The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place on June 19, 2008 at the Harris Theater in Chicago. 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 and in April, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the Class of 2008, which included three figure skating legends:
1988 Olympic champion Brian Boitano, 1960 Olympic champion Carol Heiss Jenkins and legendary coach Carlo Fassi. (link to complete list of inductees) Fassi was honored posthumously in the Coach category and wife Christa accepted the award.
Presenters at the ceremony included 1992 Olympic champion and Dancing with the Stars winner Kristi Yamaguchi (see right arriving for ceremony), 1968 Olympic champion Peggy Fleming and two-time Olympic gold medalist and long-time commentator Dick Button. Kristi, Peggy and Dick are already in the Hall of Fame, along with Tenley Albright and Dorothy Hamill.
Below are photos from the ceremony and the red carpet, courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
(Photos: Jerry Lai/Getty Images. (c) 2008, U.S. Olympic Committee. Used with permission.)
Dick Button and Peggy Fleming:
Carol Heiss Jenkins and Hayes Alan Jenkins:
Carol Heiss Jenkins:
Other inductees included the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team -- "The Magnificent Seven." From left to right, presenter Bart Conner, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Amanda Borden, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu and Jaycie Phelps:
I can't get over how different gymnast Shannon Miller, age 31, looks now! This is an example of excellent and subtle plastic surgery (rhinoplasty):
All inductees (far right is Mrs. Christa Fassi):
(NOTE: The ceremony will be televised tomorrow, August 3, 2008, on NBC, from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. ET.)