Olympics Highlights: Two Bronze Medals in Skiing and Ice Dancing, and a Big Win for U.S. Men’s Hockey
We picked up a few more medals at the Winter Olympics yesterday. There were more events early this morning, but we don’t want to spoil them for anyone. Here are four updates from earlier . . .
1. Freestyle skier Maddie Bowman was NOT able to defend her title from 2014 in the women’s halfpipe, and didn’t even medal. She crashed on all three of her runs, and ended up in LAST place. But Brita Sigourney of the U.S. did snag Bronze.
2. Brother and sister Alex and Maia Shibutani took home a Bronze medal in ice dancing. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Canada were the favorites. They took Gold. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France took Silver. (She’s the one who had an R-RATED wardrobe malfunction two nights ago.)
3. The U.S. men’s hockey team needed a win against Slovakia last night to keep their medal hopes alive . . . and they DID it. They won 5 to 1. That means we’ll play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals tomorrow. But that one might be tougher, because they’re still undefeated.
The U.S. WOMEN’S hockey team cruised through the early rounds, and they’re set to play Canada in the gold-medal game tomorrow night.
4. As of midnight last night, Norway was leading with 28 medals . . . then Germany with 20 . . . Canada with 19 . . . the Netherlands with 13 . . . and the U.S. was in 5th place with 12, including five Gold. (Check out the updated medal standings here.)
Originally posted on February 20th, 2018
Six Olympic Quick Hits, Including the Least Watchable Sports, a Boring Skier, and a Wardrobe Malfunction
1. Uproxx.com ranked 20 Winter Olympic sports by how ‘watchable’ they are. Downhill / Super G Skiing is #1 . . . and the rest of the Top Five are: Speed Skating, Half-Pipe Snowboarding, Ski Jump, and Moguls Skiing.
Figure Skating just missed the cut at #6.
The LEAST watchable sport is Cross Country Skiing, followed by Curling, which actually IS fascinating for at least a little while. The third least watchable is Slalom Snowboard, followed by Ice Dancing, and then a combination of “Ski Cross, Slopestyle Skiing, Snowboard Cross, and Slopestyle Snowboarding.”
2. Olympic officials have told hockey players to FIST-BUMP each other . . . rather than shaking hands . . . to prevent the transmission of the norovirus, which is highly contagious, and has been going around at the Winter Olympics.
3. Freestyle skier Elizabeth Swaney did a really boring half pipe run, where she basically just skied up and down each side . . . without attempting ANYTHING. No tricks or jumps . . . nothing. She just totally played it safe.
And it’s apparently because she CAN’T do that stuff. She was able to get to the Olympics by gaming the system.
She’s American, but competed for Hungary, which is where her grandparents are from. There’s no way she would have made the U.S. team. She also sought out Olympic qualifying events that didn’t have many competitors so her ranking would appear higher.
Then she just waited until a few women fell and crashed at those events, so she didn’t end up dead last, and it finally happened in December.
But if you want to run the same scam so YOU can go to the Olympics in four years, it’s probably too late . . . there’s talk that the rules for qualifying will be changed now because of her. (Here’s video.)
4. There’s been another ice dancing wardrobe malfunction, and this time, a competitor’s NIPPLE was completely visible. It happened to French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis during their short program the other day. The nip-slip aired live, but NBC is editing it out of future replays.
After the performance, she said that it was “pretty distracting” and her “worst nightmare happening at the Olympics.” She said that when she started to feel the costume falling apart, she prayed.
She and her partner still took home a silver medal after NAILING their long program last night . . . but they missed out on gold by less than one point, and you have to think the wardrobe distraction COULD have been what cost them.
(Deadspin.com has the UNCENSORED video. Warning: You see full-on NIPPLE, and it feels wrong to watch.)
5. Have you been wondering why Team USA speed skaters have their crotches highlighted on their uniforms?
Here’s Under Armour’s explanation: Quote, “The contrasting material in the inner thigh has been commonplace for all country skins for decades, to reduce friction . . . the addition of the second panel reduced friction even more, by 60%.
“The athletes love the look of the skins and how they perform and are getting compliments from other countries.”
6. Adam Rippon heard about how Sally Field is trying to hook him up with HER son, Sam. And he said, quote, “Sam, your mom . . . I admire her. And I’m sure one day we’re going to meet! So, thanks, mom.”
