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Olympics Recap: Jamie Anderson wins big. Plus: The many faces of Gracie Gold

NBC’s primetime coverage of the Olympics on Sunday was all about the ladies. Jamie Anderson tore up the inaugural Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle competition. Gracie Gold took to the ice and gave a commanding performance…although not as commanding as Julia Lipnitskaia, the Russian skating superstar. Presumably both young ladies feel nothing but deep respect for each other as opponents, but let’s just assume for that they are the estrogenized figure-skating reincarnation of Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, and this is all building up to an epic showdown in the individual competition. (Miley Cyrus will fill the James Brown role with a performance of “Party in the USA.”)

2014’s official will-they-or-won’t-they couple Meryl Davis and Charlie White performed a lovely ice dance, although now there are allegations about score-fixing, because we all know that ice-dancing is just a front for the mafia. (Which mafia? Oh, I dunno, maybe all of them.) Oh, and NBC sent Mary Carrillo to Siberia, presumably hoping she would just get the hint already. Mary discovered a whole network of ice caverns, containing a veritable ice king. What did this have to do with sports? Nothing. Everything.

Most Endearing Disappointed Reaction
Teenaged snowboarder Ty Walker couldn’t make the cut for slopestyle. Here’s how much that bothers her:

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“Whaddaya gonna do?” she seems to be saying. “I’m 16, and I’m an Olympian snowboarder. I’m already cooler than like almost everyone who’s ever lived. I guess I’ll come back in four years and win then? Just think: In four years, you’ll feel really old, and I’ll be 20!”

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Socialympics: Olympic skier Nick Goepper's bathtub photo takes gold (#nude)

In our ongoing coverage of the Sochi Socialympics, the U.S. athletes continue to deliver. Here’s a look at the medalists for Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl 2014: Best and Worst Commercials

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This was not the best Super Bowl for commercials (or football)! You know it’s an off year when two of the most memorable spots involve Greek yogurt. That’s just a rather bleak landscape in general, “live culture” notwithstanding. Meanwhile, my favorite healthy snacks Doritos and M&Ms, which usually bring it hard for the Super Bowl, barely registered. Below, 2014’s Best and Worst ads: READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl chill: Will fans stay until the bitter end?

You can practically hear the collective sighs of relief from NFL headquarters on Park Avenue as the weather forecast for Sunday’s Super Bowl is relatively balmy compared to the bitter polar vortex that has consumed New York and New Jersey for much of January. The first outdoor cold-weather-city Super Bowl has always been planned under a worst-case scenario that included snow, howling wind gusts, and freezing temperatures. Now the National Weather Service reports that the game-time temperature should be in the mid-40s with modest winds and only a 20-30 percent chance of precipitation, before slipping into the 30s and possibly flirting with the freezing mark at night. That’s typical playoff football weather in places like Chicago and Green Bay, but unprecedented for the Super Bowl, which is typically held indoors or in a more temperate locale, like Florida or Arizona. Still, the NFL has to feel like it dodged a snowball that the major storyline for its marquis event won’t be the mercury in MetLife Stadium’s thermometers. READ FULL STORY

Lindsey Vonn talks trading skiing for commentary on 'Today': 'It's going to be so hard'

Champion alpine skier Lindsey Vonn didn’t let a badly bruised shin stop her from snagging gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, or from being named PopWatch’s Olympic Stud of the Day — but unfortunately, an uncooperative knee will keep her from competing in Sochi this February.

The silver lining: NBC announced yesterday that Vonn is officially joining the network as an Olympic correspondent. Though the gold medalist and Wheaties cover girl isn’t traveling to Russia, she’ll still report daily for Today, “shar[ing] her unique perspective on the events and the competition from an Olympian’s point of view.”

Of course, this new role is going to take some getting used to. “It’s going to be so hard,” Vonn told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning in her first interview since officially pulling out of the Olympics. “It’s already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it’s killing me. I’m trying not to watch as much as much as I can. It’s going to be really, really hard to watch the alpine events. I always love watching the other athletes compete like in figure skating, luge and all that stuff, but it’s going to be really hard to watch the alpine events.”

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Bravo's 'Toned Up' premiere: Which beach babe just dug a hole and peed in the sand?

