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good morning. cold war. russia and the united states in the top two positio following the men's figure skating short program. evgeni plushenko, the defending gold medalist in first, thanks to his athletic quadruple jump, but evan lysacek, the reigning world champ, came in less than a point behind after a wonderful and artistic prog program. it's power versus grace, plushenko versus lysacek. game on for the gold today, wednesday, february 17th, 2010.
captions paid for by nbc-universal television > and nbc-universal television > an we are here on a mountain,our homountain,our ho me. and let's start the day with a cheer for al roker, who has cleared the skies after a crisp, cool morning here in vancouver. >> thank you. >> i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith vieira we've actually had a cool night last night in men's figure skating, the best competition they've had, one of the best ever. strongest group of men. and they did not disappoint last night. >> that's right. the russian, evgeni plushenko, went early and displayed the technical precision that helped him win gold back in torino. now, the american, evan lysacek, skated in the last group and turned in one of the finest performances of his career. he finished just 0.55 points
behind plushenko. and get this, ladies and gentlemen, this morning the trash talking has begun. the russian has blasted any skater who did not attempt a quadruple jump. by the way, that jump is not in lysacek's routine. just ahead, much more on their performances and who should be considered the favorite heading into tomorrow's free skate. okay, meanwhile, tuesday not a great day for snowboarder lindsey jacobellis. she fell during her semifinal snowboard cross race, crushing her chance for a medal it was her second straight disappointing finish after the winter games following that fall after hotdogging it four years ago in torino. jenna bush hager was at tuesday's race and spoke to her immediately afterwards. jenna's here this morning to tell us what lindsey had to say. >> that's right. meantime, that fall actually helped germany take the lead in the medal count. they have nine medals. the u.s. now second with eight. france is in third with seven medals. >> all right. there's a lot to get to. ann curry also joins us here at
the bonfire pit. she's got a look at all the latest olympic news. >> that's right. and you know, on the slopes and on the ice, it was a day of highs and lows for team usa. >> beautifully landedriple axel. >> reporter: artistry and athleticism were o 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 earlier 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. >> jacobellis off course! unbelievable! >> you're getting all this speed. you're like, oh, no, no, no, pull up, pull up, pull up! and right when i 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. through 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 chain link
fence. >> 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, linda? >> they are extremely bright, that's for sure. >> and the stars are out today. you guys, i'll take a ticket to any one of these events comin up, because we've got american shaun white who's going to try to defend his gold in the halfpipe. we've got lindsey vonn. she's putting her bruised shin to the test in the women's downhill. and also today, we've got speed skaters apolo ohno and also shani davis in action today. so, i don't know if you guys have tickets. >> i do. and for a slight premium, i would be happy to bestow those upon you. hey, there was one bright spot for the u.s. yesterday. it came in a medals ceremony for our good friend seth wescott. he, of course, the defending and repeating, now, gold medal winner in the snowboard cross. let's just listen to this for a second.
♪ >> he is the only man to ever win a gold medal in that event. excuse me, seth is the only man to ever win a gold medal in that event. of course, it first came into existence during the olympic winter games in torino. now he's won it twice. >> and he's proof that good guys do finish first. >> that's right. >> as we established yesterday. all right, let's send it to amy robach in new york for a check of the other morning's headlines. good morning to you, amy. >> good morning, meredith. good morning, evyone we begin with more potential trouble for toyota and possible steering problems for its best-selling corolla. cnbc's phil lebeau joins us now. phil, what can you tell us? >> reporter: amy, early this morning in japan, the company held a press conference, and at that press conference, the company said it is looking into power steering issues involving the best-sling corolla. that's the best-selling vehicle in the world. the company received fewer than
100 complaints. at this point, it is not saying that it will issue a recall, although it is doing whatever is necessary to fix any potential issues. the other piece of news coming out of the press conference in japan, akio toyoda, president and ceo of toyota, who is scheduled to come to the united states relatively soon, says he is not planning to testify at congressional hearings that will begin next week looking into issues revolving around the recalls of toyota vehicles. so, the two pieces of news out of japan this morning, one with toyota and the other with corollas. amy? >> phil lebeau, thank you so much. 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 being shared with the u.s. and it looks like something out of a movie, but this is real footage of a hit squad hunting down a hamas military commander last month in dubai. hours later, he was dead in his hotel room. the incident was caught on surveillance tape. the killers tracking their victim wearing wigs, tennis
outfits and using stolen identities. hamas is pointing the finger at israel. the body of a climber who fell 1,500 feet into the crater of mount st. helens was recovered on tuesday in washington state. he fell when a snow ledge gave way. 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 moing, a grand opening in space. astronauts opened the shutters on the new observation deck they installed on the international space station and looked back at spectacular views of earth. a scottish terrier named sadie took home the gold last night, winning best in show at the westminster kennel club dog show. it is the eighth time a scottie has been named top dog. and a weatherman in australia has become the butt of jokes after he was repeatedly
attacked on live tv by a pesky pelican. he wasn't hurt, except for maybe his pride. it is 7:08. back to matt, meredith and al. he actually kind of looked like he was enjoying that, oddly enough. >> wow. >> the weatherman. >> yeah, yeah. i've been goosed before, but never pelicaned. >> aflac! aflac! >> wow! >> well, i don't know what -- i can't top that. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> again, thank you for the weather. >> this worked out pretty nicely. >> beautiful. >> in fact, somebody thought it was going to be so warm. look at this guy. i like -- what's your name? peter. where are you from? like the shorts. >> north carolina. >> those are good-looking legs. i like it. hey, we've got warm weather. peter's shorts will come in handy. we've got a big ridge of high pressure building in here inhe west, and that high pressure system is going to be bringing above-normal temperatures from san diego all the way here to vancouver. look at these temperatures.
san francisco going to be looking at a high today getting up into the upper 60s. 78 in los angeles. phoenix 77. and that extends to here, whistler, 31 degrees, but sunny good morning, mostly cloudy, blustery and cold on this wednesday morning as we look at the radar, getting a few flurries from northern montgomery county and frederick county and they are beginning to dissipate and temps are holding steady in the 20s and teens around the region will be warming into the 30s later on this afternoon, with a blustery northwest wind. tomorrow a bit warmer. more sun friday and saturday. and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. we're going to have more on the winter games in a moment, but now to a firsthand account of last week's deadly shooting at the university of alabama in
huntsville from one of the survivors. three faculty members were killed, three others injured. nbc's tom truong has the latest. >> reporter: matt, good morning. the accused shooter, amy bishop, is in jail facing capital murder charges. one survivor says bishop struck without warning. >> i just don't understand how amy could do this. i don't -- 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 methotically 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," i yelled "think about my grandson, think about my daughter, don't do this, don't do this." >> reporter: moriarity then ducked under a table. >> i got down and crawled across under a table to where amy was. i 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. i'm very angry with her. 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 route meeting ended with the loss of three lives, three colleagues moriarity will never forget. >> he had a great sense of humor, very giving, caring, nice person. 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, but it's going to be awful without them.
>> reporter: in 1986, bishop shot and killed her younger brother. at the time, it was ruled an accidental shooting, but in light of the events here, authorities are questioning whether that was the right call. matt? >> tom, thank you very much. it's a terrible story. and now let's go to meredith. matt, thank you very much. we're going to go back now to the winter games and tuesday's disappointment for snowboarder lindsey jacobellis. our contributing correspondent jenna bush hager was at cypress mountain for the race. jenna, good morning. >> good morning, meredith. yes, lindsey was very disappointed, but that olympic gold medal that eluded her in torino and again here in vancouver was just not meant to be. for lindsey jacobellis, it was mountain misery all over again. >> and jacobellis having problems! >> reporter: back in torino in 2006, she was favored to take home the gold in snowboard cross. >> look at the lead that jacobellis has now! an unbelievable, commanding lead! >> reporter: despite maintaining a huge lead for most of the race, her dreams of an olympic
gold were shattered when she made a devastating decision to showboat, causing her to stumble. >> oh! jacobellis goes down! jacobellis goes down! >>eporter: do you have any regrets about torino? >> i have no regrets. i've grown up a lot since then and i had a lot of fun when i was there, so, i just, i'm really looking forward to going back and representing the united states and i would like to come out with a medal this time, and hopefully, it's gold. >> reporter: tuesday, after several weather delays at cypress mountain, lindsey showed up ready for redemption, and just like in 2006, she was the one to beat after the quarterfinals. >> so, there it is, lindsey jacobellis advancing. >> reporter: but once again, she was met with disappointment after she went off course in the semifinals. >> and jacobellis having problems! and jacobellis off course! unbelievable! >> reporter: lindsey was disqualified. >> i'm sorry. >> oh, it's okay.
>> what do you think? [ bleep ] >> just wasn't my day. >> what happened up there? >> i landed front foot on my binding and then my fingers were curling trying to collect together and by that time, i had gone out and i was like, i guess it's over. >> reporter: devastation for lindsey and team usa meant elation for canada's maelle ricker, who took home the top spot. you're the first canadian woman to win a gold on home turf. >> wow. >> reporter: what does that mean? >> i don't know. indescribable. >> reporter: leaving lindsey jacobellis to four more years of working and waiting for the ultimate achievement, olympic gold. >> lindsey says she's feeling philosophical about what happened. you think she'll be back in four years? did she talk about that at all? >> she's a competitor, so i think that competitive spirit will. but she's a huge animal rights activist and texted me last night "i'll let you know what i want to do with my life." so, we'll see.
>> to be continued. jenna bush hager, thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> back to matt. after being shut out by the medals on tuesday, team usa turns to the biggest names in winter sports. as we said, shaun white, lindsey vonn, apolo ohno, shani davis all in action today. alan abrahamson is a columnist for nbcolympics.com. good to see you. welcome back. >> hey, matt. >> let's sta with lindsey vonn. she goes in the women's downhill toda she still has an injured shin. she's the only one who knows how injured she really is. what are your expectations? >> my expectations are that she is going to ski, she's going to ski well, and though alpine skiing is so unpredictable, there are so many different variables. if she doesn't win, it would be shocking. >> but she's done very well in the world cup circuit. she does not have an olympic medal, though. let's remember what happened to her in torino. might there be some nerves on the part of lindsey vonn today? >> i would say no. i have met so -- lindsey vonn is one of those athletes who seems impervious to nerves. she just skis.
