GREEN BAY, Wis. — Though associates at Schneider embrace the company’s trademark orange color, they will be cheering for red, white and blue as Krysta Palmer competes in the Tokyo Olympics.
Krysta, a member of Team USA Diving, is the daughter of Schneider professional driver Mitch Palmer and his wife, Vicki.
Since a young age, Krysta has always been a talented athlete. She narrowly missed making the 2016 U.S. Diving Team, she continued training in hopes of making the 2020 Olympics – and now the 2021 team, after the pandemic pushed the games back a year.
“We are so proud of Krysta,” said Vicki. “She has put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to make her dream of being an Olympian come true. It’s truly a remarkable story, and I guess the moral is never, ever give up.”
Last month, Schneider routed the Palmers to Indianapolis so they could be in the stands as their daughter qualified for the U.S. Olympic Diving Team in the 3m Synchronized Springboard and 3m Individual Springboard events.
“The Olympics are always exciting to watch but to have one of our own to cheer for makes these games even more special,” said Mark Rourke, president and CEO of Schneider.
“We have been so blessed in what Schneider has done for us and what they have allowed us to do,” said Vicki. “Krysta competes all over the country, and we have been able to attend most of her competitions over the last few years.”
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Mitch and Vicki cannot travel to Tokyo and will instead watch Krysta compete from back home. Their Schneider family is also rallying around the driving and diving Palmers:
- Large banners and posters with Krysta’s photos are on display at company facilities across the country.
- Real-time results of Krysta’s events will be shared with associates via social and company communication channels.
- Associates can use a special Facebook frame created to support Krysta.
- Schneider associates are encouraged to take selfies with the banners and share their excitement on social media with #KrystaForGold.
- Associates will also show their support by wearing red, white and blue on Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30.
“We hope Schneider’s enthusiasm, energy and support for Krysta during this incredible time makes the experience even more memorable for the Palmers,” said Rourke.
“It just means the world to us that Schneider is supporting her and cheering for her too,” said Vicki. “We are so appreciative of the posters and words of encouragement from everyone. The excitement is contagious.”
Krysta and her partner, Alison Gibson, placed eighth in the Final 3m Synchronized Springboard Sunday. Competition for Krysta’s next event, 3m Individual Springboard, begins Friday.
Friday, July 30, 1 a.m. CST
Prelim. 3m Individual Springboard
Saturday, July 31, 1 a.m. CST
Semi-Final 3m Individual Springboard
Sunday, August 1, 1 a.m. CST
Final 3m Individual Springboard