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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Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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