i mean, she skis through pain, she skis through hardship, she skis through difficulty. really, it's amazing following her. >> what are the other names we should be watching for in the women's downhill? >> the one name that surprised me earlier this week in training, julia mancuso. julia who struggled last year, second in the training run. >> all right. we'll keep an eye on her. halfpipe is your favorite event. why? >> there is nothing like the excitement of the halfpipe. it's the most athletic thing in the world. these riders are 35 feet above the pipe when they do these things. and plus, when you watch somebody like shaun white throw this double mctwist1260, or as he calls it, the white snake, which i think he's going to tell you all about, it boggles the mind. >> what are the conditions at the halfpipe? so much talk about the lack of snow at cypress, where this will be held. are any of the competitors worried about that? >> well, lindsey jacobellis said yesterday that the conditions at cypress were like mashed potatoes. i've got to believe this halfpipe is not pristine. will it be okay? yeah. it's going to be the greatest it
could be? no. >> let's go on to speed skating. we've got shani davis. he is the defending olympic champion in the 1,000 meters. if he wins again tonight, he'll be the first man to win back-to-back olympics gold medals in this race, but it seemed like he had some disappointing preliminary races earlier in the week. what do you think his chances are going into this? >> i think his chances are excellent. the 5000 and 500 are just not his events. he would tell you that. anybody who can folw speed skating would tell you that. the 1000 is his event. he is the world record-holder in it. he has been dominant in it. if he doesn't win, there is something seriously amiss with shani davis. >> all right. let's talk about apolo ohno, already tied as the most decorated winter olympian ever for the united states. he could break that record. what are we looking forward to with him? >> there's a saying in short tra track, well, that's short track. and as we watch the two koreans taking themselves out, you have to say, well, anything's possible. apolo ohno is one of the great american olympians of all time. i know that sounds like a big
thing to say, but he really is, and i would fully expect him to get that seventh medal or beyond some time here. i mean, he's really a class act. >> and just a couple of seconds i have left, alan, lindsey jacobellis, who jenna bush just talked to after that disappointment yesterday. is she someone we should expect to see in four years? >> she's only 24. i mean, she's got a lot of great riding left to go. she has been dominant, and you know, like they say in short track, that's snowboard cross, too. and that's why this event is in the games. >> all right, alan abrahamson. alan, thank you very much. should be an exciting day to watch. >> always a pleasure. >> appreciate it. you can find live coverage throughout the day on nbc's family of networks and tonight in prime time beginning at 8:00 p.m. right here on nbc. just ahead, much more on the unbelievably close battle for gold in men's figure skating. can american evan lysacek pull it out tomorrow night? kristi yamaguchi and paul wylie weigh in. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
it's a live shot of the second olympic cauldron here in vancouver. first, of course, lit indoors, inside the stadium, but once they lit this one outdoors, it looked pretty, but there was a problem with this. >> a lot of controversy because of the fence surrounding it. people felt they couldn't get close enough to it, and there are thousands andhousands of people who want to take a look. >> in fact, we walked by it, al. we saw it. you and i did. >> absolutely. >> and it was pretty far away. we noticed that people would not be happy. >> they s this is the closest people have been able to get to it. >> well, overnight they have adjusted the fence so that people can get even closer. >> but the fence is still there. >> well, they moved it back a little bit and you can get closer so you don't have to jam your camera through it, apparently, the same way you used to. you see, people complain, things get done here in vancouver. huh? ♪ where do gummy bears hide? under the seat. look! yeah! [ telephone rings ] [ male announcer ] the all new chevy equinox. [ man ] guess who? dad!
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to help their fevers, aches and pains feel better. it's wednesday, february 17, 2010. in the news we're following breaking news, chopper 4 is in the metro right now at the rock station. we're still seeing trains coming and going, so we're not sure if this is interrupting the red line. we're going to take a quick break and we'll have your weather and traffic when we come
good morning, mostly cloudy and blustery winds, it's a cold start to this morning, getting a few flurries in frederick and washington counties in maryland. temperatures are in the 20s, 28 degrees in washington and tns in a few isolated locations. later on today, maybe a few passing showers and later on this afternoon. highs reach the mid and upper 30s. then tomorrow, partly to mostly cloudy, should be a little bit warmer, we'll have more sun on friday and saturday perhaps into the mid 30s. jerry, how's the traffic? >> topside of the capitol beltway, college park to silver spring on the outer loop, police activity taking up some of that far right lane. quick check along interstate 66, volume only, but we're seeing
7:30 now on this wednesday morning, february 17th, 2010. what a difference a day makes. yesterday you couldn't even come outside at grouse mountain because there was so much rain. this morning, skies have cleared. we're joined by some wonderful folks here. hopefully, having a good time. it's nice to be here and nice, especially after last night's men's figure skating. that was quite a competition. >> and all eyes are still on that competition because it is razor close. >> yeah. it's almost a virtual tie between evan lysacek and russian evgeni plushenko. they both turned in terrific short programs.
lysacek with spins and style, plushenko featuring a quadruple jump. of course, he's said that anybody who doesn't do one really isn't a good competitor in this whole competition. we'll find out who will bring home the gold tomorrow night. we'll talk about that with kristi yamaguchi and paul wylie. >> what is with paul wylie not wearing a coat? we've got to figure this out. he's got ice water in his veins. also, all eyes will be on shaun white in the men's halfpipe competition tonight. he was already the guy to beat before he created a new trick that he hopes will win his second consecutive gold medal. we'll talk about that. and speaking of great tour guides, how about michael buble taking me on a tour of his vancouver? he was born and raised here, and he loves it here. he's going to show me around. >> did you behave? >> no, no. we played a little hockey and i could barely stand up on skates. it's been ten yrs since i strapped them on and it will be ten years since i do it again. >> at least you look good that's okay. first the latest on the men's figure skating competition, where american evan lysacek stands in second place after a personal best in last
night's short program. ♪ >> evan lysacek brings them to their feet in vancouver. >> reporter: as the reigning world champion, evan lysacek is the united states' best hope for a gold medal brian boitano at the calgary games. >> that is the best short program he has ever had. >> reporter: lysacek radiated confidence, landing every single one of his jumps, a broad smile across his face through much of the performance. >> i would say the best moment of the program was his entire program, because he didn't miss a step. he was just really on and really focused and really competitive. had a was out there on a mission. >> reporter: some say that mission is to redeem himself from a disappointing fourth-place finish at the torino games fr years ago. >> i couldn't help to think, you know, all day, let those thoughts from four years ago creep into my head of going out and blowing the short program.
so, i felt little bit of added pressure tonight. >> reporter: and yet, more pressure. he still must top an old adversary. tuesday's leader after the short program, 2006 olympic champion evgeni plushenko, who came out of a three-year retirement for one last shot at olympic glory. lysacek's u.s. teammates will have a struggle to win a piece of that glory themselves. the unpredictable johnny weir finished in sixth place, while u.s. champion jeremy abbott missed two jumps, landing h in 15th place heading into the free skate. but one thing is for certain, lysacek has gold in his sights. >> it's great to be the king, but it's always a time to let someone else have their chance, and i think it's time it would be great to be able to hand over the throne to somebody else. >> and 1992 gold medalist kristi yamaguchi is our special correspondent for the games, and paul wylie won silver in '92. both are now nbc universal sports analysts. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let's get right to it
beginning with plushenko, the russian. won a gold in torino, wants to be the first to win back-to-back golds since dick button in '48 and '52. can he do it? >> i believe he can. you know, it's about the quad and -- >> is it all about the quad? >> well, he's got the quad triple almost automatically, and i think that, you know, he performed last night and he's been phenomenal all year as the best seasoned scorer, and he's got the experience. but nevertheless -- >> nevertheless -- a great job. before we get to evan, explain to our audience back home, why is this quad so important? everybody talks about the quad. >> well, the quad with the new point system is important because it has such a high value. in the short program, evgeni had, what, 13 points because of the quadruple jump, whereas the combination evan did is more about 10 points. >> 10 points. >> so, evan -- >> but that's the style that i think plushenko does not have. >> right. the component scores are goi to figure into this very heavily because they are definitely
looking at the transitions. you saw that plushenko got 6s in the transitions, whereas evan was getting an 8. in the pairs they went all the way up to 9s. and the spins and the -- just all the interpretation is important, and that's the stuff that evan lysacek does so well and he performed amazingly at practice. >> would he need to stick a quad into his performance on thursday, though? right now it's not in the performance, is it? >> it's not as of now. who knows? he's sitting in a great spot, virtually tied with plushenko. and you know, like paul said, he makes up his points in components -- his style, his overall performance, just the passion he throws into his skating. so, you know, i think four minutes is a long time to keep up, you know, the short program, you have 2 minutes, 40 seconds, the longest is 4 1/2 minutes. it will come down to who's ready, who's trained. >> it's a great opportunity for lysacek, though. >> absolutely. let's talk about the two top skaters from japan, takahashi
and oda. what do they need to do on thursday? >> well, takahashi did a level four step sequence and got six points for his steps, and he is an amazing performer as well. he could do the quad. his triple axel looks better than it's ever looked before. oda has beautiful ride-out from his landings, as well. he's going to beushed into the quad, though, to try to get in there. so, they can't make a mistake. that's what i think. and the fact that takahashi is so close, you know, he is an outside shot. >> you know, one of the biggest disappointments last night was american jeremy abbott. he is the nationals champ. he didn't have a good performance at all. in fact, afterwards, when people were sort of in the q&a moment, there were tears in his eyes. he knew tha this was a bad, bad performance for him. what happened? what went wrong? >> well, i had been mentoring jeremy, and it was a really tough performance. i think he rushed his arms in the triple axel. he doesn't have -- this is his first olympics, so he's kind of a rookie. and you know, you look at lysacek and his performance from torino, and you just think maybe in four years that will be
jeremy abbott, you know, skating a clean program. but he just has to redeem himself in the long and go out and skate with the joy that we saw in spokane. >> sort of like evan lysacek did in torino, redeemed himself. johnny weir, the flamboyant johnny weir, had a great night, came in sixth. >> yes, he did have a great night. he went out there and did his thing. his jumps were executed cleanly, beautifully. he's got a lot of showmanship. he put that right into his program. and i think it's the most personality i've seen with him on the ice in a long time. he just looked comfortable and was enjoying the moment. >> does that mean, paul, that he has a chance for a medal? >> of course he has a chance. i think without the content with the quad, i think that, you know, he's got some deficit to make up. but in the components, again, he is very strong. so, he's got a good triple axel and there is no counting him out, for sure. >> and canada's hometown favorite, 19-year-old patrick chan, showed off his footwork
but not his best night, either. >> yeah, a little bit of a step-out on the triple axel. it looked like he was just soft on the landing and overrotated it. then on his footwork, he had a little bit of a stumble, which again, in the short program, every little bit counts. >> do you think it was hometown jitters at all, paul? >> well, i thought he skated very well. obviously, the step-out is a mistake that you can't afford. again, he's also a rookie here at these games. he's 19 years old and will definitely be around for some time. >> when do skaters peak, what age? >> well, i was 27 when i won my medal. >> an old man. >> yes. >> evgeni plushenko's 27. so, i mean, i think you get stronger and stronger through your 20s as a man. >> okay, kristi and paul, thank you so much. and coming up, we're going to talk to the woman behind evan lysacek's costume,he one responsible for the feathers, miss vera wang. and of course, you can watch the men's free skate tomorrow night here on nbc. now let's throw it over to al for a check of the weather. thanks a lot, meredith. we have a nice group here hanging out.
they've got our shaun white t-shirts shaun's goi to be here tomorrow. exciting stuff. let's check your weather, see what's happening. in the northeast we still have some lake-effect snow to deal with. looks fairly light right now, but as the day goes on, we're looking at a fair amount of snow. syracuse may pick up about six to ten inches of snow, also heavier snow in beckley, west virginia. we're looking at, again, nothing horrible, but it's still snowing there. we've got warmer weather in the pacific northwest, sunshine through the gulf coast. we do look at some showers working their way through parts of the south, but for the most part, we're looking at clear good morning, it is mostly cloudy and cold around the region. on radar, getting a little light snow in northern frederick county, maryland into washington county, that's drifting off to the south and east. we may have a passing snow shower later on this morning. temperatures are in the 20s all around the region for the most part. highs in the mid and upper 30s,
but also a passing snow shower is possible, along with a few snow flurries later on this afternoon. tomorrow a bit warmer, more sun for friday and saturday. and don't forget, any time you want to check your weather, you can do it 24/7 on the weather channel or weather.com online. meredith? and al, these are canadian folks and they are smiling today because canada grabbed its second gold yesterday, maelle ricker, right? in the snowboard cross. what did you think of her performance? >> it was amazing. really good. >> rlly good. >> how much pride do you take in canada winning a gold after, you know, not having ever won on home soil? >> it's outstandin isn't it? it's like the greatest feeling in the world. >> it's a moment, and if you heard her after, she was so proud and so hpy and just represented canada so well. we're so proud of you, maelle! >> actually, you can tell her yourself because she's going to be here in just a little while. >> no way! >> way! way!
