COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will celebrate Olympic Day by honoring two of the world's most recognized Olympians, Bart Conner (gymnastics, 1976, '80, '84) and Nadia Comaneci (gymnastics, 1976, '80) at a special reception on Monday, June 23 at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo. Conner and Comaneci will speak to members of the U.S. Olympic family, including USOC and NBG staff, resident athletes, in addition to invited guests from the Colorado community about their Olympic experiences and their continued involvement in gymnastics and the worldwide Olympic Movement.
Conner made a dramatic comeback from his second torn biceps injury to win two gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. He won one gold medal as a member of the U.S. Gymnastics Team and his second competing as an individual on the parallel bars. As a member of the Romanian Gymnastics Team at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, Comaneci became one of the stars of the Games by scoring a perfect 10.0 on the uneven bars, marking the first time in modern Olympic Games gymnastics history that the score had ever been awarded. Over the course of the Games, Comaneci would earn six additional 10's, en route to capturing gold medals in the all-around, balance beam and uneven bars and a bronze medal in the floor exercise. Married in 1996, Conner and Comaneci own several gymnastics-related business ventures, including the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman, Okla. The couple also continues to travel the world delivering inspirational speeches, as well as promoting charities, gymnastics, fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Olympic Day is a worldwide commemoration of Baron Pierre de Coubertin's June 23, 1894 convening of the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, which would result in the founding of the Modern Olympic Games. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) throughout the world will participate in the international celebration, with each Olympic Committee sending Olympic Day greetings to participating nations.
In the spirit of Olympic Day, the USOC will also host a Community Olympic Celebration on Saturday, June 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Complex. The event is free and open to the public. The Community Olympic Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include autograph signing sessions by U.S. Olympians and Paralympians; sports demonstrations; live-bands; car clubs; radio live-remotes; a U.S. Olympic Team merchandise sale; sports information booths; and prize giveaways. U.S Olympic Team sponsors McDonalds, Tyson, 24 Hour Fitness and Oroweat, the official bread supplier to the U.S. Olympic Team, will host booths with giveaways that promote healthy lifestyles.
WHAT: Olympic Day Celebration
- Autograph Sessions with U.S. Olympians and Paralympians
- Sport Demonstrations
- Live Bands
- Auto Show
- U.S. Olympic Team and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Merchandise Sale
- Live Radio Remotes
- Sports Information and Sponsor Booths
- Prize Giveaways
WHEN: Saturday, June 28
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Mountain Time)
WHERE: U.S. Olympic Complex
1750 E. Boulder
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909