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back now with more of "today" on a wednesday morning. it's the 17th of february 2010. day six of the vancouver olympic winter games, and we have a special treat for our visitors this morning, especially the canadians in the crowd. let's bring out maelle ricker, who's the gold medal winner from tuesday's exciting snowboard cross finale. maelle, good morning. nice to see you. >> good morning. >> welcome! congratulations! >> come on, stand next to us here. we're going to actually talk to you in just a minute. can i just tell you one thing? i was at the canada hockey game
last night, canada verse norway, and up on the screen before the game started, they went through your whole event and the place went crazy for you. >> wow. >> it really was great to see. >> yeah. >> you had a lot of hockey fans standing up and cheering for you. >> oh, that's amazing. >> so, congratulations. >> congratulations. >> we'll talk to her more in a second. also ahead, more on the battle for figure skating gold between russian plushenko and american evan lysacek. both had dazzling performances last night and they are one-two heading into tomorrow's free skate. we're going to look at their routines, just ahead. plus, we're going to take a walk on the wild side, the very wild side, with a visit to a place right here in canada where you can get face to face with polar bears. i've been there, and i can tell you, it's pretty impressive. >> uh-oh. >> beautiful. >> first, take a look at the olympic action from the last day or so. ann's got a complete wrap-up for us. >> that's right. on the slopes and also on the ice, it was a day of highs and lows for team usa. >> beautifully landed triple axel. >> reporter: artistry and
athleticism were on display at the men's figure skating on tuesday night. american evan lysacek skated a near perfect short program and stands in second place. >> evan lysacek brings them to their feet in vancouver. >> i didn't even see what first place score was. >> 90.85. >> reporter: he was less than a point behind defending olympic champion evgeni plushenko, who set the standard early in the night with a dominant performance. but olympic dreams can end in an instant. >> that is lindsey jacobellis. >> reporter: just ask 24-year-old lindsey jacobellis. seeking redemption after showboating and falling with gold in sight four years ago in torino. on tuesday, the american lost control and was disqualified. >> and jacobellis off course! unbelievable! >> you're getting all this speed. you're like, no, no, no, pull up, pull up, pull up! and then right when i like caught my balance again, i was just like, oh, no! >> reporter: a disappointing day for her.
off the slopes, it was some fans who were expressing frustration. wild weather has caused delays and forced the refund of some 20,000 standing room tickets at cypress mountain, site of tonight's snowboard competition. due to the unstable ground below, melting layers of trucked-in snow. from not enough snow to too much. athletes competing in the alpine events in whistler, two hours north of vancouver, are growing anxious. american skier ted ligety tweeted, "wouldn't mind racing already." even what should be the unifying symbol of these games has angered some who complain they're not able to get close enough to the olympic cauldron, which sits behind a chainlink fence. >> well, the main draw's down here, so it would be nicer if we could get beside it. >> reporter: but lightening the mood on tuesday, the norwegian curling team, who stole the spotlight with a bold fashion statement. >> the pants are kind of exciting, don't you think? >> they are extremely bright, that's for sure. >> and the stars are out today,
because today, american shaun white will try to defend his gold in the halfpipe. we've also got lindsey vonn putting her bruised shin to the test in the women's downhill, and also speed skater apolo ohno is xe competing as well as shani davis, both in action. so, a very big day today. >> thank you very much. >> ann, thank you. >> now here she is, the queen of canada this morning, maelle ricker. second canadian to win gold on home soil. maelle, good morning to you. congratulations. >> oh, good morning. thank you. >> how are you feeling? >> i'm a little bit in shock. i'm really nervous, but very, very excited at the same time. >> still sinking in, then? >> i think so. >> talk to me about the conditions out there. they weren't ideal. there were a lot of falls. you had kind of a first -- a rough first run. how did that affect your performance? >> well, i actually really love riding in the rain and fog. when i woke up yesterday morning, it brought a big smile on my face. i'm a west coast girl. i like that to be reinforced out
