INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 15, 2008 – 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Mary Lou Retton, 2007 U.S. all-around champion David Durante of Garwood, N.J., and 2007 world team champion Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., share what it is like to talk to aspiring gymnasts and youngsters about the benefits of gymnastics and being involved in the newest episode of "USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team," the online series available only on the AT&T blue room Team USA site (www.attblueroom.com/teamusa). Durante’s and Sacramone’s visits were part of the promotional efforts for the Visa Championships, while Retton went to Linwood, N.J., to see gymnasts at Bright Stars Gymnastics, which won a visit from the Olympic champion through the AT&T "Behind the Team" sweepstakes.
Retton, Durante and Sacramone talk about inspiring young gymnasts to work hard and pursue their dreams, as well as the fun in answering a variety of questions and giving advice on how to achieve their goals. Retton, Durante and Sacramone share which gymnasts they looked up to when they were young and give insight into becoming heroes to thousands of kids around the country.
"USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team" is a joint initiative of USA Gymnastics and AT&T.
AT&T U-verse TV customers can watch episodes of " USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team" by accessing the U-verse VOD library.
Visitors to the AT&T blue room Team USA site can sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new "Behind the Team" episodes are launched. Visitors can also download a free, customizable USA Gymnastics Desktop Communicator. The Communicator includes an RSS news feed, alerts users to breaking gymnastics news, runs a countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, displays weather information for selected ZIP codes and showcases special promotions and offers.
The AT&T blue room Team USA site gives sports fans intimate access to U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls across a range of sports. AT&T is an official partner of USA Gymnastics.
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Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.