The 2014 Sochi Olympics got really cranked up today with five medal events taking place across five different sports.
The first of those events saw American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg score the upset and become the inaugural men’s slopestyle champion – an accomplishment that’s earned him plenty of props from his fellow Olympians…
Norway’s “Iron Lady” of cross-country skiing, Marit Bjorgen, notched her fourth career Olympic gold by taking the women’s skiathlon. Her win and Heidi Weng’s bronze gave the team a moment to smile after tragedy touched one of their own…
The Netherlands’ Sven Kramer successfully defended his 5000m speedskating gold, leading the Dutch in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium and becoming a trending topic on Twitter as well…
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Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (pictured) claimed his record-tying 12th Winter Olympic medal and did so by claiming his seventh career gold with a triumph in the 10km sprint…
And finally, Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe won gold in women’s moguls over her sister Chloe and the 2010 Olympic champ, Hannah Kearney of the U.S…
The team figure skating competition also continued this afternoon and it saw the fortunes of the Americans change for the better. They now sit in position for the bronze heading into the final day tomorrow…
Women’s hockey got underway and the two gold medal favorites handled their business. The U.S. toppled Finland, while Team Canada began its title defense by beating Switzerland…
Bode Miller also led the way as downhill training at Rosa Khutor wound down before tomorrow’s medal event. Afterwards, he expressed his belief that the Olympic course “could kill you.”…
In out-of-competition news, snowboarder Shaun White talked for the first time about his decision to pull out of the slopestyle competition in order to concentrate on winning a third straight halfpipe gold…
Also, the U.S. women’s bobsled team announced their driver/brakeman pairings – and they’ve set up Lauryn Williams with a chance to make some impressive Olympic history…
The U.S. men’s bobsled team made their own headlines after Johnny Quinn was forced to do something about his bathroom door when it locked him inside. The result was memorable.
(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze — Total Medals)
NOR-2 1 1 — 4
CAN-1 1 1 — 3
NED-1 1 1 — 3
USA-1 0 1 — 2
SWE-0 1 0 — 1
AUT-0 1 0 — 1
CZE-0 0 1 — 1
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was added to the list of 30 finalists to make the 12-man U.S. roster for the Olympics, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.
Lillard, 25 and a two-time All-Star, did not attend an August camp deemed mandatory for Olympic consideration, but called USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and expressed desire for the Rio Games.
“Both [coach] Mike [Krzyzewski] and I feel like Damian is playing at a very high level and that he should be added to our list of Olympic finalists,” Colangelo said in a press release. “Damian has been a member of the USA National Team since 2014, and he participated in National Team training camps in 2013 and 2014, so he does have equity in USA Basketball, which is always important to me.”
USA Basketball has not said when the final 12-man Olympic team will be named. In 2012, it named its Olympic roster three weeks before the London Games.
The 2012 Olympic roster included three point guards — Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. Paul and Westbrook are finalists for the 2016 team, but Williams is not.
Other potential first-time Olympic point guards competing with Lillard include NBA MVP Stephen Curry, All-Star John Wall and past All-Star Kyrie Irving.
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Bob Costas will be the Olympic primetime host for a record 11th time in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Costas, the primetime host at every Olympics on NBC since Barcelona 1992, also served as NBC’s late-night host at Seoul 1988.
“The Olympics are a unique television event,” Costas said in an NBC press release. “They involve classic sports coverage, of course, but also many elements of storytelling and travelogue aspects that are not as much a part of the typical sports broadcast. In a way, the Olympics are a three-week mini-series which, if done well, should bring viewers not only memorable athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is a truly global gathering.”
NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said “there is no one better than” Costas for the role.
“For a quarter-century, Bob has been NBC’s pilot of primetime at the Olympics, and over that span, the scope of our coverage has constantly evolved, with Rio set to become the most live event in U.S. television history,” Bell said in a press release. “Given his vast experience and uncanny expertise, simply put there is no one better than Bob to tell the stories of the athletes, take our viewers inside the world’s biggest sports event, and introduce them to one of the most spectacular cities on the planet.”
Jim McKay hosted Olympic primetime coverage eight times for ABC.
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