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T.J. Oshie reportedly invited to White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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T.J. Oshie‘s Olympic celebrity reportedly earned him an Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercial, a boost to No. 2 in NHL jersey sales behind Sidney Crosby and an invitation to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The St. Louis Blues forward — and Olympic shootout hero — already filmed the rental car spot set to air during the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC and NBCSN.

Enterprise’s Chief Marketing Officer, Pat Farrell, attended the U.S.-Russia group-play game where Oshie scored four times in six shootout attempts, eventually winning it for the U.S.

“I attended the Olympics with a contingent of Americans in a stadium of 11,000 Russians, and I watched T.J. Oshie silence them,” Farrell said, according to the St. Louis Blues’ website. “It was probably the most remarkable individual athletic event I’ve ever seen. When you were there, and you’re looking at it, you’re nervous. You’re in the stands and you’re so nervous for him and what he’s got to do. He was as calm as he could be. To be that good at something means you’ve probably worked at it a long time.”

The jersey sales numbers came during a period spanning Feb. 12 (start of the Olympic hockey tournament) to March 2, according to Bloomberg.

The Correspondents’ Dinner invite was also referenced in the Blues website story, though it didn’t say whether Oshie accepted. That may be because the dinner is on May 3, which falls during the playoffs. The Blues lead the NHL in points.

The invite also came after an acknowledgement from the official White House Twitter feed following his Sochi heroics last month.

This NHL.com story listed more of Oshie’s invites and accolades since Sochi.

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Game of Thrones turns to javelin throw (video)

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In the Olympics, the javelin has turned into one of the most diverse events.

Recently, Olympic and world medalists have come from not only the traditional European powers, but also China, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

Now, Game of Thrones has entered the mix. In the HBO series’ sixth episode of its seventh season that debuted Sunday night — titled “Beyond the Wall” — a battle scene takes place on a frozen lake.

The full scene comes at about the 54-minute mark of the episode on HBO’s site here.

In it, a character named the “Night King” kills a dragon with what appears to be an icy spear, perfectly launched in javelin-throw fashion.

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Swimmer holds minute of silence for Barcelona as race goes on (video)

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Fernando Alvarez, a Spanish swimmer born in 1946, leaned over his starting block for his 200m breaststroke heat in the age 70-74 division at the FINA World Masters Championships on Saturday.

But as everybody else dived into the pool in Budapest, Alvarez stood up above lane 4.

There he remained, reportedly observing a full minute of silence for last week’s Barcelona terror attacks that killed at least 15 and injured more than 100.

Before his race, Alvarez reportedly petitioned FINA for an official minute of silence, but swimming’s international governing body said there was no time to fit it into that session’s schedule, according to Spanish media.

Alvarez did eventually dive into the pool but was given no time in official results.

FINA has not responded to a request for comment.

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