FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2008 USOC and U.S. Sports Academy Announce IOC Sport and Singing Contest COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in conjunction with the United States Sport Academy (USSA) will conduct the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sport and Singing Contest, a cultural component of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad this summer in Beijing, China. The U.S. portion of the competition is a national singing performance contest inviting artists to submit original songs with a theme related to the Olympic Games. Winners of the national phase will advance to the international competition, conducted by the IOC. The IOC Sport and Singing Contest is open to performers (singers and instrumental) of all ages who are U.S. citizens. Individuals or groups up to 12 people (including singers and instrumental performers) may submit an original song for consideration in the contest. All songs must be original and free of third party rights. Winners of the international phase of competition will be invited to perform their winning songs at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in August. As a part of the celebrations planned for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the IOC and its Commission for Culture and Olympic Education encourage all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to heighten the awareness of the link between sport and art through participation in competitions such as the IOC Sport and Singing Contest and the 2008 Sport Art Competition which was announced in November 2007. Entries for the national phase of the competition are due by April 1, 2008. National winners will then be submitted for consideration in the international competition. For more information and for complete rules and regulations regarding the IOC Sport and Singing Contest, please visit http://art.ussa.edu. For more information, please contact the USOC Media and Public Relations Division (719-866-4529). This release is also available on the USOC media-specific web site (http://usocpressbox.org). About the U.S. Olympic Committee 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 the U.S. Sports Academy The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The Academy accepts students, regardless of race, religion, gender age, disability or national origin. Located on the campus of the Academy is the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which is believed to have the largest collection of sport art in the world. ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature. Founded in 1984, ASAMA recognizes the importance of the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression.