomplishments for these athletes!

  14. Ashley R. says:

    I am constantly impressed at the level of dedication and commitment to training the athletes have – Michael Phelps is human (which we all saw when his mistakes were made so public) but he has such awesome talent and has allowed us to share in viewing it!!

  15. Chrystal D says:

    Love seeing their faces when they do well!

  16. Sara Zielinski says:

    All the medals and the hard work these people put in.

  17. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I was touched that Allstate actually congratulated Michael Phelps and that he made Olympic history! Proud to call him an American!

  18. Amy Z says:

    I was most touched by Emilie’s smile at the end of the video. She looked so genuinely happy and proud to have won another medal after so much hard work.

  19. Jessie C. says:

    So many efforts in these years, he is such a great inspiration.

  20. I’m impressed by their determination and dedication

  21. Cheryl W says:

    The long years of training for so few seconds of competition, yet the reward is for a lifetime.

  22. Margaret Smith says:

    It was very touching seeing Emilie when she came up and knowing she won.

  23. Melissa Hartley says:

    Wow, Emilie Heymans = DEDICATION TO A TEE!!
    She totally deserves the awards she has won .. practicing
    25 hours a week would be hard to do & she triumphed 🙂

  24. Natalie Finch says:

    I knew Micheal Phelps was very well decorated but I did not know he had 19 medals and was the most decorated olympic athlete. What a huge accomplishment for him, and all of the athletes have achieved so much just being there.

  25. Cynthia R says:

    i liked seeing micheal phelps mom in the stands

  26. Andrea D. says:

    I like the Michael Phelps video because it showed how much he has done.

  27. marci h says:

    michael and his mom –awesome!! 🙂

  28. Theresa J says:

    I can’t believe training for 25 hours a day for 10 years all comes down to 4 seconds

  29. Brynn Dexter says:

    10 years of training for Emilee! Wow! What conviction! Way to go

  30. Jessica P. says:

    It amazes me that a lot of the stuff they do is even physically possible. Motivates me to get in shape! lol

  31. Juli Guthrie says:

    I love when the fans get so excited!

  32. It’s like a wedding. Years of dreaming and planning. Lots of hard work to make it perfect/be the best. and then it is done in a flash. All you have left is the best prize of all the groom/gold.

  33. Carly says:

    I did not expect to hear Morgan Freeman’s voice, but I’m not complaining 🙂

  34. Liane says:

    What dedication it takes for training for 10 years to win Olympic medals. That’s very inspiring.

  35. samyra says:

    her dedication is inspiring. she worked for 10yrs to have this one day.

  36. Lisa F. says:

    The dedication these athletes have is very inspiring. You wish all of them could win a medal.

  37. Kathy Rambousek says:

    I’ve always been so touched and amazed to hear these athlete’s stories – how hard they train, their sacrifices, and dedication to doing their best. I just want them all to feel like they’ve done their best

  38. Alan Tong says:

    Emilie Heymans won her 4th medal after 10 years of training, 25 hours a week! Such dedication! Thanks Heather!

  39. ELIZABETH says:

    I like the part when everyone applauded and was so happy for him.

  40. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    When Michael knows he did it
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  41. Daniel M says:

    10 years of training, talk about dedication

  42. DARLA KIDDER says:

    I’m touched that Michael Phelps is still competing.

  43. Sherry S. says:

    The medals they’ve won and the hard work they all put in.

  44. Marcy Taylor says:

    I was floored to learn that Emilie practices 25 hours a week!

  45. kelly nicholson says:

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  46. It’s amazing what can be done in and accomplished in just 4 single seconds!

  47. Claire McKeon says:

    I love Michael Phelp’s mother’s reaction!

  48. Stephanie says:

    the medals around Michals neck

  49. Cynthia C says:

    I’m amazed that ten years of training goes into a 4 second event. That’s pressure!

  50. DeeAnn S says:

    All that practice for a dive that only lasts 4 seconds! geez! Now that’s dedication. 🙂

  51. AlexisGrau says:

    How many medals Michael Phelps has… isn’t his neck hurting! 😉

  52. matthew b says:

    All the medals around Michals Phelps neck

  53. susan varney says:

    the ending is great

  54. Debra L. Guillen says:

    when the medals are given out, we don’t realize how hard they have worked to earn them because they seem to perform so effortlessly

  55. Elisabeth says:

    I loved seeing how happy Michael Phelps’ mother was!

  56. Kylie C says:

    I can’t imagine practicing 25 hours a week for diving- so much dedication!

  57. Kiara says:

    I like seeing all the hard work and dedication.