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a viewrom the top of grouse mountain, about 4,000 feet over the city of vancouver. and as we move about 300 feet downhill from there, you'll find our location here at grouse, our home away from home. meanwhile, one of the most popular athletes in the world is set to fly over vancouver later today. olympic gold medalist shaun white hopes to repeat that performance in the men's halfpipe a little later on. recently, i caught up with shaun and i talked to him about the competition and that gold medal from 2006 that changed it all for him. >> big mctwist on his second hit. >> a gold medal for shaun white. >> reporter: at just 19 years old, it was a lifetime achievement for the california native, who was already in the midst of a golden career. shaun entered his first competition at just 7 years old and turned pro by the age of 13.
>> hey, what's up? i'm shaun white. i've been snowboarding for about six years. i like to do mctwists a lot. >> reporter: but it was that gold medal win that made him a household name. an unlikely pitch man. >> never know when the snow's going to fall. >> hp pavilion entertainment. >> reporter: with million-dollar endorsements and lucrative product lines. meet shaun white the video game. >> all right. >> i'm going up on this. watch. >> yep. he's already through. a little song i wrote. >> reporter: and though his look says rock and roll, his stunts say world-class athlete. because of your appearance -- and when i say yours, i mean, guys who do what you do -- you know, the hair and the outfits -- perhaps, some people might not take you as seriously as athletes as they would a speed skater or a skier. does that bug you? >> i think it's fun to be unique. i think it's fun to be the kind
of outside influence on the olympics. but i think when you actually go to an event and you stand at the bottom of the halfpipe and watch how high we're going out and how fast we're going and the amount of spinning and flipping we're doing, you can tell that there's a special degree of athletic ability there. >> reporter: shaun routinely puts that ability to the test. this year, the halfpipe master invented new tricks for the first time. so, tell me about a trick you've invented for these game what's it called and what does it entail? >> that's been a funny topic, because everybody's trying to get me to name it. >> the first ever back-to-back double corks in competition history. >> reporter: first revealed at the new zealand open. the newest trick in the shaun white arsenal, a back-to-back double cork. have there been a few disastrous landings of this? >> yeah. there's been plenty. >> reporter: shaun suffered a brutal crash at the winter x games this year but managed to recover, winning another gold at the event. is it strange for you, shaun, to think of the concept that some
of the kids that you're going to be competing against in vancouver were sitting there as very young teenagers watching you compete in torino, and you were the guy they wish they could be, and now they're going to be up there against you? >> yeah, i like the fact that there is a new challenge and there are better riders and they're all kind of coming and meeting at this one, one halfpipe to kind of battle it out. but it should be a fun time. >> that double reverse cork thing he talked about is tough. i tried it in the halfpipe the other day. >> >> you did? how did you do? >> i didn't land it that well, not all that cleanly. did you ever do it? >> i do it -- >> pretty routinely? >> yeah. there was a piece on nbc either last night or the night before where he talks about his gold medal in torino. got a stain on the ribbon and his mother sent it to the dry cleaner and -- >> with the medal attached. >> yeah, with the medal attached. >> exactly. >> he got it back in one piece,
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but last night, the reigning world champ made sure to get off on the right foot in these olympic games. >> beautifully landed triple axel. the rest of the program should be his. >> reporter: the man in black hit every jump, electrifying the crowd each step of the way and ending with an emotional flourish that raised the roof in the arena. >> evan lysacek brings them to their feet in vancouver. >> reporter: when the scores came in, lysacek had tears in his eyes. >> he has earned 90.30. >> 90.30. >> reporter: his sisters cheering in the stands, and second place in his grasp. will his dreams turn into gold on thursday night? lysacek performed to extra veinsky's "firebird," which is why he had the feathers on his costume, designed by legendary designer vera wang, who's designed for women before -- nancy kerrigan and michelle kwan, but never for a man. so, he and vera wang worked
together on this outfit. and it looked great on him, you know. well, what's the matter with you? >> no, i was looking -- i love that moment when the scores come in and these guys realize that everything they've worked for over the course of four years, they've just done so well. >> i look at him and i think you have that same outfit. you wear that on saturday nights. >> michael buble takes me on a tour of vancouver. a little encouragement changes everything. molly es muy muy intelligente. and right now, hallmark's got a whole new way to do it. new gifts and cards to cheer on kids of all ages. come in and pick up a free card today. nine to choose from. only at your hallmark gold crown store. what are you really buying? a shiny coat of paint? a list of features? what about the strength of the steel? the integrity of its design... or how itesponds... in extreme situations? the deeper you look, the more you see the real differences. and the more you understand what it means to own a mercedes-benz.
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7:55 degrees, very cold out there, and still a messy kmout. tom will have your forecast after the news. in the news this morning, there's breaking news out of southeast washington. east capitol street is closed in both directions because of a deadly fire. the fire started after 5:00 in the morning at the home on east capitol street. the victim was bedridden. we do not know any more information about the victim. we have just learned that one firefighter was injured. he was taken to the hos
good morning, it is cloudy and cold with a blustery northwest wind. we are getting one snow shower right along the potomac in southern maryland. now the closer view of the radar is also showing a larger snow shower here in frederick county into washington county, maryland. that may be laying down a libt dusting as it moves off to the south and east. it will tend to dry out. and temperatures are in the 20s throughout the region. a few areas are in the teens now and we will likely see it warm into the teens later today with maybe an additional passing snow shower later on this morning into early this afternoon. winds later on today will be gustsing to maybe 30 miles an hour. temperatures tomorrow morning into the mid 20s and mostly cloudy on thursday. still a bit blustery, afternoon highs should be a bit warmer and on friday and saturday, still
more showers around with afternoon highs in the 40s and morning lows in the 20s. might get a little rain, perhaps some sleet and snow mixing in on monday into monday night. and now, jerry, how's the traffic. >> live look, capitol belt way north of town, we are jammed on the outer loop to points west. some activity on the west shoulder on the outer loop near new hampshire avue. we're hung with an accident on 66 right behind the trees there at lawton. >> coming up tonight at news4 at 5:00. speed skating is
♪ back at grouse mountain on a wednesday rning. vancouver, british columbia, site of the 2010 olympic winter games. here we are at about 3,700 feet. just above us, though, i wonder if you can see that. we've got our very own porch parade up on the top of the mountain, skiers coming down carrying torches. >> wow! >> beautiful. >> that looks awfully nice, doesn't it? >> wow. >> oh, my goodness! >> look at them. >> that is so beautiful! >> stunning. >> frankenstein. >> one guy should zig, not zag, it's not good. >> to the lumber yard!
>> they're able to make snow up there now, so at least they're getting perhaps better conditions. >> beautiful. >> amazing. >> looks like they're doing a good job staying just far enough away from each other. >> don't want to get too close to the guy in front of you with that thing. >> no. >> anyway, back down, as they approach our location here. i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira, ann curry, al roker and natalie morales. >> you know, i've been carrying a torch for you, matt lauer, for years, but no more! you gave me all this flack yesterday, right, about kristi yamaguchi and natalie and i going out on the town. >> right. payback. >> then i find out that you and -- >> first -- >> what? >> no hitting. no hitting. >> i missed you. i went like that, just to scare you. >> right. >> then i hear that you hit the town with michael buble. >> no, no, no. >> yes, you did. >> first of all, it was daylight, like 10:00 in the morning. >> always trouble. >> there were no alcohol beverages were consumed. >> none? >> none. >> okay. >> and actually, he even convinced me to put on hockey
skates for the first time in about ten years, which took a lot of doing, and it wasn't a pretty sight. we'll show you michael's tour of vancouver, coming up. >> was he a hockey fan? >> he plays very well. he is the co-owner of a hockey team here in vancouver, the giants, the vancouver giants. and he can skate, there's no question about it. >> okay. >> at least you kept all your teeth, so. >> yeah, exactly. >> the torch parade as it makes its way down. >> look at it now. that is gorgeous. >> it is beautiful. >> i wonder whether it's getting close to us or whether -- >> it's right there. >> it's getting warmer here. >> see, ann, see? >> oh, you guys, it's right over my shoulder. can you see it back there, guys? >> yeah, it's pretty. >> oh, my. >> meanwhile, we want to catch up on all the olympic news of the day and natalie has that for us. >> as we've been talking about, tuesday was disappointing for u.s. snowboarder lindsey jacobellis, who failed to qualify for the finals of the snowboard cross, but it was an exciting day for figure skater evan lysacek, as we prepare again for another star-studded day of competition. >> beautifully landed triple
axel. >> reporter: american figure skater evan lysacek is one of the most recognizable names at these olympics, and on tuesday ght, he showed why. >> 90.30. that's how it's done. >> reporter: scoring his personal best in the short program and going into thursday night's free skate in second place, just one spot behind russian favorite evgeni plushenko. >> i'm definitely totally prepared for this event. >> jacobellis off course! unbelievable! >> reporter: in women's snowboard cross, a disappointing end for american hopeful lindsey jacobellis. >> a fluke accident for her. >> reporter: disqualified after hitting a gate, ending her chances for winning olympic gold in vancouver that eluded her in torino. >> right when i like caught my balance again, i was just like, oh, no! >> reporter: today, the stars will be shining as some of the biggest names from team usa take to the olympic stage.
shaun white competes for gold in the halfpipe. shani davis in the men's 1000-meter speed skating final. lindsey vonn battling a shin injury, is scheduled to compete in the downhill. and apolo ohno returns to the short track, this time in the 1000-meter competition and the 5000-meter relay semifinal. and the big question now, how is vonn's shin feeling? will she be ready for competition? with all the extra rest she got, hopefully, that's given her a big break heading into today. >> lucky break. >> mother nature seems to be lindsey vonn's friend. >> we'll hear from picabo street on that in a little while as well. >> cool. let's head to new york now for the top stories from amy roba robach. >> good morning, everyone. toyota may consider a recall of its hot-selling corollas
after complaints about steering problems. it's the latest blow from the automaker already reeling from recalls on other popular models. the move comes as toyota's president says he is not planning to testify at congressional hearings into the company's safety lapses, leaving that to u.s.-based executives. one year ago, president obama signed the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package into law, and today he is defending the money as well spent, claiming it brought the nation's economy back from the brink of disaster while creating or saving 2 million jobs. critics say both claims are exaggerated. 21st-century technology may have finally answered a question scientists have wondered about for years, what actually killed king tut. nbc's richard engel is in london. richard, good morning. >>eporter: good morning, amy. after an exhaustive study of his remains, scientists in egypt have painted a very different picture of how king tut lived and died, and they may have forever changed how the boy king will be remembered.
