This time around it was all about the skating for French ice dancers Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis. After making headlines worldwide for a wardrobe malfunction during the short dance Monday afternoon, which aired Sunday night stateside, the duo competed the following day without a similar distraction, in a skate declared one for the history books. Papadakis burst into tears at the end of the skate as she hugged her longtime skating partner. The duo earned an unprecedented score of 205.28 — the highest ever free dance score, per NBC. “They just redefined sublime,” said one NBC commentator. “I have never seen a team like that on the ice, ever.” The highest ever free dance score! Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron "redefine sublime" for France. #WinterOlympics https://t.c
After winning the hearts of Americans on the ice — and on Twitter — Adam Rippon will be staying in PyeongChang, South Korea, as a contributor for NBC for the remainder of the 2018 Winter Olympics. NBC spokesman Greg Hughes told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday that the 28-year-old figure skater, who helped the USA bring home a bronze medal in the team competition, will work on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media. Rippon has become something of a social media sensation, both among spectators at home and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Sally Field, who are charmed by his drive, wit and candor. Already a history-maker for being the first openly gay athlete to compete for America in the Winter Olympics, Rippon has not shied away from the role fame gives him
Few events are more appealing from a sponsorship perspective than the Olympics. The Games command a global audience and generally celebrate positive and uncontroversial themes like inclusion, unity and national pride. Yet, in recent years, several companies have ended partnerships with the Olympics and Team USA. Olympic sponsorship deals are expensive — companies reportedly pay upward of $200 million for a 4-year sponsorship. Plus, there are lots of restrictions in terms of what advertisers are allowed to do during the Games. In 2016, after the Games in Rio de Janeiro, AT&T, Citi and Hilton parted ways with the U.S. Olympic Committee. Early in 2017, Budweiser and TD Ameritrade decided not to renew. And McDonald’s prematurely ended its deal with both the USOC and the Interna
Snowboarder Ester Ledecka made Olympic history for the Czech Republic on Feb. 17 when she delivered a huge upset and won the top spot ahead of Lindsey Vonn in the Women's super-G.
After a long Winter Olympics absence, Lindsey Vonn—the most decorated female skier of all time—failed to take home a medal in her first Olympic event in eight years on Saturday morning (Friday evening stateside). Vonn made her highly anticipated 2018 Winter Olympics debut at the Women’s Super-G, aiming to become the third American athlete with three career Olympic alpine-skiing medals. But her dream was dashed when, first to compete, she set the time at 1:21.49, which was soon bested by several competitors. Commentators said they could see Vonn mouthing “I tried,” after her run, according to Sports Illustrated. Vonn will have another chance to medal in the downhill event later in the Games. The competition came eight long years after Vonn took home gold (downhill) and bronze (Super-G) in t
There's nothing like watching the sheer joy and emotion of American athletes when their Olympic dreams come true. We've got pics of their ecstatic celebrations.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — First, U.S. snowboarding star Chloe Kim tweeted about being “down for some ice cream” while competing in Pyeongchang, then about being “hangry” because she hadn’t finished her breakfast sandwich. Clearly, food is a big deal for Olympians, and it’s usually much more complicated than ice cream and sandwiches: the very specific, highly calibrated fuel they put in their bodies — for energy, for health, for warmth, for a psychological and physiological edge — is an important part of what makes them excel. Korean food is some of the world’s finest — savory, salty soups with fish so tender it falls off the bone; thick slabs of grilled pork and beef backed with spicy kimchi that many Korean grandmothers swear cures the common cold. But it’s very different from what
Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer was seriously injured in a horrific crash on Thursday during his run in a quarterfinal heat at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. During the end of his run in the men’s snowboardcross event, Schairer lost control while mid-air and crash-landed on his backside—and the force of the impact was so great that the three-time Olympian’s goggles broke from his helmet as competitors boarded past him. Schairer was unable to move while on the snow for minutes after the crash. Schairer, 30, was eventually able to strap on his board and rise to his feet without help. Even crossed the finish line before waving to the crowd. According to NBC, Schairer was then transported to a hospital where it was determined he broke the fifth cervical vertebra in his n
The ‘Best Slalom Skier In The World’ hit the slopes at the Winter Olympics, and in the end, Mikaela Shiffrin came away with the gold medal. We've got the exciting details.
Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are changing the face — or rather, the voice — of figure skating commentary. After a successful run in Sochi as commentators for NBC Sports Network, the pair were bumped up to primetime in Pyeongchang, serving as the lead commentators for NBC’s men’s singles, ladies’ singles and pairs skating (former skater Scott Hamilton and Tanith White, who won the silver medal for ice dance in 2006, commentate for ice dancing) alongside their less bedazzled fellow commentator Terry Gannon, who is announcer on the Golf Channel during the Olympic off-season. It goes without saying that Weir and Lipinski, who recently told GQ they cemented their friendship after a weeklong stint for Universal Sports in 2010 that ended in foot rubs, are different from other figure skating comm