[05/13/2005] Olympic Gold Medalist Xeno Muller Walks, Runs and Rows at 24 Hour Relay for Life of Newport Beach on May 13-14, 2005
1996 Olympic Champion in Men’s Singles Sculls Participates in 24 Hour Community Event to Help Fight Cancer and Honor His Father
Newport Beach, CA (May 13, 2005) – – Described as having given an “inhuman performance” at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Gold Medalist Xeno Muller shows humanity by participating in the Fourth Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Newport Beach on May 13-14, 2005 at Newport Harbor High School. Muller organized Team Iron Oarsman to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society and to honor the memory of his father, who lost his battle to liver cancer in 1992, four months after the Barcelona Olympics.
In the final at the Atlanta Games, Mueller was fourth at the halfway mark, but stormed ahead late in the race to take the gold medal. His final 500 meters was faster than any 500-meter split in the race. “It was an inhuman finish,” said runner-up Derek Porter of Canada. Following the race, Mueller saluted his father, Peter, by blowing a kiss to the sky. His father died of liver cancer fourth months after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Mueller took two years off following the Atlanta Games, and returned in 1998 to earn the silver medal at the World Championships, finishing behind New Zealand’s Rob Waddell.
“I did an internet search for 24 hour fundraisers in the City and was glad to find Relay for Life. This event means a lot to me because I want to do this for my father,” Muller said. Relay For Life, the largest community event in the United States, is a fun-filled overnight party designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society.
During Relay for Life of Newport Beach, teams of people will gather at the high school and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Team fundraisers in the last two months have raised a combined $70,000, with more expected to be generated at the event. Fundraisers and other Relay functions will continue all year long.
Relay for Life of Newport Beach will be held for 24 hours from 6:00 p.m. on May 13, 2004 to 6:00 p.m. on May 14 at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach. The event is supported by many businesses, civic leaders, families, and other organizations, including Platinum Sponsors WHGC, P.L.C, PC, City of Newport Beach and Hoag Hospital. Online team registration, sponsorship, volunteer and donation are available at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=31474.
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