By David Gold

steve_meslerApril 2 - Steve Mesler, the Olympic bobsled champion, will attend the International Olympic Academy Session for Olympic Medallists in Athens and Olympia later this year.

The event, which will take place from June 21 to June 27, will see 49 other Olympic medallists from across the world for the Academy's third international session.

Mesler, who was chosen to attend for his dedication to sport and youth, said: "I'm extremely honoured to have been selected by the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) for the opportunity to join fellow Olympic medallists at the International Olympic Academy.

"I have a great deal of passion for Olympic education and the development of initiatives that spread the Olympic Ideals, especially to young people."

Mesler has done a lot of work to promote Classroom Champions, a non-profit organisation which connects US Olympic and Paralympic athletes with students to teach them about Olympic ideals.

The programme connects students on a virtual basis to the athletes each month.

The USOC chief communications officer Patrick Sandusky said: "We were pleased to have such a large pool of qualified US applicants for this programme, which illustrates the character and compassion of our athletes.

"The passion and dedication behind Steve's Classroom Champions initiative, as well as his drive to live and spread the Olympic Ideals, is truly inspiring."

Mesler will follow in the footsteps of diving Olympic gold medallist Micki King and serial gymnastics medallist Shannon Miller, who have attended the 2007 and 2009 sessions respectively.

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