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Olympics recap: The Canadian curse on ice, one really happy American on a sled

Aside from watching skeleton slider Noelle Pikus-Pace finally win her Olympic medal, there wasn’t much to love in NBC’s primetime broadcast on Valentine’s Day. Commentator Scott Hamilton referred to the men’s free skate as “disappointing,” and Ted Ligety admitted he “choked” in the Super Combined. On the upside, I did have time to wonder how many people have sang, “I like the way you work it, Ted Ligety” to the tune of “No Diggity” to him, so that’s something. (Update: At least one.) Here we go.

OLYMPIC STUD OF THE DAY: It’s possible no runner-up in the history of the Olympics has ever been happier than Pikus-Pace. We heard her long journey in Thursday’s telecast, and her story finally got a happy ending as she slided to a silver behind Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold. What we learned: Noelle’s son (in green below) has inherited his mother’s good lungs. READ FULL STORY

So you think you can ice dance? Watch our Olympics supercut -- VIDEO

Dancing with a partner requires rhythm, muscle memory, and hours upon hours of practice. Add ice into that equation and things can get a little complicated (and dangerous).

We’ve created an ice dancing supercut to celebrate the many steps, kicks, costumes, and stunts that come along with an Olympic ice dancing routine. So (carefully) kick up your skates and check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is a puppy-saving dreamboat

Gus Kenworthy is an Olympic medalist and a dog-lover. Be my valentine?

Really though: The silver-wining freestyle skier stumbled on some stray puppies in Sochi and decided to bring them (and their mom!) back to the U.S. with him. He gave the pups their social media debut by posting swoon-worthy photos of him and his new pals on Twitter. “Puppy love is real to puppies,” he captioned a photo where four little dogs are bursting out of his arms. He’s also got a sense of humor? It just keeps getting better.

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Olympics: What to watch today

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 Friday, February 14:

MEN’S FIGURE SKATING, FINAL
10 a.m. NBCSN
Canada’s three-time world champ Patrick Chan is the favorite, but expect more than a few hearts to be lost this Valentine’s Day to ponytailed American Jason Brown. (Also airing in prime time on NBC) –Clark Collis

MEN’S HOCKEY NORWAY V. FINLAND
12 p.m. MSNBC
Take a break from watching the men’s figure skating finals to catch some of this game. (Or take a break from the hockey to watch the figure skating finals, either way.) Norway is defensively great, Finland is offensively great. This game will show us which -fensive matters more.

WOMEN’S BIATHLON 15 KM INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDAL FINAL
3 p.m. NBC
Can you imagine skiing for nine miles? Can you imagine skiing for nine miles while also target shooting? Me neither. But that’s what the ladies are doing in this event, so if anything, tune in to give them the moral support. They could use it. (Or not. I mean, they are Olympians.)

Olympics recap: Jeremy Abbott's a phoenix, plus the slopestyle boys at their 5 most precious moments

There are many candidates for Thursday’s Olympic Stud of the Day, an EW.com tradition dating back to the 2008 Summer Games that honors the athlete who was the night’s biggest/coolest badass. The U.S.’s Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy, and Nick Goepper swept the inaugural men’s ski slopestyle event — a feat the U.S. has only accomplished twice before in Winter Olympics history. Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu became the first male figure skater to ever score above 100 points for a short program. Zhang Hong was the first Chinese speed skater to win long-track gold. But we’re going to give the honor to figure skater Jeremy Abbott.

America’s Abbott took to the ice in the men’s individual event hoping to redeem himself after falling on a quad in the team competition. And what happened? He fell again. Harder. I watched it air live Thursday morning on NBCSN and gasped when he slid into the wall and stayed down. I 100 percent expected him to stop the program (and 50 percent expected him to lie there sobbing before he’d leave the rink). This was his absolute worst nightmare coming true. But then… he got up. The crowd cheered, then clapped along to his music for the rest of the program. He landed his triple lutz-triple toe combination and stood up on the triple axel. When the music stopped, he was smiling. SMILING. It gave me chills.  READ FULL STORY

Ask an Olympian: Slopestyle silver medalist Devin Logan takes our burning Qs

On Feb. 11, 20-year-old Devin Logan earned a silver medal in the inaugural women’s ski slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics. On Feb. 13, as she was about to head to another medal ceremony for some teammates (spoiler alert!), she phoned EW to answer a few of our Sochi-themed burning questions.

