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SBD/October 29, 2013/Olympics
Russia Facing Serious Security Challenges As Countdown To Sochi Games Begins
Published October 29, 2013
READY TO GET STARTED: NBC's "Today" celebrated the 100-day mark until Sochi by welcoming many Olympic hopefuls to the set. Gold Medal-winning figure skater Sarah Hughes and snowboarder Louie Vito displayed USOC apparel. Hughes said all the "proceeds go to support Olympians and Paralympians." Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated at Rockefeller Center, skier Torin Yater-Wallace and ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson discussed their preparation, Nordic combined skier Billy Demong demonstrated his training regimen and skier Ted Ligety and snowboarder Kelly Clark sampled some Russian food. Yater-Wallace said of the ski half-pipe event, a new event in the Olympics, "Spectators can expect to see a lot of big air and tricks in the half-pipe and real excitement." Hendrickson said women's ski jumping, also a new Olympic event, is "not really hard on the body at all." Hendrickson: "It's very safe and … the women's ski jumpers are just really excited to finally be a part of the Olympics." NBC's Matt Lauer said of travelling to Sochi to cover the Games as the second hour of the show was signing off, "The Olympic Games are always great" ("Today," NBC, 10/29).