Being an Olympic medalist often brings about additional responsibility as a public figure, but it doesn’t mean athletes can’t have some fun every once in a while. Such was the case for recent 2010 Winter Olympic medalists Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO), Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (Boise, ID), and Brett Camerota, (Park City, UT) who were among the attendees at the Sports Spectacular benefit for the Cedar Sinai Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. The U.S. Ski Team members were part of a great charity event helping to raise money for the hospital.
Mingling with these athletes were some of Hollywood’s finest such as Snoop Dogg, who introduced the medalists on stage, Carrie Underwood and Luke Wilson. Other notable attendees included Carl Lewis, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Irvin and Carmelo Anthony.
Joining the Olympic medalist at the fundraiser were former U.S. Ski Team members Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT), Bryon Friedman (Park City, UT), Jake Zamansky (Aspen, CO), Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) and Dane Spencer (Boise, ID).
“Meeting Snoop Dogg and Carmelo Anthony was the highlight for me,” said Camerota. “It’s pretty cool to share our Olympic medals with these stars.”
The star-studded affair included a silent auction, red carpet and banquet presentation. The exciting pairing of the Olympic medalists and a world class event helped raise over $1 million dollars for the Cedar Sinai Children’s Hospital.
“Helping kids is a passion, and if winning an Olympic medal can help me do that, it’s even better,” said Peterson. “The red carpet, talking with other celebrities about how we can help and witnessing over one million dollars being raised was incredible.”