Lucky Loonie

Canada unveils lucky loonie for Sochi Olympics

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The lucky loonie tradition will continue for the Sochi Olympics.

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the 2014 edition of the one dollar coin first made famous in Olympic circles for being buried at center ice of the hockey rink in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Canada went on to win gold in men’s and women’s hockey 12 years ago. The nation has produced a special lucky loonie to keep the good fortune running at every Olympics since.

Each member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team will receive a lucky loonie in Sochi. Five million lucky loonies have been produced and will enter into Canadian circulation Jan. 20.

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Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

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NBC, Snapchat, Buzzfeed partner for Olympic Trials, Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.

The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.

The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.

The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).

From NBC Sports Group:

Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.

MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule