New York To mark the year-out milestone to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Citi, an official sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the U.S. Olympic Committee, held a ceremonial Citi Team USA flag-raising event outside the Citibank Financial Center at its headquarters in New York City. Olympic silver medalist Alicia Sacramone (gymnastics), Olympic gold medalist Susan Francia (rowing), and two-time Paralympic gold medalist Jeremy Campbell (discus, pentathlon) joined Citi CEO Vikram Pandit and employees to kick off the one-year countdown.
"Observing this important milestone on the Olympic calendar with inspiring athletes was a great way to celebrate our sponsorship of Team USA," said Citi CEO Vikram Pandit. "Helping America's athletes fulfill their Olympic dreams is one way to demonstrate our support for the athletes and our country, reinforcing the commitment to excellence we share. In 2012, our 200th anniversary, we will be proud to stand with our nation's Olympians and Paralympians as they bring the best of the American spirit to London."
At the event, the athletes spoke to employees about their experiences at the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games and shared their journeys as Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls as they compete to represent the U.S. at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As America's global bank for nearly 200 years, Citi's mission of helping individuals, businesses, institutions and nations succeed in the global marketplace complements the USOC's mission of supporting U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and thereby inspiring all Americans.
Citi is the official bank sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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The United States Olympic Committee is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. For more information, please visit www.teamusa.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.