The AVP’s own Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross and Jen Kessy were among the star athletes on-hand for the second annual “Gold Meets Golden” event. The event was held on the eve of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards and was created as an opportunity for Olympic athletes and the Hollywood elite to be able to meet, interact, and inspire one another.
This year’s event had an added special dimension in that it was also a chance for the assembled athletes and members of the film/television community to provide members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams a special send-off, before they head off to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in just three weeks time.
Hosts for the star-studded event included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi, Stacy Keibler and Ryan Kavanaugh.
Other members of the Hollywood elite who were in attendance included Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Sofia Vergara, Adrien Brody, Chelsea Handler, Kerry Washington, Owen Wilson, and Hayden Panettiere.
Along with Kerri, April, and Jen, retired USA Beach Volleyball great Misty May-Treanor was on-hand to join a coterie of past and present Olympic greats that included gymnasts Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner and Gabby Douglas, figure skater Sasha Cohen; speed skaters Apolo Ohno, Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen, track & field stars Bruce Jenner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alyson Felix, and DeeDee Trotter, diver Greg Louganis, swimmers Nathan Adrian, Rebecca Soni, Eric Shanteau, Jessica Hardy and Summer Sanders, basketball legend Magic Johnson and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow.
The event took place at the Beverly Hilton Rooftop, within the context of the annual Golden Globes party produced by NBC, Universal, Focus Features and E! Entertainment.
During the party guests were treated to a screening of a special tribute reel consisting of iconic Olympic moments intercut with scenes from classic films that featured the Olympic Games as a backdrop such as Chariots of Fire, Cool Runnings, Blades of Glory, Ali, and Miracle.