here. >> so it played right in your spring. >> yeah. a little bobble in the beginning, but it went smoothly after that. >> what are you thinking when you're going down the slope with these competitors right next to you, especially with that spinout there, as you can see? what's going through your mind? >> just staying really focused on what i have to do over my board. it was a really technical course, really tricky. you make it or break it. so, you had to be on top of your game. >> as you're walking around, what's the reaction been like now as you've been walking around the olympics? >> oh, everybody's been so amazing. lots of red and white all out in the city and vancouver last night and lots of high-fives, lots of pats on the back, support from the canadians has been wonderful. >> and it was kind of a rocky road getting to this point. i want to remind folks, it's your third olympics. you had a tough time in the past games. in torino, you had to be airlifted off of the mountain after a fall. that probably feels like a million years ago. did you feel more confident going into these games, especially since they're in your country? >> definitely felt more confident and a lot more prepared, and i think that
definitely helped out yesterday on the course. >> well, just want to say, you shouldn't feel bad about that fall a while ago. they airlift us off this show every morning. >> they would like to airlift us off the show -- >> it's fun to get airlifted. >> maelle ricker, thank you very much. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> let's go to new york right now and get the headlines of the morning. amy robach's standing by. amy? >> good morning, matt. good morning, everyone. toyota may consider another recall, this one to address complaints about the power steering on the corolla, the world's best-selling car. and as for the gas pedal problems that are behind toyota's recent massive recalls, the company's president promises a brake override system in all future models. it will cut engine power when the accelerator and brake pedals are applied at the same time. today, french president nicolas sarkozy arrived in haiti, bringing a reconstruction plan to what was once a french colony. damages from last month's quake are now estimated at $14 billion. this morning, public confirmation from pakistan's military that the taliban's
number two leader is in custody. mullah baradar is said to be providing useful intelligence that's being shared with the u.s. and the body of a climber who fell 1,500 feet into the crater of mount st. helens was recovered on tuesday. he fell when a snow ledge gave way. at least six people were seriously hurt last night in ellijay, georgia when a car about to be shown at auction accelerated and plowed into a crowd. a new study suggests that breast cancer survivors who take aspirin regularly are less likely to die from the disease or have their cancer return, but experts say more research is needed. the study is in the journal of clinical oncology. and this morning in space, astronauts opened the shutters of a new observation deck they installed on the international space station, and it, of course, spectacular, never-before-seen views of earth from 220 miles up. it is now seven minutes past the hour. back to matt, meredith, ann, natalie and al. beautiful pictures.
>> thank you. >> cool. >> absolutely. >> all right, mr. roker? >> when people make a sign on the back of a plate. >> hi jake and joey. >> my nephews in wisconsin. and i'm from oregon. >> oh, bringing ducks together! >> ducks together. >> excuse me? >> it's my birthday! >> it's your birthday, all right! happy birthday! i felt somebody tapping me. tapping on an s.o.s. on me. >> she's got your wallet, too, by the way. >> there's a line there, but i'm not going to do it. anyway, let's take a look and see what's happening. we've got a warm-up coming here in the west. above-normal temperatures as a high pressure ridge builds in. look at these temperatures. san francisco going to see a high today of 68 degrees. 69 vegas, phoenix 77. vancouver 53 downtown. 31 in whistler today. also cypress m >> the weather should be fairly
quiet today, but there is a 20 or 30% chance of snow showers and flurries. don't expect much in the way up accumulation. and that's your latest weather. natalie? >> al, thank you. now to more on the parade of u.s. stars set to show off their skills today at the winter games. alpine skier lindsey vonn, snowboarder shaun white and speed skaters apolo ohno and shani davis and alan abrahamson is columnist for nbcolympics.com. >> hi, natalie. >> a lot of action today. the big headline is lindsey vonn. she had that bruised shin, and this is the beginning of the competition for her. luckily, with the weather, she's had some time to rupeecuperate,
actually. how strong is she going into the games? >> lindsey is the one person in vancouver, whistler, who's been happy the weather's been like it is, giving her time to recuperate. lindsey vonn is probably one of the most mentally tough people you'll ever meet. will she ski? yes. will she ski well? well, she won the downhill training run, so the evidence points to a pretty gosh darn good performance from lindsey. >> she has five events, though. over time you wonder how that injury might be aggravated. >> yeah, but again, anybody who's seen lindsey ski through pain with a busted thumb or the bloody mouth or the left hand that was almost broken -- >> injured back in torino when she got airlifted off the mountain. >> when i say she is tough, she is a tough cookie. >> but who behind her, though -- not to be forgotten, is julia mancuso, who won gold in the event last year. >> exactly. and by the way, julia has won gold before and lindsey has not. >> right. >> julia skis great when she's under the radar.
