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.
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Yevgenia Medvedeva followed up her world title with a personal-best short program in her Grand Prix season debut, taking the lead at Skate Canada in Mississauga, Ontario, on Friday.
Medvedeva, a 16-year-old Russian, landed all of her jumps cleanly and tallied 76.24 points, bettering her previous high of 74.58 from last season’s Grand Prix Final.
She leads by 1.91 points over Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond. Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the 2015 World champion, is in third place, 9.45 points behind.
American Mirai Nagasu fell on her opening triple flip and is in ninth place out of 11 skaters. Full results are here.
Medvedeva is the youngest world champion since Tara Lipinski in 1997 and hasn’t lost in nearly one year.
Medvedeva’s short program score Friday was 6.74 points higher than world silver medalist Ashley Wagner‘s total from Skate America last week.
The men’s and pairs short programs, plus the short dance, are later Friday. The free skates are all Saturday. A full broadcast and streaming schedule is here.
NBC and the NBC Sports app will air Skate Canada coverage Sunday from 5-6 p.m. ET.
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Boston College’s Madeline Adams dropped to the ground during the final meters of the ACC Cross-Country Championships on Friday.
What happened next was reminiscent of one of the most memorable Rio Olympic track and field moments.
Clemson’s Evie Tate stopped and helped Adams up at the Cary, N.C., 6k race. Then, Louisville’s Rachel Pease did the same. Tate and Pease each took one of Adams’ arms and dragged her to the finish.
Pease would end up 127th and Tate 128th out of 131 finishers. Adams was disqualified. Full results are here.
Tate was running around 70th or 80th place when she stopped, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times, which means her aid ended up costing Clemson about 10 points in the team scores.
Clemson was sixth, 23 points behind fifth-place Syracuse, so Tate’s act of sportsmanship actually didn’t change the Tigers’ placing. NC State won, Louisville was fourth and Boston College 12th.
The scene brought to mind the Rio Olympic women’s 5000m heats, when American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin fell and then crossed the finish line together.
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