Nikki Haley: U.S. Athletes Attending Winter Olympics is an ‘Open Question’ Because of North Korea Tensions

Nikki Haley hinted on Wednesday that America’s Olympic athletes might not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of a potential volatile situation with North Korea. The Ambassador to the United Nations spoke to Martha MacCallum of Fox News tonight about the latest international developments pertaining to North Korea and President Donald Trump‘s announcement that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. MacCallum eventually brought up the forthcoming Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and she asked Haley whether the event will be safe for American athletes in light of the recent aggression from the rogue nation to the North. “I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything, we live our lives,” said Haley. “What we will do is, we will make sure that we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure Continue reading "Nikki Haley: U.S. Athletes Attending Winter Olympics is an ‘Open Question’ Because of North Korea Tensions"

‘Bullsh*t’: Figure Skater’s Angry Olympics Reaction Goes Viral


Ever since the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, our ADD-riddled viral culture has thirsted for a McKayla Maroney-esque facial reaction for cut-and-paste meme generators (and endless Today Show segments a week later). This weekend, the Internet’s wishes came true.

American figure skater Ashley Wagner calling bullshit on the judge’s score is officially 2014′s “…is not impressed” meme.

Following her on-ice routine, Wagner was all smiles. But once the judge’s score of 63.10 came in, placing her in fourth behind a Japanese skater who had fallen during her routine, Wagner’s face turned to outright disappointment as she muttered a common phrase to that effect:

Wagner’s visible disappointment has already spawned a stream of photoshopped memes, including:

via Mashable

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Video: Olympic Speed Skater Olga Graf Unzips to Bare Chest After Bronze Medal Run

In Sochi, Russia, speed-skating suit unzips you. At Sunday’s Olympic speed skating finals, Russian speed skater Olga Graf followed up her Olympic Bronze Medal-winning run in the 3,000 meter event by unzipping her suit during her victory lap, before realizing she had nothing on underneath. Following the race, Graf told The Associated Press “I totally forgot. We have very good suits and they are very tight. You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit.”

Graf’s exuberance, though, would appear to have more in common with soccer player Brandi Chastain‘s iconic celebration of her 1999 game-winning goal in the Women’s World Cup than with Janet Jackson‘s Super Bowl halftime flash heard ’round the world in 2004.

Here’s video of Graf’s celebration, via NBC:

Where to watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics live online

The Olympic Winter Games are about to start in Sochi, Russia, and once again, the internet is the place to turn to if you want to watch the competition unfold in real-time, as opposed to the hour-long tape-delay in place on broadcast and cable TV. And this time, NBC is promising to stream everything: All competitions across all 15 sports, totaling more than 1,000 hours of live coverage.

There’s only one catch: Just like two years ago for the London Summer Olympics, NBC is once again requiring users to authenticate, meaning that live streams will only be available to viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite TV. Read on to learn how that works and how you actually watch anything once you’re authenticated:

Authentication

This year, NBC is offering multiple ways to authenticate yourself and get access to all the live streaming goodness:

Signing in. The most reliable way to get going is to sign in with the username and password you use to log into your TV provider’s account at NBCOlympics.com/liveextra or within NBC’s mobile app. Just enter that information, and you’re good to go. You’ll have to repeat this step for every device you want to use to watch the games.

Auto-authentication. Comcast, Cox, Cablevision and Midcontinent customers should be able to start watching even without the need to find their password as long as they access the live streams from within their own homes, thanks to an auto-authentication that is based on their cable modem’s IP addresses.

Temporary pass. Can’t find your online credentials right now? You’re in luck: NBC gives you 30 minutes of free viewing the first time you access the live streaming without requiring you to enter your password. On subsequent days, the broadcaster unfortunately cuts down the free viewing time to three minutes.

Live Streams

On the web. Once authenticated, you can head to NBCOlympics.com/liveextra to tune into the live stream of the competitions. The website will stream more than 1,000 hours of events coverage, plus some exclusive online-only shows, including a channel dubbed Gold Zone that will be live from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every day starting on February 8. It will have highlights from many competitions — think of it as a kind of live “best-of” show, if you will. There’s also an online-only ice skating show dubbed Olympic Ice that will stream “on most days” at 5:30 p.m ET, according to NBC.

On iPads and iPhones. iOS users can access live streams of all the competitions and the aforementioned online-exclusive shows through the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for free, but requires the aforementioned authentication – so get your pay TV credentials ready.

On Android. Users of Android phones and tablets can access all the live streaming goodness after downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app from Google Play — and authenticating.

Image of Olympic rings courtesy of (CC-BY-SA) Flickr user  davehighbury.


    




SNL Cold Open Features Team USA’s Sochi Olympics Plan B: Heterosexual Figure Skating Team

On this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, the sketch show mined the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for a cold open that lampooned the host country’s anti-gay laws. The bit featured a Heterosexual Figure Skating Championship, as a hedge against “any last minute problems with Russian organizers,” featuring a team of “less talented, but undeniably heterosexual skaters.”

Competitors included a Jets jersey-clad Bobby Moynihan performing a different sort of Combos, and a pairs team consisting of an AutoZone employee and an Applebee’s waitress.

Here’s the video, from SNL:

SNL Cold Open Features Team USA’s Sochi Olympics Plan B: Heterosexual Figure Skating Team

On this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, the sketch show mined the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for a cold open that lampooned the host country’s anti-gay laws. The bit featured a Heterosexual Figure Skating Championship, as a hedge against “any last minute problems with Russian organizers,” featuring a team of “less talented, but undeniably heterosexual skaters.”

Competitors included a Jets jersey-clad Bobby Moynihan performing a different sort of Combos, and a pairs team consisting of an AutoZone employee and an Applebee’s waitress.

Here’s the video, from SNL:

Mitt Romney’s Archival Olympic Records Remain Off-Limits, Some Documents ‘Likely Destroyed’

ABC News has learned that some of the archival records from Mitt Romney‘s time overseeing the Salt Lake City winter Olympics “were likely destroyed” by Olympic officials.

Archival records of the games were given to the University of Utah in an effort, ABC says, to “provide an unprecedented level of transparency,” but archivists have learned that certain correspondence, calendars and financial records relating to the games were likely not included before being given to the University’s Marriott Library.

The missing or removed documents have been an issue for the University as journalists have been contacting. You’ll recall that, recently, the Obama campaign has claimed inconsistencies in Romney’s given timeline at Bain Capital, which he said he left in order to oversee the Salt Lake City games. Officials at the school maintain that their decisions and actions have nothing to do with politics or the election.

In February 3, 2000, Romney focused on providing transparency where the records are concerned, saying that “All of the documents inside our organization are available to the public. Simply submit a form saying which documents you want, for instance — I want to see all the letters written by Mr. Romney to Mr. Samaranch. You’ll get ‘em all.”

h/t ABC News