  58. Katharine D says:

    Morgan Freeman’s voice – gets me every time

  59. Sarah S says:

    What an incredible amount of hard work. Way awesome!

  60. Christine says:

    that Emilie Heymans won her 4th medal after 10 years of training

  61. Robby Rob says:

    anything with Morgan Freeman’s voice is always enjoyable. So much work for must 4 seconds.

  62. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I like the medals that micheal has won!:)

  63. Theresa Jenkins says:

    I love the crowd

  64. anna says:

    I am always amazed at the endurance of the athletes

  65. Jennifer Reda says:

    i found emilie’s story really inspiring, how her 10 years of hard work paid off!

  66. Kristie Betts says:

    Michael Phelps had 19 medals…WOW

  67. steph says:

    definitely the footage of phelps winning his 19h!

  68. I thought it was awesome at how many medals Michael Phelps achieved at winning!

  69. cw says:

    8 years – 19medals…gives me chills

  70. 10 years of training…wow!

  71. Courtnie says:

    They train so hard and for so long.

  72. Heather Augenstein says:

    Boils down to “every second counts”! Congrats Emilie!

  73. Sarah L says:

    10 years of training for 4 seconds of competing.
    Thanks for the contest.

  74. VJ M. says:

    I’m just in awe of how amazing Michael Phelps is. I’m so happy that he holds the record for medals! Wow! What an accomplishment, to say the least.

  75. Linda Lansford says:

    I find it touching that the work is so hard

  76. Jill H says:

    I can’t believe how many medals Michael Phelps has won! He is amazing!

  77. The fortitude on Emilie’s face prior to her dive was palpable. She really drew me in.

    I’m so proud of our country.

  78. Erin Collins says:

    I enjoyed the Emilie Heymans video.

  79. Adrienne gordon says:

    I like the michael phelps part.

  80. Alicia Ponce says:

    The last race was amazing , inspirational

  81. Ruth Reynolds says:

    Its inspiring to see these ppl have the dedication to do such I dont think I have it in me it.

  82. Brittani says:

    I can’t believe she trained for 10 years!

  83. I liked getting to watch Emile’s dive again and like Allstate said, “What a Life Changing 4 seconds it was!”

  84. Linda G. says:

    Emily’s video was an inspiration!!

  85. Cody Anderson says:

    The dive was beautiful!

  86. Michele L. says:

    The thing that impresses me the most is the dedication these atheletes have

  87. shannon oelrich says:

    I love that they are so dedicated

  88. Fawn H says:

    I was impressed by how much training they do and how it becomes a way of life for them to reach their goals

  89. Ariel Henry says:

    I liked seeing the reactions when they won.

  90. Stephanie Hungerford says:

    I liked the the Diving video of Emilie Heymans Diving is very hard and it is over in a matter of seconds.

  91. Jaime Nicole says:

    I learned that Michael has 19 medals and Emilie practices for 25 hours a week!

  92. Jeanna says:

    It’s amazing how your life can change in 4 seconds!

  93. Wendy Kroy says:

    The lifetime of dedication and discipline in these athletes.

  94. Kristy Thiel says:

    Just seeing all of Michael Phelp’s medals!

  95. Linda says:

    Lots and lots of work behind all these medals

  96. laura ari says:

    Emilie trains 25 hours a week! That’s a the same hours as a part time job!

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  98. Seyma Shabbir says:

    How many years of pracice and training and dedication it takes to achieve.

  99. Helen Stockwell says:

    It amazes me how much love, dedication and devotion each invidual puts into their sport to win! Way to go USA!

  100. Tammy R. says:

    I like how much family support they get.

  101. Jessica says:

    Those videos are awesome! So are the other ones VISA put out, now if only Morgan Freeman could narrate the epic moments in my life 🙂

  102. patricia skinner says:

    Phelps having 19 medals..woooooooo hooooooooo!

  103. Debra F says:

    I just loved how it showed that unlike all the bad publicity the younger generations get that there are young people out doing great things in today’s society and that they are very hard working and dedicated.

  104. Diana Stanhope says:

    All that can be accomplished when someone is determined and puts forth the effort.

  105. Sylvie W says:

    Allyson Felix’s story touched me the most. Twice she just missed her gold and finally, the charmed third time she won. Just think, twelve years of a life to attain that one highpoint. Whew.

  106. Kyl Neusch says:

    loved the photography of her dive

  107. Carla Garcia says:

    michael phelps is amazing!

  108. Karen says:

    Their dedication, and Michael Phelps & his mom make me cry, such a special relationship!

  109. clenna says:

    The amount of pratice hours, the dedication and the time away from family and normal teen activities is amazing.

