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USOC and U.S. Sports Academy Announce the Winner of the IOC Sport and Singing Contest

April 18, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release April 18, 2008 USOC and U.S. Sports Academy Announce the Winner of the IOC Sport and Singing Contest COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) along with the United States Sport Academy (USSA) announced the winner of the 2008 IOC Sport and Singing Contest. Gerry Williams, Cheryl Sims, Pamela Reynolds, and the singers of Legacy 12 were honored for their song entitled I Stand Amazed. As winners of the U.S. competition, the group will advance to the international competition, conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Winners of the international phase of the competition will be invited to perform their winning songs at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in August. Williams is the principal force behind this project. He has a roster of proteges and vocal students that extend from the U.S. to abroad and his reputation of extraordinary work has garnered respect amongst the local community and music industry. In 2006, Williams became an adjunct instructor for one of Florida's top private schools, Lake Highland Preparatory School, assisting in arranging music and the development of their boy's vocal group, 901 North. Sims has taught and produced special events for over 25 years. As the founding Director of the Academy Singers organization, she writes, composes and produces original scripts and programs. Sims inspires young performers to reach for excellence and provides opportunities to showcase their enthusiastic gifts of singing, performing and embracing the arts. Reynolds brings her"triple threat"enthusiasm and experience to every performance challenge. Taking on an engagement as lyricist, choreographer and artistic consultant for the Academy Singers in Orlando, Fla., she shares the heritage of her own pre-professional preparation. Legacy 12 is a new group formed within the Academy Singers known for their varied repertoire of patriotic and inspirational vocal music. The group is a unique assembly of eight to 11-year-olds recognized for their vocal and artistic excellence and hails from Lake Highland Preparatory School in downtown Orlando, Fla. The Legacy 12 singers are John Dwyer, Erica Forbes, Julian James, Michaela Kayaleh, Jameson Malugen, Alejandro Nodarse, James Overmeyer, Jeanne Plakon, Mercedes Sapp, Christina Schreiber, Parker White and Martha Yergey. Winners from all the national competitions held world-wide, will now move on to the international competition sponsored by the IOC. Contestants will be reviewed from April to late June and the winner will be announced on July 1. Members of the IOC Commission for Culture, Olympic Education Commission, and members of the sport and music industries will select three winning performances and five runners-up on the basis of performance, and the ideals of"Sport and Olympism". Winners will receive the $15,000 for first-place, $10,000 for second-place and $5,000 for third-place and will be invited to perform at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. In addition, all winners and runners-up will receive certificates of achievement. For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529. This release is also available on the USOC 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. About the U.S. Sport Academy The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sport university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The Academy accepts students, regardless of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin. Located on the campus of the Academy is the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which is believed to have the largest collection of sport art in the world. ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature. Founded in 1984, ASAMA recognizes the importance of the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression.