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T.J. Oshie’s baby girl recovering after surgery for birth defect

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T.J. Oshie, the U.S. hockey star of the Sochi Olympics, has been back playing with the St. Louis Blues while also staying focused on his baby girl, Lyla, who was born March 17 with the birth defect gastroschisis, which required surgery.

“When she was born her bowel was outside of her stomach,” Oshie said on “TODAY” on Friday. “Which means her stomach closed without her bowel getting inside of her.”

Oshie became an instant star after his shootout heroics to lift the U.S. over Russia in a group-play game in Sochi. The U.S. wound up finishing fourth, and Oshie returned to the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, who have the best record in the Western Conference.

His fiancee, Lauren Cosgrove, gave birth three weeks after the Olympics.

“It’s surreal,” Oshie, who missed one game for her birth, said on “TODAY.” “It was a pretty cool way to win there in Russia. Then get over here and the team here in St. Louis is doing great. Lyla Grace shows up. She trumps everything.”

But mom and dad had to wait days before they could even hold Lyla due to the birth defect.

“In the old days, this was often times fatal,” Dr. Daniel DeUgarte, associate professor of pediatric surgery at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, told “TODAY.” “Nowadays, there is a 90 percent survival.”

Lyla is eating normally now, and Oshie and Cosgrove are expected to be able to take her home early next week, sooner than expected.

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Pyeongchang 2018 video looks at Olympic venues, slogan

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Pyeongchang Olympic organizers published a promotional video Friday highlighting the South Korean host’s venues and its slogan, “Passion. Connected.”

The video highlights South Korea’s history of hosting major sports events — the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 2002 FIFA World Cup across Japan and South Korea and the 2011 World Track and Field Championships in Daegu — which was also a point during its host city candidacy several years ago.

Pyeongchang finally earned the right to host the Olympics after finishing second in voting for the 2010 Winter Games (losing by three votes) and the 2014 Winter Games (losing by four votes).

The Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018, will mark the first Winter Games in East Asia in 20 years.

The slogan was announced on May 16, 2015.

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Australia gold medalist swimmer gets mole removed after heads-up from fan

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06:  Mack Horton of Australia celebrates winning gold in the Final of the Men's 400m Freestyle on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Mack Horton, the Olympic 400m freestyle champion, said he had a mole on his chest removed after a fan emailed his Australian swim team doctor alerting to get it checked out.

Horton said he believed the concerned fan may have been a skin specialist, according to the (Melbourne) Herald Sun.

“I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out,” Horton said the fan said in an email to the doctor, according to the report. “They just looked at it [Thursday] and said let’s take it out now.

“They checked my whole body and then looked at this one and said we’d rather do it sooner rather than later.”

Horton joked on Australian TV that he probably owes the fan a free swim lesson.

“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say, ‘I probably should get this one checked out,’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it, which was a good thing,” Horton said, according to the newspaper.

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