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"Gold Meets Golden" Team USA Olympic Event Recap

Gold Meets Golden Event Photos Nashville's Hayden Panettiere and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara sharing a cheerful moment together.
Gold Meets Golden Event Photos Nashville's Hayden Panettiere and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara sharing a cheerful moment together.
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(Jan. 10, 2014) The Golden Globes were on Sunday night and featured a lot of surprises and well deserved wins. Also in a few weeks, will mark the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in which all of the world's greatest athletes will be showcasing their great talents in the respective sports they've been selected for for their respective countries all over the world.

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"Gold Meets Golden" was a very special event that gave 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.

“Gold Meets Golden” also launched 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 are available at the online charity auction site Charitybuzz including 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 launched on Jan. 12 and will run through late January at http://charitybuzz.com/USOC.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will take place beginning February 7th until the 23rd. Please visit the official website http://www.olympic.org/sochi-2014-winter-olympics for further details and information on all events, athletes and countries being represented.

The Winter Olympics will air exclusively on NBC and all of its' affliate channels on regular and cable television. Please visit the official site for the television schedule and events covered. http://www.nbcolympics.com/results-schedule

EVENT RECAP:

"On Sunday night, 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 supported by Hollywood studio and Sports management company, Relativity Media, with shout-out to Hilton HHonors, who provided accommodations for many of the out-of-town athletes, healthy "Go for Gold" smoothies provided by Natrol/MRI-Performance and their new Athlete Competitive Series, and gourmet Olympic truffles from celebrity chef Shelia G.

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."

The event featured the wonderful and generous support of the following sponsors: Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Relativity Media, Natrol/MRI-Performance, Shelia G and Hilton HHonors for their heartfelt contributions to the event.

More information on the sponsors:

The Coca-Cola Company - The longest continuous partner of the Olympic Games since 1928, The Coca-Cola company will display a unique collection of Olympic memorabilia and – as the presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay – will also showcase Olympic Torches dating back to Barcelona 1992. http://coca-cola.com/theolympics/

Procter & Gamble - The company behind everyday brands like Crest, Gillette and Pampers, P&G will feature its Sochi 2014 “Pick Them Back Up” chapter to the “Thank You, Mom” Campaign, recognizing that behind each Olympic athlete, there is a mom who helped get them there. http://youtube.com/proctergamble.

Hilton HHonors™ - Hilton HHonors supports the U.S. Olympic Movement in a number of ways, including providing a good night’s sleep to top competitors and coaches who dream of winning gold. The company will provide accommodation at the event for several of the attending Olympians. http://www.hhonorssponsorships.com/usolympicpartnership/

The special “Gold Meets Golden” occasion is developed and managed by CW3PR and took place at the Beverly Hilton Rooftop, within the context of the annual Globes bash produced by NBC, Universal, Focus Features and E! Entertainment.

Very special thanks to Jana Davidoff and Ashley Patterson for their invaluable contributions to this article. You guys are the best always and forever!