#SochiBearProblems: Mascot can’t fit into mini-van

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Intentional mascot shenanigans can be funny, but sometimes the funniest moments are the ones that are unplanned. Like when Sochi’s polar bear cannot fit his gigantic head into a mini-van. NBC News has the entertaining video here.

If you need a little convincing before you click, here are some screen caps of the bear’s fuzzy torment:

In the first three photos, you can see the attempts to squeeze him in:




Following that struggle, the agony of defeat:


But in true Olympic spirit, the polar bear persevered, fitting in the back instead:


It’s entertaining enough in slideshow form, but you really need to see it in all of its blooper-reel action.

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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