Originally posted on February 20th, 2018
Two Silver Medals for the U.S., Plus a Brand New Snowboarding Event
We added a few more medals at the Winter Olympics in South Korea over the weekend. But Norway took a commanding lead. As of midnight last night, they had 26 medals. And the U.S. was in 6th place with 10, including 5 gold. (Check the updated medal standings here.)
We won’t spoil any of the events that happened overnight, but here are three quick highlights from earlier . . .
1. American freestyle skier Nick Goepper took Silver in men’s slopestyle. The only other American in that one was Gus Kenworthy, who finished 12th.
2. Speedskater John-Henry Krueger also won Silver in the men’s 1,000 meters. He missed Gold by just two-tenths of a second.
3. A brand NEW Olympic event premiered yesterday. “Big Air” snowboarding is kind of like ski jumping, where they just have to land one big jump. But instead of going as far as possible, they do tricks. It’s been in the X Games since the late ’90s.
The women’s Big Air qualifiers happened yesterday, and the finals are later this week. The men get started tomorrow.
Eight Olympic Quick Hits, Including Sally Field Trying to Set Her Son Up with Adam Rippon, and Jaime Lannister on the Ice
1. Sally Field is trying to set her son Sam up with figure skater Adam Rippon. Sam texted his mom and said he’s crushing on Adam . . . and she replied, quote, “Sam, he’s insanely pretty. Find a way.”
Then Sally tagged Adam on the post. As far as we know, Adam has yet to respond . . . although he has his hands full at the moment.
2. There was talk that NBC had hired Adam Rippon as a correspondent for the remainder of the Olympics, but Adam isn’t doing it.
He Tweeted, quote, “I’m flattered that NBC wanted me . . . [but] doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village. I don’t want to do that so I had to decline.
“I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them.”
3. German figure skater Paul Fentz hit the ice in a “Game of Thrones” / Jaime Lannister costume when he was competing in the ‘Men’s Singles Long Program’ on Saturday. He also danced to the show’s theme music. He said, quote, “I want to just be happy and take . . . the throne.” (Here’s video.)
4. Team USA figure skater Alex Shibutani posted amusing videos of himself watching the Olympics as a kid in 1994. He was into speed skating at the time.
After the kiss aired, Gus Tweeted, quote, “Didn’t realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love.”
7. Lindsey Vonn has been fighting with trolls on social media. Yesterday, she said, quote, “They want to defeat you. I’m not defeated. I stand by my values and I’m not going to back down.”
8. Here’s an interesting fact: Every curling stone ever used in the Olympics has come from a tiny island called Ailsa Craig off the coast of Scotland.
It was a day of disappointing fourth place finishes for the U.S. Olympic team yesterday. Here are a few updates from Day 7 . . .
1. U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin was NOT able to defend her Gold in the women’s slalom last night, and didn’t even end up on the podium. She was in second place for a while, but got bumped out of the top three, and ended up in fourth.
2. Lindsey Jacobellis (pronounced Jacob Ellis) finished fourth and failed to medal in women’s snowboardcross. You might remember her from the 2006 games when she pulled one of the biggest BONEHEAD moves in Olympic history . . .
She was way ahead in the final that year when she did a trick on the second-to-last jump for no reason and CRASHED. She won silver, then didn’t make it to the medal round in 2010 or 2014. So this was her first real chance at redemption.
3. And the U.S. luge team ALSO finished fourth yesterday in the luge relay. Germany defended its Gold medal from 2014. Canada took silver. And Austria beat the U.S. by a tenth of a second to win bronze.
4. As of midnight last night, we were still in fifth place in the medal standings with 8 medals, including 5 Gold, a Silver, and 2 Bronze. Norway had the lead with 18 medals total. (Check out the updated medal count at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)
Originally posted on February 16th, 2018
Six Olympic Quick Hits, Including NBC Mispronouncing Pyeongchang, and a Figure Skater Drops Her Phone Into a Poopy Toilet
1. NBC doesn’t seem to mind that they’re mispronouncing “Pyeongchang”.
The Asian American Journalists Association says the South Korean city is pronounced “Pyeong-chAHng” . . . like the ‘ah’ sound you make at the doctor’s . . . but NBC is pronouncing it so that “chang” rhymes with SLANG. (Here’s video.)
