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U.S. Olympic Committee Unveils New Website

May 28, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release May 28, 2008 U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE Teamusa.org to Launch May 30; Site to be Hosted by AT,T Colorado Springs, Colo.-On Friday, May 30, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will launch Teamusa.org, a dynamic new website introducing elements such as rich video highlights and streaming video of USOC and National Governing Body (NGB) events, feature stories on U.S. Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, athlete blogs and social networking tools. AT,T, Official Partner and the Official Telecommunications Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team will host the new site. The USOC is excited about the prospects of teamusa.org becoming an Olympic , Paralympic sport destination, and has assembled a team of leading technology providers including AT,T and Sports Technologies Inc, (STI) along with the industry's leading strategy consultants and significant USOC resources to deliver the site. The site was designed by STI, an affiliate of Time, Inc. and the creator of FanNation."Teamusa.org will allow fans of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams the opportunity to better connect with America's athletes on their journey to the Games and is one more example of how the U.S. Olympic Committee is connecting a younger audience with Olympic content,"said USOC Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr."With the rapid growth of internet technology since Athens and Torino, we felt it was important to continue to augment and update the features offered on our website."A team of freelance writers has been hired to produce original feature stories for Teamusa.org. Visitors can also contribute by leaving comments, rating stories and sharing content with their friends. Additionally, athletes will blog for the site. The initial group of athletes includes Olympians, Paralympians and Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls from 11 sports. Those athletes are: Laura Bennett (triathlon), Corey Cogdell (shooting), Jake Gibb (beach volleyball), Giuseppe Lanzone (rowing), Patricia Miranda (wrestling), Andrea Nott (synchronized swimming), Ryan Reser (judo), Melissa Stockwell (swimming, Paralympics), Stephanie Wheeler (wheelchair basketball), Ben Wildman-Tobriner (swimming) and Mariel Zagunis (fencing). Coverage of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be enhanced with features such as: - A daily image slide show - Daily feature stories - Up-to-date news - Video blog from USOC CEO Jim Scherr - Daily athlete interview videos - Athlete chat sessions Teamusa.org will provide Olympic and Paralympic enthusiasts a"one-stop shop"by aggregating Team USA and Olympic sport content in one place. Attached is a screen grab from the new site. For more information, please contact the USOC Media and Public Relations Division (719/866-4529). This release also is available on the USOC's 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.
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