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2010 Winter Olympics

Costas Closes Olympics with "the Always Enjoyable Giant Inflatable Beaver"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 1st 2010 8:30PM
Bob Costas is a broadcasting legend and rightfully so. He has a commanding presence and an intellectual curiosity that can never be fed. He has conducted probing and thoughtful interviews with just about everyone who ever meant anything to the news and sports world. But now, he will be forever remembered for uttering a phrase that united the world.



Costas uttered this now immortal phrase during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics last night, and it set the Internet afire with its "beaver" and "inflatable" Google keyword alerts. It not only appeared all over Twitter, but it now has its own Facebook page with 1,500 members and growing. Someone out there, a lucky businessman, is putting it on a T-shirt, and the world will become just a little bit better for it.

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Stephen Colbert Does Slo-Mo High Five at the 'XXI Winter Olympics' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 26th 2010 2:02AM
Stephen Colbert, Slo-Mo High FiveStephen Colbert has done a great job covering the 'XXI Winter Olympics' on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM). He reported on all the drama, the tears, the joy, and the victories.

But no one can top Colbert's slo-mo high five. He should get an honorary gold medal for his interpretation, not to mention teamwork.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Stephen Colbert Signs Tucker Fredricks' Nipple (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 25th 2010 5:05AM
Stephen Colbert, Tucker Fredricks, 2010 Winter OlympicsThe athletes at the 'XXI Winter Olympics' aren't allowed to have any sponsorships on their apparel, but that doesn't stop Stephen Colbert from adding 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM) logo in a very special place on Tucker Fredricks' body.

We especially love what he does with the speed skater's nipple. We won't mention the homoerotic nature of that little act. Oh wait, we just did.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Stephen Colbert to Lindsey Vonn: 'How Do You Tell If a Ski is a Boy?' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 24th 2010 2:34AM
The Colbert Report, Lindsey VonnStephen Colbert in a macrame bikini? That's an image that's going to take a while to wipe from our hard drive. We're really hoping gold medalist Lindsey Vonn doesn't put in a good word for him with Sports Illustrated, as he suggested on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM).

On the other hand, Colbert does have a point about the difference in men's and women's skis. "How can you tell the gender of a ski? Do you look under the binding? And if the ski is a boy, wouldn't that drag down the mountain a little bit?"

Well, you know, it all depends on how big the ski is.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek On Not Doing a Quad Jump (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 24th 2010 12:20AM
Larry King Live, Evan Lysacek, Winter OlympicsGeez, a guy wins a gold medal and all he gets is grief. Figure skater Evan Lysacek is getting six kinds of misery from Russian silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko for not doing a quad jump in his routine.

Lysacek has his reasons. On 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), he explained that he had a stress fracture in his left foot last year, which started bothering him while training the quad prior to the Olympics.

"I didn't want my Olympics to be the same experience as I had at the World Championships, where I was wondering if I'd get through it. So the solution was just to alleviate the pressure on the left foot and take just that one element out."

And we just have to mention that Lysacek looks like he jumped out of a British rock band from 1962, which is not at all a bad thing.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Shaun White's Theory on Why Figure Skaters Cry (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 23rd 2010 2:38AM
The Colbert Report, Shaun WhiteIt's the question we've all been wondering about, and Stephen Colbert asked it on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30 PM ET on COM).

Why do the figure skaters burst into tears after learning they've won a gold medal at the 'XXI Winter Olympics,' and yet the snowboarders like Shaun White are tear-free?

White has a theory on that. "I imagine that they've gotta be sitting there like, 'Man, I wore this outfit and I still didn't even win.'" Yeah, that's what we thought.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Oprah Swipes Shaun White from 'The Early Show'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 22nd 2010 10:00PM
Did it seem weird to anyone else that Oprah Winfrey managed to score the first big interview with Olympic wonderboy Shaun White? That's because her awesome Oprah powers allowed her to scoop the entire mainstream media.

Actually, CBS' 'Early Show' had plans to do a remote interview with the snowboarder, but Oprah's people snatched it away from them in the zero hour.

One of the network's news producers wrote on her blog that she had everything from flights to remote broadcasts set up to interview White following his medal ceremony, but "it's tough to compete with Oprah and a private plane."

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Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White Score Gold Medals at the Olympics (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 18th 2010 1:50AM
2010 Winter Olympics, Lindsey VonnHave you got Olympic fever? We do, and there's been plenty of special moments in Vancouver during the '2010 Winter Olympics' (daily, on NBC).

Lyndsey Vonn said, "I'm not trying to be Michael Phelps. I just want a medal of any color." The USA skier got her wish after scoring a gold medal for Ladies' Downhill.

Meanwhile, Shaun White also won a gold medal for snowboarding, after throwing in his signature trick on his second run in the Men's Halfpipe. Go, USA!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Stephen Colbert scores cover ink with SI

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 1:29PM
Man, I wish I was Stephen Colbert. No, you don't understand. I REALLY wish I was Stephen Colbert.

If I ever become a celebrity stalker who's ultimate goal is to obtain the essence of my beloved targets by peeling the skin off their bodies and wearing it as a full body scuba diving suit, Colbert would be at the top of my list.

Now I can add another reason to that creepy list I keep hidden away in my heating vent. His and the Colbert Nation's recent efforts to fund the U.S. Olympics' speed skating team for the 2010 Winter Olympics have earned him a sport on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

All I can say about it is one thing: thank you. Yes, thank you uncredited SI photographer for strategically positioning Colbert's elbow over his crotch as he posed in that skin tight speed suit. Or rather, America thanks you.

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