24 Hour Fitness, the largest privately-owned US fitness chain and the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the 2008 US Olympic Team, announced that 21 team members from its more than 425 locations across the United States will serve as 'Fitness Ambassadors' and staff the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) High Performance Training Center (HPTC) in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Fitness managers and master trainers from the 24 Hour Fitness network participated in a rigorous selection process in which they were asked to submit an application that detailed how they changed people's lives by helping them achieve their fitness goals, along with inspiring member testimonials. Once the staff was announced, the group attended an intensive three-day training at the USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to prepare them for their two-week assignment at the HPTC in Beijing, where they will support both the athletes and USOC.

 24 Hour Fitness is proud to continue its support of the U.S. Olympic Team by providing this unique opportunity to its own team members, said Carl Liebert, Chief Executive Officer, 24 Hour Fitness. No other fitness company in the country can offer the chance to be the 'team behind the team.' Our trainers have proven their ability to change lives within the walls of our clubs, now they have their minds set on helping our Olympians bring home the gold.'

As the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the United States Olympic Team, 24 Hour Fitness has worked closely with the USOC to plan, develop and implement its High Performance Training Center in Beijing. The HPTC, located at Beijing Normal University, will be a base for the US Olympic Committee during the Games offering services which include training facilities. The selected Fitness Ambassadors will manage the operations of the facility, ensuring that the US athletes have functional, state-of-the-art equipment and the on-site support needed for an optimal workout.

The team of trainers assembled to support U.S. athletes at the Beijing Games represents the best of 24 Hour Fitness and embodies the spirit of the Olympic Games, said Derek Gallup, Vice President of Fitness Operations, 24 Hour Fitness. I'm confident that our team of 24 Hour Fitness trainers will do a fantastic job supporting Team USA in their quest for gold and serve as a true inspiration to their clients upon returning from Beijing.

From a fitness staff of more than 4,000, 21 team members were selected to go to Beijing in three waves throughout the Games with five alternate team members available. The fitness staff includes: Jennifer Avelino, San Ramon Super Sport, San Ramon, Calif.; Jenn Burke, Chesterfield Sport, Chesterfield, Mo.; Rob Gibson, Folsom Super Sport, Folsom, Calif.; Israel Allen, Southlake Sport, Southlake, Texas; Justin Chin, North Point Active, San Francisco, Calif.; Jason Speck, Chandler Sport, Chandler, Ariz.; Rick Baird , Summerlin Agassi Super Sport, Las Vegas, N.V.; Mahnaz Barhaghi, Fremont Active, Fremont, Calif.; Janel Bilal, Carson Magic Johnson Sport, Carson, Calif.; Will Campbell, Summerlin Agassi Super Sport, Las Vegas, N.V.; Mike Case, Columbia Tech Sport, Vancouver, Wash.; John Faczak, Tiffany Plaza Sport, Denver, Colo.; Danny Fisher, UTC Active, San Diego, Calif.; Omar Holl, Broomfield Sport, Broomfield, Colo.; Lisa Martin, Windward Active, Kaneohe, Hawaii; Brandon Moriki, Honolulu Sport, Honolulu, Hawaii; Denise Sarver, Ward Parkway Sport, Kansas City, Mo.; Courtney Shelby, Colorado/Alameda Sport, Glendale, Colo.; Angela Stovall, Chino Active, Chino, Calif.; Luis M. Torres, Rancho Cucamonga Sport, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and Kurt Weinreich Jr., Denver DTC Active, Denver, Colo.

To help America's Olympic Team train for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 24 Hour Fitness has provided state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, CO, Chula Vista, CA, and Lake Placid, NY. 24 Hour Fitness continues to work closely with the USOC Sport Performance team to make additional enhancements to the US Olympic Training Centers and other US Olympic training sites to help the team optimize its performance in Beijing.

As part of its partnership with the USOC, which launched in 2003, 24 Hour Fitness also offers eligible US Olympic athletes and hopefuls free and reduced rate club memberships to support them as they train in their hometowns. Additionally, 24 Hour Fitness is proud to support the US Olympic Movement by sponsoring nine National Governing Bodies (NGBs): USA Cycling, USA Gymnastics, USA Judo, USA Softball, USA Track & Field, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo, USA Weightlifting and USA Wrestling.

This will be the third Olympic Games for which 24 Hour Fitness has supported America's Olympic Team, having previously partnered with the United States Olympic Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, an innovative leader in the health and fitness industry, serves more than 3 million members in over 400 clubs worldwide. Please call 800.224.0240 or visit www.24HourFitness.com for more information.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the US teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the US Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games.