IOC evaluation commission touches down in Tokyo

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The IOC’s evaluation commission is in Tokyo this week to inspect the potential 2020 host city and see if it really is “second to none” as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday.

“The Olympic spirit was the same spirit with which Japan grew to its height,” Abe added. “For the Japanese, the Olympic spirit became a mission that we must help the rest of Asia to grow.”

The group, headed by IOC Vice President Craig Reedie, visited sixteen possible venue locations on Monday, some of which are yet to be built. Tokyo’s plan calls for 28 of the 33 venues to be within five miles of the 2020 Olympic Village.

The next three days will be spent inspecting the rest of Tokyo’s current infrastructure and venue plans, as well as look for any issues with finances, accommodations, transportation, and security.

Tokyo has changed a lot since it hosted in 1964, but so far, so good according to bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda: “We completed the first day without a hitch. I’m satisfied. But we still have three days to go.”

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremony

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Figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night in Primetime on NBC. The team, along with play-by-play partner Terry Gannon, made the announcement during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the ladies’ short program.

Lipinski, Weir and Gannon will commentate the pageantry from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, which will feature the Parade of Nations, interviews, profiles, musical performances and more.

“Parades, K-Pop, fireworks, costumes, dancing – who better to host the world’s biggest party than Tara, Johnny and Terry,” Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming, said in a press release.

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Lamoureux twins shine in Olympic Final

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It must be an incredible feeling to share the Olympic experience with your twin sister while skating next to one another on the same team. But, how many sets of twins can say they each had a game-changing moment to help their team capture a gold medal for the first time in 20 years?

NBCOlympics.com: Gold at last: U.S. women beat rival Canada in epic shootout

The Lamoureux twins are in elite company as they both shined individually while helping the U.S. defeat Canada in the women’s hockey gold-medal game.

“I’m digging the new necklace I got today,” Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said. “It is been a dream to do this, side by side. We have pushed each other since we were little and our brothers have kicked our butts along the way.”

Jocelyne, tasked with shooting in the first round of extra innings, performed a highly-skilled maneuver en route to scoring the eventual shootout-winning goal. No. 17 skated in all alone, faked to her backhand as Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados slipped, then confidently slid the puck into the back of the net.

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