Monday, May 5, 2014 | 4:32 p.m.
Olympic gold-medal-winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson received a shout-out from President Barack Obama during Saturday’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, and 12 hours later, the gold was shining bright when she kicked off the 2014 summer season at Azure Luxury Pool at Palazzo.
Jamie won in the slope-style event at the February Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the first gold of the games for the USA. Joining her party at the pool were fellow gold medal winner Kaitlyn Farrington and fellow Olympians Kjersti Buaas, Stefi Luxton and Rebecca Torr, along with snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.
President Obama called her an “incredibly talented young lady” during his speech, and she proved that on the slopes and at the pool celebrating with her friends as they danced in their cabana to the beats of Exotic DJ (Las Vegas’ Keith Richard).
Star chef Wolfgang Puck served a healthy athletes luncheon of California kale and cabbage salad, house-made hummus and a sushi roll platter.
“This Azure pool is such a beautiful spot to relax and have fun,” said Jamie. “I am just so grateful to be here and celebrate the Olympics with all of my closest friends.”
Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his gallery of gold medal photos.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.