Jan. 08, 2020, 11:37 a.m. (ET)


Team USA athletes met some of Hollywood’s best entertainers at the 7th annual Gold Meets Golden event this past weekend in Beverly Hills, California.

The annual event gives Olympians, Paralympians, other professional athletes and well-known entertainers the opportunity to raise awareness for sports-related causes, taking place prior to the Golden Globe Awards. It also provides those from the entertainment industry a chance to meet some of their favorite athletes and, this year, wish them luck heading into the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Dozens of athletes attended, including Apolo Ohno, Ezra Frech, Mallory Weggemann, Greg Louganis, Nadia Comaneci, Maggie Steffens and Roderick Townsend, while some of the celebrities included Chris Evans, Matt Bomer, Rami Malek, Taron Eggerton, Nicole Kidman, Storm Reid and Ginnifer Goodwin.

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Below are some of the athletes' and actors' social posts from this year’s Gold Meets Golden.





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Every year @goldmeetsgolden gets more incredible. I grew up watching the Olympics pretty religiously, and I always love meeting the athletes who I’ve admired most of my life, and a lot of the new ones representing us this year. More pictures forthcoming in stories. This song , sung by @cynthiaerivo , who I think is one of the most talented artists on the planet right now, was a highlight for me. It’s good to keep in mind John Lennon’s lyrics in a 2020 that already has a lot going on. Thank you @scotts_show_and_tell for putting this all together every year. And thank you @armani for looking out for me. Styling: @jeanneyangstyle #goldmeetsgolden2020 #imagine #imagine2020 please DM for photo credit

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2020 Golden Globes 💫

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Great time with @goldmeetsgolden 🦾

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I’m running out of words to express my excitement...

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For those who tuned into the Golden Globes last night you heard Kate McKinnon present Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett award. In her introduction she reminded all of us the importance of using our platform for good, of taking a chance and putting ourselves out into this world to pave a path, one that offers a guiding light for generations to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The entertainment industry is so deeply rooted in how we form perceptions, introducing us to a world, whether fictional or not, rooted in possibility - just as Kate never knew if the world would accept an individual in the LGBTQ community, there are millions of Americans living in our society who look to the screens before us and do not see themselves represented. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Individuals with disabilities account for nearly 20% of our U.S population and yet fewer than 2% of characters on TV are disabled and of that 2% - 95% of the actors/actresses that play those rolls are able bodied individuals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The influence the entertainment industry has on our society goes well beyond a TV or screen and today in 2020 we still have an entire community of individuals that aren’t represented. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I proudly rolled the Golden Globes red carpet yesterday and I was the only one that “looked like me” moving about - an entire world, unrepresented which would make any of us stop for a minute and ask, “Do I belong?” Yesterday I learned the answer is YES, we ALL belong - regardless of our sexual orientation, race, religion, gender or perceived ability and all it takes is sparking a flame and we will ignite a conversation. It has been almost 30 years since the passing of ADA and we deserve more, we deserve to be seen and most of all we deserve INCLUSION. #MisconceptionMonday #GoldenGlobes #GoldenGlobesRedCarpet #DisabilityRepresentation #Inclusion #ChangingPerception #SparkAConversation

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