he's perhaps the most famous of ancient egypt's pharaohs, tutankhamun, king tut. it's fascinated the world since his tomb was discovered in 1922, but the reality was starkly different. a new, two-year international study released today showed the 19-year-old pharaoh was sickly and nearly crippled with a clubbed foot and weak bones. only now through dna, radiological testing and mummy fingerprinting do scientists believe they know what killed the god king 3,334 years ago. >> we actually can say for the first time that we revealed the mystery of the family of the golden boy, king tut. >> reporter: for decades, it's been speculated king tut may have been murdered in a power struggle, but scientists say tut actually died from his multiple illnesses and that the pharaoh most likely was sent to his
glorious tomb by a degenerative bone disease, complicated by a severe case of malaria. a boy in pain much of his life but prepared for eternity in perfection. it appears a broken leg ultimately killed the already very sick king. he couldn't recover from the injury. scientists also believe king tut's parents were most likely brother and sister. amy? >> very interesting. richard engel, thank you. well, today it is back to reality in new orleans. the french quarter was full of costumed revelers on the last night of mardi gras. the party wrapped up at midnight when police cleared bourbon street and lent began. it is now 8:07. let's get another check of the weather from al in vancouver. hi, al. hey, amy. thanks a lot. and our pick city of the day today, we've got beautiful weather for them as we take a look at st. louis, missouri, nbc 5. sunny and cold, 33 degrees. on the satellite you've got a lot of clear skies but
temperatures right now awfully chilly i cloudy and cold on this wednesday morning, good morning, on radar we are getting a few flurries now right along the tidal potomac in frederick and washington counties in maryland. and elsewhere we have a mostly cloudy sky andt's in the 20s. now 29 degrees in washington. the winds are gusting to around 20 miles an hour. and yes the windchills are down into the teens. the winds will increase a bit later on today. we will have a few passing snow showers. a little sun back this afternoon, highs in the upper 30s. and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thanks very much. >> thank you very much. up next, michael buble's vancouver. matt gets a special tour of the city from one of its favorite native sons, right after this. >> and he didn't invite us!
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for his album "crazy love," but he says his heart is never far from this place. >> hey, matt lauer. welcome to vancouver, dude. >> thank you, man. >> how's it going? >> i understand this is the place you wanted to meet because this is a place that reminds you why you love this town. >> well, it does. i live -- i have an apartment not too far down there. one of my first big gigs was right, right there. >> do you still call this home? do you get here often? >> definitely, yeah, i do. this is where most of my free time is spent. these aqua buses that can take you, you know, back and forth throughout the city. so, i do this a lot. whether i want to go grocery shopping, check out a show. it's very cool. >> permission to come aboard? >> absolutely. >> my mom and my grandmother and two little sisters made this for you. >> come on. they baked this? >> yeah, it's biscotti. >> we want to welcome you to the city. some home baking we hope you
enjoy. what were you like as a kid? >> i was a goofy class clown who wanted very, very much to be famous, and people always ask me why that is, and honestly, i -- even at 10, 11 years old i wanted to meet women. i thought it would be helpful. right up there is the bridge. when i've been gone away for a long time and i come home, that's the bridge i take to get to my house, and it's, even on an ugly day, it's still beautiful coming in and seeing the mountains and the cityscape. >> this is where you made your debut? >> this is where i made my stage debut. ♪ >> i have a photo, and i'm embarrassed to show you this. >> well, then, let's show it. if it's going to embarrass you in, that's what we specialize it. >> it's a photo from a show called "swing." it was like a musical review. >> wait a minute, is this you in the sailor suit? >> i'm just going to walk away. >> how old were you? >> i was 20.
what a nerd, huh? >> i don't think so. >> oh, geez, matt. >> you don't think that's nerdy, do you? >> oh -- >> from nova scotia -- >> you're a guy in a uniform, come on. >> a man in a uniform, a sailor. >> so, can we burn this now? >> yeah. >> what did you get usnto now? >> oh, dude, we're at the training center for the vancouver giants hockey team, and we're going to go for a little skate. >> just a fun skate? >> we'll see if it's a fun skate. >> just a fun skate. woo! >> ow. >> did you ever have as a kid any aspirations to play hockey? >> absolutely. as a canadian kid growing up in vancouver, hockey's a big part of your life and a big part of mine. >> why did you want to be part owner of a hockey team? >> i wasn't good enough to play, and to be part -- >> you're pretty good, by the way. >> oh, man, to be part of a team like this, i'm lucky to talk to the boys, just tell them how proud i am. >> matt, you're going to shoot first. go down and take your best shot
on king richard brodeur. >> we're not the favorites here. >> i don't think we're the favorites at all. >> all right, guys, may the best team win. >> oh! >> oh. >> whoa! >> next time when you choose a partner for a shoot-out, you should ask can that partner skate? i can't even stop. >> rebound. >> all right, nicely done! >> well done. >> i told him, i can't stop on skates. he said, yo, man, that's what the boards are for. so, i want to thank him for the tour. he's an awfully nice guy. >> he is a great guy. up next, by the way, we're going to have the latest on lindsey vonn and her competition as she gets under way in the downhill. how's her injury? plus, we're going to catch up with the american who could be her biggest rival, julia mancuso.
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>> announcer: "today's athlete to watch" is brought you by p&g, proud sponsor of moms. this morning on "today's athlete to watch," u.s. alpine skier julia mancuso. she won gold in the giant slalom in 2006 and she is back in 2010 to defend her title, and natalie is back with her story. >> that's right, meredith. julia mancuso will be competing in four races up at whistler mountain, and each time she races, she wears a certain good luck charm that you should be on the lookout for. >> mancuso working the bottom of the hill, going for the gold! and she's got it! she's got gold! julia mancuso! >> let's go back to torino, 2006, and that gold-winning race. were you anticipating going into that re that you'd be that successful? >> torino was interesting for me because i was skiing really well all season. i had some minor ups and downs.
i just went out there and stayed positive and went out of the start gate and, you know, i definitely surprised myself by coming across the finish line in first, but i knew that i skied really well. >> reporter: julia did ski really well that day, right into the record books, a tight race that earned her her first olympic gold. >> it was just incredible to think about my family and all the support that's gone in. >> is it just like the most incredible thing in the world to realize, oh, my gosh, that's me, i just won the olympic go? >> it is pretty incredible. there's so much hard work that goes into it, but at the same time, just kind of being an underdog, it was more this surreal realization that if you put your mind to something and dream big, like, you can achieve great things. and that's what it felt like, just achieving a childhood dream. >> reporter: a childhood dream for julia, who seemed destined to ski competitively. >> i grewp in a place called olympic valley, and squaw valley
has a huge legacy of olympians. one of the moments was i drew a picture of myself and put "four-time olympic gold medalist," so that's a big goal. >> you've got some medals -- you've got to start earning some medals. >> my vision board is almost fulfilled. >> reporter: and julia hopes to get one step closer to fulfilling that vision board when she competes in four events in vancouver, an ambitious program after a challenging season. you had a lot of injuries last season. how did you manage to get better? >> dealing with a back injury was something difficult because it was just nagging every day. so, i had to get my body really finally tuned. so, i spent a lot of time doing pilates and going to the chiropractor and taking care of my whole body. >> reporter: her finely tuned physique is not the only thing she relies on for success. she also has a good luck charm, one that's become somewhat of a trademark. in torino you also had the tiara, right?
>> yeah, i skied in my tiara. coaches gave me a present going into the season and it's kind of stuck with me. i love racing in the tiara. now i made my own design on the helmet. it's a way to express myself creatively. >> it's become sort of your symbol. >> and i think it's cool because it resonates on so many levels with girls and ladies alike. >> reporter: a true free spirit, julia travels to her events in an rv. >> i just want to have a place that i can call home, and it's nice to cook my own food and just be able to take care of myself. >> you also, i hear, like to host sushi parties and karaoke and disco ball parties. is that right, julia? >> yeah. it's just about having fun in life. >> reporter: for julia, the olympic experience is as much about the jouey as it is about winning a medal. if you could do it again and do a repeat gold or even any podium, is that what every olympian strives for or is it more than that medal moment? >> it's both. it's about the medal because, i guess i couldn't even ever
explain until i won what it felt like to win an olympic gold. and it is just so much about representing your country and doing my best and just hoping that it can inspire everyone else to do their best. >> as we mentioned, again, she has four chances to medal here. so, of course, we wish her all the luck. hope that tiara still has its magic force with it. >> yeah, i think so much attention has been focused on lindsey vonn that you forget she is the one who won the gold in torino. >> absolutely. alan abrahamson pointed out earlier, she did very well in the training run, came in second. so, definitely one to watch. >> natalie, thanks so much. >> sure. >> and now for more, here's matt. >> meredith, thanks. our special correspondent for the winter games, picabo street, knows what it's like to take home olympic gold. she won the super-g at the 19 nagano games and the silver in the downhill in 1994. picabo, good morning. >> good morning. >> you also know these skiers well. >> i do. >> let's talk about mancuso. natalie just talked about her. do you expect to see her on the podium today? >> i do. julia is a big eventer. it's what we call, you know, the one who can throw the switch on the big day, and you know, she
loves to ski into the show, and she's relaxed, she likes to have a good time and she's peaking. she's been kind of gaining momentum as the season has gone along. >> and yet, not as many people are talking about her as lindsey vonn here. she's little overshadowed. let's talk about lindsey vonn. she had a bumpy training run. that can't be great on an injury. what do you expect of her today? >> i think lindsey's going to be fired up to race today and she's extremely ready to go, like everybody else. her shin is going to hurt her today. i'm not going to lie to you. it's going to hurt her, but i think she's able to block it out. so, we'll see what she's got between the ears. >> she's got five races in ten days. >> ten days. >> and that's hard on an athlete in perfect condition. >> perfect condition. >> and she's got an injury. >> she does, yeah. she's got a big, tough road ahead of her, but she can handle it, and i think that she's going to be deserving of success and it will just be a matter of being able to, you know, finesse her way through it. and try and just remember that she's the same lindsey that she's always been, you know. when i called her yesterday, i
said you're the same person you've always been. you just need to relax and have fun with it and look for speed like you always do on the course. >> quickly, some other names to keep an eye out for. stacey cook, also an american, maria reich. >> maria and lindsey are good friends and lindsey's like, maria's been a little distant, so she's kind of pulled away from her and created a gap. and they're used to being tight. >> do you think that's the competitiv edge? >> maria wants a medal, she totally wants a medal, so she's got to distance herself, which bums lindsey out, but at the same time, lindsey's like, i guess that's how it's got to be. >> they have only one run for the downhill. does that favor the canadians who know the course better? >> yes, the hometown girl has a lot of advantages because she's been on the course training more eventually than everybody else as well. so, she's familiar with the course. she was one of the first on it when they first designed it. so, yeah, the canadians have a little advantage today, but go, usa, anyway! >> picabo, rooting for the home team, for you at least. thank you very much.
nbc sports' complete coverage of the women's downhill tonight. our time right now is 8:26, 27 degrees outside, a lot of sunshine as well. good morning, i'm joe krebs, this just in, the deal elementary school in maryland in anne arundel county, and we're dealing with news out of southeast washington as well. a deadly fire, the outbound lanes of north capitol street. the fire started around 5:00 this morning in the home in the 5200 block there. when firefighters arrived, they found a body in the basement. we're told the victim was b
good morning, cloudy and cold now, temperatures in th 20s. a few 234rur flurries in frederick county. a blustery wind later today as well. highs in the upper 30s and maybe a little sun back. how's the traffic, jerry. >> we are loaded up now, 270 southbound crawling in and many stretches headed southbound to german town, the good news is no major accidents, just volume at this point. we're still bumper to bumper on interstate 66 on to m 66.
