ATHENS, Greece--Aug. 24, 2004-- Xerox Corporation and the United States Olympic Committee this morning hosted their 16th Breakfast with the Olympians, gathering more than 20 current and alumni U.S. Olympic athletes to celebrate the spirit of the Olympic Games.
Athletes from the 2004 Olympic Games - including medal-winning swimmer Ian Crocker and freestyle wrestling medal winner Patricia Miranda - as well as generations of medal-winning athletes - including swimmers John Naber and Donna de Varona, gymnastics gold medalists Bart Connor and Nadia Comaneci, high jump legend Dick Fosbury, and long distance runner Billy Mills - came together in Athens to celebrate America's Olympic victories, old and new. Highlights of the event included a panel discussion with athletes from the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, moderated by Naber, featuring stories of how they overcame adversity to achieve their Olympic dreams.
"The breakfast is designed to showcase the dedication and success of America's Olympians, both past and present," said Michael Mac Donald, president, Xerox North American Solutions Group. "This event is a highlight of Olympic festivities, bringing together athletes, customers and employees to honor the Games."
At the breakfast, the United States Olympic Committee honored 1976 Olympic swimming gold medalist Naber and 1984 Olympic gold medal gymnast Connor with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The event also included live demonstrations by athletes from the 2004 U.S. Olympic women's wrestling and women's weightlifting teams.
In addition to its support of the United States Olympic Team, Xerox is providing all of the document processing for the 2004 Olympic Games. Nearly 6,000 Xerox multifunction systems, printers and copiers have been printing and providing race results information to press, broadcasters, athletes, sponsors and Olympic staff at more than 140 venues across Greece. Xerox also collaborated with Naber to produce "Eureka!: How Innovation Changes the Olympic Games (and Everything Else)." Printed on the Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Press, the book chronicles innovations achieved in athletics over the years, complimented by examples of Xerox innovations achieved in technology.
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