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Guideposts Website Celebrates Olympic Heroes

5 Aug

For Immediate Release

New York, August 5, 2008. To honor America's participation in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Guideposts ( has put together one of the largest selections of personal stories by Olympic athletes anywhere online. The Olympic special section on Guideposts site is live today and will be up throughout August.

Unique among all media, for over 60 years Guideposts magazine has specialized in having the person a story is about tell their own story, in their own words. These first-person accounts of success or failure, personal change and the triumph of the human spirit include some of the most revealing and inspirational stories about our Olympic heroes ever recorded.

Guideposts site includes stories by current Olympians competing in the Beijing Games including: swimmer Mark Warkentin (California) making the team on his third try, women's soccer star Amy Rodriguez (Texas) and platform diver, 2000 gold-medalist, Laura Wilkinson (California). Plus, there's an exclusive behind-the-scenes and Q & A with gymnast Shawn Johnson (Iowa).

From Guideposts in years past, there are personal stories by some of America's most famous and beloved Olympic heroes like: Jesse Owens' own account of his experiences in the 1936 Berlin Games, Billy Mills 10,000 meter gold-medalist from the 1964 Tokyo Games, Al Oerter who won gold in the discus throw four Olympics in a row (1956, 60, 64 and 68), diver Mary Ellen Clark who battled vertigo to win her second medal, Coach Forrest "Phog" Allen winning gold with the 1952 men's basketball team, 2000 gold-medalist wrestler Brandon Slay and many, many more.

In addition to inspirational first-person stories that can't be viewed anywhere else, Guideposts Olympic content provides a lot of facts and fun for readers wanting to get closer to the games.
* A complete, detailed timeline over the decades of the modern Olympic Games.
* Where Are They Now profiles of greats from recent Olympics.
* Trivia Quiz - Go for the gold with this test of Olympic knowledge.

Whether it's unforgettable Olympic moments, inspirational stories by our Olympic heroes or testing your Olympic knowledge, is a great way to bring the 2008 Summer Olympic Games into your daily life in a more personal way.

For Immediate Release:

Contact: John Baroody (212) 370-9700 x118


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