© Steve Lange

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 23, 2010 – The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics today announced that the 2000 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team will be awarded their Olympic team bronze medals at a special ceremony on Aug. 11 in Hartford, Conn., in conjunction with the 2010 Visa Championships. The medal ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the XL Center, just prior to the start of the first day of the senior men’s gymnastics competition. Anita DeFrantz, one of the USA’s International Olympic Committee members, will represent the IOC at the ceremony.

“We are excited about recognizing this athletic accomplishment,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Hosting the medals ceremony with our national championships will allow the USA Gymnastics family to be a part of the affair. Every athlete dreams about being awarded an Olympic medal."

The members of the 2000 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team are: Amy Chow, Jamie Dantzscher, Dominique Dawes, Kristen Maloney, Elise Ray and Tasha Schwikert. Morgan White was named to the team but withdrew just prior to the Games due to injury, and Alyssa Beckerman was the alternate.

“The USOC supports USA Gymnastics’ efforts to create a meaningful ceremony for the women’s gymnastics team,” said Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. “We are glad that gymnastics fans in Hartford and around the country will be able to honor the achievements of these women.”

The IOC recently stripped China of its 2000 Olympic Games women’s team bronze medal because one of its athletes did not meet the age requirement.