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Rockers On Broadway — Donnie Kehr’s 26th edition of his Rockers On Broadway Monday night was a smashing success. Mostly due to the presence of certified Broadway-star Christie Brinkley in the audience, cheering on her daughter Alexa Ray Joel; who did a wondrous version of “New York State of Mind,” written by her father Billy.

Alexa Ray Joel

The show started in brilliant fashion with Justin Sargent’s take on “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” a signature song from The Who. Lisa Brescia followed with a great take on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” Sam Behr followed with Chaka Khan’s “Tell me Something Good” and a smashing version of the Bill Wither’s chestnut, “Lovely Day” from James Harknes, literally electrified the audience.

Keith Carradine and David Salidor at Rockers On Broadway

Ryann Redmond’s “I Will Survive,” the Gloria Gaynor-hit was next and then a stunning version of “I’m Easy” from Keith Carradine, from the brilliant Robert Altman film Nashville (1975).

Robert Funaro; Donnie Kehr; Russ Titleman; and, Keith Carradine at Rockers On Broadway

Producer-extraordinaire Russ Titleman was properly honored with snippets of some of his biggest hits; James Taylor’s “Shower The People” and Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven.”

Rupert Holmes followed with his “Escape: The Pina Colada Song.” I was standing with Rupert and Rockers-PR man David Salidor, when he said that the song was a hit almost 40 years ago to the day. Talk about lasting power.

Tommy Brunett’s “My Sharona” followed as well as a stirring “Take Me To The Pilot” from Isabelle Gottfried And, Heart’s Barracuda from Tamika Lawrence; which was just sensational. What a voice … anthemic for sure.

The show closed with Constantine Maroulis’ take on “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Seen in the crowd, were; Bad Company’s Simon Kirke; Jimmy Bralower; May Pang; Mike McCann from Premiere Radio; Wireimage’s Bobby Bank; Rockers-producer Cori Gardner; Bassist-extraordinaire Will Lee; and, actor-Robert Funaro, now in Marty Scorsese’s The Irishman, and he just shot an episode of Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan.

A really superior event. Good one Donnie!

Ricky Gervais

RICKY RETURNS — Ricky Gervais has been pressed into service once again and will host the 77th annualGolden Globes next year.

While the Oscars and the Emmys went hostless this year – to middling reviews- the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s NBC-broadcast shindig is putting a blast from the past front and center with the After Life creator playing ringmaster and MC for a fifth time on January 5, 2020.

“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse,” said Gervais of the host job for the three-hour show. “But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening,” he added with a clear sense of threat for nominees and organizers alike.

Can’t say they weren’t warned.

Fact is the Comcast-owned network, dick clark productions and the HFPA had been looking at a variety of comedians since early this summer to shoulder the hosting gig, but talk kept coming back to Gervais, I hear. After preliminary talks with Team Ricky went well, a formal offer was made and accepted in the last week or so.

After years of the boozy Globes going without a host, Gervais roasted Hollywood at the annual Beverly Hilton-based ceremony in 2010, 2011 and 2012 before handing the reins to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for three years. Lured back in 2016 (after saying he was done hosting), the often scathing co-creator of The Office was followed by NBC late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers in 2017 and 2018, respectively.Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andy Samberg and Killing Eve star and Globes winner Sandra Oh held things in check this year. Now Gervais will be back for the 25th anniversary of the often freewheeling ceremony.

“There is always palpable electricity in the room when Ricky takes the Globes stage,” NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy said about the record-holding host. “His return as master of ceremonies at theGolden Globes is much anticipated. It is sure to make for an unexpected evening. We can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve.”

“When Ricky Gervais is at the helm of the Golden Globes Awards, we can always expect the unexpected,” HFPA chief Lorenzo Soria added of the comedian, who has scolded the 90-member group repeatedly in jokes in the past. “We’re excited to see it all unfold on January 5!”

Oh, be careful what you ask for there, gents, in hoping for the ratings traction that eluded the 76th annualGolden Globes.

As well as hosting the Golden Globes, Gervais has another season of After Life coming to Netflix,apparently next year as well.

MORE CROWES —The Black Crowes have played their first show since announcing their reunion just hours earlier on the Howard Stern Show.

New York City was treated to a live album perform of The Black Crowes 1990 debut album Shake Your Moneymaker. The 2020 reunion tour will also feature a full performance of the album.

