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Olympian Courtney Mathewson & Irvine Youth Water Polo Athletes Take Part In 118th Golden Dragon Parade

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Courtney Mathewson (center) took part in the Golden Dragon Parade with members of the Irvine Kahuna Water Polo Club
Feb. 6, 2017

LOS ANGELES - February 6 - Two-time Olympic water polo champion, Courtney Mathewson, and sisters and Olympic badminton players, Iris and Rena Wang led LA 2024 Saturday at the 118th Annual Golden Dragon Parade in celebration of the day of the Lunar New Year. Thousands of Angelenos took to the streets of LA’s Chinatown neighborhood for the occasion, which bid leaders called “a celebration of our unity in diversity.” Marching alongside the Olympians representing LA 2024 were youth athletes from the Irvine Kahuna Water Polo Club, and three Olympic hopefuls in the sport of badminton: Vinson Chiu, Jamie Hsu and Timothy Lam.

Hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, the annual Golden Dragon Parade celebrates diversity, Chinese culture and Southern California’s thriving Chinese-American community. The day of the Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays among the 700,000 Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese Americans who call the Los Angeles area home.

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “Today's parade was far more than floats, convertible cars and marching bands - it was an inspiring celebration of our city’s unity in diversity. On behalf of LA 2024, I would like to thank the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles for organizing this wonderful celebration and thank Courtney, Iris and Rena for representing LA 2024 at the Golden Dragon Parade. LA 2024 is honored to have joined the LA area’s thriving Chinese American community in celebrating the day of the Lunar New Year. It’s days like these that reinforce our belief that Angelenos are ready to warmly welcome athletes, fans and all members of the Olympic Family in 2024.”

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