U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Athletes are 'Britain Bound'


With the 2012 Olympics only a year away, some of America's Olympic and Paralympic athletes are going to get a closer look at the host country as the U.S. Olympic Committee and VisitBritain announced the "Team USA: Britain Bound" program.

The program, which was launched Tuesday night, allows fans to get behind-the-scenes access when seven select athletes visit some of the Olympic venues and iconic British travel destinations such as the Olympic capital and Shakespeare's birthplace. The program's website gives fans a chance to also chime in on their visits and even give suggestions as to where they should go and what to do.

As for the athletes themselves, many of them were excited at the prospect of exploring a new country and sharing the experience with everyone.

"With the Olympics only one year away, I can't wait for our Team: USA Britain Bound trip and get to visit the Olympic venues and take in some of the famous sites," 2008 Olympic gymnastics champ Nastia Liukin said. "We're so excited to get to know the host country in a new light and to share all of our adventures with everyone back here in the U.S."

Get more information on this one-of-a-kind interactive program at www.teamusa.org/britainbound and for updates on the athletes, check out the U.S. Olympic Team Facebook page!