Today, we are celebrating a special milestone on the Olympic calendar. In exactly one year, the London 2012 Olympic Games will commence. Several weeks later, the Paralympic Games will start. And hundreds of athletes from small towns and big cities across America will compete on behalf of our country.
As a proud sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams headed to these games, we marked the occasion by raising the Citi Team USA Flag at Citi's New York headquarters. We were joined by three impressive athletes:
- Alicia Sacramone, 2008 Olympic silver medalist (gymnastics)
- Susan Francia, Olympic gold medalist (rowing)
- Jeremy Campbell, two-time Paralympic gold medalist (discus and pentathlon)
As we countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the flag will travel to Citi branches, offices and sites around the country as a reminder of the people and stories behind Team USA.
The athletes we support through this sponsorship have often trained their entire lives for this moment and their commitment to excellence is inspiring. During 2012, our 200th anniversary, we will be proud to stand with our nation's Olympians as they bring the best of the American spirit to London.