Photo Courtesy: United States Olympic Committee
Prior to each Olympic event the United States Olympic Committee holds a Team USA Media Summit giving an opportunity for print, broadcast, online and photo journalists to conduct interviews and photo sessions with America's top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
The summit for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, to be hosted in Sochi, Russia, will take place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 and the USOC is excited to announce that the event will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Park City in Park City, Utah. More than 100 Team USA hopefuls for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will participate in the four-day event.
Roughly four months prior to the Opening Ceremony, reporters are able to conduct interviews during press conferences, roundtables, sports demonstrations and special television and radio interview sessions. Photographers will also have the opportunity to photograph the athletes.
"The Team USA Media Summit provides a valuable opportunity for journalists to become familiar with the stories of America's athletes prior to the Games, and we are excited to bring this event to Park City for the first time," says Patrick Sandusky in a press release. Sandusky is the USOC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer. "The state of Utah is one of the world's top winter sports destinations and will provide an inspiring backdrop for this important event. We're also pleased to bring the Media Summit to the training home of so many of our 2014 Team USA hopefuls."
The first full day of interviews will take place on Monday, Sept 30 and all press conferences and interview sessions will be held at the Grand Summit Conference Center, located minutes away from the Waldorf Astoria Park City by shuttle or gondola.
Before the Vancouver 2010 Games the Team USA Media Summit, hosted in Chicago, saw 84 Team USA hopefuls representing seven Olympic Sports and two Paralympic sports. Of the 84 athletes, 47 had previously competed in an Olympic or Paralympic Games, 70 represented Team USA at the 2010 Games and 32 won medals in Vancouver.
Details on credentialing and hotel reservations will be announced in the coming months.