Stowe Gears Up for Olympic Challenge

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Stowe, VT Jan. 6--Want to meet a former Olympic champion? If so, head to Stowe, VT this weekend (Jan. 7-9) for the Seventh Annual US Olympic Challenge. This benefit brings past Olympic champions together with Vermont and US Olympic hopefuls to raise money for Olympic training camps and Vermont skiers with gold-medal dreams.

Olympic Gold Medallists Mary Lou Retton, Dan Jansen, and Steve Lundquist, Silver Medallist Steve Mahre, and former Olympic figure skater Caryn Kadavy will head a cast of celebrities and former Olympians at this year's event. Celebrity co-hosts for the Challenge will be two-time Women's World Extreme Skiing Champion Kim Reichhelm and CBS sports personality Michael Barkann.

"We are extremely proud of the fact that Vermont, despite our small size and population, has made such a huge contribution to America's Olympic athletes," said Karen Marshall, chairperson for the Vermont State Olympic Committee. "We feel that here the true spirit of the Olympics shines untarnished."

This three-day benefit offers many events open to the public held throughout the weekend. These events include a dual slalom race, the Vermont Future Olympian Challenge ski race, fireworks and torchlight ceremonies, a dinner and auction at the Topnotch Resort, and a concert at the Rusty Nail Tavern.

Over the past seven years, the US Olympic Challenge at Stowe has become the single most successful USOC fund-raising event by any state, generating more than $1 million for US Olympic athletes.

For more information on all US Olympic Challenge events, visit Stowe's website at