♪ 8:30 now on this wednesday morning, february 17th, 2010. beautiful morning for a skate here at the rink on grouse mountain, and those skaters are the pairs teams who proudly represented the u.s. here in vancouver, and they're going to teach natalie a few tricks in just a bit. >> how nice of them to come up to our little rink here in the
sky. >> and beautiful to watch. >> hi. >> that was good. >> meanwhile, i hope everybody had a chance to see the men's short program in primetime last night. >> i did. >> there was some great performances, including evan lysacek. >> i know. and you know, he's amazing. and you look at what he's wearing. you guys were talking earlier, he has some stunning outfits. and of course, that's part of the artistry of the programming. and in fact, we're going to be talking in a little bit about vera wang, who designed a lot of his outfits. >> okay. and did you ever wonder what goes on in studio 1a while we're on the road? well, take a look at our control room. our director, joe michaels, better worry. we've got james cameron, the director from "avatar" here, and in fact, joe and james have a lot in common. both have been involved with the titanic. james directed it and joe makes us feel like we're on it. >> i was going to say, james looks like he thinks we're on it, for picture. >> we'llxplain what he's doing
here later on. >> before that, you have a check of the weather? absolutely, for today, beautiful weather throughout much of the country. a little chilly as you get into the southeast. beautiful weather in the pacific northwest, lake-effect snow around the great lakes. for tomorrow we continue with a little bit of lake-effect snow left over, beautiful sunny, mild conditions up and down the good morning, we have a new flurries in montgomery county now and in frederick county, maryland. those are correspondenting to advance to the south, but they're sort of drying up as they do move down toward the belt way. and elsewhere just a few scattered flurries in the panhandle of west virginia as well as the northern neck of virginia. and temperatures are cold, berow freezing in the 20s. now 29 degrees in washington. a little sun back after a few morning snow showers and flurries. >> announcer: "today's olympic
moms" is brought to you by p&g, proud sponsor of moms. and this morning on "today's olympic moms," bursting with pride. you know, any parent who's gotten up early to drive their kid to practice or pace the sidelines of a soccer game or a hockey game can imagine just what it would be like to watch their son or daughter compete at the olympics. but these moms of u.s. pairs figure skaters don't have to imagine it. mary ann evora is amanda evora's mother, laurie andrews is jeremy abbott's mom, and another proud fan is janet lodwick, wife of mark lodwick. congratulations to all of you. and janet, this entire experience, it must be really surreal for you to be experiencing this. we've got so much pride watching them, but for you guys, there's an extra layer. >> yes, it is, yes. >> what's it like watching your child out there? >> it's -- it's -- i can't even describe to you how happy we are
just to be part of this whole experience. we're so proud. >> and katie's younger sister, haven, is also a figure skater, right? >> yes, yes, she is. she also is a pairs skater. so, i have two girls that like to be thrown around and tossed up into the air. >> what is that like? i mean, you're watching your child, and of course, you're watching with pride as a skater, but you've got to worry about them getting hurt out there. >> yeah. they're in good hands with their partners. jeremy's very strong and he's great, so. >> and janet, you're a new mom, right? >> yeah. >> so, another little skater out there? >> we'll see. if he wants to. if he wants to, we'll support him. >> now, what about -- do you have any advice for moms out there whose kids may have these olympic dreams? how do you balance it? that if they are not olympians, that's okay, too? >> that's okay. >> oh, definitely. when we started out, we never expected really to be here, i n't think any of us did. >> well, we thank you all. >> just enjoy every moment. >> absolutely. we're enjoying it for sure and we know you must be and with that extra layer of pride. thank you so much for sharing
your kids with us. >> thank you, too. >> and we'll see you loved ones perform in just a bit. don't forget, if you want to keep tabs of your weather all day long, you can do that on weather channel or weather.com. >> mr. roker, ladies, thank you very much. when we come back, "avatar" director james cameron on his hunt for gold, not olympic gold, oscar gold. we're going to talk boss:hey, glad i caught you. i was on my way to present ideas about all the discounts we're offering. i've got some catchphrases that'll make these savings even more memorable. gecko: all right... gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...?
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about it comes to the box office, canadian-born director james cameron holds the gold and silver medals. his sci-fi film "avatar" topped "titanic" to become the biggest grossing film ever with $2.3 billion worldwide. nominated for ni academy awards, including best picture and best director. and james cameron is with us now. good morning to you, james. >> good morning. how's it going there in my snowy
homeland? >> i -- it's going very well. you know, i thought i knew everything about you. i did not know that you were born in canada. >> that's right. >> so, does this have a sentimental place in your heart, these olympics? >> well, you know, look, i love any time there's a focus or attention on canada. of course, i'm here in your control room. i've pretty much taken over here. they've shown me how to run the whole place, so there's going to be some changes when you get back. >> i was going to say, how do you think we're doing so far? >> oh, you're doing fine you're doing fine. you guys are very professional. >> you know, you're doing okay, as well, james. i'd say you're giving us a run for our money with "avatar," highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing your own "titanic," nine academy award nominations. but i want to remind you of something you said to me last december. you talked about the risk of falling on your face with this movie. so, what is your reaction to the phenomenal success? >> well, you know, i mean, obviously, we're surrounded by the olympics here, and i was
sort of thinking about that as a metaphor, that you know, every filmmaker, you know, is going to the olympics every time they make a movie in their minds, you know. you're spending years preparing this thing and there's going to be that moment of truth when you put it before the world, and you don't know how you're going to do until afterwards. and fortunately, we've been very well accepted. and it was interesting, the film opened, on opening night it was 79% male, and within a week and a half, it was 50-50, male and female, the audience. and so, it took time for the word to spread that this was a movie for women, it was a movie for, you know, the older audience as well as the kids, you know, and you know, it just takes time. >> and it's a movie with a message, a message that's very important, too, about the environment, isn't it? >> well, it's why i made the film in the first place, but trying to find money to make an environmental movie, you can't do it, either as a documentary or as a feature. so, i thought, all right, fine, i'll do a big action adventure on another planet, but there will be this theme woven through
it, and i think that's part of how it's connecting to people around the world. they're having a emotional reaction. it's reminding them of how they felt when they were a kid in the woods, feeling connected to the world, and it's something that we're losing in our society. >> you know, you talk about a action from around the world. i know you were recently in the mideast. you screened the movie for some of the troops that are stationed there. what was that experience like for you, james? >> it was amazing. we flew on to an aircraft carrier, did the whole arrester hook thing and shot off this team catapult. it was just amazing to see these kids, kind of like these young olympians. you know, you watch these kind of "top gun" images of them firing the steam catapult and you think these guys must be in their 30s. they're so technical and precise. they're 19, they're 20 years old and they're so focused and so disciplined. it was, you know, such an inspiratn. i actually wound up signing -- i made it my personal goal to sign an autograph and pose for a picture with every single person
on the aircraft carrier, but they had to leave a few to run the reactor for a while. so, i think it was 3,300 crew members. and it was just -- they kept thanking me. and i said, no, we're here to thank you for what you're doing, for the sacrifice that you make being away from your family and your loved ones, you know? and of course, they love that we showed them the movie. they loved the film. >> you know, you make such epic films. would you ever consider making a war movie? >> well, yeah, i mean, i've been fascinated by that. i'm fascinated by the issue of war and the damage that it does to, you know, to physically, but also psychically and psychologically. you know, it's a theme that i'm interested in, and you know, i have some projects in mind for that, but you know, it's also, you know you're going down a grim path when you do that. i made a film about the battleship "bismarck," when we dove to the "bismarck," did the dive three miles down and
analyzed the wreck site, and just going down that path of that history, of that battle, you know, was quite grim and horrifying. and that's 60 years later. and why are we talking about this? >> as i mentioned, you will be competing at the -- let me, before i let you go, you will be competing at your ex-wife, kathryn bigelow, whose film "the hurt locker," also up for nine academy awards. anything you want to say to her? >> look, kathryn knows i'm a huge admirer, and i've produced some of her films and i've been promoting her as a fantastic director for the past 20 years. i have my fingers crossed on her behalf, believe it or not. >> and she said she has her fingers crossed for you as well. james cameron, as always, thank you so much. >> all right. it's a please, meredith. >> and we'll talk to you after the oscars. >> okay. talk to you then. >> thank you. up next, the woman behind evan lysacek's amazing costumes. i'm talking about designer vera wang.
we are back with more on u.s. figure skater evan lysacek'slysacek's spectacular performance in the short program. he sits in second place going into tomorrow night, less than a point behind leader evgeni plushenko. and lysacek's costume was as stunning as his skating. it was made by famed fashion designer vera wang. we're going to talk to her in a moment, but first, a peek at the process that took over six months. >> what he is is an artist. what's he trying to express, what the music is sang. you really want to enhance the performance. as a designer, it's a huge, huge challenge. >> reporter: six months ago, vera wang put on skates and got on the ice to watch evan lysacek practice his olympic programs. once a competitive skater
herself, seeing evan practice in person is part of vera's creative process. at times, she just couldn't contain her enthusiasm. >> yes! woo! >> reporter: and she's even willing to try out some of evan's complex choreography. >> the choreography is king, and the music is king, and his art is king. hopefully, the costume lives up to the choreography. so, that's sort of my issue to go extremely minimal or to go more theatrical will be a very big question in my mind. >> reporter: later in the day, evan meets with vera and her staff at vera's new york office. >> and i love fringe. i'm kind of a fringe girl. fringe is liquid and fringe has sex appeal, and i'm thinking, you know, fringe belly dancer. >> reporter: vera asked evan to try on a costume he wore in the past to see how it fit his body, check out how it stretches when he moves and measure him wearing
it. >> twisting is kind of in a different fabric and still good, but it makes you look tougher. could be a very, very cool thing for a narrow, sleek frame. >> reporter: since evan's short program music is called "firebird," vera has an idea of incorporating feathers from paris into his costume. evan is into that. >> i really like these thin -- >> i know. the coloring of it, right? >> reporter: until vera pulls out some silver feathers. put this -- look at these. these are -- >> silver. i don't even want to touch it. >> but look at -- >> excuse me! you're so right. it's all about the gold, man. i don't want to give away all my secrets, so, bye! see you in vancouver. >> and vera wang is here in vancouver to watch evan compete. good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> it is all about the gold feathers. fashion week in new york, you had a show yesterda but you flew out here to see evan ska last night.
two things -- how do you think he looked and how'd he do? >> well, i was determined to get here, no matter what, but i have to say, he looked, i think, incredible, and not just because i designed the costume, but i think he skated so beautifully, and that's what it's really about for me. it's about the combination, the entire package, the choreography, the skater, the body type, the costume. >> you had designed for skaters before, nancy kerrigan and michelle kwan, but never for a man. is it different to design for a male skater than for a female? >> well, there's one thing that is the same, the comfort factor and security factor is very, very important, that there are no wardrobe malfunctions durg a program, particularly during the olympics. but i think for men, there is a different quality i'm trying to bring out, and that makes it very, very challenging. >> you've also said, there's a quote from you -- "there's more pressure to dress a skater than a celebrity going tohe oscars." how so?
