[Copied from usfsa.org]
(8/18/2005) - The U.S. Olympic Committee announced yesterday the finalists for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, which include 1992 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano. The public is invited to vote online at www.usolympicteam.com now through Sept. 21 to narrow down the 15 finalists to five inductees.
Also among the finalists for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame is figure skating coach Carlo Fassi. Fassi coached 1968 Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill. He is among five coaches in the finals, one of which will be inducted into the 2006 Hall of Fame.
The 2006 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame will include five individual athletes, one team, one Paralympian and one coach. The finalists were selected by a nominating committee consisting of athletes, members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, historians and USOC representatives. The inductees will be selected based on online voting at www.usolympicteam.com. Voting ends on Sept. 21, and the inductees will be announced in October. A full list of the finalists and their biographies can be found on the web site.
The induction ceremony will take place Dec. 8 in Chicago, Ill., at the Harris Theatre and will again feature an awards-style show. Additionally, a nationally-televised special will air early in 2006 to enable sports fans across the United States to relive the moments that catapulted the Class of 2006 inductees to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame status. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of America's premier athletes in the modern Olympic Games. The first U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1983 and included Olympic greats Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe and Muhammad Ali. In 2004, after a 12-year hiatus, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame was revived. To date, 182 athletes and six U.S. teams have been inducted.