Let’s not mince words. Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova owned the night. Seemingly out of nowhere, the Russian figure skater became a podium contender (not to mention EW’s Olympic Stud of the Day) on Wednesday. With Thursday’s finals, she proved she was worthy of the title once more. READ FULL STORY
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The Olympics: So many sports, so little time. Need help deciding which events to watch? We’re here to help. Each day, we’ll give you our three picks for the most watch-worthy events. Here’s what we recommend for Thursday, February 20:
WOMEN’S FIGURE SKATING, FINAL
10 a.m. NBCSN
This is 2010 champ Yuna Kim’s last Olympics before retiring: South Korean skaters have awesome 401(k)s. (Also airing in prime time on NBC) –Clark Collis
WOMEN’S FREESTYLE SKIING SKI CROSS GOLD MEDAL FINAL
3 p.m. NBC
Watch the skiers race through a downhill obstacle course, because skiing in the Olympics isn’t tough enough as it is.
MEN’S FREESTYLE SKIING SKI CROSS GOLD MEDAL FINAL
8 p.m. NBC
Not enough ski cross for you in the afternoon with the ladies’ competition? Continue on a freestyle skiing marathon by watching this, or just watch the women’s figure skating finals again at this time, also on NBC. There’s no such thing as too much figure skating, right?
Ashley Wagner probably won’t win an individual medal in Sochi. But there’s got to be some sort of award for her faces — she’s as animated as Jim Carrey in The Mask, only without the benefit of, you know, actual animation. Need even more proof? Let’s start things off by counting down Ashley’s top 5 expressions while receiving her disappointing short program score:
1. “Umm, exqueeze me? Baking powder?”
This month marks the 20th anniversary of an icy showdown for the ages — the Olympic face-off between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding after Harding’s then-husband hired a goon to take out Kerrigan’s knee in the weeks before the Lillehammer Games. Kerrigan quickly recovered and snapped up a silver medal, and Harding was knocked off the podium by a broken shoelace (or karma… depends who you ask). Flash to the present: As ladies’ singles figure skating competition kicks off at the Sochi Games, Logo TV is launching a cross-platform mini-series called “Ice Queens” to commemorate the “Whack Heard ‘Round the World” and to celebrate figure skating for all its high drama.
Chock full of former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, Ice Queens includes season 4’s Willam Belli as Harding, Morgan McMichaels as Kerrigan, Delta Work as an FBI agent, Yara Sofia as Oksana Baiul, Colby Melvin as Harding’s scheming hubby Jeff Gillooly, Christopher Adames as literal hit man Shane Stant, and Vivienne Pinay as a reporter. Below, check out the promo and Belli’s exclusive behind-the-scenes dish about this “awesome little Zamboni ride that everybody’s all tucked in for.” READ FULL STORY
NBC’s primetime Tuesday coverage of the Olympics was filled with chilly thrilling spills, as crazy weather bedeviled crazier sports. The women competing in the Alpine Giant Slalom faced rough terrain, while the men competing in Snowboard Cross faced rough terrain and the fact that Snowboard Cross is basically a demolition derby without any safety protocols. Summer Olympians Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams crossed over into a whole new weather pattern, competing in the Women’s Bobsled (or “Bobsleigh,” as they call it in Westeros.)
That all led up to the exciting debut of the Ski Halfpipe…but that all led up to the reappearance of Ryan Seacrest, who was cryogenically unfrozen out of the refrigerator Bob Costas keeps under his desk and allowed to participate in NBC’s Olympics coverage due to
contractual obligations his obvious skills as a sports-minded person who knows all about those sporty sports.
Let’s take a look at all the latest excitement from Sochi: READ FULL STORY
It’s the moment Ashley Wagner (and Mirai Nagasu) fans have been waiting for: The ladies’ figure skating event gets underway Feb. 19 in Sochi with the short program. You can watch live on NBCSN or NBCOlympics.com starting at 10 a.m. ET. (The free program follows at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 20, when medals are awarded). Before she left for Sochi, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, who’s been providing commentary for all of NBCSN’s live figure skating coverage with Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon, gave us the backstories on Americans Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Wagner. Get your crash course below.
Ski slopestyle Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper is currently holding a contest on social media to win a date with him. Because his two biggest fans at EW.com, Mandi Bierly and Samantha Highfill, have officially bowed out — one of us is twice his age, both of us need someone old enough to drink* — we’ve decided the least we could do is offer the 19-year-old Indiana native some professional insight into which lucky lady deserves a sleigh ride with him. (Yes, that’s one of the options he’s mentioned.) Of what we’ve seen — we could only call this “work” for so long — here are the top #iwanttodatenick contenders. READ FULL STORY
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