It'll be an Olympicpalooza just ahead of Mitt Romney's speech Thursday night, when three of about a dozen medal winners will carry his storyline as savior of the 2002 Winter Games to the big show.
Romney is scheduled to speak at 10 p.m. ET. At 9, Michael Eruzione (hockey), Derek Parra (speed skating) and Kim Rhode (shooting) are to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., to "offer their thanks" to Romney for his role as Olympic organizer.
The three were announced Friday and survived in the prime slot after the GOP was forced to trim the convention by a day because of Hurricane Isaac.
Eruzione was captain of the 1980 U.S. hockey team known for its "miracle on ice" defeat of the Soviets. Parra is the first Mexican-American to win gold in the Winter Games, in the 1,500-meter in 2002. Rhode has five medals in five consecutive Olympics, including gold for skeet this year in London.
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