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PRESIDENT BUSH HOSTS SPECIAL SEND-OFF FOR TEAM USA

July 18, 2008, 7:02 p.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  - President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will honor the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams on behalf of America with a special send-off in the White House Rose Garden on Monday, July 21.  The send-off will begin at 10 a.m. ET and is open to the media.

Representing the 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and their respective sports will be:
   ·         Tyler Byers (paralympic track & field/Washington, D.C.)
   ·         Andrew Campbell (sailing/San Diego, Calif.)
   ·         Debbie Capozzi (sailing/Bayport, N.Y.)
   ·         Phil Dalhausser (beach volleyball/Ormond Beach, Fla.)
   ·         Andrea Duran (softball/Selma, Calif.)
   ·         Jennie Finch (softball/La Mirada, Calif.)
   ·          Michael Friedman (cycling/Pittsburgh, Pa.)
   ·         Bobby Lea (cycling/Topton, Pa.)
   ·         Jessica Long (paralympic swimming/Baltimore, Md.)
   ·         Caitlin Lowe (softball/Tustin, Calif.)
   ·         Misty May-Treanor (beach volleyball/Costa Mesa, Calif.)
   ·         LaShawn Merritt (track & field/Suffolk, Va.)
   ·         Sarah Mergenthaler (sailing/New York, N.Y.)
   ·         Kari Miller (paralympic sitting volleyball/Washington D.C.)
   ·         Jason Rogers (fencing/Los Angeles, Calif.)
   ·         Todd Rogers (beach volleyball/Santa Barbara, Calif.)
   ·         Erinn Smart (fencing/Brooklyn, N.Y.)
   ·          Hanna Thompson (fencing/Rochester, N.Y.)
   ·         Kerri Walsh (beach volleyball/Saratoga, Calif.)
   ·         James Williams (fencing/Sacramento, Calif.)
   ·         Scott Winkler (paralympic track & field/Pittsburgh, Pa.)
   ·         Russell Wolfe (paralympic archery/Williamsburgh, Va.)

The President will attend the Opening Ceremony of the XXIX Olympic Games in Beijing and will be present for a portion of the Beijing Games.

Later that evening, the President and First Lady will host a private dinner in honor of the Olympians and Paralympians. In addition to the honorees, Olympic greats Bob Beamon, Bart Conner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Shannon Miller will attend the dinner, along with other members of the U.S. Olympic Family.
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