About AOTO

Mission

Art of the Olympians uses the creative talents of Olympians to promote the Olympic Ideals through programs of art, education, and cultural outreach to inspire the world.


History

AOTO's founder, the late USA Olympic discus thrower Al Oerter, was never favored to win at the Olympics. Despite these predictions, he went on to win Olympic gold medals at four consecutive Games. Oerter defied odds, overcame adversity and grew both as a man and as an athlete by simply setting goals, establishing a strong work ethic and working to his best. It was this drive that led Oerter to embrace the simple values that are at the heart of the Olympic Movement ‐ excellence, friendship and respect. What started with one manís vision has grown into an international nonprofit organization with more than 70 Olympian Artists from around the world.