In the Stern interview Chris Robinson talked about his depression and his “negative bullshit”. That negativity split the band and developed into a six year gap where Chris and his brother Rich didn’t communicate at all.

Here’s their setlist from the show:  

“Twice as Hard” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Jealous Again” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Sister Luck” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Could I’ve Been So Blind” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Seeing Things” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Hard to Handle” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Thick N’ Thin” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“She Talks to Angels” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Struttin’ Blues” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

“Stare It Cold” (from Shake Your Moneymaker, 1990)

Encore:

“It’s Only Rock n’ Roll” (The Rolling Stones cover)

The Black Crowes will begin their reunion tour in Austin, Texas on 17 June 2020.

SHORT TAKES — Coco Dolenz returns to the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, California, this Saturday. Big-brother Micky Dolenz will also be on-hand. Variety’s Roy Trakin will be there too …February 2020 looks to be quite the month for music: Hall and Oates will play MSG in NYC on February 28 ; Micky Dolenz plays My Father’s Place on February 23; and, Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam is at MFP on February 21 … Nice to see Kathie Lee Gifford returns to Today yesterday on their third hour. She looks great and relaxed. Kudos! … SIGHTING: Stumptown’s Adrian Martinez seen on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights … Woody Allen won his suit against Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. The settlement is not known, but the Woodman was suing for around $68 million. Bet Bezos took the money out of petty cash … Here’s a story about a newly-known guitar slinger, with a famous father. He played Huntington’s Paramount Theater last week, and a journalist from a very-prominent publication was set to interview him. Literally, at the last moment, the rugged was pulled out on the writer. The guitarist’s former-publicist said that “an act like that was not uncommon. Poor management; poor direction and poor advice from his team, was most likely the case.” … And, don’t forget, Mary Wilson and Mark Bego at the Paramus, New Jersey Barnes and Noble Saturday; and, on Sunday at the B&N in Clifton, New Jersey, for their current hit book, Supreme Glamour (Thames + Hudson).

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tim Plumley; Steve Leeds; William Schill; Jimmy Bralower; Keith Carradine; Robert Funaro; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Gordon Silva; Cori Gardner; Mark Bego; Jacqueline Boyd; Harrison Jordan; Tyrone Biljan; Dan Melinski; and, Ziggy!

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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Glen-Gery Launches First U.S. Exclusive Edition of Materiality at Dazzling New York Event

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Glen-Gery is once again bringing beautiful artistic impressions to the world. On April 18, they hosted an exclusive launch event for the first U.S. edition of “Materiality.” Over 300 guests gathered at Brickworks Design Studio on 5th Avenue for a spectacular event that showcased lively discussions with experts during “Shapes to the X Degree.”

The discussion was moderated by Morris Adjmi of Morris Adjmi Architects and spotlighted panelists Stanley Saitowtiz of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc; Gregory Hoss of David M. Schwarz Architects; Kent Suhrbier, FAIA, LEED AP of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Ben Widger, AIA of Kennedy Violich Architects; Arthur Chang of NADAAA Inc. and Diego Samuel of HDR.

“In an era where architectural trends and materials come and go, brick’s enduring beauty, versatility and resilience stand out as a cornerstone in shaping structures that transcend time and inspire generations,” says Tim Leese, director of marketing for Brickworks North America. “Within its pages, Materiality: Brick in contemporary university architecture vividly illustrates this belief, showcasing the most exceptional architectural projects and designs from universities across the U.S.”

Featured architects brilliantly discussed how unique architectural designs and details can be achieved using masonry. Each honored professional spent time passionately explaining projects around America that re-shaped the modern landscape. It was a fascinating presentation that the audience enjoyed from start to finish.

The “Materiality” discussion was followed by Glen-Gery announcing its first-ever architect collaboration program to educate and empower the current and future generations of architects and designers.

All event attendees, including architects, designers and students, were given a chance to receive a one-of-a-kind collaboration opportunity with Glen-Gery to become an honorary member of its R&D Team. Those chosen will have the chance to visit the company’s Mid-Atlantic factory in Pennsylvania where they will work with Glen-Gery to design a custom brick shape, which can then serve as the centerpiece for conceptual building project renderings or sketches, cementing the program’s transformative impact.

“In an era where architectural trends and materials come and go, brick’s enduring beauty, versatility and resilience stand out as a cornerstone in shaping structures that transcend time and inspire generations,” says Tim Leese, director of marketing for Brickworks North America. “Within its pages, Materiality: Brick in contemporary university architecture vividly illustrates this belief, showcasing the most exceptional architectural projects and designs from universities across the U.S.”