julia is under the radar. she came in second to lindsey in the training run. >> mm-hmm, okay. any other favorites in that race? >> oh, there are a host of europeans, but as far as the americans, those are the two. >> halfpipe now, and of course, favorite here is shaun white. he's like the michael jordan of this event. is he simply the one to beat? >> yes, unless shaun white makes a mistake, he's going to win a gold medal. he's unveiled a new trick called the double mctwist 1260. >> what is that? >> it's hard to say, much less do. it's a combination of flips and rotations and then he lands it blind and -- >> a 1260 meaning however many spins, rotations. >> exactly. exactly. >> right. >> and it's incredibly difficult to execute and he can do it and if he does it, the gold is his. it's that simple. >> and there's been much ado about conditions, again, on the halfpipe. i heard you describe it as sort of mashed potatoes earlier. do you think that could affect whether or not he tries that maneuver? >> no. i think he's bound and determined to try the maneuver. and if you haven't seen it, the first time you watch it you're like, oh, my god, how can a human being execute such a
thing? >> it's interesting because you talk to some of the other athletes in snowboarding and they all say they know that they can't even get up to that level of competition. >> but that's what's so great about the olympics. you see somebody who can push the sport further and newer and higher, and somebody like shaun, who keeps moving it forward. >> okay. speed skating now, and shani davis, he's the defending olympic champion in the 1000-meter speed skating. if he wins tonight, he would be the first man with back-to-back olympic wins in this race. he had some disappointing runs earlier in the week with the 5000 and the 500 meters, but you pointed that out early that those aren't his races. >> no. >> the 1000 is his race. >> he's the world record holder in the 1000. if he doesn't win this 1000 meters, something is amiss with shani davis, because he rocks this event. >> and apolo ohno? what do you expect for him? >> apolo ohno -- the saying in short track is, oh, my god, it's short track, anything can happen, and you go, whoops, there they go again. but apolo ohno can win any race
he enters. it's a privilege to get to watch him skate. i've watched every single one of his olympic races. it's a thrill every time. >> he'll be the michael phelps of this olympics, walking away with -- >> he will be, when all is said and done, the most decorated winter olympic american of all time. >> all right. well, alan abrahamson, as always, thanks. great information. and you can catch all of those exciting events tonight in primetime on nbc. coverage starts at 8:00/7:00 central time, again, right here on nbc. still ahead, what do olympic athletes do to relax? well, karaoke, of course! we're going to get to reveal some of their favorite go-to songs. i had chronic muscle pain all over. and i was so tender to the touch-- but i didn't know why. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia. and then he recommended lyrica...
