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Olympic Year in Review: Photos

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OlympicTalk takes a look back at the year in Olympic sports this week.

Today, we review 50 memorable images of the year, courtesy of The Associated Press, Getty Images, national governing bodies, international sports federations and social media.

Here were last year’s 50 memorable photos.

Check out more of this week’s year-in-review posts here:

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Four Hills Tournament ski jumping
1/4: World champion ski jumper Severin Freund takes off at the Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck, Austria.
Boston Herald
1/9: The morning after Boston was named the 2024 U.S. Olympic bid city.
Lindsey Vonn
1/19: Lindsey Vonn celebrates after breaking the women’s World Cup wins record.
Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn
1/19: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn kiss after Vonn breaks the women’s record for World Cup wins in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Gracie Gold, Frank Carroll
1/23: Gracie Gold is weirded out by coach Frank Carroll at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski
2/1: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski cover the Super Bowl.
Bode Miller
2/5: Bode Miller crashes in the World Championships super-G.

Mikaela Shiffrin
2/14: Mikaela Shiffrin en route to winning the World Championships slalom.

Yuzuru Hanyu
3/28: Yuzuru Hanyu at the World Figure Skating Championships.
Javier Fernandez
3/28: Javier Fernandez reacts to winning the World Figure Skating Championships.
London diver
5/3: An intruder dives at the FINA London World Series.
Jordan Burroughs
5/21: Jordan Burroughs wrestles a Cuban opponent in Times Square, New York.
Mo Farah
7/9: Mo Farah reacts after winning a 5000m race in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Daryl Homer
7/14: American Daryl Homer floats at the World Fencing Championships.

Lisandra Guerra
7/18: Cuban track cyclist Lisandra Guerra ends up with a piece of wood in her arm from a fall at the Pan American Games.
Pan American Games boxing
7/21: Boxing at the Pan American Games.

Boston 2024
7/28: The morning after the Boston 2024 bid is dropped.
Water Polo
8/7: The U.S. women’s water polo team celebrates its World Championship.
Alzain Tareq
8/8: Alzain Tareq, 10, of Bahrain competes at the World Swimming Championships.

8/8: Katie Ledecky wins the World Championships 800m freestyle.

Michael Phelps
8/8: Michael Phelps reacts after winning the 100m butterfly at the U.S. Championships.
Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin
8/23: Usain Bolt outleans Justin Gatlin to win the World Championships 100m by .01.
Rolanda Bell
8/24: Rolanda Bell of Panama falls in a 3000m steeplechase heat at the World Championships.
Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin
8/27: Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin share a laugh after the World Championships 200m.
Ashton Eaton
8/29: Ashton Eaton breaks the decathlon world record.

8/30: The U.S. women’s 4x400m relay team does “Charlie’s Angels.”

9/17: Pau Gasol leads Spain past France at EuroBasket, clinching an Olympic berth.

Alison, Bruno, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena
9/30: Beach volleyball stars Alison and Bruno and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena face off on a helipad in Florida.

10/3: Usain Bolt at Oktoberfest in Munich.

Arthur Zanetti
Unknown date: Brazil gymnast Arthur Zanetti performs on still rings on Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro in a promo shoot. (Adidas)
Kohei Uchimura
10/28: Kohei Uchimura falls off high bar at the World Championships.
Kohei Uchimura
10/28: Kohei Uchimura and Japan celebrate winning the World Championships team title.
Gabby Douglas
10/29: Gabby Douglas performs on balance beam at the World Championships.

Uneven bars
10/31: A four-way tie for gold on uneven bars at the World Gymnastics Championships.

Canadian curler Brad Gushue after this fall at a competition.

Lindsey Vonn
12/4: Lindsey Vonn wins a World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Canada.
Lindsey Vonn
12/12: Lindsey Vonn with Santa Claus after winning a World Cup giant slalom in Sweden.

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Nathan Chen, Simone Biles, U.S. women’s soccer team win Team USA Awards

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Simone Biles was named female athlete of the year and Nathan Chen took the corresponding award for men Tuesday at the Team USA Awards in Los Angeles.

Six-time Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who has taken up wheelchair CrossFit competition since an ATV accident in 2014 left her paralyzed from the waist down, took the Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award. She works to help other people with spinal cord injuries through the Amy Van Dyken Foundation and Amy’s Army, which has launched a Wheels for Kids program to help injured children find wheelchairs that may not be covered by insurance.

The show also included a medal ceremony in which the teammates and family of the late Steven Holcomb received silver medals that were reallocated after doping infractions changed the results of the 2014 Olympic bobsled competition.

MORE: Holcomb’s legacy lives on 

Award winners from the ceremony:

Female Olympic athlete of the year: Simone Biles, gymnastics 

Biles took a one-year break after winning four gold medals and a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics, then came back to do even better, unleashing new skills on the balance beam and in the floor exercise. This year, she won five gold medals at the world championships, breaking the record for career medals.

