“USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team”

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Nov. 21, 2007 —As 2007 draws to a close, fans hear firsthand the men’s outlook on the upcoming Olympic year 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).


Some of the top gymnasts who share why they are looking forward to 2008 are: 2006 world pommel horse bronze medalist Alexander Artemev of Morrison, Colo.; 2007 U.S. all-around champion David Durante of Garwood, N.J.; 2007 U.S. vault champion Sean Golden of Camden, N.J.; and 2006-07 Tyson American Cup champion Jonathan Horton of Houston. All four were members of the 2007 World Championships Team, which placed fourth to qualify the USA for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


The men share what it was like getting back into the gym after the World Championships, how their success there has impacted their training, the pending Olympic Games and how making the team is their ultimate goal.


USA Gymnastics:  Behind the Team” is a joint initiative of USA Gymnastics and AT&T.


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.


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. For more information, log on to www.usa-gymnastics.org.