“GOLD MEETS GOLDEN” — Hollywood Celebrities Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain have fun with Alex Morgan and others
Hollywood has long been inspired by the sports industry and vice versa, but rarely do these two worlds have the chance to mix and mingle.
GOLD MEETS GOLDEN is a special event which brings together the top sports and movie star celebrities.
Of course, held in Los Angeles — this past weekend the Gold Meets Golden welcomed some of the greatest athletes from across the world to celebrate during one of the year’s most Golden weekends.
The LIST: Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Ricky Martin, Nick Jonas, Chrissy Metz, Matt Bomer, James Franco, Gillian Anderson and Evan Peters Welcomed Athletes and Olympians Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Billie Jean King, Greg Louganis, Nastia Liukin, Laurie Hernandez, Alex Morgan, Summer Sanders, Carmelita Jeter, Ed Mose, Danell Leyva, John Orozco and more for Special Celebration.
The fifth-anniversary event also wished luck to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games athletes, who will begin competing the following month.
Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, the concept for the daytime brunch began when athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games were surprised by shout-outs from their favorite Hollywood celebrities, and several of those athletes were invited to Hollywood Awards season.
The outcome was “Gold Meets Golden” – a chance for Gold Medalists and other athletes to engage with some of entertainment’s best award nominees, and realize how much they inspire one another.
To celebrate its historic connection to Hollywood and a 90-year association with the Olympic Games, The Coca-Cola Company transported guests through time to experience the history and impact of the Olympic movement.
The iconic brand proudly displayed a rare collection of Olympic-themed memorabilia throughout the venue, celebrating historical connections to past-and-present Olympic greats and Hollywood icons.
As the presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay, rare Olympic torches were on display. Guests were also be treated to eclectic culinary creations and Coke-themed food pairings by award-winning celebrity chef Cat Cora, including caviar in mini gold eggs and a gold-infused chocolate fountain.
“The Coca-Cola Company is proud to help Hollywood experience our storied, 90-year partnership with the Olympic Games,” said Dina Gerson, director, Olympic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “As we get closer to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, we can’t wait to help generate excitement and support the athletes as our brands help fans around the world celebrate the most revered international sporting event.”
The Olympics will return to Los Angeles in 2028
In response to the return of the Olympics, Hollywood has caught a fresh dose of Olympic Fever.
“This year, I am thrilled to see so many powerful women taking part of the Fifth Gold Meets Golden,” said Nadia Comaneci who has hosted the event each year since its inception. “Their involvement spotlights female empowerment in sports AND Hollywood. This is a message that is very important to me as a female athlete. In the year of projects like Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon’s ‘Big Little Lies,’ Billie Jean King’s story ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ and amidst many other barriers being broken by powerful women, now is the perfect time to celebrate the victories of all women amongst any adversity they might encounter.”
Hollywood and the Olympic Games have had a long and successful history of intersection.
Popular films such as “Chariots of Fire,” “Cool Runnings,” “Miracle,” “Blades of Glory,” “Ali,” “International Velvet,” “The Cutting Edge,” “Unbroken,” “Race,” “Eddie the Eagle,” and the current “I, Tonya” have all featured the Olympic Games as their backdrop. A special tribute reel will feature content of these favorite silver screen scenes throughout the years.
The special occasion took place at the newly refurbished House on Sunset, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Doheny Drive.