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Dolphin Entertainment Partners With Winter Sports Champions to Launch NFT Collection as Games Start in Beijing
Latest Digital Collectible Series Brings Together Worlds of Comic Books and Top Athletes
As the eyes of the sports world focus on Beijing for the start of the winter games, Dolphin Entertainment (NASDAQ: DLPN) announced today the upcoming availability of a new NFT digital collectible program that artfully brings together the worlds of comic book heroes and groundbreaking athletes. The drop is themed Winter Sports Champions and features a combination of legends and current winter athletes, including many current competitors in the February games along with skating legend Nancy Kerrigan. The Winter Sports Champions collection will be released in partnership with FTX.US, allowing fans to purchase the NFTs with credit and debit cards as well as cryptocurrency. Future NFT collections featuring different groups of athletes in superhero form will be released in the coming months.
Winter Sports Champions will be sold in packs and made available on DolphinNFTs.com beginning on February 4. Each fierce athlete in the collection will be imagined as a bold adventure comic book hero by former senior Marvel Studio visual artist Anthony Francisco and his team of creatives at Dolphin Entertainment, with animation created by Dolphin subsidiary Viewpoint Creative.
The athletes included in this collection participate in the sports of figure skating, speed skating, ice hockey, snowboarding, cross country skiing, freestyle skiing, alpine skiing, luge, and curling.
“Two of the biggest pop culture events of early 2022 are the expansion of NFTs to mainstream audiences and the upcoming winter games,” said Bill O’Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Entertainment. “Anthony Francisco and his team of visionaries at Dolphin had a blast transforming this awesome roster of winter sports champions into comic book heroes, creating the opportunity to own a truly rare piece of art whether you are a sports fan or an expert NFT enthusiast.”
Winter Sports Champions Collectibles will be sold in packs and assigned a level of rarity (Common, Bronze, Silver, Gold) based on how many of each athlete will be made available and the design attributes of the collectible.
Along with collecting their favorite athletes and building their super team of Winter Sports Champions, NFT holders will be able to unlock rare, digital items and real-life rewards such as an actual luge ride or a signed piece of professional sports gear hand-picked by the athletes themselves.
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NANCY KERRIGAN –American figure skater and Massachusetts native, represented the United States at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games. She is a two-time Olympic medalist [Bronze in Albertville and Silver in Lillehammer], world medalist, US National Champion, and member of the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Kerrigan began skating at an early age at a rink down the street from her home in Stoneham, MA, and eventually became one of the sport’s most prodigious performers, appearing in ice shows including Champions on Ice, Halloween on Ice, Disney’s Dreams on Ice, and a Salute to the Golden Age of American Skating. She has also appeared off the ice in movies and television shows including Blades of Glory and Dancing with the Stars. Kerrigan, mother of three, has been an active supporter of the vision-impaired in honor of her blind mother.