Winter Olympics: Seth Wescott Wins Gold, Bode Miller Earns Bronze

 

 

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Winter Olympics: Seth Wescott Wins Gold, Bode Miller Earns Bronze 2/15/10

SETH WESCOTT WINS GOLD; BODE MILLER EARNS BRONZE; AND SHEN & ZHAO TAKE FIRST FIGURE SKATING GOLD

“A fairy tale 18 years in the making.” – NBC’s Hammond on Shen & Zhao

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VANCOUVER, Canada - Feb. 15, 2010 - Seth Wescott won gold in men’s snowboard cross, Bode Miller took bronze in men’s downhill, and China’s Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won gold in pairs figure skating on the fourth night of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. With Wescott and Miller’s medals, the United States increased its medal count lead to eight (two gold, two silver and four bronze). Germany is second with five.

Host Bob Costas introduced a touching feature produced by Canadian broadcaster CTV about the relationship between Canadian men’s freestyle gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau and his older brother Frederic, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Speed skating coverage of the men’s 500 meters was altered due to problematic ice conditions at Richmond Olympic Oval, which delayed competition for an hour and resulted in Team USA’s Shani Davis to withdraw. The conditions resulted in the following comments from speed skating analyst Dan Jansen and primetime host Bob Costas:

Jansen: “Quite frankly, it’s an embarrassing situation for the organizing committee.”

Costas: “A strange situation and certainly not acceptable at the Olympic Games.”

MSNBC’s coverage featured the women’s ice hockey game, Canada vs. Switzerland, which was won by the host nation, 10-1.

FIGURE SKATING: Play-by-Play: Tom Hammond Analysts: Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson Reporter: Andrea Joyce

Hammond on China’s medal favorites, Shen and Zhao, before their skate: “A fairy tale 18 years in the making.”

Hamilton on Team USA’s Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett: “Their meteoric rise has been fueled by their consistency.”

Hammond on Denney and Barrett: “Showing you why they’re U.S. champions and a force to be reckoned with and the future of pairs skating.”

ALPINE SKIING: Play-by-Play: Tim Ryan Analysts: Todd Brooker Reporter: Steve Porino

Ryan on Bode Miller: “Arriving in Vancouver with a new attitude.”

Miller before his race: “I want to win, but I want to win by skiing a race I’m proud of.”

Ryan after Miller’s race: “That’s a look of satisfaction on the face of Bode Miller.”

Miller after the race: “I was pretty nervous this morning and that’s not unusual for me when I get in the big races and I’m really pushing hard. I get nervous. That’s the way it goes. I expect a lot out of myself and I’m going to push the limits.”

Olympic correspondent Cris Collinsworth, who joined Costas in the studio, on Miller’s win: “He showed some of the passion we didn’t see in Torino. If you’re at a World Cup or whatever and you don’t want to show passion, who cares? If you’re wearing the red, white and blue, you have to at least care.”

Brooker on Switzerland’s Didier Cuche’s expression after being favored and failing to medal: “That is a devastating look of disappointment. -- That’s a look of someone who is completely stunned.”

SNOWBOARDING: Play-by-Play: Pat Parnell Analyst: Todd Richards Reporter: Tina Dixon

Richards on Wescott coming from behind to win: “It was like a chess game for him - just waiting for people to make mistakes so he could take advantage.”

Parnell: “Seth Westcott, in a sport where the one thing you can count on is absolutely nothing, controls his moment of gold, capturing America’s second ever.”

SPEED SKATING: Play-by-Play: Dan Hicks Analyst: Dan Jansen Reporter: Andrea Kremer

Hicks: “Officials in this sport have never seen anything quite like it, especially on an indoor rink and in the Olympics.”

Jansen: “Quite frankly, it’s an embarrassing situation for the organizing committee.”

Costas: “A strange situation and certainly not acceptable at the Olympic Games.”

ON LINDSEY JACOBELLIS:

Costas and Collinsworth discussed women’s snowboard cross athlete Lindsey Jacobellis, who famously fell in Torino resulting in a silver medal instead of gold and who will seek redemption tomorrow.

Costas: “I guess that’s the most famous silver medal.”

“I remember talking with her immediately after and the question that had to be asked was ‘What were you thinking?’ I was struck by the fact that, here’s a young woman and it’s kind of an awkward situation, but she handled it with as much grace as possible. I liked her immediately and I’m rooting for her this time around.”

Collinsworth: “As an athlete, you can’t wait to make up for a mistake. And unfortunately for these Olympians, you have to wait four years. And you just have to wonder if it’ll just add to the pressure tomorrow night.”

Below are highlights from MSNBC's Primetime coverage:

MSNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey: Canada 10 vs. Switzerland 1 Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Mike Emrick (Play-by-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

Granato on Canada: “The entire country is hoping for a gold. You would be hard pressed to find a Canadian that won’t be watching this tournament.”

Mleczko on Canada: “You talk about pressure in your homeland, but it’s not like anybody’s homeland. Hockey up here in Canada is a little bit different.”

Source: NBC Press Release

 

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