This Afternoon, February 21, the 3rd Annual “Gold Meets Golden” event celebrated the best of sport, film & television on Hollywood’s most Golden Weekend of the Academy Awards. Held at the Equinox Sports Club West Los Angeles location, Gold Meets Golden event hosts Nicole Kidman, Maria Shriver, Gina Rodriguez, and Matt Bomer; and Olympic Legend Hosts Greg Louganis, Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner; and pro-athlete host Jamaal Wilkes; brought together Hollywood & Sport to welcome the upcoming 2015 Special Olympic World Games. (Via press release).
Here are a few images from the 3rd annual “Gold Meets Golden” Even
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez.
Celebrities Katie Holmes, Chris Evans, Travis Van Winkle, Lauren Potter, Justin Baldoni, Trevor Donovan, Geoff Stults, Grace Gealy, Jon Seda and many more, who all interacted with the athletes on the carpet and inside the event, also attended “Gold Meets Golden” to celebrate entertainment & sport.
Olympic guests included figure skaters Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner; winter & summer athlete Lolo Jones; swimmers Conor Dwyer, Jessica Hardy, Brianne McLaughlin and Mark Spitz; beach volleyball player Jennifer Kessy, and many more.
Professional athlete Terrell Owens joined the celebrity guests in telling the crowd to “Reach Up LA!” for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
But perhaps the most honored guests of the evening were 2015 Special Olympic World Games Global Messengers & Athletes led by Kristin Knutson, Dustin Plunkett and Debi Anderson, who spoke enthusiastically about the spirit of inclusion embodies by the Special Olympic World Games.
Guests enjoyed a collection of Olympic memorabilia from long-time Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola, a Special Olympics World Games photo opp featuring the Circle of Inclusion, and a delicious lunch including Farmer’s Market Frittatas, Quail Egg in a Hole, and Ginger Macaroons from Heirloom LA.
Memorable colorful moments throughout the event included:
* Maria Shriver arriving in her sneakers, in theme with the intersection of Hollywood & Sport and the event’s Equinox location.
* Nicole Kidman looking stunning when she delighted guests in her role as host for the second time. Despite a late night of filming and Oscar rehearsals, Kidman gave her best wished to the 2015 Special Olympic World Games athletes, posing on the red carpet with the Circle of Inclusion.
* Chris Evans, a huge fan of Gracie Gold — and Gold, a huge fan of Evans – were able to meet for the first time to share how each were inspired by the other.
* Matt Bomer met his childhood idol Nadia Comaneci, and gushed about watching TV Movie “Nadia” more times than he could count.
* Gina Rodriguez received a congratulations on her Golden Globe win from 2015 Special Olympic World Games Global Messenger Marco Martinez in Spanish. She replied wishing him best luck at the upcoming 2015 Special Olympics World Games.
* Greg Louganis and Terrell Owens enjoyed a special message from Eddie Redmayne, who spoke about how inspirational the 2012 Summer London Olympic Games were, and how he hopes to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio!
* Longtime friends Jamaal Wilkes and Rafer Johnson reunited on the red carpet
* Olympic Silver Medal Fencer Tim Morehouse acted as reporter for Team USA, and after the carpet closed, joked that his microphone was heavier than his saber!
Via press release