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‘Spirit Of The Gulf' Hints Of Jazz, Culture At Olympics

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HOUSTON, La – As Team USA prepares to make the journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Gulf Coast's finest are gearing up for a trip across the pond to deliver the ultimate good luck charm – the tastes and tunes of the Gulf Coast.

Officials have scheduled four days during the 2012 Olympic Games for the event to introduce Team USA which will be presented by BP.

As part of the company's ongoing partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, BP will host the event, which will be a series of events for Team USA during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Officials are expecting more than 1,000 people each day to visit the Gulf Coast, sample the world's freshest and best-tasting seafood and experience the Gulf's unique culture and distinctive attractions.

"BP's support for the U.S. Olympic Movement in London demonstrates our commitment to operating in and contributing to the economic vitality of thousands of local communities across the globe," said Crystal Ashby, BP's vice president of government and public affairs. "BP is proud to use the power of the London 2012 Olympic Games as another way to promote the Gulf Coast, draw new visitors to the region and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the community."

Eight of the best chefs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are preparing the freshest seafood that the Gulf has to offer for U.S. Olympians, their families and visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Each chef will dish up some of their hometown favorites. The chefs will include Chef John Folse (Louisiana), Chef Michael Sichel (Louisiana), Chef Chris Poplin (Mississippi), Chef Calvin Coleman (Mississippi), Chef Chris Sherrill (Alabama), Chef Alec Naman (Alabama), Chef Justin Timineri (Florida) and Chef Paul Stellato (Florida).

For more information, visit http://www.teamusa.org/.

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