San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis told the USA Today on Thursday that he’ll be reprising his role as the honorary captain for the U.S. Curling team at the Sochi Olympics next February.
Davis was first introduced to the sport when the national team practiced in San Jose four years ago in preparation for the 2010 Olympics, and was an invited guest of the team in Vancouver. He now holds charity curling events and gets in a match or two when he can between seasons.
“I like [curling] because it’s very strategic,” Davis explained. “You really have to plan in order to be able to achieve in this game. I also like it because it’s different and I’m the type of person who likes to do things differently than others. To me that’s what life is all about.”
Davis will join the team when the Olympics kick off February 7 in Sochi, only five days after the Super Bowl, which he hopes to play in again after losing to the Ravens this year. Of course, maybe the coolest part is that he’ll get his own team jacket. There’s no way Becky will turn him down for the prom now.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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