Gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps (left) will be among the U.S. Olympians Oprah's bringing next week to Millennium Park. (AP file)
The rumors have been flying for a few days, and now it's true: Oprah's 23rd season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will feature more than a hundred Olympic medal athletes -- next week at Millennium Park!
Details on tickets...
Here's the information that just came in from Harpo Productions:
Monday, Sept. 8 will be the 23rd season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
More than 150 Olympic medal athletes of Team USA come together with Oprah
for a historic event.
As Chicago is bidding for the 2016 Olympic games, it's a welcome home celebration for the record books and an opportunity for Chicago to showcase its Olympic spirit.
Taping will be held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Some of the athletes attending are; Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin, Dara Torres, Kobe Bryant, Lisa Leslie, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
Local Chicago athletes that will be attending are; Christine Magnuson-Swimming, Matt Grevers - Swimming, Candance Parker- Basketball, Tom Hoff - Men's Volleyball, Sylvia Fowles - Basketball, Deron Williams - Basketball
The premiere episode, Monday, Sept. 8 will be the first episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in HD.
Tickets for the taping will be available beginning at noon this Saturday. A member of the "Oprah" show team will be located on the East side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion along Columbus Drive just behind the McDonald's Cycle Center. Availability is on a first come first serve basis. Age requirement is 12 years and older. Ticket information is also available on Oprah.com.