The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008. The Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians, coaches and teams. Every Olympic year, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inducts a new class.
This year, three figure skating legends comprise part of the class: 1988 Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano; 1960 Olympic gold medalist Carol Heiss Jenkins; and skating coach Carlo Fassi, who coached Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, John Curry, Robin Cousins and Jill Trenary, among many others. Fassi died of a heart attack in 1997 while attending the World Figure Skating Championships.
For 2008, the complete list of inductees are:
- Individuals: Karch Kiraly, Bruce Baumgartner, Joan Benoit, Brian Boitano, Oscar de La Hoya, J. Michael Plumb, David Robinson, Amy Van Dyken, Lones W. Wigger, Jr.
- Paralympian: John Morgan
- Coach: Carlo Fassi
- Veteran: Carol Heiss Jenkins
- Team: 1996 Womenâs Gymnastics Team â Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps and Kerri Strug
- Special Contributor: Frank Marshall
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on June 19, 2008 at 7 PM at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Tickets for this televised event range from $100 to $250.
UPDATE June 3, 2008: You can watch the ceremony on Sunday, August 3, 2008, on NBC from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. ET.