COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Team USA Media Summit presented by the United States Olympic Committee will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria Park City in Park City, Utah, a resort within the Hilton HHonors portfolio, a USOC sponsor. More than 100 Team USA hopefuls for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will participate in the four-day event.
The Team USA Media Summit provides an opportunity for print, broadcast, online and photo journalists to conduct interviews and photo sessions with America's top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls roughly four months prior to the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. At the event, reporters are able to conduct interviews during press conferences, roundtables, sports demonstrations and special television/radio interview sessions. Photographers will also have the opportunity to photograph the athletes.
"The Team USA Media Summit provides a valuable opportunity for journalists to become familiar with the stories of America's athletes prior to the Games, and we are excited to bring this event to Park City for the first time," said Patrick Sandusky, USOC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer. "The state of Utah is one of the world's top winter sports destinations and will provide an inspiring backdrop for this important event. We're also pleased to bring the Media Summit to the training home of so many of our 2014 Team USA hopefuls."
The Media Summit will begin with an opening reception on Sunday evening, Sept. 29, and the first full day of interviews will take place on Monday, Sept. 30. Press conferences and interview sessions will take place at the Grand Summit Conference Center, located minutes away from the Waldorf Astoria Park City by shuttle or gondola. The event will conclude on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The USOC has hosted the Team USA Media Summit prior to each Olympic Games since 1988. The host cities have included Atlanta; Chicago; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dallas; Houston; New York City; and Salt Lake City.
At the Team USA Media Summit prior to the Vancouver 2010 Games, 84 Team USA hopefuls representing seven Olympic sports and two Paralympic sports participated in the four-day event held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Of these athletes, 47 had previously competed in an Olympic or Paralympic Games, 70 represented Team USA at the 2010 Games and 32 won medals in Vancouver.
Headlining the 2010 group was Angela Ruggiero (Simi Valley, Calif.), four-time Olympic medalist in ice hockey and current member of the International Olympic Committee; 2010 Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek (Naperville, Ill.); four-time Olympian Billy Demong (Vermontville, N.Y.) who is the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in Nordic combined; and the entire four-man bobsled team - comprised of Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), Steve Mesler (Buffalo, N.Y.), Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) - which went on to win the first American gold medal in the event since 1948.
Details on credentialing and hotel reservations will be announced in the coming months.