Michael Phelps signs autographs during the Swim with the Stars tour. The tour, featuring Phelps, Lenny Krayzelburg and Ian Crocker, will visit Salt Lake on Sept. 24. (c)Disney
Sept. 9, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - Olympic fever will return to Salt Lake City when Disney's "Swim with the Stars" brings three gold medalist swimmers to the University of Utah on Friday, Sept. 24.
Fans will get the chance to see Michael Phelps, Lenny Krayzelburg and Ian Crocker in an intimate setting as they showcase their unparalleled accomplishments, demonstrate their strokes and relive the races that won them gold.
The event will be held at the Ute Natatorium from 7-9 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. All tickets are general admission and cost $30 with a limit of four per person. Call 581-UTIX or visit www.utahtickets.com for more information on ticket sales.
"The University of Utah and our swimming program is very honored to host such an event," said Utah swimming head coach Mike Litzinger. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our Olympic gold medallists to share their experiences with the university community and fans of the sport."
Phelps was one of the most successful athletes at the Olympics in Athens this past summer, becoming the first-ever eight-time Olympic medalist. He won an incredible six gold medals to go along with his two bronze. In addition to his medals, Phelps set the world record in the 400 IM (4:08.26), two Olympic records (100 fly, 200 IM) and two American records (200 freestyle, 4x200 freestyle relay).
Krayzelburg captured his fourth career gold medal at the Olympic games in Athens. He had won three gold medals in 2000 prior to his first-place performance in the 400 MR in 2004. Krayzelburg holds Olympic records in the 100 and 200 backstroke and as a member of the 4x100 relay team in Sydney, Australia.
Crocker won gold in 2000 and 2004 in the 400 MR. He captured silver at Athens in the 100 fly, his first individual medal. Crocker is no stranger to success, though. He was a 22-time All-American at the University of Texas and claimed 10 NCAA Championships.
"Swim with the Stars" is an 11-city, coast-to-coast tour that begins in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and ends in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Stops are also planned for Atlanta, Ga., Washington, D.C., Long Island, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colo., Seattle, Wash., and San Francisco, Calif.
For more event information, please visit the Swim with the Stars Web site.