PICTURES: Going to the Charity Stripe for the Olympics

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Kenneth Chamberlain and Katie Feldhaus
March 16, 2011, 1:39 p.m.

Law­makers and aides gave new mean­ing to the phrase “go­ing for the gold” on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, team­ing up with Olympic and Para­lympic ath­letes at a free-throw con­test on Cap­it­ol Hill sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee and its sup­port­ers in Con­gress.

After a sweat-drip­ping com­pet­i­tion, win­ners were awar­ded gold, sil­ver, and bronze medals. A team from the of­fice of Rep. John Car­ney, D-Del., took the gold.

Rep. Joseph Crow­ley, D-N.Y., drives to the hoop as Rep. Joe Baca, D-Cal­if., plays de­fense. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Former NBA bas­ket­ball play­er and former Rep. Tom Mc­Mil­len, D-Md., stead­ies the ball be­fore his shot. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Para­lympi­an Alana Nich­ols and Rep. Ed Per­lmut­ter, D-Colo., re­act after Nich­ols’s shot. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Olympic bas­ket­ball medal­ist Teresa Ed­wards, left, and track and field medal­ist Jack­ie Joyn­er-Kersee laugh after tak­ing free throws. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., watches her free throw as it ap­proaches the hoop. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Rep. Joe Baca, D-Cal­if., cheers with Para­lympic medal­ist April Holmes after sink­ing his free throw. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Rep. Ed Mar­key, D-Mass., lines up his shot. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Gold medal fig­ure skater Evan Lysacek tries his hand at a few free throws. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Rep. Jason Alt­mire, D-Pa., takes aim at the net. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

Blind para­lympi­an medal­ist in the long jump El­ex­is Gil­lette takes some free throws. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

All of the par­ti­cipants pos­ing for the group photo. (Photo by Chet Suss­lin)

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