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Nick Goepper takes dating contest winner out in New York (photos)

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Kent State senior Annie Rogers‘ first trip to New York was a memorable one, beginning with a Cadillac Escalade pickup from the airport and including two days with Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper.

Rogers, “just a normal Ohio girl,” won a social media contest for a date with the slopestyle skier Goepper last month. They met Saturday in New York and spent much of the weekend in Midtown.

On Saturday, they went to the Broadway show “After Midnight,” featuring Vanessa Williams, with dinner to follow at Empire Steak House, which boasts a signature dry-aged Porterhouse for two. They also went to a New York Rangers game and sat a few rows behind the visiting Ottawa Senators bench.

On Sunday, they visited Central Park, ate lunch at the Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo, went to a Mets game and ate at another Midtown restaurant.

Rogers said she and Goepper, an Indiana native who trains in Colorado, will stay in touch and hope to meet up again this summer.

“I hope people know Nick is such a great guy,” Rogers said. “He’s exactly as he comes off in interviews — laid back, friendly. I can’t think Nick enough. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my first time in the city.”

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Paralympic swimmer disqualified for Olympic rings tattoo

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British Paralympic champion Josef Craig was disqualified from a race because he didn’t cover up an Olympic rings tattoo on his chest at the IPC European Championships on Sunday.

Craig, 19, was disqualified because of an International Paralympic Committee swimming rule that states, “body advertisements are not allowed in any way whatsoever (this includes tattoos and symbols).”

Craig, who did not have the tattoo when he took gold at London 2012, has since competed at the European Championships with the Olympic rings tattoo covered.

If people attend the Paralympics, which are held weeks after the Olympics at the same venues, they will very often see the Paralympic Agitos logo where the Olympic logo once appeared.

It is visual proof that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are separate entities.

At the London Paralympics, American Rudy Garcia-Tolson earned silver in a 200m individual medley with an Olympic rings tattoo visible near his left shoulder-blade.

An IPC spokesperson said the rule pertaining to the Paralympics — which covers all sports — was new going into 2012 and will be fully enforced for the first time in Rio.

MORE: London gymnastics medalist gets elaborate Olympic tattoo

Missy Franklin reads emotional letter to parents (video)

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Missy Franklin broke into tears reading a letter to her parents in a mock press conference in a spot for Minute Maid, one of the four-time Olympic champion’s sponsors since turning professional a year ago.

It was filmed in April near her home in Denver.

Franklin has split time training and competing and working with companies including GoPro, Laureus, Minute Maid, Speedo, United Airlines, Visa and Wheaties.

Franklin has said the sponsor commitments will curtail in the middle of May, when she starts a blackout period to focus on training for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 26-July 3 in Omaha and air on NBC Sports.

VIDEO: Franklin revisits ‘biggest sacrifice’ in GoPro series finale