On Sunday, the 2nd Annual "Gold Meets Golden" Event celebrated the best of sport, film & television at the ultimate intersection of Olympic athletics & Hollywood. Held within the NBC Universal Golden Globes After Party, Gold Meets Golden welcomed legendary Olympians with guests that included gymnasts Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Jake Dalton; figure skater Sasha Cohen; speed skaters Apolo Anton Ohno, Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen; Paralympian sprinter Jarryd Wallace; track & field’s Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alyson Felix, and DeeDee Trotter; diver Greg Louganis; swimmers Rebecca Soni, Eric Shanteau, John Naber, Jessica Hardy-Meichtry and Summer Sanders; water polo player Tony Azevedo; free skier and Sochi hopeful Nick Goepper; fencer Tim Morehouse; beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May Treanor, April Ross and Jen Kessy; and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow (recently announced as a member of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Delegation for the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games).
"Gold Meets Golden" was also attended by Olympic supporting celebrities Hayden Panettiere, Kerry Washington, Chris Hemsworth, Sofia Vergara, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Jason Collins, Nate Berkus, Seth Meyers, Frank Marshall, and Ryan Kavanaugh who all interacted with the Olympians.
On the main Globes red carpet, Olympians met and were photographed with a variety of Hollywood celebs including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Michael Douglas, U2, Sean Combs, Amy Adams, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Mike Tyson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Aaron Eckhart, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Jared Leto, Uma Thurman, Julie Bowen, Michael J. Fox, Kevin Spacey, Chris O’Donnell, Kristen Chenoweth, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Voight, Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon and more.
Guests enjoyed a collection of Olympic memorabilia and torches from long-time Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola, an opportunity to thank their moms via Olympic sponsor P&G’s #BecauseOfMom handle, and an Olympic-themed podium photo op.
Memorable "colorful moments" throughout the day and night included Taylor Swift chatting with to-be Sochi Olympic hopeful freeskiier Nick Goepper about their mutual love for downhill speed; Sofia Vergara asking advice from her family on how to spell "Olympians" as she wrote a message of support to the Sochi team; Kerry Washington telling Nadia Comeneci, Mary Lou Retton, Greg Louganis and Jackie Joyner-Kersee that they were inspirations in her life and career; Mike Tyson and Orlando Bloom holding and inquiring about Olympic medals brought to the carpet by Tim Morehouse; a red-carpet reunion of Greg Louganis and Mario Lopez who once portrayed him in his life story; Jimmy Fallon exclaiming that the "Olympians are Awesome!" on the red carpet, Seth Myers delivering a heart-felt message to the athletes of the Sochi 2014 Games which he said he will also be attending in February; Jason Collins, Nate Berkus and Caitlin Cahow discussing the state of Equality in Sport and at the upcoming Olympics; and Jessica Chastain shouting-out with her mother by her side in support of P&G’s #BecauseOfMom campaign.
Gold Meets Golden 2014