Female Paralympic athlete of the year: Oksana Masters, Para Nordic skiing and Para cycling 

Already an eight-time Paralympic medalist in Nordic skiing, biathlon and rowing, Masters had a breakout year in cycling, taking silver medals in the world championships. In Nordic skiing, Masters took five world championships (three cross-country, two biathlon) and the overall World Cup championship in sitting cross-country along with a second-place overall finish in biathlon.

Male Olympic athlete of the year: Nathan Chen, figure skating 

Chen had a double back-to-back year, winning his second straight world championship and his second straight Grand Prix final. He also started his 2019-20 season by winning both of his Grand Prix events. He and Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu are far ahead of any other skaters in posted scores this season.

Male Paralympic athlete of the year: Ben Thompson, Para archery 

Thompson took the world championship and the No. 1 ranking in the men’s compound event and led the U.S. to a world record in the team compound event.

Olympic team of the year: U.S. women’s soccer team 

The team claimed the sport’s biggest prize for the second straight time, working its way through a difficult field that included a quarterfinal matchup with host France to win the World Cup once again, adding to its previous wins in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

Paralympic team of the year: U.S. sled hockey team 

Like the women’s soccer team, the sled hockey team went unbeaten in the world championships and claimed a fourth world title.

MORE: Golden goal clinches championship

Olympic coach of the year: KiSik Lee, archery 

This year, Brady Ellison won a world title and set a world record in the Pan Am Games, and Ellison teamed with Casey Kaufhold to win the world title in the mixed team event, which will be on the Olympic program in 2020.

Paralympic coach of the year: Wesley Johnson, paratriathlon 

The founder and head coach of Balanced Art Multisport in Salt Lake City, Johnson is the personal coach of three top-10 paratriathletes, and he served as an assistant coach in the world championships, where three of the athletes he coached won silver medals.

NBC will have highlights of the show at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 22.

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Hanyu, Zagitova control their Grand Prix Final destiny at NHK Trophy; TV, live stream schedule

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In order to qualify for the Grand Prix Final — after missing the event the past two seasons for varying reasons — two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu needs to finish inside the top four at NHK Trophy, the sixth and last remaining Grand Prix series event. Hanyu competes on home ice in Japan this weekend, and the event is streaming live for NBC Sports Gold subscribers.

A full breakdown of Grand Prix Final-clinching scenarios can be found here.

Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final four straight times (2013-16). The prestigious December event would be the first time this season Hanyu and two-time Grand Prix Final champion Nathan Chen would compete head-to-head, outside the world championships in March.

Hanyu trains in Toronto alongside American Jason Brown, who will also be competing in Japan. Brown clinches a spot in the Grand Prix Final if he earns a silver or better, but is also very likely in if he earns a bronze medal.

Reigning Olympic and world champion Alina Zagitova of Russia is in a similar situation this weekend at NHK Trophy, needing to finish on the podium to clinch a berth in the Final. She faces Moscow-based training partner Alena Kostornaia (who needs to finish fifth or better to make the Final) and Japan’s Rika Kihira (must earn a medal of any color), among others such as 2019 European champion Sofia Samodurova of Russia and 2017 U.S. national champion Karen Chen.

MORE: Alina Zagitova focused on artistry, while other Russians push technical boundaries

Three teams in the pairs’ field at NHK Trophy can earn spots in the Grand Prix Final. Two-time world pair champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China and Russia’s Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov need a medal of any color to clinch, while Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro need silver to clinch, but could win with a bronze and a high score. See the breakdown here for details.

In ice dance, four-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France are favorites at NHK Trophy. They have appeared in three Grand Prix Finals and own a medal of each color, including a win at their most recent appearance in 2017. (The duo withdrew from a regular-series Grand Prix event last season and were unable to qualify for the Final.)

The most likely NHK Trophy scenario is that Papadakis and Cizeron win NHK Trophy, and Russia’s Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin finish second – and if that happens, Papadakis and Cizeron, Stepanova and Bukin and Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates (currently on the cusp of an entry) all make the Final.

MORE: Gabriella Papadakis, Guillaume Cizeron on ‘Fame,’ chasing history

NHK Trophy Broadcast Schedule

Day Time (ET) Event Network
Thursday 10:30 p.m. Rhythm Dance NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
Friday 12 a.m. Pairs’ Short NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
2:30 a.m. Women’s Short NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Men’s Short NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
10 p.m. Free Dance NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
Saturday 12:30 a.m. Pairs’ Free NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
2:30 a.m. Women’s Free NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
5 a.m. Men’s Free NBC Sports Gold STREAM LINK
Sunday 4 p.m. Highlights NBC | STREAM LINK

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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