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the panic and fear felt by survivors of that deadly shooting at the university of alabama in huntsville. one of them is now speaking out for the first time. nbc's tom truong has her story. tom, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, amy. the accused shooter is in jail, and one survivor says the shots came without warning. >> i just don't understand how amy could do this. i just don't understand. >> reporter: debra moriarity is 1 of 12 professors who attended the fateful faculty meeting on friday. >> it was just a regular, pretty mundane meeting. >> reporter: about 30 minutes later, everything changed. >> a bang, a gunshot, and looked up and amy was standing there with a gun and shooting. my thought was she is going to go around the room and shoot everyone. i mean, when i saw what was happening, it looked like she was just methodically going around the room. >> reporter: moriarity says she
pleaded with the alleged shooter, amy bishop. >> i started yelling at her, you know, to, "amy, don't do this," you know, "think about my grandson, think about my daughter, amy, don't do this, don't do this." >> reporter: moriarity then ducked under a table. >> i got down and then i crawled across under the table to where amy was and grabbed at her leg, and she kind of shook her leg free from me. >> reporter: she eventually crawled to an open door and says bishop followed her out of the room and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't go off. >> she pulled the trigger again. it clicked again. the gun didn't fire. had the gun fired, i'd be one of the casualties, too. [ sirens ] >> reporter: moriarity then ran back into the conference room and the survivors barricaded the door. minutes later, authorities arrested bishop. the shooter killed three and wounded three others. moriarity says there's a lot of pain and frustration. >> yeah, i'm angry with her,
very angry with her. i mean, how dare she? how dare she do this. >> reporter: the motive for the shootings is unclear, but bishop was denied a tenured position with the school. moriarity says it was all bishop talked about in the last few months. >> every time she saw me she brought it up. i know she made the comment to me that she felt that her career was ended. >> reporter: what began as a routine meeting ended with the loss of three lives, three colleagues moriarity will never forget. >> gopi had a great sense of humor, very giving, caring, nice person. adriel johnson, he cared so much that his students and the students he worked with do well. maria, sweet is what i can tell you about maria, sweet. never said bad things or mean things about anyone. it's awful. i can't imagine what it's going to be like going back there, and none of us can.
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the back-to-back snowstorms had a chilling effect on a baltimore city crime, providing the area with a nine-day homicide-free stretch. the shooting yesterday morning will marked the 18th murder this year. gov. martin o'malley and congressman elijah cummings are teaming up to keep marylanders from losing their homes to foreclosure. the art critic mandatory mediation process for those losing their homes of foreclosure. they are trying to convince lenders to work out a renegotiated mortgage for homeowners before the process begins. >> thinks should be pretty quiet for us, weather-wise. a chance for snow showers and flurries. nothing of any consequence. most likely north and west of baltimore. for most of you, just a breezy and chilly day. high temperatures in the mid-
♪ day six of the winter games, a big one for some big names. shaun white looks to defend his gold from torino in the halfpipe, and the competition airs live tonight on nbc. plus, lindsey vonn sees her first action in the downhill. and apolo ohno tries to become the most decorated u.s. winter olympian ever. we're going to hear from the winners tomorrow on "today." very exciting.
and we're back. and you like karaoke? >> yeah. >> sure. >> yeah! >> do you have a go-to karaoke song? ♪ i will survive >> is that it? >> gloria gaynor? >> well, we asked the u.s. olympic athletes what their go-to songs would be. and we'll hear their sampling. ann, what's your go-to song? >> i don't have one. >> you're not a karaoke person? >> not into karaoke. >> she's the queen person. "we are the champions." >> i need a drink first. >> along with jim bell. >> natalie? >> i'd have to say probably "summer nights," "grease." ♪ summer nights, tell me more, tell me more ♪ >> matt? >> "feelings." i like "feelings." kind of hard to hit the high notes. >> i thought you'd be "i did it my way." >> no, no. anyway, what else is happening? >> well, we'll be talk being -- >> in canada -- >> while you're looking at your notes, let me tell you that
there's a place in canada where you can see polar bears scloes up. so, we're going to take you there coming up. we'll look at how close -- at least the camera lens can get that close. but what a sight. >> you look great. >> anyway. >> after a day on the ice or slopes, nothing like a nice, warm treat, fondue to warm up to. >> chocolate fondue. >> we'll try some of that, coming up. >> i saw cheese fondue. >> very >> again today we have the possibility of snow showers and flurries, a 30% mark on that. otherwise, a breezy and chilly day.
