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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release January 22, 1998
                 1998 WINTER OLYMPICS IN NAGANO, JAPAN

WASHINGTON, D.C., THE WHITE HOUSE -- The White House announced today that Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, will lead the U.S. delegation at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Delegation members will be announced at a later date.

Mrs. Gore will attend the last week of Olympic events in Nagano, as well as the closing ceremonies, where the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, Deedee Corradini, will officially receive the Olympic flag designating Salt Lake City as the next site of the Winter Olympics in the year 2000.

Mrs. Gore commented: I am thrilled at the opportunity to represent the U.S. delegation in Nagano next month. The dedication and commitment of these top athletes from around the world serve as an inspiration for people everywhere. I look forward to sharing the stories of their triumphs and achievements with children and young people from the U.S.

Mrs. Gore currently serves as National Spokesperson for the Youth Fitness Campaign of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. As National Spokesperson, she works with the President's Council and other organizations to promote the physical and mental health benefits of physical fitness and activity, especially for young girls and boys. She also serves as Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Clinton.