>> well, i think the viewership is so enormous. i think that so many people are judging figure skating also from a fashion point of view. and for that reason, it's probably the only sport in which people are viewed as performers and as models in a strange way, notnl as an athlete. >> you know, when you and evan were on the ice together last fall, i was reminded of the fact that you were an ice skater at one point. you know how to skate, so you appreciate what these folks do on the ice. >> i fully appreciate it. on the other hand, my worry and my concern now is on the other side, to make sure that costume represents a skater as well as possible and that they feel really, really great in it and that they can really skate. >> and what is it about evan's personality that you were trying to bring out in the costumes that you designed for him? >> well, i think he's grown so much as a skater and an artist. and i was determined to make sure that the world viewed him
in that light. >> and he was always cool about the feathers, right? that was a daring move, vera, i've got to tell you. >> he pretended to be cool about them, let's put it that way. but you know, i did want, somehow, for "firebird" to be echoed for the short program in some sort of subtle, artistic way. >> well, he looks absolutely fantastic, and i know you'll be there thursday night rooting him on, probably with your eyes half shielded. >> probably. >> thank you, vera wang. >> thank you for having me, meredith. >> always a pleasure having you here. >> thank you so much. >> as i mentioned, evan goes for the gold tomorrow night. you can watch him right here on nbc. up next, more beauty onice. the u.s. pairs skaters take to our rink here on grouse mountain.
and welcome back to grouse mountain in vancouver. you know, they may not have won medals on monday, but the u.s. pairs figure skaters, the team of caydee denney and mark lodwick are joining us on the ice this morning, as we see them skating up to us this morning. good morning. i've got my skates on as well. congratulations. you all made us so proud. >> good morning. >> what were your expectations, maverick, going into the games?
>> i had never been to an olympics or world championship. so for us, we wanted to skate as clean as we could and we just about achieved it and we were as close as we could get. >> for all of you, it wasn't really about getting a medal here. you're all first-timers. what was the feeling like for you, jeremy, being on the ice? >> stepping out there and hearing everybody chanting usa meant a lot to me and made me want to go out and skate really well. >> and amanda, what was that? >> gosh, um, i'll tell you it was a dream come true in many ways, and the same thing. to be able to go skate on olympic ice was just an amazing feeling. >> we're going to skate on our little rink here at grouse, which is not olympic ice, i can tell you that. help me out, i've got my hockey ates on. but tell me your impressions of vancouver, as we take it away. >> all right, we'll lead out. >> tell me, by the way -- oh, we've got our music. we'll be skating to nelly furtado, by the way. >> awesome. >> "fly like a bird." she's from canada. as our backs to the camera, not a great shot here. have you had a chance to enjoy
the fun in this town? >> i've taken the metro more than anything else. >> yeah? >> and i really like it. >> right. i kn your families, by the way, are on the ice with us this morning. >> yes. >> they get up so early for you. >> they're troopers. >> they're here early this morning. it's really about families making the sacrifice, right, caydee? >> yes. they're so supportive of me and my sister skating and a lot of hard work and dedication comes behind me at a high level. >> you know what's an inresting thing here is that there's an actual couples pair. >> yes. >> you two skate together, but amanda and jeremy are actually a couple, so, how does that work out for you guys on the ice? >> well, we train separately at the ice rink and then we go home and live together -- >> are you competitive at all? i mean, do you take that out on the ice at all, or not so much? >> yeah, we're in a good way, we're competitive. >> in a good way. >> yeah. we push each other. >> now, i know you guys have a maneuver you're going to show me in the middle. >> yeah. >> i'll let you go ahead. tell me what it is you're doing. >> actually, we do fours a
lot -- >> it's where two couples get together. >> an ice jump. so, we'd like to show that. >> okay. then i've got to save a little time for the lift. go ahead, take that away and then come on back. wow. woo! beautiful. all right. now, of course, the grand finale has to involve me. so, here we go. you know i've always wanted to lift. >> okay,so, wrists. >> wrists. here we go. that didn't work out. >> you got it. >> okay, woo! oh, god! woo! >> oh, we've got to bow. bow. >> bow, all right! thank you to all of you guys, thank you. that was scary, okay? job well done. we'll be back after your local news.
our time right now is 8:56, 27 degrees ought there at ronald reagan international airport. we have just received word that a delphi elementary school is closed because of a gas leak there. the kids will be taken to an emergency school. delphi elementary school closed becae of a gas leak. kids going to high point high school. and another developing story from southeast washington where one person is dead after an earlmorning house fire. the fire began around 5:00 in the morning in the 5200 block of east capitol street. when firefighters arrived, they found a body in the basement in a bed. one firefighter was also injured.
now and we'll see the afternoon high reach the upper 30s. maybe a passing snow shower or flurry in the early afternoon. blustery winds too. >> a live look on the beltway north of town from college park around to silver spring bethesda. headed for downtown, we're still loaded up, most of the major roadways in particular interstate 66 headed over to constitution after which is really crawling as well. >> coming up on news4 at 5:00, speed skating is gaining
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 rning, 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. >> i 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, moren 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, pul 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 wt 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 oron. >> 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 good morning, a few scattered flurries north and west of washington, elsewhere, right now 30 degrees in
washington and all around the region, it's below freezing and we'll get above freezing this afternoon, we should make it into the mid and upper 30s and the winds will increase too, gusting perhaps to 25, 30 miles an hour, maybe a passing snow shower or flurry into early afternoon. tomorrow mostly cloudy, a bit warmer and then it looks like we'll have more sun around for friday and saturday, highs low and mid 40s. 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 thiss 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. >>hat 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 competitn. >> 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 s 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... fibromyaia is thought to be the result of over-active nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain.
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shooting at the university of alabama in huntsville. one of them is now speaking out for the fst 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 threeothers. 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 sen 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. but it's going to be awful without them.
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♪ 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 ympian 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 ng? ♪ 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, fondu to warm up to. >> chocolate fondue. >> we'll try some of that, coming up. >> i saw cheese fondue. >> very good. >> good morning, here we have que a bit of cloudiness and a little bit of sun trying to make its way through, and on radar we have a few flurries and a few scattered showers are possible for the rest of the day. right now near 30 degrees and we'll climb into the upper 30s later on today and the winds will increase as well, gusting to around 30 miles an hour. and tomorrow, mostly cloudy, the low and that's your latest weather.
now to explain our little friends here, we've got tse cuties. this is -- we're going to have a sneak peek of universal's 3d sgi feature, "despicable me." it ces out this summer. as you take a look, we can see unbeknownst to the neighbors, a man, vced by steve carell, is planning the biggest heist ever. he wants to steal the moon. and the secret hideout under his home is filled with an army of tireless little yellow men. other voices include russell brand, kristen wig and julie andrews and it features this version of "boogie fever" by wyclef jean that really gets them dancing. ♪ i think it's going around >> my gosh! i don't think we've ever seen anything like this at the winter or summer olympics. ♪ yes, "despicable me" opening up july 9th. you know, on the movie, in the movie, they look a lot smaller.
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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: bigger. >> 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 today? >> i think it's about minus 20, isn't it, now?
>> yeah. >> reporter: that's cold. >> no, it's not cold. >> no, no. >> no. >> no. you should have been here that one week in december when it got down to probably minus 50 with our windchill. [ laughter ] >> reporter: you've got to laugh, because in the bigger picture,ife is what you make of it. for "today," mike leonard, nbc news, biggar, saskatchewan. and coming up, we'll be hearing some karaoke from team usa. we'll have much more from the beautiful city of vancouver, coming up right after this. the best in nutrition... just got better. even better nutrition -- high in vitamins d, e, and b12. a good source of vitamin a and b2. plus omega 3's. and, 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. but there's one important ingredient that hasn't changed: better taste. better taste. better taste. yum! [ female announcer ] eggland's best. better taste -- and now even better nutrition -- make the better egg.
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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,o 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 ld
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 was 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. thenhe 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 t 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.
our time right now is 9:56, four minutes until 10:00. 30 degrees out there, kind of cloudy as well. we'll get the forecast coming up. good morning, i'm joe krebs, on this wednesday february 17, 2010. the man accused of killing chandra levy is asking for his trial to be held someone else. he said he can't get a fair trial inashington because of all the pretrial publicity. he is accused of killing the former white house intern. the attorneys now want the case moved from d.c. superior court to a federal court outside the region. now let's get a check on our weather om meteorologist tom kiron. >> we have a few passing snow showers and flurries this morning. we are getting a few flurries in charles county and the potomac and the western part of the virginia neck.
right now we're near 30 degrees. highs in the under 30s, a little sunshine in and out with a blustery wind later on. how's the traffic. >> still looking at some delays. a couple of spots along the way the roadway squeezed by some remaining ice and snow. pretty slow off the 14th street bridge, on 14th street headed out to pennsylvania avenue. >> coming up tonight at news4 at 5:00, speed skating is growing in popularity and some young
captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, everybody. it is wednesday, actually winesday. the only two people that work for nbc that are not at the olympics. >> we are here with you. we will get trouble for this. >> we are just having a little fun, trying not have our feelings hurt we were left behind. >> this is iced tea. tell them it is iced tea. >> it is. truly it is. green tea. right? big, big upsets.
we are going to talk to sara in a little bit. >> if you watched the olympics and a lot of people, by the way, are in front of their tvs. people are still packing in to watch the games. i find interesting. >> also the bad weather, all over the country, is helping. i would think all of television because people can't get out of their -- snowdrifts in their backyards. >> lindsey jacobellis, the one from the last olympics showboated. she ends up with a silver. here she is. she hit one of those flags. >> this is the semifinal. >> you can see it. she hits a plag and that disqualifies you. she's not -- no longer a medal contender. >> you know what's interest being her? i kind of like her attitude about everything. she says listen, i raced for the last four years, too. this is not just the sum part of
my entire life. she has a great attitude about and it has it in perspective. one race, one event. long life ahead of her. >> she was saying don't judge me on this one. to be honest, most of us don't watch snowboarding until right now. like this is the only time -- >> what do you think the is the healthier attitude? for her to fall apart? >> no. >> or i'm going to race again tomorrow. >> you can understand that this is like -- it is like the one moment that you are on stage and counts. >> i didha so many times and i'm still here. sorry. you get to be 86 and you have a different perspective on life. ask frank. no, really. really. >> come on. >> i live with frank and he has seen it all, done it all. you know how many olympics frank covered? >> how many? >> ten. he started them wiin the greek days in greece. we actually -- you know, we hosted the late night in calgary in 1988. you realize, you know, put it in perspective. >> actually -- good that's i'm trying to say. >> truthfully, she does have it
in perspective. right when she was finished, someone went up and interviewed her and you wondered at that moment what was she going to say. look, she was very relaxed. >> i loved that about her. she is not self-absorbed like so many. we won't name names. >> all right. >> my neck. >> so -- if you watched the figure skating -- >> that was thrilling. that's a three-way tie. >> yeah. well, there's -- russian guy is way out in front. >> they are in -- >> the american guy is in second. okay. and -- >> i was told it is -- they are right up there. anything could happen. >> anything could. the guy is a point ahead. what we wanted to talk about -- weid see them. it is beautiful to watch them skate. >> are you saying you want the russian russian to fall. >> yevgeni is the blond. we enjoyed watching -- >> that's sexist. >> he's the blond in case you don't know the three. two brunettes and a 3w4r07bd.