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glittering cosmopolitan city of vancouver. >> yeah! >> reporter: one might assume, unless, of course, that certain reporter trusted his journalistic instincts to venture far from the pack in search of a bigger story. >> this is bigger. >> reporter: not that the winter olympics isn't a big story. >> but this is bigger. >> reporter: gger. >> bigger. >> reporter: the town of bigger. bigger, saskatchewan, a farming community of roughly 2,500 people with a main street, a mulch plant, a museum, a hockey rink, a curling rink, a bowling alley, a car wash, a railroad stop, even a subway, all the stuff that people need to live a good, quiet life in the wide-open spaces of western canada. >> this is the prairie, yeah, where they say you can watch your dog run away for three weeks. ♪ >> reporter: a place where hockey is big and bowling balls small, where night owls are few and hardy laughter plentiful, even when their town name is the main punchline. >> new york is big but this is
bigger. >> reporter: named after w.h. bigar, an early railroad man. the bigger names of recent years include tanya schmirler, a gold medalist in curling, and the man who bagged the bigger buck than anybody the world over. >> that put us on the map. >> reporter: hunters took to the map to find bigger, and it isn't a big fame to most residents. >> my wife said i'll break his record with a hammer pretty soon. i mean, it was nonstop. ♪ well, i'm long gone saskatchewan ♪ >> reporter: and that's the beauty of smalltown canadian people. >> very down to earth. >> i think we have our feet on the ground a little bit more. >> yeah. >> biggar's mayor, after all, is also biggar's biggest pizza maker. >> i don't think i'd be able to do this in the city. like, who would like to hire a guy like me? you want him to be your mayor? i don't know. >> reporter: as for the winter weather in biggar -- what is it
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♪ >> reporter: up here, it's all about the bears, and tens of thousands of tourists a year brave the frozen tundra for this one reason. you want one of these snappy little items on your passport? there's only one place to get it, the polar bear capital of the world. since the 1800s, churchill, manitoba, has had this unofficial title. the locals who live in this arctic seaport experiences bears up close and personal on a daily basis. do you remember, dylan, the first time you saw a live bear? >> first time i saw a live bear face to face -- >> reporter: yeah? >> -- i was, i think, 11 or 12. and there was nobody there, so i started to panic, so i called the bear number. >> reporter: there's a bear number? >> yeah, for anybody who encounters a bear, 675-bear. part of everyday life. >> reporter: it must be something living here, huh? >> oh, it's something great. >> reporter: churchill has always been a crossroads for the bears. it's here that hudson bay freezes first and the bears make
that annual transition from land to ice. but now it's also become a place where economics and environmentalism combine. here, eco tourism is powered by the tundra bug, a machine built to master snow and ice to put its guests safely face to face with wild bears. what do they think of us? >> bears, well, they really don't think much of us, you know? we don't offer them any food value. we're not providing them an opportunity to pass on their genes. and after a while, we're just like a tree or a rock, you know? >> reporter: while the bears might be underwhelmed by us, seeing these powerful animals in the wild is a breathtaking experience. how sweet is that? mom and her two kids. they're listening to their mother, you know? you follow me what i'm saying? churchill is the bear vacation destination and draws scientists as well as tourists, eager to capitalize on its population. >> i know some people refer to
them as big dogs with little tails. >> reporter: dr. tom smith and his team at polar bear international are streaming what they learn into classrooms around the world live from the tundra. what kind of questions do they want to know, the kids? >> well, you know, depends on the age group. the little guys want to know what color are the polar bear, stuff like that, how big are the polar bear. >> reporter: that's the stuff i want to know. >> of course, yeah. everybody wants to know. they're interesting animals. they're absolutely fascinating. >> i've been studying them for about 20 years, and when you're studying bears, they're studying you. >> reporter: polar bears eat seals almost exclusively, and the ice is where they like to hunt for them. the big freeze is a big event on the polar bear calendar in churchill. >> they go out and kind of weight down the ice and see if it's going to hold them, and then they just wander around. i think some of it actually is they meet old friends. >> reporter: while it may not be your typical hotspot, for scientists, eco tourists and the polar bears, churchill, manitoba, is a perfect place for getting together.
