All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘winter olympics’

Tara Lipinski Joins Johnny Weir, Terry Gannon To Make NBC Lead Figure-Skating Announcing Team

Former champion figure skater Tara Lipinski is joining forces with fellow champion figure skater Johnny Weir and sports announcer Terry Gannon to form NBC’s lead figure-skating announcing team. The team was announced on Wednesday, October 22, when all three appeared on the TODAY show. Lipinski, who won the 1998 Olympic gold medal for figure skating, was first seen announcing with …

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Carolina Kostner Wins Bronze, Atones for Vancouver

Italy’s Carolina Kostner won the bronze medal in women’s figure skating in Sochi on Thursday. The 27-year-old native of Bolzano, Italy scored 74.12 points in the short program and 142.61 in the free skate for a total of 216.73. That put her in third place behind Russia’s surprise gold-medal winner Adelina Sotnikova (224.59 points) and South Korea’s Kim Yu-na (219.11 …

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Take Ice Dance Silver In Sochi

Tessa Virtue and dance partner Scott Moir from Canada won silver for their performance in the ice dance event in this year’s Winter Games in Sochi. In the free dance portion, they earned 114.66 points, their best for the season. American pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White scored 116.63 points. The Canadians had an overall score of 190.99, which was …

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Charles Hamelin Stays Positive After Another Fall

Canadian speed skater Charles Hamelin was hopeful at the beginning of this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. He felt confident, and he was being touted as the skater everyone should watch out for. He was in the running for medals in all four of the men’s short track events—that is, until the unfortunate happened, and he started falling. Hamelin was …

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Johnny Weir Is Not Afraid To Be In Anti-Gay Russia

American figure skater Johnny Weir, known for his flair and outlandishness on and off the ice, is having the time of his life. After retiring from the sport as a competitor, he now works as the NBC’s figure skating analyst with fellow skater Tara Lipinski. NBC was quick to get him as expert analyst for their coverage of the U.S. …

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Pussy Riot Members Released After Being Questioned

Two members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band, were briefly detained today in Sochi. The group members were being questioned after a theft occurred at the hotel they were staying at. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were having a meeting with journalists at the time the police took them into custody, according to Petr Verzilov, Tolokonnikova’s husband. “They were …

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Mac Bohonnon Of The U.S. Places Fifth In Aerial Finals At Sochi

Sochi saw a lone aerials representative for the U.S. team in 18-year-old Mac Bohonnon. The young freestyle skier may not have bagged a medal, but his performance was nothing short of impressive. The first-time Olympian finished fifth in the aerials final, besting seven other contenders. The fact that he was the only U.S. athlete competing for his country in the …

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Meryl Davis And Charlie White: U.S. Ice Dancers Win Gold In Sochi

American ice dancing pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White made their nation proud by winning the gold in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. It is the first gold for Team USA in ice dancing; they had previously won silver four years ago in Vancouver. They also won bronze in this year’s new team event. The duo, who both hail from …

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Eva Samkova: Czech Snowboarder Wins Gold In Sochi

The 21-year-old snowboarder from the Czech Republic put on an impressive performance as she dominated her rivals in the snowboard cross event at the Sochi Olympics. The mustachioed Eva Samkova bested 33-year-old Canadian Dominique Maltais who got the silver medal, and 19-year-old Chloe Trespeuch from France. The camera attached to Samkova’s helmet was meant to give TV viewers a better …

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Lindsey Jacobellis Tries, Falls Again

Bad luck seems to hound Team USA snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis every time she takes a shot at Olympic gold. She has tried twice before the Sochi Games: in Turin in 2006, and Vancouver in 2010. The gold was hers for the taking in Turin, until an unnecessary trick made her fall, and she went home with the silver instead. During …

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Noriaki Kasai: Veteran Ski Jumper Wins Silver Medal

In Sochi, Noriaki Kasai is proving to everyone that age doesn’t matter – especially in death-defying sports. The 41-year-old ski jumper from Japan outshone most of his younger competitors in the men’s large hill competition, earning him a silver medal. He is now the oldest Olympic medalist in ski jump history. Kasai made a clean landing on both jumps, which measured …

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Lizzy Yarnold’s Mental Toughness Helps Her Win Gold

[timeout] I'm about to receive my Olympic medal, and it's the very best colour. Dreams really do come true. — Lizzy Yarnold (@TheYarnold) February 15, 2014 [/timeout] BBC Sport tells us of the England-born Lizzy Yarnold, who transforms into “The Yarnold” when she hits the ice, and how she used her patented brand of mental toughness, intricate sled engineering and …

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