USOC announces athletes for Road to London Celebration
presented by Hilton HHonors, in Times Square April 18
Event Commemorates 100 Day Countdown to London 2012 Olympic Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 73 athletes who will attend and participate in the Road to London Celebration, presented by Hilton HHonors, taking place in Times Square April 18. The event commemorates the 100 day countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games by transforming the heart of Times Square into an Olympic Festival.
Among those attending are Olympic silver medalist Mike Day (BMX), Olympic champion Allyson Felix (track & field), World champion Missy Franklin (swimming), Olympic bronze medalist Diana Lopez (taekwondo), Paralympic champion Alana Nichols (basketball) and two-time Olympian Rau'shee Warren (boxing). Running from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the athletes will participate in sport demonstrations, autograph signings, Q&As, special presentations and media interviews. For the full list of the 73 athletes, please see below.
"Hilton HHonors is proud to sponsor the Road to London Celebration and support the many Olympic and Paralympic alumni, athletes and hopefuls who will be taking part in the event to help bring the passion of the Games to life and further connect fans to the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, global customer marketing, Hilton Worldwide.
WHAT: The Team USA Road to London Celebration
WHEN: April 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. EST
WHERE: New York City, Times Square, 45th-47th blocks
WHY: Fans are invited to join America's athletes as they celebrate the 100 day countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games
In addition to presenting sponsor Hilton HHonors, the USOC is happy to announce the following associate sponsors for the Team USA Road to London Celebration: AT&T, BP, Chobani, The Hartford, ISM, Samsung, TD Ameritrade and TOPPS. In addition, NBC 4 New York will be the USOC's promotional partner for this exciting event.
"Samsung is proud to be a partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Road to London Celebration," said Ralph Santana, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Samsung Electronics North America. "The Olympic Games offers leading brands an opportunity to associate themselves with a property that has been cherished by fans since its inception. Samsung is enabling an even deeper connection to the Olympic Games and athletes with the launch of the Samsung U.S. Olympic Genome Project, a Facebook application that allows consumers to discover how connected they are to Team USA Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls." To join the U.S. Olympic Genome Project, visit Samsung.com/HowOlympicAreYou and "like" it.
About the USOC
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games.
About Hilton HHonors
Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide's 10 distinct hotel brands, offers its 30 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 3,800 hotels in 88 countries. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and Standard Room Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer 'No Blackout Dates' and 'Points & Miles' for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.