Very few people will be searching for recaps of Toned Up, Bravo’s new late-night dump reality series, which features two super-hot women who’ve become super-rich YouTube stars simply by unrolling their yoga mats and doing basic exercises in unison….on the beach! READ FULL STORY

New Year's Resolutions inspired by Beyonce's 'Visual Album'

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What do you want from me? I’m a slow study, plus I’ve been busy eating all the meat in the Midwest and napping. Well, NO MORE! It’s taken a whopping 17 days, but the power and glory of the almighty Beyoncé’s Visual Album has officially crept into the contours of my brain like one of her intricately gilded thongs. Thanks to my new mentor, I am emboldened towards and horny for 2014 a whole two days early, armed with the following new set of standards:

Just say no to spray tans!
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Finally learn how to surf.
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Nelly talks sports superstitions, going country, laughing at himself on 'Real Husbands of Hollywood'

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Ever wonder what it’s like to watch a football game with Nelly? Probably not what you think. The rapper talked with EW as he hosted the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Pre Game party in West Hollywood about his game day traditions, collaborating with Florida Georgia Line, and the joys of being one of the Real Husbands of Hollywood.

“I’m very intense when it comes to sports,” the rapper/actor told EW. “I’m probably not the Nelly that’s on television.” Claiming to be superstitious, understitious, overstitious, and anything else in between, Nelly makes sure he has all the essentials, like snacks and drinks, ready before a game even begins.”You got to make sure everything is going right before the game so you put that good omen out.” Nelly says he usually watches football with his 14-year-old son like any other country boy — shorts on, socks off.

The rapper recently collaborated with country duo Florida Georgia Line on a remix for their song “Cruise”, performing at the American Music Awards and winning Single of the Year. “They had a version of the song a year before and it was brought to me by my guy Monte Lipman, who is the president of Republic Records and he’s a real good friend of mine, and he brought it up to me and asked me, would this be something I was interested in.” The original version of the song topped out at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100; Nelly’s version jumped to No. 4. “I respect Monte, because he’s been with me from the beginning of my career. I said, ‘Let me listen to it, let me try something out.’ I said, ‘If I can come out with something that’s worth trying, then I will.’ So I listened to it and found out what I could do to take the song to a whole new audience. And I played it for everybody and everybody loved it. Who knew?”
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British diver Tom Daley announces he's dating a man -- VIDEO

Diver Tom Daley, the British heartthrob who was one of the faces of the 2012 London Games where he won a bronze medal in the 10m platform, has announced he’s dating a man in a video posted on YouTube. Watch it below. At around 2:10, the 19-year-old begins speaking about a change in his life that occurred last spring, “when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And well that someone… is a guy,” he says. “Of course, I still fancy girls,” he continues, “but, I mean, right now I’m datin’ a guy and I couldn’t be happier. It feels safe, and it just really does feel right.”

Daley, who lost his father to cancer in 2011, goes on to anticipate fan reaction, whether it be disbelief or questioning what his late dad would say (“He always said to me, ‘As long as you’re happy, I’m happy,’ and right now, I couldn’t be happier”). While his mother and close friends have been extremely supportive, he says the rest of his family have had “mixed opinions” about how he should handle his happiness: keep it a secret, just do a statement, do a magazine cover or a TV interview. “I didn’t want to get my words twisted. I wanted to put an end to all the rumors, the speculation, just say it and just tell you guys,” he explains. “My friends and family are always there to support me, and I hope you guys can be, too.”

Daley has his sights set on winning a gold in Rio in 2016, and is headed to a training camp until Christmas. READ FULL STORY

Can't get ladies to watch your basketball games? Easy, just give 'em a 'Girls' DVD

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ marketing team thinks they’ve totally figured out the female basketball fan demographic. And who better to represent all female fandom than Lena Dunham?

To get more women in the stands, they’re offering a “Ladies Night Out” ticket promo which includes a spa discount, a beverage, and … a DVD of Girls Season 1, according to Bleacher Report. Should we be insulted or encouraged that the Minnesota Timberwolves think they’re appealing to (or pigeonholing) women’s TV tastes with a specific female foursome show conveniently called “Girls”? Not to mention the interesting detail of only offering  season 1. Were they scarred by season 2’s naked ping-pong too? BR surmised that perhaps the team is merely trying to unload extra inventory, as the Minnesota Timberwolves promoted the same deal last year.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first season of Girls, Lena Dunhams’ quirky-edgy writing, but there’s something about the promotion that reeks of a failure to understand female sports fans. Here’s a better way to get more female fans in the stands for the middling Midwestern team — convince Wally Szczerbiak to come out of retirement, Kevin Garnett to come back, or just let female fans purchase a ticket because they are fans, and not some stereotyped female consumer.

The official promotion (with purchase of an $18 ticket) includes:

“Free beer, wine, or soda,”  a “DVD copy of season one of the hit HBO series Girls,” and “get $25 off any $100 service with your Wolves game night ticket at any LifeSpa.”

What say you, PopWatchers? Is a DVD of the HBO show featuring Lena Dunham’s anatomy enough to get you to cheer on the Timberwolves or is it a total turn-off? What do you think of sports teams’ attempts to increase female patronage?

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