U.S. Olympic Heritage Athletes to be honored at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Track and field Olympic Gold Medal winners will be present for their events
Eugene, Ore. Â (June 15, 2012) ÂÂÂÂ World-renowned athletes who made Olympic history will be honored at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Â Track & Field, the TrackTown 12 Local Organizing Committee announced Friday.
Most of the athletes will be honored in conjunction with the days their events will be held during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Athletes will be saluted with a video tribute and spectator recognition.
ÂThe Heritage Athlete ceremonies are a unique way to connect the great history of the sport with the present day,Â said Vin Lananna, co-chair of the TrackTown12 Local Organizing Committee.
The schedule for Olympic gold medalists to be honored in person at Hayward Field is:
Friday, June 22
Billy Mills Â 1964 MenÂs 10,000 meters
Joan Benoit Samuelson Â 1984 WomenÂs marathon
Saturday, June 23
Wyomia Tyus Â 1964 and 1968, WomenÂs 100 meters
Gail Devers Â 1992 and 1996, WomenÂs 100 meters
Dick Fosbury Â 1968 MenÂs high jump
Sunday, June 24
Bob Beamon Â 1968 MenÂs long jump
Monday, June 25
Madeline Manning Mims Â 1968 WomenÂs 800 meters
Thursday, June 28
Mac Wilkins Â 1976 MenÂs discus
Friday, June 29
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Â1988 and 1992 heptathlon; 1988 WomenÂs long jump
Saturday, June 30
Roger Kingdom Â 1984 and 1988 110 hurdles
Sunday, July 1
Carl Lewis Â 1984 100 and 200 meters, long jump, 4x100 relay; 1988 100 meters
Al Oerter and Wilma Rudolph will also be honored posthumously. Oerter, four-time Olympic gold medal discus thrower in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968, will be represented by his wife, Cathy, on Thursday, June 28, just prior to the final in the menÂs discus. Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games in 1960 (in the 100, 200 and 400 relay). She will be honored on Saturday, June 30, before the 200-meter womenÂs final.
Madeline Manning Mims, an accomplished singer who is the only American woman to have won an Olympic 800-meter title, will sing the National Anthem on her honorary day Â June 25.
TrackTown 12, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Â Track & Field competition and free, 10-day, 20-acre interactive fan experience, will take place in Eugene, Ore. from June 21 to July 1, 2012. The U.S. Olympic Trials competition is the largest national championship track meet in the world and will select the athletes to represent Team USA at the London Olympic Games in 2012. The TrackTown12 fan experience is produced by SportsOne, a leading national sports and entertainment marketing agency based in Beaverton, Ore. SportsOne also produced the fan experience at Eugene08, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field. For the extensive sustainability efforts in 2008, the Oregon Track Club and the Eugene08 LOC received the International Olympic CommitteeÂs inaugural Sport and the Environment Award for North America in March 2009. For more information on the U.S. Olympic Trials, visit www.TrackTown12.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marilyn Milne
TrackTown12 Local Organizing Committee