The US Olympic team is coming to Hollywood! I’m out in LA for an amazing event called “Gold Meets Golden” which brings together the Olympics and Hollywood stars at an event following the Golden Globes. I’ll be sure to post a lot of pictures and excited an honored to be joining so many of my Olympic teammates to raise awareness for the upcoming Games in Sochi.
Below is the press release from the US Olympic Committee on the event.
GLOBES NIGHT GETS SPORTY WITH OLYMPIC ROYALTY
FOR SECOND ANNUAL “GOLD MEETS GOLDEN” EVENT
Top Hollywood Celebrities to Host Olympic Legends on Sunday, Jan. 12, at NBC/Universal Golden Globes Party
(Jan. 10, 2014) – Hollywood has long been inspired by the Olympic sporting world and vice-versa, but rarely do these two worlds have the chance to mix and mingle. On the eve of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles will again welcome some of sports’ greatest names from across the world to celebrate this year’s Golden Globe Awards, and give a special send-off to the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, with competition beginning three weeks later in Sochi, Russia. The 2014 event will continue to carry the torch initially lit by 2013 hosts Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi, Stacy Keibler and Ryan Kavanaugh.
The second-annual “Gold Meets Golden” Globes Event will be hosted by a variety of Hollywood elite who are passionate about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Ryan Kavanaugh, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara, Adrien Brody, Chelsea Handler, Kerry Washington, Owen Wilson, and Hayden Panettiere (engaged to Ukrainian boxing Olympian Wladimir Klitschko). Sports legends Magic Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger will round out the experience by hosting a table within the Globe Awards for a variety of winter and summer athletes.
The Hollywood team will join forces with popular and legendary Olympians including gymnasts Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Gabby Douglas, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Jake Dalton; figure skater Sasha Cohen; speedskaters Apolo Anton Ohno, Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen; track & field’sBruce Jenner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Will Claye and DeeDee Trotter; diverGreg Louganis; swimmers Nathan Adrian, Rebecca Soni, Eric Shanteau, John Naber, Jessica Hardy andSummer Sanders; water polo player Tony Azevedo; freestyle skier Nick Goepper; fencer Tim Morehouse; beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May Treanor, April Ross and Jen Kessy; original ‘Dream Team’ basketball player Magic Johnson; and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow (recently announced as a member of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Delegation for the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games). More Olympian and Paralympian names will be announced shortly.
Hollywood and the Olympic Games have had a long and successful history of intersection. Popular films such asChariots of Fire, Cool Runnings, Miracle, Blades of Glory, Ali, International Velvet, The Cutting Edge and many more have all featured the Olympic Games as their backdrop. A special tribute reel will feature content of these favorite silver screen scenes, combined with unforgettable Olympic moments.
The event will be supported by a variety of companies that work with Hollywood and sponsor the U.S. Olympic Committee, including:
Online Auction Benefitting Team USA
“Gold Meets Golden” will also launch a special online charity auction of various Hollywood experiences and rare Olympic memorabilia and adventures to benefit Team USA and the U.S. Olympic Committee (TeamUSA.org). Auction items available at online charity auction site Charitybuzz include four VIP tickets to exclusive parties to celebrate the Games alongside Olympic legends at Team USA Clubs in LA (Feb. 7) and Vail, Colo. (Feb. 15), official Team USA apparel, and a Cola-Cola snowboard to be signed by the party attendees. The auction will launch Jan. 12 and will run through late January at charitybuzz.com/USOC.
The special “Gold Meets Golden” occasion is developed and managed by CW3PR and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Rooftop, within the context of the annual Globes bash produced by NBC, Universal, Focus Features and E! Entertainment.