♪ this morning on "today's olympic kitchen," traditional fondue. what's better when you come off the slopes than a yummy, gooey pot of melted cheese? jean george von garetson is here and their restaurant is called market. chef david, i understand you're a local guy from vancouver. >> yes, i am. >> so, chef jean-george, fondue, traditionally, what's the cheese you use to make this? >> you try to use half cheeses,
like we use a griere. >> are there other cheeses you could use? can you use cheddar? >> whatever melts. >> okay, whatever melts. >> first step is rub a little garlic in the pot. >> oh, so that seasoned it? >> exactly. then white wine. >> nothing wrong with that. whoa! pay no attention to that man behind -- >> a little bit of cornstarch. so, you bind a little bit of the white wine. otherwise, the cheese will separate. so, that's in there. then i'm going to add a cheese. two kinds, three kinds, four kinds. >> whatever you want. >> whatever you want. i'm going to melt the cheese. >> now, i've always seen it in these pots like that david's -- so, you do it first in this. >> you start in this. it's much easier this way. then you melt it very slowly. it goes by itself, you can see. then the cornstarch really bind the whole cheese together. >> keeps it from separating.
>> absolutely. so, you do that in a separate pot. and as you can see, it's melting already. >> melts pretty quickly. >> yeah, very quickly. >> it's like a grilled cheese sandwich without the bread. >> exactly. you do the bread separately. >> what kind of bread, chef david, is a good bread to use when you're starting to dip? >> a hard, crusty bread is best. you really want it to just to hang on to the bread and not soak it up, so you can still handle it, especially with these little tiny forks. >> i was going to say, do you have to have the whole fondue pot? i remember how big these were in the late '50s and '60s and then everybody put them away and now they're bringing them back out again. >> it's making a resurgence. >> especially with this, you want to eat something really hardy. >> besides bread, what else can you use to dip? >> we use apples, pears, jean-georges' favorite, grapes. >> grapes! >> one time you leave the bread on the cheese and then you go to the pear, the apples, the grapes or -- >> so, you can go back and
forth. >> exactly. >> and you have a nice salad here using roasted beats. >> roasted beets. big beans. this is almost all melted here. >> right. >>added some beets here, salt, pepper. and actually, you can actually dip the beets as well -- >> you can dip the beets! >> -- in a fondue as well. vinegar here. >> mix it all together. >> mix it up or put it on a bed of greens. >> jean georges and david, thank you so much. i've finally done a cheesy segment and it actually was a cheesy segment. all right, now let's head to the gang of four outside. >> all right, al, thank you. >> not your first cheesy segment, al. >> you know the good thing about the fondue, you can put the lipitor right in there. you don't have to take it later. works perfectly. we know that olympic athletes work and train hard, but we know they also play hard, so we asked some of them, what is your go-to karaoke song? >> "sweet caroline" by neil diamond. it's cheesy with that sound.
♪ good times never seemed so good, so good, so good ♪ >> i feel like it would be cruel to the world to hear me sing. >> my voice is awful, so i prefer not to do karaoke. >> you know, my karaoke songs sometimes tend to be "baby got back." you know, ♪ i like big butts and i cannot lie ♪ you hear that song, come on. ♪ i like big butts and i cannot lie ♪ >> i'll stop. >> i'm not a karaoke guy. i do play guitar hero. you strum as fast as you can and -- >> i really could just belt out a tune, you know? ♪ born to be wild [ laughter ] ooh, that came quickly. >> she was good, by the way, shannon. >> meanwhile, look who's arrived. >> nice. >> perfect! >> my gosh. >> i get to try this.
>> smells great. >> it's already melted in there. >> the dip -- >> yum! >> apples look fantastic. >> you want to start singing? >> no, not now. i'm trying to get this off my finger. we want you, folks, nbc's primetime coverage of the winter olympics tonight, and it includes the men's halfpipe competition. of course, that could be a very big competition for american shaun white. >> kathie lee and hoda are coming up. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com and she does it! maelle ricker! >> she was so proud and so happy and just represented canada so well. we're so proud of you, maelle!
>> here she is, canada this morning, maelle ricker. >> i can't even stop. >> evan lysacek brings them to their feet in vancouver. >> here we go, ah! >> you got it. >> okay. that was scary. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. after more than a week of snow days, students return to class today. however, most agree that the conditions are not ideal. i see and snow-covered walkways remain a problem and could cause a drop in attendance. some school districts have