Russian president Vladimir Putin is attending today’s final day of the Olympic team figure skating competition, no doubt hoping that the host nation can lock up its first gold of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
NBCOlympics.com’s Nick McCarvel also tweeted this photo of Putin, along with the rest of the crowd, cheering after Yulia Lipnitskaya’s performance in the ladies’ free skate program.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on
NBC Sports on Friday night. Live Extra
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian
Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics,
Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father,
Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion ( video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist
Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBC Sports will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. Live Extra A full broadcast schedule is here.
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