Outstanding building designs that were in the spotlight on the special night included:

  • Zeppos Residential College at Vanderbilt University: A monumental 260,000-square-foot residential building with a collegiate gothic-style structure. Through the use of limestone details, patterned brick and a warm palette of interior materials, the building scale is humanizing and creates a series of public and private spaces, bringing comfort and familiarity to residents.
  • The Iribe Center of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Maryland: Peeling back the layers of this building project, the two-part structure showcases the intricacies of the non-structural application of brick. Through the use of parametric modeling, an abstract pattern was translated into a system of brick that creates the illusion of movement along the interior walls.
  • The Institute for Data Science at University of Rochester: As the signature focus of the University’s strategic plan, the 61,000-square-foot research institute’s design treats each brick as a digital ‘pixel’ of information. Shadows from the projecting bricks activate the facades, creating dynamic, textural surfaces that communicate natural environment data across the days and seasons.

To request a complimentary hard copy of Materiality, visit www.glengery.com/materiality.

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Rockers On The Rise: With Love – A Benefit Concert Featuring The Stars Of Tomorrow

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The Path Fund Inc.® and Avery Rehl are pleased to announce this special celebration of Love on Mother’s Day, Rockers On The Rise: With Love. The event will feature some of the most talented young performers of the next generation. Rockers On The Rise: With LoveRockers On The Rise: With Love is on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 6 p.m. at The Cutting Room.

Rockers On The Rise is The PATH Fund’s new mentorship initiative that enables young artists to audition, perform, direct and produce their own shows with personalized mentoring and hands-on training to gain real-world experience. Having been a part of the annual Rockers On Broadway® concert series, Avery Rehl was inspired to lead this year’s Rockers-type event to support the arts community.

“I’ve had such a great time working with Cori Gardner and Donnie Kehr, and I’ve learned a lot from them as I’ve developed my performing career. Singing in Rockers On Broadway has been a great experience, and now producing Rockers On The Rise is giving me further insights into how the industry works. In the future, I look forward to giving back to the community and helping young artists grow with the PATH Fund.”, says Rehl.

The performers include:

The graduating high school seniors, class of 2024, Isabelle Gottfried; Avery Rehl; Matteo Russo (The Many Saints Of Newark); Sylvia Smith; and other young rockers, Nick Allen; Claudia Fabella; GG Roberts-Nguyen; Tyson Gottfried; Jackson Preisser; Gus Schonfeld; Jurnee Swan (The Piano Lesson); Audrey Simone Winters (The Sound Of Music (tour)).

The creative team is led by director Donnie Kehr; Executive Producers Avery Rehl, Cori Gardner; with music direction by Logan Medland.

“We are so honored that these young performers want to give their time and talent to our cause”, says Gardner. “Their commitment to the community is impressive and inspirational.” adds Kehr.

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Theatre News: The Heart of Rock and Roll, Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Who’s Tommy, Jelly’s Last Jam, Follies,

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Tonight The Heart of Rock and Roll opens at the James Earl Jones Theatre. Two nights before there was a celebration performance with Huey Lewis with The News, Jimmy Kimmel, Cyndi Lauper, Casey Cott, Rosanna Scotto, Ben Vereen, Lorna Luft and more.

Cyndi Lauper and Huey Lewis

The Heart of Rock and Roll, stars Corey Cott, McKenzie Kurtz, Josh Breckenridge, F. Michael Haynie, Zoe Jensen, Tamika Lawrence, Raymond J. Lee, John-Michael Lyles, Orville Mendoza, Billy Harrigan Tighe and John Dossett.

The Original Broadway Cast Album of Gutenberg! The Musical! featuring GRAMMY® Award winners and Tony Award® nominees Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells will be released digitally on Friday, May 3 and physically on Friday, May 17 from Center Stage Records and Yellow Sound Label. The album will also feature comedy legend Mel Brooks in the role of the ‘Guest Producer.’

The Museum of Broadway will host original Broadway cast reunions for The Who’s Tommy on April 22 at 2pm and Jelly’s Last Jam on April 26 at 2pm. Each reunion will include a panel featuring multiple cast and crew members from the original Broadway productions.

