Fan-friendly Team USA Bracket Challenge launched on U.S. Olympic Team Facebook page
posted on 03/29/2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As college basketball season marches toward championship play, the U.S. Olympic Team Facebook page has launched a fan-friendly bracket of its own. Starting today, March 28, 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.

Starting with the following 16 moments, which represent eight Olympic sports, fans will have three days to vote on each pairing until the challenge's most popular moment is revealed. The top-eight moments will be announced March 31, top-four on April 2, top-two on April 5 and the winning moment on April 8.

Basketball: The "Dream Team" (Barcelona, 1992) - vs. - The "Redeem Team" (Beijing, 2008)
Gymnastics: The "Magnificent Seven" (Atlanta, 1996) - vs. - The "Fierce Five" (London, 2012)
Swimming: Jason Lezak (Beijing, 2008) - vs. - Michael Phelps (Beijing, 2008)
Track & Field: Jesse Owens (Berlin, 1936) - vs. - Joan Benoit Samuelson (Los Angeles, 1984)
Figure Skating: Brian Boitano (Calgary, 1988) - vs. - Sarah Hughes (Salt Lake City, 2002)
Ice Hockey: "Miracle on Ice" (Moscow, 1980) - vs. - U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team (Nagano, 1998)
Speedskating: Eric Heiden (Lake Placid, 1980) - vs. - Dan Jansen (Lillehammer, 1994)
Alpine Skiing: Lindsey Vonn (Vancouver, 2010) - vs. - Bode Miller (Vancouver, 2010)

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.