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olympians go for champagne gold

lebron james champagne basketball olympics

the gold medals match the gold foil caps!

They just ended on Sunday, but already feel so far away. It’s come to my attention, however, that many of the athletes finally got to abandon their surely-rough, no-alcohol training routines and celebrate with some bubbly:

Ryan Lochte, he of much hotness and douchebaggery, continued said douchebaggery by drinking a $3,158 (£2,012) cocktail. It was made of Hennessy Paradis Imperial Cognac, Luxor 24-carat gold leaf Champagne and a pair of handmade 18-carat gold rings lying at the bottom of the glass. That’s just completely stupid. (It also reeks of a PR play, so I’ll give him a mild benefit of the doubt that he didn’t actually order it. But only a mild one.)

Usain Bolt went the way of Jay-Z and rocked a Nebuchadnezzar (= 20 bottles) of Armand de Brignac Champagne, aka Ace of Spades. It costs $125,568 (£80,000). He didn’t pay for it.

B-ballers also popped bubbly. LeBron James tweeted the photo above of Moët chilling in a cooler for the team on Sunday. And back in New York this week, players from the Dream Team like LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook partied in the Meatpacking District. At Avenue, firecrackers exploded out of magnums of Dom Perignon andwaitresses carried Moët Rosé, holding the bottles up like Olympic torches. The Dream Team drank straight from the bottles – flutes are clearly for silver and bronze winners only.

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