MEDIA ADVISORY: USOC to Host "Bound for Beijing" Media Teleconference Series in Lead-up to 2008 Olympic , Paralympic Games

Jan. 31, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
MEDIA ADVISORY: USOC to Host "Bound for Beijing" Media Teleconference Series In Lead-up to 2008 Olympic , Paralympic Games Beginning February 5, the United States Olympic Committee will host a "Bound for Beijing" Media Teleconference Series in lead-up to the 2008 Olympic , Paralympic Games. U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls will be participating in the bi-weekly teleconferences that will take place the first and third Tuesday of every month at 12 Noon EASTERN (10 a.m. MOUNTAIN; 9 a.m. PACIFIC). The bi-weekly teleconference calls will begin with USA Diving's Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.) and David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) to preview the upcoming FINA World Cup, Feb. 19-24, in Beijing, China. Later in the day, at 2:15 p.m. MOUNTAIN (4:15 p.m. EASTERN), a second media teleconference call will take place with rising USA Cycling star Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.). Please see below for biographical information for Finchum, Boudia and Phinney. Other teleconferences scheduled include USA Softball Women's National Team members (February 19), USA Basketball Women's National Team members (March 4) as well a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials package in June featuring six different preview teleconferences in preparation for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in BMX, Diving, Gymnastics, Judo, Swimming, Track , Field and Wrestling. Also featured in June will be a USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team teleconference. The teleconference schedule and possible list of participants has been provided below. Additional teleconferences will be scheduled as news and results warrant. The dial-in number for the "Bound For Beijing" Media Teleconference Series is: 1-800-311-9410 The verbal access code for all calls will be: BEIJING 2008 David Boudia/Thomas Finchum Bio Info Finchum and Boudia are ranked third in the world in the men's 10-meter synchro event as the pair won eight medals including Pan Am gold and World Champs bronze last season. Finchum was honored as USA Diving's 2007 Athlete of the Year after the 18-year-old won four national championships and 10 international medals throughout the course of the 2007 competitive season. He won a gold medal on 10-meter at the AT,T USA Diving Grand Prix and scored a career-high for a silver at the Canada Cup. Individually, Boudia finished second to Finchum at the USA Diving National Championship and was a national champion in 2006. The World Cup will serve as an Olympic qualifying competition. The U.S. men have already secured Olympic berths in both synchronized events, but are still seeking two spots individually on 10-meter and one spot on 3-meter. The U.S. women need to earn spots in both synchronized events and has on spot to fill on 10-meter. Taylor Phinney Bio Info Phinney came out of nowhere last year to win the elite men's pursuit title as a 17-year-old in his first-ever track race. Phinney placed a respectable ninth at the World Cup opener in Sydney and a week later he finished fourth at the Olympic Test Event in Beijing to establish himself as a rising star. At the UCI Track World Cup Classics, Jan. 18 in Los Angeles, Phinney added to his remarkable streak of results with a gold medal in the men's 4-kilometer individual pursuit. With consistent performances on the international stage, Phinney is now ranked second overall in the four-race UCI World Cup standings after three events with 21 points. The Ukraine's Volodymyr Dyudya is the current leader with 22. If Phinney wins the overall World Cup title, he'll earn himself a ticket to Beijing according to the UCI's Olympic qualification procedures, which awards World Cup champions with a start at the 2008 Olympic Games. The final race on the 2007-08 World Cup circuit is scheduled for Feb. 15-17 in Ballerup, Denmark. Even if Phinney doesn't win the overall World Cup title, his time of 4:25.684 eclipsed the automatic time standard of 4:31.630 which is needed for an automatic nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team. Cycling is in Phinney's blood as his mother, 1984 Olympian Connie Carpenter-Phinney, was the first-ever U.S. women's Olympic gold medalist in road cycling. His dad, Davis, is an Olympic bronze medalist and one of only three Americans to win multiple stages of the Tour de France. 2008 Monthly Teleconference Schedule Date Participants February 5 10 am MST/12 pm EST -- David Boudia/Thomas Finchum, USA Diving 2:15 pm MST/4:15 pm EST -- Taylor Phinney, USA Cycling February 19 USA Softball Women's National Team March 4 USA Basketball Women's National Team March 18 TBD April 1 TBD April 29 U.S. Canoe/Kayak athletes May 6 TBD May 20 TBD June-2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Preview Blitz June 3 Wrestling/Judo (Olympic Trials Preview) June 5 Diving (Olympic Trials Preview) June 10 BMX (Olympic Trials Preview) June 12 Gymnastics (Olympic Trials Preview) June 17 Track , Field (Olympic Trials Preview) June 19 Swimming (Olympic Trials Preview) June 24 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team July 1 TBD July 15 USA Baseball (Tentative Team Announcement) *Participants subject to change. For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529.
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