Olympic champion figure skaters Evan Lysacek and Kristi Yamaguchi will serve as special correspondents for TODAY in Sochi, joining Lindsey Vonn, who will be a U.S.-based correspondent.
Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, called off a bid to defend his title on Dec. 10, citing a lingering hip injury. Lysacek, who has not competed since the 2010 Olympics, has said he wants to continue skating when healthy.
Lysacek and Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic champion, join a star-studded group of figure skaters contributing to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, which begin Feb. 6.
That list also includes two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, two-time Olympian Johnny Weir, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Tanith Belbin and 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes.
Lindsey Vonn plans on 2018 Olympics
The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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