Liberty Mutual Insurance Helps Bring U.S. Olympic Excitement To Boston Forum with U.S. Olympic Legends, Athlete Appearances at Road to Sochi Tour, and Free Public Skating on Frog Pond Among the Local Activities Planned by Team USA's Only Boston-Based Sponsor

BOSTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In 30 days our U.S. Olympic athletes will step onto the world stage to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  To get Bostonians in the spirit over the next several weeks, Liberty Mutual Insurance has a series of Team USA- and winter-themed events planned for residents and visitors to our region.  Liberty Mutual is the Official Property and Casualty and Life Insurance Partner, and the only Boston-based sponsor of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

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The U.S. Olympic Committee's Road to Sochi Tour, a mobile fan event presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, comes to Boston this weekend with three days of fun, interactive experiences on Boston Common.  Visitors to Liberty Mutual's booth will have the opportunity to meet and get photographs with U.S. Olympic legends and current Team USA athletes, receive free Team USA-themed giveaways, and climb into a bobsled for a unique photo opportunity.  The Road to Sochi Tour is free to the public and open 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The Liberty Mutual schedule of U.S. Olympic athlete appearances are:

Friday –      Patrick Meek, 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, long track speedskating, 11 a.m.12 p.m.
                  Picabo Street, three-time U.S. Olympic skier and 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist   
                  (Super G), 12-3 p.m.
                  Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic Gold Medal figure skater, 2-5 p.m.

Saturday –  Caitlin Cahow, two-time U.S. Olympic hockey player and medalist (2002, 2006) and
                  Harvard University graduate, 11 a.m – 1p.m.
                  Angela Ruggiero, four-time U.S. Olympic hockey player and medalist (1998, 2002,
                  2006, 2010) and Harvard University graduate, 12-4 p.m.                              

Sunday –    Sarah Hughes, 11 a.m.2p.m.
                  Joey Cheek, two-time U.S. Olympic speedskater and 2006 Olympic Gold medalist,  
                  2-5 p.m.

Street, Ruggiero, Meek, and U.S. Olympic legend Chris Klug, the first person to win an Olympic medal (snowboard, 2002) after surviving a liver transplant, also will kick-off the weekend activities at a Boston Globe "Globe Talks" breakfast forum presented by Liberty Mutual at the Park Plaza Hotel on Friday.  The event, moderated by Boston Globe Olympic reporter John Powers and also featuring representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Paralympics, will include a discussion about athletes' experiences on their Olympic journeys, issues facing today's U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and an outlook on how Team USA might fare in Sochi.

44 Days of Free Public Skating

Friday also will kick-off 44 days of free public skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond, sponsored by Liberty Mutual.  Each day through the close of the Olympic Winter Games on February 23, Liberty Mutual is offering 100 adult skating and rental passes and 100 children's skate rental passes (no skating charge for kids under the age of 13).  To request up to four passes, individuals can submit a date-specific request at http://www.seeuthere.com/libertymutualinsuranceskatingatfrogpond.

"We are delighted to join the Skating Club of Boston and City of Boston to offer free public skating on the Frog Pond," said Paul G. Alexander, Liberty Mutual Insurance chief communications officer.  "We think there is no better way to get into the U.S. Olympic spirit as we approach the Sochi Games than to make Frog Pond accessible so that our entire community may partake in this timeless New England tradition."

The RISE of Team Liberty Mutual

In addition to the sponsorship of the Road to Sochi Tour and the Boston-based events, Liberty Mutual Insurance also is supporting Team Liberty Mutual, the brand's roster of 13 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes bound together by their unique stories of setbacks and comebacks.  Much as the company helps its policyholders get back on their feet after natural disasters or accidents, Team Liberty Mutual represents the power of human persistence, what is possible with the support of others, and showcases the determination in all who face a setback to come back and "Rise."

Team Liberty Mutual includes: Max Aaron (figure skating); J.R. Celski (short track speedskating); Jazmine Fenlator (bobsled); Jen Hudak (freestyle skiing); Jessica Jerome (ski jumping); Chris Klug (snowboarding legend); Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux (ice hockey); Rico Roman (sled hockey); Andy Soule (Paralympic nordic skiing/biathlon); Picabo Street (alpine skiing legend); Katie Uhlaender (skeleton); and Seth Wescott (snowboardcross).

To learn more about Team Liberty Mutual and follow the progress of the active athletes leading up to and during the Olympic Winter Games, visit LibertyMutual.com/TeamUSA and join the conversation at Facebook.com/LibertyMutual or by following #RISE.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance
"Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  The company ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations based on 2012 revenue.

Liberty Mutual Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, property, commercial automobile, general liability, global specialty, group disability, reinsurance and surety.  Liberty Mutual Insurance (www.libertymutualinsurance.com) employs over 50,000 people in approximately 900 offices throughout the world.  Liberty Seguros (Brazil) is a National Supporter and Official Insurer of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup, both of which are in Brazil.

About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States.  As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the country.  For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

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John Cusolito

Sarah Smedley

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Ketchum Sports & Entertainment

617-574-5512

212-796-9813

john.cusolito@libertymutual.com

sarah.smedley@ketchum.com

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