They may not get their own flag at the Opening Ceremonies, but Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Nation” will be represented in Vancouver. The Colbert Nation is now the primary sponsor of the US Speedskating team. The announcement was made by Stephen Colbert, Olympic Gold medalist Dan Jansen and executive director of US Speedskating Bob Crowley.
With Team USA having lost its previous sponsor when the Dutch bank DSB folded, The Colbert Nation is stepping up to help America bring home speedskating gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Donations should be made in the name of The Colbert Nation via www.colbertnation.com.
“US Speedskating is thrilled to be able to create a unique partnership between one of the great entertainers in the industry and one of the great sports in the Olympic movement,” said Crowley. “Embracing the U.S. Speedskating Team will provide immeasurable exposure for our sport and very talented athletes.”
RBR-TVBR observation: Does anyone remember Colbert’s role on Comedy Central’s “Strangers With Candy?” He was Chuck Noblet, Flatpoint High School’s history teacher. One hilarious, yet bizarre show that ran less than two years on the network (it may have pushed the envelope a bit too much). Not long after that, it was Colbert’s role as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s news-parody series “The Daily Show” that introduced him to a wide audience.