Sperry Top-Sider® Sets Sail for Beijing

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Two Olympic Hopefuls Join Sperry Top-Sider's Growing Team of Premier Athletes

Sperry Top-Sider® announced today that sailors Andrew Campbell and Zach Railey have officially joined the Sperry Top-Sider endorsed athlete team. Campbell and Railey recently earned their places on the 2008 US Sailing Team that will represent the United States in China in August.

Railey, a Finn sailor and Campbell a Laser sailor, will be joining Sperry Top-Sider's sponsored team of high-profile sailors, which already includes fellow 2008 Olympic Team Members Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Debbie Capozzi from Team Seven Sailing. Also, past US Sailing Team Members Brad Nichol and Andy Horton, from Team Horton-Nichol.

"As a brand with a passion for the sea, Sperry Top-Sider has always developed shoes with competitive sailors in mind," said Karen Pitts, vice president, marketing, Sperry Top-Sider. "It's a great advantage to be represented by two up-and-coming talents who are truly the lifeblood of the sport and to tap into such talent in the product development process."

Though both athletes are only 24 years old, each has already compiled an impressive resume. However, the true test for both will come this August in Qingdao, China in which they will be competing as teammates in their first Olympic Games -- wearing U.S. uniforms and Sperry Top-Sider footwear.

"I've been sailing since I was five and I've competed in a lot of big races, but the Olympics represents an entirely different landscape," says Campbell. "I grew up sailing in Sperry Top-Sider shoes, and it only makes sense to wear the best footwear available to sailors, as I prepare for the most the most important competition of my career."

About Sperry Top-Sider
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those with a passion for the sea. From its introduction of the world's first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction, to advanced technical fabrication to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains the vanguard of high-performance amphibious footwear and apparel. Available around the globe in fine independent, marine, outdoor and department stores, Sperry Top-Sider is the official footwear of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas, ACURA Key West, US SAILING, National Safe Boating Council and Team Seven Sailing.

Based in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, Sperry Top-Sider is a division of the Stride Rite Corporation, a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE:PSS). For more information, please visit http://www.sperrytopsider.com.

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