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Tom Kelly went pink to support the red, white and blue.
Kelly, the vice president of communications for the United States Ski and Snowboarding team, made good on a 12-year-old promise to Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall by dying his gray beard pink after she won the first gold medal ever for the Americans in cross-country skiing on Wednesday.
Kelly had promised the 35-year-old Randall, who had highlighted her hair pink for the Olympic Games, that he would dye his beard the same color if she ever won a medal _ something no American woman had ever done before in cross-country. Randall didn’t just win a medal, she teamed up with Jessica Diggins to shock the world and take home gold in the women’s sprint free relay on Wednesday.
That meant Kelly found himself in a hair salon in the Olympic village on Saturday morning dying his gray beard pink. He said the people in the salon were ecstatic when Randall walked in with her gold medal draped around her neck.
Tom Kelly, the vice president of communications for the @usskiteam, made good on a 12-year-old promise to Kikkan Randall to dye his hair pink if she ever won an @Olympics medal. Randall took gold in cross-country at the @pyeongchang2018 Games.
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— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) February 24, 2018
“They thought it was fun, we all thought it was fun,” Kelly said. “But I’m not sure my wife likes it.”
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 22, 2018
Kelly said he did it to support the athletes.
“I really respect the individualism and the great charisma that they bring with their personalities,” Kelly said.
When told he will probably get a lot of strange looks on the plane ride back to the United States, Kelly said, “That’s ok, I’ll have a great story to tell.”