Olympic Athlete Kerri Walsh To Provide Reports From Athens For SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Beach Volleyball Champion Joins Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater as Third Celebrity Athlete on SIRIUS Faction Sports & Music Channel
NEW YORK, NY (August 11, 2004) – SIRIUS (NASDAQ: SIRI), the premium satellite radio provider, known for delivering the very best in commercial-free music and sports programming to cars and homes across the country, announced today that champion beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh, who is competing for the U.S. in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will provide exclusive reports from the games for SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
The "behind-the-scenes" reports will be heard on commercial-free SIRIUS music channel Faction. Following the Olympics, Walsh will become a regular on Faction, joining star athletes Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater, who have their own shows on the innovative music channel created especially for action sports enthusiasts.
Walsh rocketed to the No. 1 ranking in the world in competition on the 2003 AVP and FIVB tours and now seeks Olympic gold in Athens with her partner, Misty May. Walsh and May set a world record this year with their 89th consecutive match victory and were the 2003 World Champions. Walsh was named the AVP’s Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player in 2003.
In a July, 2004 New York Times article, beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly stated that Walsh is considered by many to be the finest female player in beach volleyball history – even more impressive considering that Walsh has competed in outdoor volleyball for just three years. Walsh is also recognized by many Americans from the VISA television spots she appeared in which first aired during the 2004 Super Bowl.
“Rather than keeping a diary or blog like other athletes, I have the unique opportunity to share my Olympic experiences on SIRIUS Faction,” said Walsh. “The competition, life in the Olympic village and everything else going on in Athens ... it’s all very exciting and it will only be on SIRIUS!”
Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President of Entertainment and Sports said, “In a very short period, Kerri Walsh has emerged as the top female volleyball player and Olympic contender, inspiring young women who strive to become action and outdoor athletes. Kerri’s Olympic reporting will be consistent with Faction’s unique vision for delivering great music and lifestyle programming for action sports fans. We look forward to Kerri bringing the same spirit to Faction this fall.”
Over the next few months, SIRIUS will announce additional star athletes who will join Faction’s on-air team.
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