And they’re doing it on purpose. They say they heard several pronunciations while they were preparing for the Games, and that’s the one they decided on.
2. A Canadian figure skater OVERCAME THE IMPOSSIBLE at the Olympics . . . dropping her phone into a non-flushed toilet. Yesterday, Meagan Duhamel and her partner Eric Radford won the bronze medal during the pairs free skate.
The GOOD NEWS is that they also pulled off the FIRST EVER clean throw quad salchow, which is pretty awesome.
The BAD NEWS is that Meagan needs a new phone. Before competing, she Tweeted, quote, “I’m heading to the rink to compete at the Olympics and I just dropped my phone into a non-flushed toilet bowl. That’s right. No better way to humble me before the biggest skate of my life. #Oopsie.”
3. Speaking of firsts, American figure skater Vincent Zhou made history . . . landing the first quad lutz ever in the Olympics. For what it’s worth, he’s the youngest member of Team USA. (Here’s video.)
4. Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer was seriously injured in a crash yesterday during his run in a quarterfinal heat at the Winter Olympics. According to NBC, he was transported to a hospital where they found that he broke the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck.
5. Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka was also in a horrific crash earlier this week. But he’s expected to be okay. According to reports, he’s back in Olympic village. He had a CT scan, and is dealing with hip pain, but he has no broken bones. Which, if you saw the crash, is pretty remarkable.
6. Golfer John Daly wished American Olympian John Daly good luck with a hilarious Tweet.
Golfer John Tweeted, quote, “Just want to make it clear, it’s not me sliding head first, but I probably can kill it with a belly flop!”
Olympic John competes in the skeleton event . . . and earlier this week, he joked that he might be able to out-drink golfer John . . . but golfer John doesn’t buy it. He Tweeted, quote, “These wagers don’t always turn out good!”
Originally posted on February 16th, 2018
This happened late last night so it might be a spoiler . . . but U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin won Gold in the giant slalom yesterday. (You can check out the results here.)
Four years ago, she won Gold in the regular slalom when she was just 18 years old. She’s the youngest person to ever win it.
2. The U.S. men’s hockey team suffered a pretty rough loss to SLOVENIA yesterday. We were up by two goals in the third period, but Slovenia clawed their way back and won in overtime. We’re ranked 5th, and they’re 15th. So it was a pretty big upset. We still have a shot at a medal though, even Gold. It just makes it a little harder.
The NHL was worried about injuries and didn’t let the pros play in the Olympics this year for the first time in two decades. So our team’s not nearly as strong as usual. But it also affects other countries too, like Canada and Russia.
3. U.S. speedskater Brittany Bowe just missed out on a medal in the women’s 1,000 meters early yesterday morning. She lost the Bronze by less than four-tenths of a second and finished fourth. But she still has a chance in the 500 meters, and the team event.
Olympics Highlights: Shaun White’s Third Gold Was Also the U.S.A.’s 100th, Plus a Women’s Hockey Record
Shaun White nailed his third and final run to win the men’s halfpipe last night, and took home his third Olympic gold medal. It also happened to be the U.S.A.’s 100th Winter Olympics medal all time.
Here are six highlights from Day Five of the Winter Olympics. We don’t want to spoil any events they’ll be replaying in primetime tonight. So these are all things that happened earlier . . .
1. Shaun White won his THIRD Olympic Gold medal in men’s halfpipe last night. He was in second place going into his final run and NAILED it. He ended up with a 97.75 and won by more than two points.
2. Shaun’s win was also the ONE-HUNDREDTH Gold medal the U.S. has won all time in the Winter Olympics.
We’ve won 29 in speed skating . . . 16 in alpine skiing . . . 15 in figure skating . . . 15 in snowboarding . . . 8 in freestyle skiing . . . 7 in bobsled . . . 4 in short track . . . 3 in hockey . . . 3 in skeleton . . . and 1 in Nordic combined.
(Here are historic photos of all 100 U.S. Gold Medalists from the Winter Olympics.)
3. There were two pretty scary CRASHES yesterday. Emily Sweeney from the U.S. lost control of her sled in women’s luge . . . got SIDEWAYS . . . and then pinballed off both walls. Luckily she was alright.
Then 16-year-old snowboarder Yuto Totsuka of Japan nailed the lip of the halfpipe during a big trick . . . fell 20 feet to the bottom . . . and landed on his BACK. That one looked REALLY bad. But last we heard, it sounded like he might be okay.
