International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has seen the first Olympics he’ll preside over attract various degrees of controversy in recent months.
But the former gold-medal winning fencer appears to be staying on an even keel as the countdown to Sochi draws closer to zero.
Today, Bach made his first formal appearance in Sochi. NBCOlympics.com’s Alan Abrahamson was there as Bach calmly answered the expected questions about Russia’s anti-gay legislation, the Games’ security, and their cost, which has risen to a eyebrow-raising sum of more than $50 billion.
Even with all of these elements in play, Bach is confident that Sochi will put on a great show, hosting in his words “Games with excellent conditions for the athletes” that herald “the transformation of a city, of a whole region.”
To the German, “the Olympic stage is set.”
For more on Bach meeting the press, check out Abrahamson’s report in the link above.
Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and two-time U.S. Olympian Johnny Weir are reporters and digital contributor’s to this year’s National Dog Show on NBC today from noon to 2 p.m. across all time zones. But before the show, they went behind the scenes to learn the proper techniques for dog handling in front of the judges.
“Judges can be tricky,” Lipinski laughed, before taking Weir in synchronized step around the ring.
In a second video, below, Lipinski and Weir explored how the dogs are primped and primed for show time.