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Kentucky Derby: California Chrome won, but so did Johnny Weir

California Chrome, the favorite going into the 140th Kentucky Derby, won the Race for the Roses on Saturday. But he also turned in a great performance meeting NBC duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski in a pre-taped segment. Watch a highlight below in which Weir reads the ingredients of Chrome’s lucky cookies to the horse. (Chrome nipped at Weir, which is why Lipinski later picked him to win.)

Also below, a look at Weir’s hat, which did not disappoint, and another must-see moment (when Weir describes Wildcat Red’s breath).


'Late Night': Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski critique skaters at 30 Rock rink -- VIDEO

Former Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski can pretty much talk about anything and we’ll pay attention. The standout stars of NBC’s 2014 Olympics coverage brought engaging insight and fabulous, often coordinated fashion to their figure skating play-by-play in Sochi last month. Weeks after the closing ceremonies, they’ve parlayed their popularity as BFF correspondents into other gigs, including red carpet commentary at the Oscars. On Friday, Seth Meyers enlisted the duo to critique (unwitting) participants in Late Night‘s inaugural 30 Rock Lunchtime Figure Skating Olympics — and it was spectacular.

Weir champions the on-ice texting style of one skater (“That is moxie!”), while Lipinski is taken by the “childlike wonder” one young girl brings to each fall. But keep an eye out for the “bad boy of figure skating,” a favorite for gold. (Seriously, if you’re skating at 30 Rock, you really need to watch out for this guy.)

Olympics: Tara Lipinski previews Team USA as ladies' figure skating competition begins -- VIDEO


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.


Olympics: Tara Lipinski talks figure skater superstitions -- VIDEO


As figure skating continues at the Sochi Olympics — the pairs medals are decided Feb. 12, and the men take the ice again Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 — the jumps aren’t the only thing to tune in for. We asked 1998 gold medalist-turned-commentator Tara Lipinski, who’s calling all the action live on NBCSN with Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon, what else we should be watching — and she told us to keep an eye out both for pre-skating rituals and excitable coaches. (Can we get picture-in-picture for Brian Orser?) READ FULL STORY

Tara Lipinski picks her most memorable ladies' figure skating programs -- VIDEO


Arguably the biggest storyline to emerge from the Sochi Olympics’ inaugural team figure skating event was confirmation that Russia’s 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya is ready to contend for ladies’ gold now (or rather on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, when their individual competition finally takes place) as opposed to waiting for 2018. With her GIF-worthy flexibility, how long will her programs stay with you?

We asked 1998 gold medalist-turned-commentator Tara Lipinski for her picks for the five most memorable ladies’ performances ever. Four of them came on Olympic ice, one happened at the World Championships (Midori Ito fans, you know it). Watch the video below. Then give us your picks. READ FULL STORY

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