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SEVEN NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO U.S. OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME

       SEVEN NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO U.S. OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Six Olympic gold medalists and a past U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) president became the newest members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame today in ceremonies held by Coca-Cola USA and the USOC.
    Olympic hurdlers Lee Calhoun (deceased) and Willie D. Davenport; sprinter Charley Paddock (deceased); gymnasts Bart Connor and Peter Vidmar; and figure skater Dorothy Hamill joined the ranks of 136 previous Hall inductees, including five U.S. teams.
    William E. Simon, president of the USOC from 1981 to 1984, was inducted in the Hall's Special Contributor category.
    Paddock, who was portrayed as Harold Abrahams' American adversary in the film "Chariots of Fire," was named in the Veterans Category, established in 1988 to honor athletes who competed in the Olympic Games before 1948.
    Paddock died in a plane crash in World War II.  Calhoun, gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles in 1956 and 1960, died of natural causes in 1989.
    The induction ceremony was the grand finale of the inaugural Olympic Congress of the USA held in Colorado Springs, a three-day exposition focused on strengthening the U.S. Olympic Movement and elevating the goals of sport.
    The ceremony was the ninth for the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1979 by Coca-Cola USA and the USOC.  The Hall's charter class was enshrined in 1983.
    U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame members are selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), the USOC board of directors and current Hall members.
    Since 1986, Olympic gold medalists have become eligible for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame five years after their final Olympic competition.
    Veteran Olympic sportscaster Chris Schenkel presided over the ceremony with John Naber, a Hall member since 1984.  The program will be telecast as part of the Turner Broadcasting System's "Olympic Gold" series on Nov. 23.
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