While she did not know who has the high score on that “Rambo” arcade game in the mountain village, if Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal is the only athlete stealing yogurt from the coastal village, or which one of the puppies fellow Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescued is the cutest, we did get some insight into the medalist lifestyle.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations. How many times have you heard that in the last 48 hours?
DEVIN LOGAN:
So many, but thank you again.

Do you feel like you need to wear your Olympic medal everywhere because it might get stolen?
I definitely have been cautious about where I’m wearing it here — just because I’m running around to interviews, and it’s so close on time, that I don’t want to be stopped by everyone. That seems to be happening quite frequently when I’m wearing it. “Can I get pictures? An autograph?” Sometimes I feel bad saying, “Sorry, I can’t,” when I want to get a picture with everyone. So I keep it in my pocket when I’m on the go. But it’s always at my side, too, because I don’t want to lose it.  READ FULL STORY

Olympics: Skiers fall prey to 'Star Wars' Imperial Walkers in Sochi parody -- VIDEO

If you thought the Winter Olympics ski slopes were hard to maneuver, imagine what it would be like if skiers had to zip down those moguls while dodging laser beams shooting out of a pair of Imperial AT-AT walkers.

Check out what happens when you mix Star Wars‘ Battle of Hoth with a few of the most brutal ski wipeouts to come out of the Sochi Olympics: READ FULL STORY

Tara Lipinski: Get ready to love Jason Brown -- VIDEO

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The men’s figure skating event gets underway Feb. 13 in Sochi, with the free skate following Feb. 14 (both air live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN before NBC’s prime-time coverage). If you’re a fan of the U.S.’s Jason Brown, you’re probably wondering if the Olympic audience could possibly be as responsive to him as the crowd at Nationals. We asked 1998 gold medalist-turned-commentator Tara Lipinski. Watch her response below.

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Olympics: What to watch today

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 13:

MEN’S BIATHLON 20 KM INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDAL FINAL
3 p.m. NBC
American Tim Burke is a biathlon pro — he won a World Championship medal last year for his performance in this very event, and he also wins the superlative Most Likely to Win a Medal for Team U.S.A. Let’s see if he pulls through.

WOMEN’S CURLING UNITED STATES V. JAPAN
5 p.m. CNBC
Team U.S.A. has been on a bit of a losing streak in the curling department — meaning this will be either a really exciting game (they win!) or a really sad game (they lose, again).

MEN’S FREESTYLE SKIING, SLOPESTYLE FINAL
8 p.m. NBC
You can count famous Indiana skiers on the fingers of a woolen mitten. But Nick Goepper is set to become one of the Games’ breakout stars if he manages to grab the gold. –Clark Collis

Olympics recap, Day 6: A historic tie, Kaitlyn Farrington takes gold, and Russia wins pairs skating (and our hearts!)

Day 6 of NBC’s Primetime Olympics coverage saw more action than the Tinder-using athletes on the prowl at Olympic Village.

The biggest shock of the night? Something we thought only happened at the Producer’s Guild Awards — A TIE! Dominque Gisin of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia tied for gold in the women’s downhill, a race in which “nine one hundredths of a second” is an actual thing. For Gisin, the win comes after the athlete has endured nine knee surgeries (!!) , which [S.H.I.E.L.D. spoiler alert] is more surgeries than Agent Coulson received to come back to life. In other words, she’s amazing. And while we’re on the subject of fascinating facts, Maze, too, is a rock star. Literally. In her native country, the skier is a well-known pop star and model. The crown jewel of her country. Meaning, the Beyoncé of Slovenia. The T-Swift. The Britney. But more badass than all of those combined because she’s now also a gold medal-winning Olympian.

On the American front, Kaitlyn Farrington scored the US another gold by rocking the halfpipe, besting event fave and fellow American Kelly Clark, who took bronze. On a night that saw a number of upsets — Julia Mancuso and Shani Davis, who competed in downhill and 1000-meter speed skating, respectively, failed to medal — Farrington’s surprise victory was a spirit-lifter.

We also saw the conclusion of the pairs skate, where Russia’s powerhouse duo Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar took the gold, which was not a surprise. More surprising? How incredibly interested I was in their romantic lives. Actually, no, that was not a surprise either. I have no self-control.

Time to give out some EW Gold Medals for the night: READ FULL STORY

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