For one night only—on Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Directed and presented by Transport Group Artistic Director and five-time Drama Desk nominee and two-time Obie Award winner Jack Cummings III with musical direction by Joey Chancey.

The cast of Follies includes Broadway stars Julie Benko (Funny Girl), Mikaela Bennett(Renascence, BBC Proms West Side Story), Michael Berresse (Tony nominee, Kiss Me Kate), Alexandra Billings (Wicked), Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), Harolyn Blackwell (Candide, Porgy and Bess), Stephen Bogardus (Tony nominee, Love! Valour! Compassion!; Falsettos), Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony winner, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Len Cariou (Tony winner, Sweeney Todd), Carolee Carmello (three-time Tony nominee, Parade; Falsettos), Jim Caruso (Liza’s At The Palace), Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, The Book of Mormon), Christine Ebersole (two-time Tony winner, Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), Katie Finneran (two-time Tony winner, Noises Off, Promises, Promises), Santino Fontana (Tony winner, Tootsie), Alexander Gemignani (Tony nominee, Carousel; Sweeney Todd), Miguel Gil (Kimberly Akimbo), Olivia Elease Hardy (Kimberly Akimbo), Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls), Grey Henson(Tony nominee, Mean Girls, Shucked), Fernell Hogan (Kimberly Akimbo), Jennifer Holliday (Tony winner, Dreamgirls), Rachel Bay Jones (Tony winner, Dear Evan Hansen; Here We Are), Isabel Keating (Tony nominee, The Boy from Oz), Adriane Lenox (Tony winner, Doubt), Norm Lewis (Tony nominee, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), Ryan McCartan (Heathers), Donna Murphy (two-time Tony winner, Passion, The King and I), Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures, Man of La Mancha), Barbara Walsh (Tony nominee, Falsettos; Company), Nina White (Kimberly Akimbo), Jacob Keith Watson (Merrily We Roll Along, Carousel), and Karen Ziemba (Tony winner, Contact).

The evening will feature the original Jonathan Tunick orchestrations played by a thirty-piece orchestra, and will also feature a selection of Michael Bennett’s original choreography restaged by original cast member Mary Jane Houdina.

This unique concert series features a different lineup of performers for each song, rather than a role portrayed by one actor for the entire evening. Additionally, in lieu of the musical’s book scenes, backstage stories and anecdotes from the creation of the original production are woven between songs.

The evening will be hosted by Kurt Peterson, who originated the role of Young Ben in the 1971 Broadway production, as well as licensing executive and theatre historian Ted Chapin, whose memoir Everything Was Possible is taken from his daily diaries during the pre-Broadway run of Follies, on which he served as intern during his senior year of college.

Follies, book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, produced originally on Broadway by Harold Prince, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, premiered on Broadway on April 4, 1971, at the Winter Garden Theatre in a production directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, with choreography by Bennett.  The winner of seven Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best musical, Follies developed almost immediate cult and legendary status following its closing on July 1, 1972, after playing 522 performances and 12 previews.  Scores of revivals followed on Broadway, in the West End, in regional theaters, and throughout the world.  This concert is presented by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh.

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A TARNISHED TIFFANY — CBS is having a tough month. First, their much-ballyhooed Billy Joel concert -the initial showing- was cut off abruptly while Joel was doing “Piano Man” no less. It was re-run Friday to somewhat meager numbers and, also Friday, CBS canceled their show So Help Me Todd, which was a breath of fresh air in the TV-world. Last year, its debut year, it was a rave and a ratings winner.

CBS has several new shows set for September and the ratings for Todd had fallen dramatically. Now, not that network apparently cares, but there’s been an outpouring of both sympathy and bewilderment for the cancellation and downright hate, if you will. The show starred Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Austin and was totally unique.

Roger Friedman disparaged the cancellation as well and said it was a perfect Sunday night show – although it would have kept getting pushed back by virtue of CBS-sports.

It was a totally brilliant and innovative show about a mother and a son working together and not always in harmony. An episode Dial M For Margaret (directed by Robin Givens no less) was simply brilliant. To be candid, I think CBS stepped it again – last year it was their canceling East New York with Jimmy Smitsbut stay tuned … sometimes the cancellations are un-canceled and it could just happen with SHMT.

Tiffany no more.

HEART ON — (via Ultimate Classic Rock) Heart kicked off their Royal Flush tour on Saturday at Greenville, South Carolina’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena with support from Cheap trick.

