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, earning silver 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. (The record was short-lived, however, as it was quickly topped by Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who went on to win gold.) “They just redefined sublime,” said one NBC commentator. “I have never seen a team like that on the ice,
Hulu is still recovering to a hit to its reputation due to a live streaming outage that affected some number of subscribers during the Super Bowl. But over the weekend, the company’s live TV service experienced another outage, this time leading to login and connection issues. The issues prevented users from watching other high-profile sporting events. Read More
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
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Dale Earnhardt Jr. won a checkered flag before he leaves to check out Olympic gold. Earnhardt departs Monday for South Korea to start his Olympics coverage for NBC Sports. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be an analyst, and he gets his first shot behind the mic next week. Will he slide into a bobsled? Slip on some skis? Earnhardt, long NASCAR’s most popular driver, has yet to receive his assignments from the network. ”I know that they won’t set me up to fail,” Earnhardt said Saturday. ”They want to have good TV and they’re not going to put me in position where I won’t be able to somehow help deliver that. We’re going to have some fun. Whatever that is, we’ll find out in the very last ...
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
Four years after he earned bronze in the men’s slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics — joining two other Americans in a rare single-nation sweep of the podium — freestyle skier Nick Goepper is back at the Games. And make no doubt, he is going for the top spot. Goepper, 23, recently sat down with PEOPLE days before he is set to compete at the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea. Among other topics, he talked about his plans when he hits the snow again in slopestyle (in which competitors perform a variety of tricks and jumps down a mixed-terrain course, not dissimilar to skateboarding). “I remember just being not as satisfied as I could have been ,” Goepper says, “which is, I mean we’re just picking at straws here. Just being as competitive as I am, I really, really want to win a gold meda
Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer posted a selfie on Instagram a day after he suffered a broken neck while competing at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea — and assured worried fans that he’s going to be okay. Schairer, 30, experienced a horrifying crash while finishing his run in the men’s snowboardcross event Thursday, which saw him lose control while high in the air and crash land on his back. The accident left the snowboarder unable to move for minutes until he reportedly sat up, strapped on his board and miraculously finished the race while waving to the crowd. He was quickly taken to a local hospital where it was determined he broke the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck. Schairer suffered no long-term neurological damage, but the injury meant his Olympic run was ove
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.