Sochi 2014: One year until the Winter Olympics (and return of PopWatch on Ice)

Today marks the one-year countdown to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and those inspirational NBC packages on the athletes are already taking shape: Yesterday, after skier Lindsey Vonn crashed at the Alpine World Championships and suffered a knee injury that will require surgery and six to eight months of rehab, she vowed to be ready for Russia.

In happier news, there is a $2,000 USA Luge Fantasy Camp being held in March, the 2013 USA Curling Nationals Championships will be televised later this month, and U.S. Figure Skating recently crowned its 2013 champs. Videos below. Time to care!

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Olympic silver medalists in ice dancing and five-time U.S. champions, were stunning in their free skate…

… but their “Yankee Polka,” which they were forced to do as their short compulsory dance, would have been a scene in The Cutting Edge had that movie been about ice dancing instead of pairs.

Surprise first-time men’s champ Max Aaron skated his free skate to music from West Side Story and landed two quads:

Defending women’s champ Ashley Wagner wasn’t perfect in her free skate, but she held on to the top spot:

First-time pairs champs Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir¬†are an interesting team: He’s 6’4″ and she’s 5’0. They’ve got a lift you need to see, at 1:50 in this exhibition number from a different competition:

Read more:
Slogan revealed for 2014 Sochi Olympics: Hot.Cool.Yours.
Scott Hamilton: The 5 most memorable Olympic figure skating falls
Scott Hamilton: The five times I was a little too excited


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