Press Release

Press invited to "Making Team USA"

Event to be held at Rockefeller Center


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(11/03/2009) - NEW YORK , N.Y. -- The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and presenting sponsor Hilton Worldwide will kick off the 100-day countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in grand fashion by turning New York's Rockefeller Center into a winter wonderland on Nov. 4. Through Olympic sports demonstrations by all eight winter sports, appearances by Olympians and Paralympians and hopefuls, as well as various sponsor activities, the USOC will awaken the excitement of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and spotlight the individual journeys of athletes striving for spots on Team USA.

The event will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Media are asked to check in at a table in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

WHO: Below is a list of Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls attending the event:

• David Backes - 2010 Olympic hopeful (men's hockey)
• ***Lowell Bailey -2010 Olympic hopeful (biathlon, '06)
• ***Leslie Bancroft Krichko (nordic skiing, '80 & '88) • John Benton - 2010 Olympic hopeful (curling)
• ***Alana Blahoski (ice hockey, '98)
• ***Jeff Blatnick (wrestling, '84)
• Gretchen Bleiler - 2010 hopeful (snowboarding, '06)
• Rockne Brubaker - 2010 hopeful (figure skating, pairs - skates with Keauna McLaughlin)

• Steve Cash - 2010 Paralympic hopeful (sled hockey)
• JR Celski - 2010 Olympic hopeful (short track speedskating)
• ***Joey Cheek (speedskating, '02 & '06)
• Bill Cleary (hockey, '60) In 1996 he was selected as one of the "100 Golden Olympians" by the USOC.)
• Emily Cook -2010 hopeful (skiing - aerials, '06)
• Jim Craig - (hockey, '80)
• ***Scott Donie (diving, '92 & '96)
• Mike Eruzione - (hockey, '80)
• Fuzz Feddersen - (skiing-aerials, 1988, '92 & '94)
• Rowdy Gaines - Emcee of the event (swimming, '80, '84)
• ***Melissa Gregory-Petukhov, (figure skating, ice dancing, '06)
• ***Bethany Hart (bobsled - alternate, '06)
• Sarah Hughes - (figure skating, '02)
• Yeon Hwan Park (taekwondo, '88)
• Jeff Isaacson - 2010 Olympic hopeful (curling)
• Steve Janaszak - (hockey, '80)
• Nicole Joraanstand - 2010 Olympic hopeful (curling)
• James Joseph - 2010 Paralympic hopeful (curling)
• Jacquelyn Kapinowski - 2010 Paralympic hopeful (curling)
• Sho Kashima - 2010 Olympic hopeful (skiing - moguls)
• Debbie McCormick -2010 Olympic hopeful (curling, '06)
• Keauna McLaughlin - 2010 hopeful (figure skating, pairs - skates with Rockne Brubaker)
• Tim Morehouse (fencing, '08)
• Vladimir Myshkin - Russian men's hockey player ('80 & '84)
• Jim O'Rourke (canoe/kayak, '64)
• Suzie Paxton (fencing, '96)
• Augusto Perez - 2010 Paralympic hopeful (curling)
• ***Carol Peterka (team handball, '88, '92 & '96)
• Jeret "Speedy" Peterson - 2010 hopeful (skiing - aerials, '06)
• ***Denis Petukhov (figure skating, ice dancing, '06)
• Allison Pottinger - 2010 Olympic hopeful (curling)
• Jason Rogers (fencing,'04 & '08)
• John Shuster - 2010 Olympic hopeful (curling, '06)
• Jason Smith - 2010 Olympic hopeful (curling)
• ***Lorenzo Smith (bobsled, '06)
• ***JoJo Starbuck (figure skating, '68 & '72)
• James Williams (fencing, '08)
• ***August Wolf (athletics, '84)
• Andy Yohe - 2010 Paralympic hopeful (sled hockey

*** -- will escort local area school children through the Winter Festival

WHAT: Making Team USA: 100 Days to Vancouver

WHEN: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 Below is a schedule of events. Please note that the schedule is approximate and times could change.

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: McDonald's will sample product
7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Approximately 300 children from seven area schools will attend the Making Team USA: 100 Days to Vancouver event. Each school will be escorted by designated Olympians (see above).
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Winter Sports Festival, sponsored by Acer, with interactive demonstrations of Winter Olympic sports and sponsor showcasing

WHERE: Winter Sports Demonstrations and Interactive areas will take place in the Channel Gardens, 50 Rockefeller and on the plaza above the rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Activities at the sports booths include:

Biathlon - Fans will meet Olympians and 2010 hopefuls Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke and with the help of a "ski-ergometer" have the chance to experience the sport of biathlon without stepping foot in the snow. This device is a special piece of equipment that simulates what the athletes are dealing with as they try to shoot at targets with an increased heart rate.

Bobsled/Skeleton - Here fans will have the chance to sit in an actual bobsled and imagine soaring down the ice at 90 miles per hour.

Curling - In addition to an on-ice demonstration, fans can feel a curling stone and learn how to hold the broom. There will also be an opportunity to meet the first members to be nominated to the USOC for inclusion on the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

Figure Skating - Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes and Olympian JoJo Starbuck will lead invited New York school children on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center to enjoy a free session on the ice in honor of their participation in the event. Fans will also have the chance to meet Sarah and view some of the competitive costumes worn by former champions.

Ice Hockey - Watch Olympic gold medalists Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione and Steve Janaszak reunite with Russian team member Vladimir Myshkin to celebrate the 30th anniversary on the now famous USA vs. Russia "Miracle on Ice" duel. 1960 Olympic gold medalist Bill Cleary and 2010 Olympic hopeful David Backes will also be present to meet fans. USA Hockey will also have a Rapid Hands interactive area which includes four stations where fans can practice their stick handling skills.

Luge - Fans will be able to take a dry-land run through Rockefeller Plaza.

Ski/Snowboard - Experience the thrill of aerial skiing with an exhibition by the Flying Aces trampoline group. Also, fans will have the chance to meet Olympic silver medalist in the women's half pipe Gretchen Bleiler and Olympian Jered "Speedy" Peterson. Speedy is the only man in the world to compete his signature three-flip, five-twist maneuver - the "Hurricane" - considered the most difficult trick in the sport.

Sponsor Booths/Activities at the Winter Festival include:

Hilton Worldwide - As the presenting sponsor of the event, Hilton Worldwide will sponsor "Hilton Worldwide Free Skates" with Olympians Sarah Hughes and JoJo Starbuck for local school children. Hilton Worldwide will also sponsor a meet and greet/autograph session and exhibition skate with 2010 Olympic hopefuls Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker. Additionally, Hilton Worldwide will sponsor the 2010 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Curling Team's Making Team USA moment.

Acer - Sponsor of the Winter Festival and will display their latest line of Netbooks, Notebooks and LCD displays. 2008 Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse will blog throughout the day about their experiences at the Making Team USA: 100 Days to Vancouver event at Rockefeller Center.

24 Hour Fitness - Will sponsor the U.S. Olympic 5-Ring Challenge. This Olympic sport aptitude test gives participants the opportunity to evaluate their skill level and determine which Olympic sports may best be suited for them. This Olympic sport evaluation assesses an individual's level in five areas of athleticism: power, agility, flexibility, speed and strength. Exercises are basic drills that require minimal set-up and can be performed at home.

Cola-Cola - Will unveil their new commemorative Olympic packaging featuring collectible 12 ounce can.

McDonald's - Will sample products on the plaza from 7:00-9:00 a.m.