Video game company EA Sports threw a cross-sport promotional event yesterday in Vancouver, bringing together Venus Williams, NBA star Dwight Howard, hockey’s Milan Lucic and soccer’s Sacha Kljestan. Each athlete taught the others (and a group of invited media types) the secrets of his or her sport before competing against one another to decide who was the all-around “King of the Court.” (Dwight Howard won.)
Venus said she was a natural at hockey. I’d say b-ball and soccer are definitely NOT her thing:
The day ended with video game demos:
Venus had this to say about her virtual self: “Well, the video game version comes close. But I think the real version of me is the place to be.“
Or maybe not, says the unimpressed Vancouver Sun:
The parallel universes of world-class athleticism and gaming geeksmanship magically intersected on a strip of corporate Fieldturf, and for a while the Earth was a better place.
Yes, that happened. And a smiling, polite Williams had nothing significant to say.
Her brief scrums were dominated by Joytv’s questions about plans to become a Jehovah’s Witness, and by a Danish TV crew that shushed others so it could conduct a one-on-one interview in order to get Williams to record promos for its programs.
“Hi, this is Venus Williams and you’re watching Good Morning, Denmark.”
You can judge Venus’s magnetism for yourself with this off-the-cuff interview from the event:
Okay. She’s not the best interview in the world. Or basketball player. But man, can she play tennis!