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 CHICAGO, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A select group of the country's top young U.S. Olympic hopefuls will get the chance to learn from U.S. Olympic champions at a special "mentoring session" sponsored by KRAFT USA in New York on May 27.
 In this first-of-a-kind gathering, 15 former or current U.S. Olympians holding a combined total of 24 gold medals will share the secrets of their success with 20 young U.S. Olympic hopefuls, ages 9 to 14, from across the country.
 Each of the hopefuls will be paired with an Olympian in his or her sport for an individualized training session and for a personal view on the Olympic experience. The U.S. Olympians will demonstrate winning techniques and talk about the mental as well as physical preparation involved in the Olympics. Athletes also will discuss the importance of balancing athletics with academics.
 "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young hopefuls to meet and talk to Olympic champions and help prepare themselves on the road to the Olympics," said Charles Martin, vice president, marketing services, Kraft USA, an official sponsor of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team and a major contributor to the U.S. Olympic Training Centers.
 "It is especially important that young American athletes receive support and guidance to develop their potential," said John Krimsky Jr., Deputy General of the U.S. Olympic Committee. "Involvement by companies such as Kraft helps keep the U.S. Olympic effort strong and builds for the future and is essential more than ever in today's economic environment."
 Among the U.S. Olympians featured at the program will be two triple gold medalists -- speed skater Bonnie Blair, winner at the '92 and '88 Winter Games, and sprinter Valerie Brisco, who won her gold medals in 1984 and who plans to compete in the Summer Games in Barcelona. Also participating are four members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame: swimmer John Naber, who won four gold medals and one silver medal in 1976; discus great Al Oerter, the only athlete to win a gold medal in four successive Olympic Games, 1956, '60, '64 and '68; track and field champion Billy Mills, a 1964 gold medal winner; and diver Pat McCormick, who won two consecutive gold medals in 1952 and in 1956.
 After the one-on-one training session, the young hopefuls will sit down with the U.S. Olympians to hear advice on another important part of training for the Olympics -- good nutrition. The athletes will meet for a lunch featuring a menu off the ''Kraft U.S. Olympic Training Table,'' served to athletes every day at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers. Kraft sets the U.S. Olympic Training Table by providing virtually all of its food products to the training centers. Kraft also provides nutritional support and recipe preparation instructions to the training centers.
 According to Dr. Ann Grandjean, chief nutrition consultant to the U.S. Olympic Committee, eating right can give athletes -- and anyone -- a winning edge. She added that good nutrition is important for everyone, but young athletes especially need to understand how to eat right because their physical demands are so great. Dr. Grandjean will speak to the athletes at the May 27 mentoring session.
 The young athletes participating in the Kraft program, representing 10 sports, were selected as top young U.S. Olympic hopefuls by their sports' respective National Governing Body or the Amateur Athletic Union. Among the participants are 13-year-old Derrick Delmore of Fort Washington, Md., who took fourth place in the 1992 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, the novice division; 13-year-old Steve Harms of Maumee, Ohio, who placed nationally in several events in swimming; 13-year-old Jenny Keim of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the youngest member of the U.S. national women's diving team with a chance of going to the Summer Games in Barcelona, and Tameisha King, an 11-year-old from Mableton, Ga., who holds two 1991 TAC Jr. Olympic national records in track and field.
 In addition to Olympians Blair, Brisco, Naber, Oerter, Mills and McCormick, participating U.S. Olympians include:
 --Connie Carpenter, 1984 Olympic gold medalist cyclist who was also on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team;
 --Mitch Gaylord, winner of an Olympic gold medal for the men's gymnastics team competition in 1984;
 --Carol Heiss, 1960 gold medal figure skater;
 --Dan Jorgansen, member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic swim team, who plans to compete in Barcelona;
 --Kenny Monday, 1988 Olympic gold medalist wrestler who plans to compete in Barcelona;
 --Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of a gold medal in the marathon in 1984, who plans to compete in Barcelona;
 --John Smith, a 1988 gold medalist in freestyle wrestling;
 --Paul Sunderland, a member of three U.S. Olympic Volleyball Teams, including the gold medal-winning 1984 team; and
 --Lynette Woodard, who won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 women's basketball team and who plans to compete in Barcelona.
 The other young athletes are Zachary Bedard, 9, Sugar Land, Texas, racewalking; Char Foster, 11, Clearwater, Fla., track and field; Kasey Gillis, 14, Bismarck, N.D., wrestling; Tiffani Glowacki, 12, Racine, Wis., cycling; Tony Goskowicz, 14, Wauwatosa, Wis., speed skating; Julie Groves, 13, Indianapolis, Ind., volleyball; Scott Johnson, 12, Bellevue, Wash., track and field; Jenny Keim, 12, Plantation, Fla., diving; Sonia Kim, 12, Huntington Beach, Calif., figure skating; Whitney McGill, 13, Champaign, Ill., speed skating; Kelly McLaughlin, 13, Greensboro, N.C., swimming; Amanda Morales, 13, New Paltz, N.Y., basketball; Jonathan Osorio, 13, Darlington, S.C., cycling; Dwight Platt, 12, Atlanta, Ga., basketball; Jessica Stafford, 11, Goshen, Ohio, gymnastics; Lauren Wolfe, 14, Okemos, Mich., wrestling, and Yehki Tomita, 12, Tucson, Ariz., gymnastics.
 Kraft USA is an operating unit of Kraft General Foods Inc. Kraft General Foods is the multinational food business of Philip Morris Companies Inc.
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