Park City, UT, Oct. 18, 2000–Olympic gold medalist Debbie Armstrong (Seattle, WA) is helping the Salt Lake Olympic Committee, White House Millennium Council and American Forests to announce “Global ReLeaf Sarajevo” for the war torn city on Wed., Oct 18, 2000.
“Global ReLeaf Sarajevo” is a campaign to plant hundreds of thousands of trees in the city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Armstrong won the Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom (GS) at the ’84 Sarajevo Olympic Games. Her teammate Christin Cooper won the first Olympic GS run with Armstrong close behind in second place. “Let’s just have some fun,” Armstrong chirped as the second run got underway. And she did! “Debstrong” pulled past Cooper for the gold medal, leading an unprecedented 1-2-4 USA showing on the podium; Cooper was second with Tamara McKinney the near-miss fourth.
The “Global ReLeaf Sarajevo” announcement will take place in the White House’s Old Executive Office Building in the Indian Treaty Room, Room 474, 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. at 9:30 am on Wed., Oct. 18. Armstrong will join the following for the announcement:
· Daniel Glickman, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
· Mitt Romney, President of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002.
· Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, Co-Chair of the White House Task Force on the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic and Paralympic Games.
· Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Advisor to the First Lady on the Millennium.
· Mickey Ibarra, Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Co-Vice Chair of the White House Task Force on 2002 Salt Lake Olympic and Paralympic Games.
· Igor Davidovic, Ambassador to the US from Bosnia and Herzegovina
· Debbie Armstrong, Gold Medalist, giant slalom, 1984 Olympics, Sarajevo.
· Deborah Gangloff, executive director of American Forests.
The news conference will present the national and international urban forestry initiatives of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, and launch “Global ReLeaf Sarajevo,” a tree-planting initiative coordinated by American Forests that will help restore the urban forest in the war-ravaged city.
The education and action campaign developed in cooperation with “Park” Sarajevo allows individuals, organizations, and corporations to help plant and care for trees in Sarajevo, Bosnia, which hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. Wars in recent years forced residents of Sarajevo to use city trees for fuel for heat and cooking. This left slopes surrounding the city severely deforested, creating a major risk of landslides. The overall goal is to plant 300,000 hillside trees and over 3,000 trees along the streets of Sarajevo. Some 15,000 hillside trees and 100 street trees are now being planted in the first phase of the effort.