All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Sochi Olympics’

Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir’s Expertise (And Fashion Sense) Land Them Top Figure Skating Spot for NBC

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been promoted from their secondary roles to become the top figure skating broadcast team for NBC. After attracting attention for their rapport and fashion sense at the Sochi Olympics, NBC announced on Wednesday that the duo would be the commentators for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, making the former Olympians TV’s most visible …

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Gracie Gold Backs Out of Malibu Prom Date

Figure skater and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics bronze medalist Gracie Gold has backed out of a prom date with a teenage suitor from Malibu, California, who asked her via a YouTube clip, and later in person during an awkward taping of an episode of NBC’s Extra. Malibu High School student Dyer Pettijohn, 17, compiled a video clip asking Gold, 18, …

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Mikaela Shiffrin Defends Her World Cup Title

Mikaela Shiffrin defended and retained her World Cup slalom title this weekend. Adding this to her Sochi Olympics gold, she’s already received all the birthday gifts she could dream of–just a few days shy of her 19th birthday. Mikaela led the race from start to finish Saturday–just the way she did in Sochi only two weeks ago. Just a year …

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Sarah Burke Honored in Olympic Tribute

Sarah Burke was honored in a touching Olympic tribute in Sochi on Thursday night. Burke was a ski pioneer, having pushed for freestyle competition, including the half pipe, at the Olympic level. She died in a ski accident two years ago. The sport made its Olympic debut in Sochi this week and when slope workers skied down the center of …

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Tara Lipinski: Covering Olympics Is Her “Dream Job”

The Sochi Olympic Games have been a bumpy ride; from reports of horrid conditions by athletes and members of the media to the ups and downs in the actual games, it will be an event remembered for decades to come. For one analyst, it’s been a dream come true. Former Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski, who has been providing commentary …

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Mike Rowe: Dirty Jobs Star Defends Walmart

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame is defending Walmart’s recent decision to spend more money in order to sell more products that are made in America in their stores. Rowe narrates a new ad for Walmart called “I Am Factory,” that premiered during the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony. The ad was met with much skepticism, and this past weekend the …

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Bob Costas’ Return Brings Twitter Joy and Jokes

Bob Costas will return to covering the Sochi Winter Olympics on NBC tonight after being sidelined by the network because of a very serious eye infection in both eyes. “I’m not 100 percent, that’s for sure, but if I waited until I was 100 percent, the Olympics would be over,” Costas said in a phone interview with the Today Show. …

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Meredith Vieira to Fill in for Bob Costas in Sochi

Meredith Vieira will fill in as host of the Sochi Olympics for Bob Costas due to an eye infection the sports caster has been battling. Meredith took his place on Friday, but NBC fears Costas’ illness may linger, forcing the network to shut him down completely and install Vieira in his spot for the remainder of the Sochi Olympics. Meredith …

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Lara Gut Receives Bronze, Cries For More

Lara Gut is is proud to be a part of the Olympic games this year, though often it is difficult to tell due to the tears flowing from her eyes. On Monday, the 22-year old Swiss alpine ski racer began to cry after failing to finish the slalom leg of super-combined in the silver-medal slot after downhill. Two days later, …

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Shaun White Relinquishes Halfpipe Throne

Shaun White was the reigning champion of the men’s halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics since 2006. However, at the end of the competition in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he had to step down from his throne when he was unable to grab the top spot on the podium. In the 2006 Torino and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, White’s …

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Sochi’s Empty Seats Difficult To Ignore

There’s always a buzz about the lack of spectators that show up during the Olympics. The same goes with this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, which has been said to cost around $51 billion and took 7 years to prepare for. The question that Olympic officials are asking is why are people not attending. This has been evident during one of …

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Shaun White Will Leave Sochi Empty-Handed

The snowboard king has been dethroned. Shaun White was vying for his third straight gold medal in Men’s Halfpipe at the Sochi Winter Games on Tuesday night. But this time, the Flying Tomato did not even medal. Iouri Podladtchikiov, known as I-Pod in the snowboarding community, won the gold with a score of 94.75. I-Pod, who is only 15 years …

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