4. The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Russia yesterday, 5 to 0. And forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson set an Olympic record by scoring back-to-back goals in just SIX SECONDS. We’re still a week away from the medal round in that one.
5. The men’s curling team got off to a good start, beating South Korea 11 to 7. The U.S. didn’t medal in mixed doubles curling, but we’ve still got a shot in the men’s and women’s categories.
6. As of midnight last night, Norway was still leading the overall medal count with 11 medals.
And the U.S. was in fifth place with 7. But 4 of those are Gold.
A lot happened in Day Four of the Winter Olympics in South Korea Some of the events are airing in primetime tonight, and we don’t want to spoil anything. But here are four updates from earlier . . .
1. U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim crushed everyone in the women’s halfpipe to win Gold last night.
Her first run earned her a 93.75, and no one came close to beating it. But even though she’d already won Gold, she still did her final run . . . and got a 98.25. Fellow American Arielle Gold ended up winning the Bronze.
2. Shaun White kicked off his fourth Olympics in the men’s halfpipe qualifying round last night, and made it into the finals with the top qualifying score on both runs. He qualified with a 93.25, then blew everyone away with a 98.50 on his second run.
The men’s halfpipe finals will air live in primetime tonight.
3. U.S. speedskater Brittany Bowe just missed out on a medal, finishing 5th in the women’s 1,500 meter Long Track event. That’s our best finish for any Long Track event in the last eight years. She missed the Bronze by about 1.2 seconds.
(Brittany still has three more events coming up. She’ll compete in the 1,000 meter race today, then the 500m on Sunday, and the Team Pursuit event on Monday.)
4. As of midnight last night, Norway was still leading the overall medal count with 9 medals. The U.S. was in 5th place with 6 medals, including 3 Gold. (You can check out the updated medal count at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)
9 Olympic Quick Hits, Including Team USA’s “Dumb and Dumber” Gloves
1. The 2018 Winter Olympic Games officially began on Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea. And unfortunately, Team USA entered the Opening Ceremony to the Psy song “Gangnam Style”.
U.S.A. walked in to Gangnam Style and they’re wearing horrible gloves that I want. ??pic.twitter.com/yi18kdXw9u
— Dustin (@DustinGiebel) February 9, 2018
2. Team USA wore these GIANT brown gloves during the opening ceremony . . . and they reminded a lot of people of the ones that Jim Carreywore in “Dumb and Dumber”. Polo Ralph Lauren is the official outfit designer for the U.S. Olympic squad. The gloves are retailing for $995.00 online, but are currently listed as “out of stock.”
— M.G. (@_The_Dude1) February 10, 2018
— Sarah Rogers (@sarahnrogers) February 9, 2018
3. Speaking of the Opening Ceremony, Vice President Mike Pence was there, standing and saluting Team USA. But he stayed seated as everyone else in the VIP box stood to applaud when athletes from North and South Korea entered the stadium under a unified flag. (Here’s video.)
It’s very possible that Pence was protesting some of the injustices happening in North Korea, and decided to make a political statement by refusing to stand at a major sporting event. Which is interesting.
4. Meanwhile, a President Trump impersonator met up with a Kim Jong-Un impersonator . . . and THEY seemed to be getting along well. But they drew too much attention, and were escorted out of the opening ceremony.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 9, 2018
— Leslie Jones ? (@Lesdoggg) February 11, 2018
5. Comedienne Leslie Jones launched her social media commentary on the Olympics . . . just as she did two years ago for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. And so far, she’s been outstanding. Her Twitter feed is @LesDoggg.
6. There was a sort of ‘Wardrobe Malfunction‘ yesterday, when South Korean ice dancer Yura Min struggled with her costume while performing with her partner Alexander Gamelin. They’d just started their routine in the team competition when Min noticed the clasp on her back was undone.
The side kept slipping down over her shoulder, but fortunately she avoided any significant exposure. Although that took some skill. They actually improvised a little to prevent the top from falling off . . . but they finished ninth out of 10 teams.
7. North Korea sent some very over-the-top cheerleaders to the Olympics. They were apparently called the “Army of Beauties.”
8. YouGov.com has an Olympic survey that includes the 15 most popular events, for both men and women. Men like Bobsled, and women really love figure skating.