>> he is the russian leading by one point. >> yes. the guy -- well -- >> he is a blond. >> what's that even mean? >> adam lambert in the middle. >> all right. so although -- it is nice to look at them this way. i don't know if have you noticed but the physiques on the -- >> that's all you n talk about. >> i guess we might have documentation -- >> hoda is impressed with their gluts. >> have you ever seen such gluts? >> why do you keep showing their faces? >> there's the glute. >> that's a weird shot. that's just weird. that doesn't show it. >> conceptualize it. >> that sure doesn't. >> thinking. you know what we are talking about. >> you watch this evening. you will see. >> a lot of gluts. >> so there's actually -- a big night tonight. sara will talk about it. lindsey vonn will race tonight which is big. >> this morning out there. because of real-time. this is her finest event. for downhill.
>> i want her do really well. >> shaun white who they say -- no one is considered his real competition. >> i love him. >> he's something, adorable and so live and young and youthful. i hate his guts. he just -- he just personifies youth to me. >> he does. here, by the way, are the olympic mascots. i don't know if you have seen these. >> mascots. >> this is what they left us with in new york. >> so funky. these are the mascots. they are individually made items. >> little pricey, though. if you want to buy them, available at vancouver2010.com. this little guy is $99.99 and goes all the way up to $350 important the guy that looks like the guy that i went to the prom with. he got help. speaking of fur, the westminster dog show. how much do you love those? i love those judges. >> they are so serious. >> i have to do a judge, sorry.
an older english woman. when she does this -- to the dog, she is feeling something. she is making sure they don't have hemorrhoids or something. when she does that, i'm gone. i love it. >> the winner was a scottish terrier, sadie. >> adorable. >> look how cute. okay. the triple crown. she won another -- national dog show, the american kennel club. and now -- national champiship. she is big. >> look at this girl. she is 3. >> i want to see the judges do it. >> they are there. >> almost won before. >> yeah. >> she had a little pee pee accident before. this is redemption time for sadie. all is forgiven. that's what came down to, first thing in the morning this morning. >> what? >> a big present from louie. all is not forgiven on the home
front. >> where did he do that business? >> not on the dining room table this time. that's the good news. >> ooh. how does he even get up there? >> louie will never be at the westminster dog show. >> oh, oh, oh. >> remember that? i told you that. >> yes. >> louie -- >> was it in your book? >> we were talking about ath let sis. >> many yes, it is my book if you would have read it. >> that's what i heard. >> when we first got her, he was my guy, you know. one day i came home and gloria who lives with us at our house, works there, she is -- mrs. gifford, i have to show you something. it is very sad. it is very funny. >> sad? >> what's sad and funny at the same time? i go in and there on the dining room table -- >> don't even -- >> it is like a perfect -- dairy queen. unbelieve. >> okay. >> no. you know what frank said? he is a hell of an athlete. he jumped to the top of the dining room table. i'm sorry. he could come pete in the olympics. not just westminster. >> nasty. >> we got off track today. >> we have news, you guys, about the oscars. if you are one of the people that watches the oscars and you
say i wishthey would get on with it because it goes way, way too long. now they are going to shrink it. the speeches -- they are going to let the winners make two speeches. one is the relar speech. >> 45 seconds. >> the other one, they are going to give to the thank you cam which is backstage where they thank -- you know when they pull out the long list and start reading off the long list. that information will go on facebook and twitter and stuff like that. what do you think about that? >> i think -- i don't know. i don't know also i heard they may get rid of the songs. i think this is a mistake. like the songs. >> the funny thing is -- >> the dancing. keep the songs. >> songs should stay. i sort of get that sometime those speeches do go on too long. but the most authentic ones come when they just thank their -- the teacher in sixth grade. >> and don't have a list. when they get out the list you are in trouble. >> people, let's start getting on my football. i'm getting depressed. i have -- how much is mine? >> 1,500. >> how much is kathie's?
i have frank gifford. kim kardashian. have you kim. who else? >> i have -- this one looks like reggie bush but it is not. archie manning. i've got ashton kutcher and -- >> demi moore. >> so i'm counting on my new orleans folks out partying during mardi gras to get up and out of the fog -- >> what are you saying? >> bid on my football. yes. i'm assuming that's why i got no bids yesterday. start bidding. >> okay. all right. lots of stuff going on. >> we have to go to -- >> so much going on. >> wait. adam's birthday today. >> that's a true story. >> happy birthday, adam. >> can't sing it or it will cost a fortune. >> how old are you? >> i have cody by a years. >> how many is a few? 20 -- >> 24. >> he has him by four. >> wow. >> happy birthday. >> the speeches are getting a ton of buzz. cindy says i think they should be short and sweet.
i watch for dresses anyways. >> a lot of people do. >> i love this. amanda says now what will kanye west do? >> kanye won't able to bust in on somebody. >> exactly. caroline says you have to have them. it is a tradition. keep them short. >> all right. >> thank you, birthday boy. >> absolute. >> i see you later. >> up next, a look at who soared and who stumbled, let's not talk about our opening. sara is in vancouver. >> all the details right after this. >> she is outside. >> so adorable.
it is finally good. we were worried about that. >> cold for the winter olympics. >> let's talk about the ice skating. how was it yesterday? >> he was amazing. i actually got to go see this event. i got to see plushenko actually perform. it is amazing. almost a perper form answer. i didn't realize in torino he had come in tenth in the short program and found out late here had the flu. this was a big moment for him to get redemption. it almost made me cry. >> his body line is just superb. i actually -- >> would r we going to the body line? >> that's what we are talking about. >> he's so straight. look -- house posture sin credible. i actually preferred him over plushenko, his style. i do. more fluid to me. >> yes. right now, plushenko is out in front and will have -- tonight's the night. is mitt the night? >> no, thursday. >> thursday is the night. >> all right.
he is the one guy doing the quad which sets him way apart in scoring. even when he came out on the ice, he kept practicing this move his coach him doing. you see a guy that worked so hard to get there. it is beautiful. >> he's the only one doing the quad. they love that stuff. all kinds of points for that. the risk of falling after the quad is higher, true. >> johnny weir, everyone is buzz being him. partly how well he skates but because how he dress zbles hay has a style of his own. >> i didn't think he was as -- i was expecting more in his costume because here's what you wait for with him. but his performance was amazing. again, he -- he's -- right now going sixth. anything could happen on thursday when he goes. he's such a -- so much showmanship for that alone you feel like by the end you are laughing and he gets everyone into the performance. >> it was a real -- real bummer for lindsey jacobellis because i know in the last olympics, she
did that showboating thing and got the silver and everyone was hoping she would get the gold and disqualified. right? >> yeah. always hope when you are that apart from everyone in skills that you come back and it will be simple and you will just go in one landing she -- it tweaked her landing and she hit a flag and was d.q.ed is. she grabbed her helmet when she went off. it takes four years to come back and fix that. even though she races in between, which i heard you talking about, you wait for that moment where you can show people and to know it ends in a few minutes is just -- heartbreaking. >> if there is a night to sit home, mop the popcorn and watch the olympics. so many big things going on tonight. >> totally. have you -- >> lindsey vonn is the biggest thing? or would you say the men's -- >> vonn or shaun white. he has a move the triple 16th mc-something twist. he redefines the sport every time he touches it. i'm -- i think there are a lot of people waiting to see what he will do with that move.
you also have johnny davis and apolo ohno back on the ice. it is definitely the day to stay in and get some hot cocoa. >> must-see tv, i think. >> it is. any word on lindsey vonn? we keep updating minute by minute on her injury. how is she doing? >> i think she needed the day of rest, postponed weather conditions helped her. but -- i have a feeling she will go strong. she is considered one of the mentally toughest athletes out there. >> she has a huge, huge future ahead of her. endorsement world and everything else. she is a perfect storm of everything coming together. >> she sure is. wholesomeness and incredible athleticism. likability. gorgeous without being a threatening gorgeous girl. >> yeah, yeah. long runway. >> all the best to all of our athletes. >> thank you, honey. >> actress and model and just a doll, andie macdowell tells us about a project close to her heart, right after this.
andie macdowell is best known as an accomplished actress and model. her mother died of a heart attack. >> she is urging americans to take care of their heart health in a project called time to talk cardio. andie macdowell is here to talk about. >> it great to see you. >> nice to see. >> did you tell us about this cardio program. >> well, it is a website. and i am working along with merck to get the message out to people so that they know about this website. a great website. it is called time to talk
cardio. it is about creating real dialogue in the office beten patients and care providers. >> break down cardio that way. >> yes. yes. exactly. >> remember it that way. >> i recently have gone in -- i used to worry about my heart because my mother died at 53 and i'm getting closer to her zblaj did she know she had a heart condition? >> no, she didn't. like a lot of people, i think that she was afraid of doctors. and i have had this problem with my -- myself as well. i get very intimidated. and if you go to the website it can really help people overcome that. >> the fear? >> the fear of it. also prepare them. teach them how to prepare. 500 videos a so you can find what your issues are and use the website. go in there and it asks you very specific questions. and you can learn from it, how to dialogue with your doctor. >> as women, we are so -- take care of everyone else and often don't pay attention to the symptoms that are within us. >> we are worth it. with in a weird way. >> yes, yes.
i -- i have had -- had a great checkup wi my doctor. i can alleviate that. >> good. >> but you watch your weight and you eat properly. >> i am a healthy person. that comes natural for me. i love encouraging people to take care of themselves. it is a natural thing for me to do that because i lost my mother at such a young age. >> you have a lot going on. a lifetime movie coming out. >> two of them. >> you play a sassy district attorney. >> i do. >> i think -- >> a lot of fun. >> let's watch the clip. >> i have no idea what you have. at risk, the heart of my campaign, we are all at risk in a crime-ridden world. when i'm governor -- >> the kremlins will be at risk. right. you need a new slogan. >> i came up with that myself. >> oh, sorry. it is brilliant. >> patricia cornwell. >> allowed it for television. >> the material really is great material. he is not bad to look at. >> our monitor was dark. >> he's beautiful.