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  110. nannypanpan says:

    i liked the michael phelps video that showed how young he started and ended with his 19 medal achievement

  111. richelle bowers says:

    it amazes me how many medals they have won

  112. Marianna says:

    I like how it showed the dive in slow=motion

  113. Tamar says:

    I like that they work really hard and see some serious successes.

  114. All the year’s of hard work comes down to a few minutes.

  115. K.Pugh says:

    As a mom I loved the look on his mom’s face.
    Thanks for the chance.

  116. Rita M says:

    I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised, but how much beyond just swimming the training involves – OMG – I can’t even imagine the fatigue factor!

  117. Kate F. says:

    I’m happy for Emilie Heymans. She’s worked very hard and definitely deserves her medals.

  118. Lucy Schwartz says:

    What touches me the most is the joy on their faces. Mission accomplished.

  119. Debbie C says:

    I loved watching Emilie nail that dive.

  120. Shannon says:

    Congratulations to Michael Phelps!

  121. Danielle Papsis says:

    I’m a little surprised Michael Phelps is the most decorated olympian in history.

  122. amy v says:

    it’s amazing their dedication…Emilie had 10 yrs of training!!

  123. Love the picture of her dive.

  124. Tracy Robertson says:

    Rmilie is amazing! Her story is good inspiration when I feel like blowing off my 3x a week workout!

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  126. Heather S says:

    I loved seeing all Michael phelps medals on his neck what an accomplishment

  127. Aubrey says:

    i was surprised how heartwarming it was

  128. Katy says:

    Michael Phelps and his amazing Olympic Record(s)

  129. melina r says:

    emile trained for 10 years 25 hrs per week only to take a 4 sec dive to win 4th medal

  130. Sumer says:

    What surprises me is the massive amount of medals Michael Phelps has won over the years.

  131. Erica C. says:

    I like the part of the Phelps video where he has all of his medals around his neck.

  132. Brittney House says:

    I love how excited the fan are!

  133. Jayne G says:

    I was surprised by the math – 10 years, 25 hours, 4 seconds……

  134. Carolyn Daley says:

    The video not only tells about her accomplishments, but illustrates the time, effort, and dedication she has showed throughout the last ten years of training. She has worked hard for her successful moment in the spotlight and she deserves the medals that she has earned for her dedication.

  135. Kathleen S. says:

    Their dedication and perseverance touched me and they are so inspiring!

  136. Katharina says:

    What touched me most was the determination on the faces of the athletes.
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  137. Susan Smith says:

    I like the Michael Phelps video with his Mom

  138. amy deeter says:

    i like the ending of it

  139. Tamara says:

    The way the videos were shot are very interesting—the angle, the photography.
    Congratulations to both of these Olympians!

  140. Kendra says:

    All of the devoted training!

  141. susan smoaks says:

    i love that michael phelps won so many times!

  142. Ill watch anything with Morgan Freeman narrating!

  143. Erica Barnes says:

    It was interesting to learn how much all of them train!

  144. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I’m amazed at how good Phelps is. He’s very strong!

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  145. Derek Timm says:

    I think its awesome that Michael Phelps won 19 medals in 8 years!

  146. Saver Sara says:

    Michael Phelps is so fast and is such a talented athlete.

  147. clynsg says:

    The most inspiring thing is the years of hard work and training that these athletes put in for just a CHANCE at winning.

  148. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    I was surprised that Emile trained 25 hours a day for TEN YEARS! Now that is dedication!

  149. Kelly Britton says:

    I like that Emilie Heymans won her 4th medal after 10 years of training.

  150. Roxann says:

    Their dedication touched me.

  151. Annemarie Z. says:

    I loved it when the crowd cheered after her dive!

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  153. S Carter says:

    I love seeing Michael’s Mom. She is genuinly excited and so proud every time he hits the water.

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  156. Trisha McKee says:

    I think simply the celebration of athletes that work hard and succeed is touching! We need to praise them more and not be so hung up on pretty, rich faces.

  157. Karen A. says:

    I was surprised to learn that she trained 25 hrs a week .

  158. Sand says:

    I like how the equate all the training down to one race.

  159. Wil Hagen says:

    i love the photography of the dives

  160. julie hawkins says:

    I was touched by the determination and amount of effort of these kids

  161. Veronica Garrett says:

    Emile winning her fourth medal after ten years of training is very inspiring.

  162. Denise Donaldson says:

    I loved to see how happy they were, when everyone applauded them

  163. mike b says:

    phelps’ mom in the stands

  164. Rosey says:

    It’s touching when you see the culmination of all that work coming down to just a few seconds for triumph.

  165. Tara says:

    love michael phelps mom! love her!

  166. Gianna says:

    It was a lot of hard work.

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