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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Hosts 'Thin Ice' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 2:02AM
Thin Ice, Elisabeth HasselbeckElisabeth Hasselbeck hosted 'Figure Skating' (Sun., 7PM ET on ABC), a.k.a. 'Thin Ice,' a stunning display of ice dancing that also looked frighteningly dangerous. One wrong slip and slash! Somebody's head gets taken off. That would just be messy for the Zamboni driver.

Hasselbeck asked one of the skaters if he got permission from his partner's husband to leap over her head. "I did, but he wasn't too keen on the idea," he said. We can just imagine.

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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2010 Winter Olympics Figure Skating Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 17th 2010 1:00AM

Are you noticing the names Evgeny Plushenko, Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir appearing in great frequency on your Twitter or Facebook feeds -- yet have no idea who they are? They are the figure skating kings gliding their way to gold in this years Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The talent on the ice is "fierce" this year and to make sure you're on the cutting edge of your figure skating knowledge, catch the rest of the Olympic figure skating events after the triple lutz -- er, jump.

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NBC Plans 835 Hours of Olympics Coverage

by Jane Murphy, posted Jan 14th 2010 4:18PM
The Vancouver Olympics is not just NBC's upcoming hiatus from the Leno vs. Conan late-night wars. It's actually, you know, the Olympics, that edge-of-your seat showcase for quadrennial favorites like short track skater (and occasional fox trotter) Apolo Anton Ohno, and a launching pad for new American sweethearts (Minnesotan Lindsey Vonn is a downhill favorite) .

Nearly every network of the NBC empire (with the notable exception of Bravo) will air Olympic events. It will add up to more than 825 hours of triple axels and double-takes (will German pairs contenders Savchenko & Szolkowy really skate to "Send in the Clowns" -- in clown make-up?!) According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the greatest number of Winter Games broadcast hours ever offered.

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What to Watch: November 2-8

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 2nd 2009 2:00AM

V (November 3, 8 pm, CTV/ABC)

The latest adaptation of this venerable sci-fi franchise is so flashy, I thought the previews were for a feature film. Here's the basic scoop: good-looking aliens come to Earth, cure all our illnesses, seem nice, but are actually evil. One of them even refuses an interview with Scott Wolf's reporter character, which is reason enough for rebellion, if you ask me. The buzz on this pilot is it's the best thing to come down the pipe in ages.

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The Olympics: Day 15

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 24th 2006 10:53AM
olympics day 15Whatever will we do now that the figure skating competition is over? Oh, nevermind. There's the Champions Gala tonight where nobody is expected to fall (or win).

Actual competition continues on NBC in the form of speed skating, a six-mile marathon race that features American Chad Hedrick. Also, the women compete in the alpine giant slalom and four men climb into a bobsled and race down an icy track at break-neck speeds. Plus, more curling!

Check it out:

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An ice skater's favorite song

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 22nd 2006 9:49AM
carolina kostnerDo you know what song I'm talking about? It's called Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission movie soundtrack. It's a very beautiful piece of music that was originally composed by Ennio Morricone, but none of the skaters have used the original version. I think I heard a version featuring Yo Yo Ma during the pairs skate. In any case, I think I've heard it more this week than I have heard NBC's Olympics theme song.

Think I'm exaggerating? American Matt Savoie used it for his free skate. American pairs skaters Marcy Hinzmann and Aaron Parchem skated to it in their short program. And, Italian Carolina Kostner used it for her short program last night.

None of these skaters performed very well so I think it's fair to say, while beautiful, the song may be cursed.

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The Olympics: Day 12

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 21st 2006 12:11PM
olympics day 12The event that usually garners the most talk is women's figure skating, and it begins tonight with the short program. With Michelle Kwan out of the competition due to injuries, American skater Sasha Cohen gets the spotlight. And, Emily Hughes, the younger sister of 2002 Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes, will also hit the ice. No pressure, Emily. Despite all the excitement over Sasha's modeling contracts and Emily's famous sister, Russian skater Irina Slutskaya is still favored for gold.

Also on the ice tonight, speed skaters Chad Hedrick, Shani Davis, Joey Cheek and Derek Parra race each other in the 1500m. Hedrick, Davis, and Cheek have all won gold medals so far in these games.

Here's the schedule on all of NBC's networks:

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