In addition to classics like “Magic Man,” “Straight On” and “Barracuda,” Heart also performed a few of Nancy and Ann Wilson’s respective solo songs, plus covers of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.

The Royal Flush tour marks Heart’s first extended trek since 2019 and will keep them on the road, primarily in North America, through late September. The rockers will also head to Europe in June and July with Squeeze opening select dates, and they’ll support Def Leppard and Journey on a handful of stadium dates in July and August.

It’s been a turbulent decade for Heart, who haven’t released a studio album since 2016’s Beautiful Broken. Ann and Nancy Wilson put the band on hold that year after Ann’s husband was arrested for allegedly hitting one of Nancy’s children during their 2016 tour.

The sisters mended fences and embarked on the Love Alive tour in 2019, followed by another extended break during which they both released solo albums. However, Nancy Wilson said last June that Heart was working on new material that is “closer to what you would have heard us originally do in the ’70s, late ’70s. So, it’s really fun, it’s just exciting and inspiring.”

Danny Fried

SHORT TAKES — Danny Fried’s Sweet Mary Jane stage-presentation never got off the ground, sadly. What with the proliferation of weed shops and weed culture;it’d would have fit right in …

Johnny Rzeznik

Funny to see Travis Kelce say ‘when her album drops.’ Wonder if he even knew what that meant before he met her … Johnny Rzeznik’s song “Iris” (1998 from the movie City of Angels) has got to be one of the most beautiful songs ever. He teamed up with Daryl Hall for a duet on it for Daryl’s House.Just amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPlg6aSFzg0

Hannah Waddingham

Great Hannah Waddingham profile on Sunday’s Willie Geist gabfest. She’s terrific …

Chris Cuomo

Chris Cuomo back on CNN? With different management now in place there, discussions are indeed being held. He was the station’s #1 air-personality. Sorry Anderson. personally, I loved him … Big news from Rascal Felix Cavaliere later this week … Roger Friedman gave a race to Alicia Key’s Hell’s Kitchen musical: ‘Is a High End Jukebox Musical with Soaring Voices.’ Bravo! … Adios to the New York Post’s TV-man Michael Starr who has been there for 29 years. He used to have a daily column in the paper’s heyday called The Starr Report that was sensational; almost like a mini-Army Archerd. PR-pasha David Salidor got Starr his caricature up on the wall of The Palm on 50th street in NYC near booth 24. He’s done a series of books, including Joey Bishop, William Shatner; Don Rickles;  and his next one is on Rodney Dangerfield. Good man!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Ed Steinberg; Peter Brown; Amanda Naylor; Thomas Silverman; Scott Anderson; Lenny Kalikow; Terry Jastrow; Anne Archer; Sam Rubin; Doug Breitbart; Nosia Mamet; Lush Ice; Kent & Laura Denmark; Felix Cavaliere; Dolly Parton; Melissa Manchester; Mark Bego; Lamar Fike; Obi Steinman; and CHIP!

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Team USA Launches Epic Journey to Paris in Big Apple

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It was a profound moment in sports.

In April, 100 athletes from all over the U.S. gathered for an epic  three-day media event with the goal of shining a light on the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States at 100 days out from Paris 2024.

“We want to win the medal count,” USOPC  Rocky Harris stated.

So many great moments were witnessed including the packed gymnastics panel moderated by Hoda Kotb with Evita Griskenas, Kayla DiCello, Suni Lee, Yul Moldauer,  and Brody Malone.

The evolution of the Paralympic Movement Panel showcased  Beatrice Lavette (Para Equestrian), Calahan Young (Goalball), Jamal Hill (Para Swimming), Steve Serio (Wheelchair Basketball), Ezra Frech (Para T&F), and Justin Phongsavanh (Para T&F).

An incredibly moving Mental Health Panel had the crowd listening to Jess Bartley (USOPC), Perry Baker (Rugby), Nicky Nieves (Sitting Volleyball), Jaleen Roberts (Para T&F), Nevin Harrison (Canoe),  and Ilona Maher (Rugby).

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland said Monday.

“You can feel the energy and the excitement building − certainly inside the walls of our organization, but also around the country,” U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee chief executive officer Sarah Hirshland was quoted stating.

The 2024 Summer Games are now less than just 100 days away. Paris is prepping to host its first Olympics in 100 years with venues being built at some of the city’s most famous sites.

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S.

For more information on Team USA, please visit HERE.

 

 

 

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