>> where did you shoot this? >> i think we were in canada. we were in canada. >> continuing -- >> that was at 3:00 in the morning. 3:00, 4:00 in the morning. >> you want to be an actress. you were a model before the acting. one of the few i can look at their career and say you -- very, very intelligently made that transition. >> thank you. >> very blessed with that that movie and chged everything. >> it helped me a lot of. it made -- i was about to quit when i got that movie. >> really? >> i really was. i thought this is not going to happen. >> because of the stigma of being a model? >> no. being a successful actress is a really hard choice of career. it is just -- you know, you can get a break. then it can change everything. >> competition is unbelievable. >> all of a sudden you make -- that movie was made for a million dollars and it made a lot of money. >> when i told a friend i was interviewing you, the one thing she wanted me to ask, the l'oreal cream that you -- no.
they want to know if you use it. do you use it? >> people ask me this. i really use the product. you can waste your money buying $100 creams but i can tell from you experience because i know the business really well, i have been doing it for 25 years. their products are fantastic. they have great chemists. they make a great product. i do use the product. it is great. >> everybody that sells it and doesn't use it shouldn't be selling it. you are worth it. >> you are worth it. >> and so are you. >> terrific to see you. >> thank you. take care of your heart, everybody. check tout website. >> all right. coming up, what do you really know about the olympic games? we are going to test your olympic traf yeah. later, michael buble with matt lauer after your local news.
coming up today at miay. >> things are slowly getting back to normal. today prince george's county students finally head back to school. we'll have a live report on the slippery return. also coming up on news4 midday, toyota could announce another recall. the automaker is looking into possible power steering problems with
we are back on this wednesday with who knew testing your knowledge on all things olympics. keeping with the spirit of the winter games. kathie lee is at the msnbc.com cafe. >> hey. >> $100 gift card for those that get the answers right. for those that don't, they get her cd. betsy burns, author of "the female fan guide to pro-football." are you ready for some talk -- to talk about the olmpics? >> i am. >> i'm curious to see how everyone will do. >> these guys are from dallas but say they know olympic trivia. true or false? the united states has won more medals at winter games than any
other country. >> false. >> false. >> oh. that's too bad because you would have loved my cd. >> the answer is -- who has won more than the united states? >> norway. the most cumulative medals. 280. 9 gold medals. the united states comes in second. and the united states has a distinct -- they have won more gold -- gold medal in each winter games. >> oh, okay. >> at least they have that. >> cool. let's go back across to kath. >> these girls told me something i never heard before. they are from bermuda but study in canada. but right now they are here in new york. anyway. which color is not included among the olympic rings? blue? red? green? orange? >> orange. >> orange. >> is that right? all right. there you go. >> the five color rings, blue, yellow, red, green and black all
symbolize the five continents that every member of the olympic team travels from to get to the olympics. and they include the americas as one continent. each nation's flag has a color of the rings, either one of those five colors or the white background. >> oh. i didn't know it was that technical. let's go back across to kath. >> these folks -- my neck of the woods in north haven, connecticut. which winter sport is making its debut at the 2010 winter olympics? dog sledding? ski cross. snow sprinng or ice fishing. that's funny? apparently it is very funny. >> ski cross? >> yes, mama. good for you. >> it is. wow. she is giving away a lot of i would like to see snow sprinting. tell us about ski cross. >> ski cross is wild. it is considered motor cross on skis. these athletes can go 65 miles per hour and spend 25% of their time in the air. >> what? >> it is a crazy --
>> is it a sport yet? >> i don't think so. >> let's go back across to kath. >> sorry. he was talking about how much he loves my cds. what was the miracle on ice? nancy kerrigan competing after being attacked? do you know this one. >> do you have any idea? >> where are you from? >> ireland. we have the first competing bobsleigh team in this vancouver. >> good for you. but that won't help you here. >> nancy kerrigan. >> okay. you know what? no, you will go home with kathie lee. thank you so much. >> the answer, correct answer there was the u.s. hockey team's victory. it was turned into a movie. >> it was so fantastic. the u.s. team was made up of college and amateur kids. soviet union's team was made up of professional athletes. when the united states won in
the semis and went on to win the gold it was a huge deal. "sports illustrated" even said that it was the greatest sporting event of the 20th century. >> wow. all right. we have time for one more. >> i couldn't wait to get over here because of little madeleine. look at her. she is the most precious thing. she will get a kathie lee cd anyway. what was u.s. olympic skier lindsey vonn awarded when she won the world cup in france in 2005? certificate of achievement? gold necklace? a cow? or nothing? madeleine, what was it? >> cow. >> a cow, yes. you get the money and you get the cd. >> so smart. a cow? really? >> i'm surprised she got that. it is a great story. when she won the downhill she was given a bouquet of flowers and cow. traditionally you trade in the cow and get the prize money which this was $1200. she decided to keep the cow. >> where's the cow now? >> i don't know. in 2009 she won two golds and a
>> he wanted to take matt away from the olympic venues and show him what makes his city so special. >> hey. matt lauer. welcome to vancouver, dude. >> thank you, man. >> how is it going? >> i understand this is the place you wanted to meet because this is the place that remin you why you love this town. >> well, it does. i live -- i have an apartment not too far down there. my -- one of my first big gigs was right there. right will. >> do you still call this home? do you get here often? >> i do. this is where most of my free time is spent. am buses, they can take you back and forth throughout the city. i do this a lot. i go grocery shopping, check on a show. it is cool. >> permission to come aboard? >> absolutely. >> my mom and my grandmom and two sisters made this. >> they baked this? >> yes. >> grandma and i want to welcome you to our beautiful city. home baking we hope you will
enjoy. >> what were you like as a kid? >> i was goofy. wanted very much to be famous. people asked me why that is. honestly, even at 10, 11 years old, i -- i -- i wanted to meet women. i thought it would be helpful. right up there, the bridge, when i have been gone away a long time and come home, that's the bridge i take in to get to my house. and it is -- even on an ugly day, it is still beautiful coming in and seeing the mountains and the cityscape. >> this is where youmake your debut? >> made my stage debut. ♪ >> i'm embarrassed to show you this. >> then let's show it. if it will embarrass you, that's what we specialize? >> a photo of me from "swing." musical review. >> is this you in the sailor suit? >> i'm going to walk away. >> how old were you? >> i was 20.
what a nerd? >> i don't think so. >> geez, matt. >> you don't think that's nerdy, do you? >> no. >> lordy. >> is there anything sexier than -- >> you are from nova scotia. >> can we burn this now? >> what did you get us into now? >> we are at the training center for the vancouver giants hockey team. we are going to go for a skate. >> fun skate? >> we will see if it is a fun skate. >> fun skate. did you ever have, as a kid, any aspirations to play hockey? >> absolutely. as a canadian kid growing up in vancouver, hockey is a huge part of your life. great part of mine. >> why did you want to be a part owner of a hockey team? >> wasn't good enough to play. and to be part of -- >> you are good. >> to be part of a team like this, lucky enough to come talk to the boys and tell them how proud i am. matt, you are going to shoot
first. go down and take your best shot on king richard brodeur. >> we are not the favorites here. >> i don't think we are the favorites at all. >> may the best team win. >> oh. >> next time when you choose a partner for a shoot-out, ask can your partner skate? can you stop? >> wow! >> the key is learning how to stop. that was a good shot, mr. matt. >> all right. coming up next, how to get the hottest runway looks without breaking the bank? >> is that possible? >> we are going to find out.
>> we are going to show you how to take the looks from the catalog to the sidewalk without spending december i don't knower prices. you know who will show us how to do it? tracy. she is contributing style editor for glamour.com. we are glad to have you back. >> hi, tracy. >> are you exhausted from fashion week? it does get awfully crazy. >> it is crazy. i'm running out of -- running on a fashion high now. the is the olympics of style. we are sprint. >> you run around in heels like this all over the place. >> high heels are getting a little -- >> when you see some of these fashion shows, you think that it looks pretty on them here but you can't imagine -- >> wearing it in real life we have been blogging all week about the biggest trends we have seen at fall 2010 fashion week and showing the readers how to translate from the runway to real style. >> also, the right price. >> absolutely. >> we show you how to get the look for less. >> military jacket, first men here. >> do they ever really go out? a couple from the -- you know,
1920s. >> military is one of the trends that circles back constantly. keeps coming in and out of the style. this season it is definitely back in again. we saw it on the runway. mark jacobs. double-breasted jacket is the piece to have. >> this one is shorter -- sleeve, though. >> yes. >> unusual. >> it is. this is a cropped jacket. bloomingdale's in house labels. $68. i think this is poised to take over from the boy friend blazer as the layering piece for fall. >> you said -- reasonably priced. >> yes. jacket is $68. aqua. $88. >> next big trend that is on the runway is a nude look. >> which i have always, always loved. >> i love the nude dress. mark jacobs, who is really the most directional designer in new york, he sets the tone for what the big trends will be. showed basically colorless collection. everything -- >> it was so pretty. >> so beautiful. he got back to basics. black, white, gray. nude. so i think that the nude dress, it is not going to take over from the little black dress but you can send your black dress on
a vacation and where nude instead. >> the idea to wear a dress that matches your skin tone because nude is different for every person. >> matching your skin tone as closely as possible. it doesn't have to be ak an exact match. choose something that's close to your natural tone. then, you know, add a pop of color. candace in the had great dress. it is only $39.90. >> my daughter loves that. one of the few stores we both love their stuff. different points of life. >> great price. this is totally a runway look. it looks great. $39. >> you said pop p a color in the shoes. where else. >> a bright lip. wear a neon pink or bright red lipstick, just so you don't look washed out. one pop of color accentuate. >> next we have kathie lee's favorite. >> platform shoes. >> ankle platform boots. >> alexander is basically the king of downtown cool in new york showed these boots on his runway. platform boots, also s them on tracy reese. big, hefty, chunky boot.
i love it because it gives you a bunch of height but without uncomfortable teetering stiletto. >> also makes your feet look bigger than your head. am i the only one that thinks these are just awful? >> they are clun can i. do you wear them with skirts or pants? >> you can wear them with either. the way to offset the klunky is pair them with something feminine. i love them with a skirt. you can try witness a cocktail dress if you are fashion forward. have you a soft, feminine element that offsets the really chunky zbloots i'm fashion backwards. is that what you are saying? i guess i am. >> lastly, one of the other trends we are seeing, the heavy metal bling. lots of chunky jewelry. >> this is beautiful. >> these pieces make gorgeous -- i love it. get the look for less. >> glamour. >> yes. runway and everything is big and chunky. we have seen that. jason wu. the statement necklace has been around a couple of seasons. the next step.
evolution statement jewelry. i think of it as jewelry as armor. it is big and it is blingy. >> it is big and sort of takes over. you are a tiny person. and yet, you -- it doesn't overpower you. she is a big -- tall -- >> stop. >> tall and stately and beautiful, beautiful woman. >> so -- >> she likes tiny things. >> i don't like to wear big, chunky. >> you are fashion backward, too. have you do. >> it big, beautiful fabulous. you are already wearing the fall 2010 trends. you are a step ahead. >> no. >> tracy, thank you so much. >> so nice to see you. thank you to our model. up next, getting your mitts on the olympic mittens.
ought graphs. all well and good. the hot ticket item at this year's olympics the cute red mitten. >> even if you are not canadian. as our sara haines found out, they were not that easy to get hermits on. >> mittens everywhere. at least here on the streets of vancouver. adorned with the olympic rings on the back and maple leaf to front. these babies cost $10. >> when they have the olympics in utah, the blue scarves. now it is the mitten. >> single ladies, single ladies. i tried to buy the mittens three different times. but the line at hudson's bay company was too much for me. >> second attempt at the line. >> okay. yesterday for lunch and today's lunch. second time here. >> i could not leave vancouver without getting each of you a pair of the highly sought-after you see them everywhere red canadian mittens but i must love you to wait in this line.
more than 3 million of the hand warmers have been sold so far. hoda, kathie lee. are you getting them for someone or yourself? >> i already got a pair for myself. i'm taking them to my mom and friends. >> mtens. i got my mittens too. >> these are for my mom. >> kathie lee, hoda, it is true love. i'm waiting in another 15, 20-minute line for you. >> we are going to keep selling them until we sell out. we have received our last shipment. >> mission accomplished. i just hope i didn't forget anybody. >> thank you. >> we love them. by the way, the proceeds from the mittens sales goes to a program for canadians competing in the olympics. >> what did you say about sara? >> what else does she have to do? she's up there with nothing to do. the least she could do. we are kidding. you know what i'm excited about? going matinee today. we are going to lunch at frankie and johnny's.