COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Atlanta's Magnificent Seven, the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win the Olympic team gold medal, has advanced to the Elite Eight of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team USA Bracket Challenge and faces off with basketball's 1992 Dream Team. As college basketball season prepares for the Final Four, the U.S. Olympic Team Facebook page has launched a fan-friendly bracket of its own. Voting for the Elite Eight ends today with announcement of the Final Four moments tomorrow, April 2.
Team USA moments - from the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin to the 2012 Olympic Games in London - will go head-to-head in a fan vote to determine Team USA's most popular Olympic moment according to Facebook voters in the Team USA Bracket Challenge.
In addition, swimming's 2008 men's 4x100 relay faces Jesse Owens' 1936 performance; figure skating's Sarah Hughes faces hockey's 1980 Miracle on Ice; and Dan Jansen faces Lindsey Vonn.
The launch of the Team USA Bracket Challenge follows a series of U.S. Olympic Team Facebook apps that help bring fans closer to the Olympic Movement by continuing the Olympic conversation beyond Games-time. Other Team USA apps have offered Facebook fans exclusive video content via YouTube, the opportunity to video chat live with athletes, a 20-question poll to determine, "What Olympic Sport are You?," and an interactive map where fans can locate Olympic Day activities in their local communities.