Americans Vote for Favorite Emotional Moments of Olympic Games
Fans Log on to NBCOlympics.com to Select the Kleenex Moment of the Day
ATHENS, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports fans -- and the sentimental -- can now track the most emotional moments of the 2004 Olympic Games online. With the help of Kleenex(R) Brand Tissue and four-time gold medallist and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member John Naber, NBCOlympics.com will feature unforgettable moments that strike an emotional chord with viewers during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Each day, fans can vote for their favorite heartfelt story. The most popular will be featured on the site the following day. Three new moments will then be posted for consideration. The site will rank all the moments over the course of the Olympic Games and announce the top Kleenex Moments(TM) following the Closing Ceremonies. These moments, which often happen outside the realm of competition, give athletes, and fans alike, lifetime memories. According to Naber, the emotional moments associated with the Olympic Games bring viewers closer to athletes in a way unlike any other sporting competition. "When fans watch athletes competing in Olympic Games, they witness ordinary people achieving the extraordinary," notes Naber. "For that reason, whether you're sitting in the stadium or at home on your couch, you feel every bit of excitement, pride, joy and sorrow the athletes do during the Olympic Games." For instance, after four gold medals in two Olympic Games, Janet Evans had yet to experience the most emotional moment of her Olympic career. That changed on July 19, 1996, when she entered the Atlanta Coliseum, Olympic torch in hand, and lit an identical one held by Muhammad Ali. Other emotional moments of the past include wrestler Jeff Blatnick falling to his knees seconds after winning the gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, just two years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, and Kerri Strug waving to the crowd, from coach Bela Karolyi's arms after spraining her ankle on her final vault during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. "During the Olympic Games, spectators get to see athletes at a time when they're most human," said Naber. "Even though this year's competition occurs thousands of miles away, the Internet provides one way to stay involved in the Olympic Games experience." Fans can log on to vote for their Kleenex Moments every day of the 2004 Olympic Games beginning Aug. 13. A photo gallery of moments is at http://www.NBCOlympics.com . About Kleenex Facial Tissue and Kimberly-Clark The world's first and America's best-selling facial tissue, the Kleenex brand is recognized by families in more than 150 countries. Invented in 1924, Kleenex tissues were initially marketed as a sanitary way to remove cold cream and makeup. Once advertising was shifted to emphasize the product's use as a disposable handkerchief, however, sales soared. Always the innovative leader, Kleenex brand facial tissue has met the needs of consumers for more than 75 years with products that provide the comforting, reassuring touch to make things better. Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a leading global consumer products company with manufacturing operations in 42 countries. Kimberly- Clark brands of tissue and personal care products, such as Kleenex facial tissue and Cottonelle Fresh flushable moist wipes, are sold in more than 150 countries. For more information about Kimberly-Clark's well-known brands, visit the Kimberly-Clark Web site at http://www.kimberly-clark.com .
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