U.S. Olympic hopeful Julie Zetlin joins USPS for dedication stamp ceremony
posted on 02/15/2012

Photos by Tracey L. Callahan Molnar

Resembling the elegance and flow of the rhythmic gymnastics, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated this year's "Love Ribbons Forever" stamp on Feb. 14 alongside Julie Zetlin, the USA's top-ranked rhythmic gymnast, and her U.S. National Rhythmic Gymnastics teammates at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

More than 300 children from the surrounding community, along with stamp collectors from across the Southwest, attended the First-Day-of-Issue event as the rhythmic U.S. National Team signed autographs, posed for photos, as well as performed a special routine to commemorate the special occasion.

The 16 rhythmic national team members are among more than 200 rhythmic gymnasts competing Feb. 15-19 in the 2012 Rhythmic Invitational and Rhythmic Challenge in Colorado Springs.

Schedule:

    Tentative competition schedule is as follows:
    Invitational
    Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Level 6 Competition
    Thursday, Feb. 16 – Level 7 & 8 Competition
    Friday, Feb. 17 – Level 8 & 9/10 Junior Competition
    Saturday, Feb. 18 – Level 9/10 Junior & 9/10 Senior Competition
    Challenge/Group Championships
    Sunday, Feb. 19 – Group Competition/Festival Rhythmic & Rhythmic Challenge

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Venues:

    U.S. Olympic Training Center. The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee administration and the Olympic Training Center programs. As of August 1998, there are 12 USOC member organizations that have their national headquarters on the complex, and 12 other member organizations and two international sports federations located nearby in Colorado Springs.

    The Olympic Complex, former home of ENT Air Force Base and the headquarters of the North American Defense Command, officially became USOC administrative headquarters in July 1978. In October 1996 and April 1997, the USOC officially dedicated and opened its new $23.8 million, Phase II facilities-a state-of-the-art sports medicine and sport science center, an athlete center, which includes a dining hall and two residence halls. The USOC is able to provide housing, dining, recreational facilities and other services for up to 557 coaches and athletes at one time on the complex.

Organizations:

    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, acrobatic gymnastics and group gymnastics. For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.

    United States Postal Service. A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.