New York Knicks superstar Jeremy Lin (林書豪) and world No. 1 female golfer Yani Tseng (曾雅妮) met for the first time on Tuesday at a star-studded bash hosted by Time magazine to honor the world’s most influential people.
Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent, and Tseng both made this year’s Time 100 list of the most influential figures for their athletic achievements and work ethic.
The duo walked the red carpet in succession at the Time 100 Gala held at the Lincoln Center in New York City, where they shook hands, exchanged greetings and posed for photographers.
Lin earned his spot with his breakout season that saw him score more points in his first five starts than any other player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.
“I feel like it’s a real blessing from God,” the 23-year-old Harvard economics graduate said of his selection as a Time honoree. “I’m deeply humbled and honored.”
Tseng, who flew to New York to attend the gala right after concluding the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Honolulu in which she tied for 10th place, said she felt honored to attend the festivities.
“It’s a big honor to be one of the Time 100,” Tseng said.
Those who make up this year’s list include breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who “inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world,” according to Time.