Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn, Shani Davis & Shaun White All Win Gold



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Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn, Shani Davis & Shaun White All Win Gold 2/17/10


“I’ve given up everything for this. It means everything to me.” – Lindsey Vonn on winning gold

“Absolutely skated the perfect race that he had to skate.” – NBC’s Dan Jansen on Shani Davis

“It's athletes like Shaun White that make you think the impossible is possible.” - NBC’s Pat Parnell

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VANCOUVER, Canada - Feb. 17, 2010 - On the sixth night of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Team USA captured six medals, a record for the US at a Winter Games. Lindsey Vonn (women’s downhill), Shani Davis (men’s 1000 meters speed skating) and Shaun White (men’s snowboard halfpipe) all won gold, while Julia Mancuso earned silver (women’s downhill), and Chad Hedrick (men’s 1000 meters speed skating) and Scotty Lago (men’s snowboard halfpipe) took bronze.

Vonn became the first US woman ever to win the gold in the Olympic downhill, while Davis and White became the first to ever repeat as gold medalists in their respective events.

PRIMETIME HOST BOB COSTAS: “This was a historic night for some of the biggest names on the American Olympic team.”

Short track speed skaters Apolo Ohno and JR Celski advanced in the men’s 1000 meters, and Team USA advanced in the men’s 5000 meter relay. On cable, MSNBC aired women’s hockey with Canada defeating Sweden, 13-1. On CNBC, Switzerland defeated Team USA, 7-6, in men’s curling and Sweden defeated Germany, 2-0, in men’s hockey.

ALPINE SKIING: Play-by-Play: Tim Ryan Analysts: Christin Cooper Reporter: Steve Porino

Cooper: “This course is probably the best and the toughest Olympic women’s track since probably 1992.”

Cooper on Vonn: “This is the most powerful and most fit woman on tour.”

Cooper on a powerful turn made by Vonn: “It’s like carrying a piano on your back.”

Ryan on Vonn celebrating: “What a sight it is to see here. She is just in ecstasy.”

“Her dream has come true.”

Vonn: “I’ve given up everything for this. It means everything to me.”

“I got what I came here to do. I have a gold medal. - I’ll keep fighting every day but it’s definitely a huge relief that I finally did it.”

“I feel like I’ve achieved so much in my career but the Olympics is something that I’ve never conquered. I feel like today I achieved the dream I’ve had since I’ve been nine years old, since meeting Picaboo Street. I was just overwhelmed with emotions and I couldn’t stop the waterworks. The floodgates kind of opened up. You work so hard for something for your entire life. And to finally reach it is just amazing.”

Primetime host Bob Costas: “An emotional Lindsey Vonn. Obviously, those emotions a combination of joy, pride, relief, thanks, appreciation, all rolled into one.”

Cooper on Julia Mancuso: “She’s skiing with a lot of conviction.”

Mancuso: “Well, me and Lindsey have been competing against each other since the beginning, probably since we can remember in our careers. - It just means a lot to be back on the podium after a few years of just really tough times. I’ve been working really hard the past year for this day and this moment.”

SNOWBOARDING: Play-by-Play: Pat Parnell Analyst: Todd Richards Reporter: Tina Dixon Olympic Correspondent: Cris Collinsworth

Collinsworth interviewed skateboarding superstar and Shaun White-friend Tony Hawk at Cypress Mountain. Hawk: “A lot of pressure, but he’s used to it. He came through in Torino. He’s ready. He’s been training for this for years.”

Shaun White before qualifier: “It’s not about one trick in the run, it’s about the whole thing.”

“It’s a strange, strange limbo, where you basically have to do just enough to get in but not show everything for the finals. I’m actually more nervous for this than the finals because I practiced for my finals run every single day.”

Parnell on White: “If there’s one competitor here today that is comfortable with pressure, actually peaks with pressure, it’s this guy - Shaun White.”

“Unbearable pressure resting squarely on Shaun White’s shoulders. It appears the defending gold medalist is comfortable carrying the load.”

“In four short years, he has become a global phenomenon.”

Parnell on White securing gold: “Scotty Lago will end up with the bronze medal which means Shaun White has secured the gold. Deliberate in his dedication. He persevered and what a payoff. Repeat gold for Shaun White.”

Richards on the highly-anticipated “Double Mctwist”: “The move that everyone has been talking about. The move that some have called the ‘Big Mac,’ ‘the Big McTwist,’ the ‘Double McTwist 180.’ Some have called it the ‘Whitesnake.’ I call it insane.”

Parnell: “It's athletes like Shaun White that make you think the impossible is possible.”

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

Hicks on Korea: “Have they had a breakout Olympics or what?”

Hicks: “And there goes Shani Davis - on a quest for history to try to become the first to win back-to-back gold medals in the 1000 meters.”

Hicks on Davis: “He’s got some of the greatest turns in the business - maybe the best turns in the world.”

Hicks: “Legs burning on the final straightaway, Shani Davis pushing it til the end. And he’s got another gold medal!”

Jansen: “Absolutely skated the perfect race that he had to skate.”

Davis to Kremer on his final lap: “I have to have the courage and the strength and the determination and the will power to be able to finish on that outer. I didn’t want to make the same mistakes that I made here in Vancouver in March at the World Single Distances. So I just made sure to really hammer that last lap as best I could and I was able to hold on.”

Davis on being the first one to win back-to-back gold medals in the event: “It means a lot. It shows that hard work pays off. I’m going to continue to keep on defending what is rightfully mine. So I’m happy I was able to do it this time.”

SHORT TRACK: Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson Analyst: Andy Gabel

Gabel: “A very easy champion-style race for Apolo Anton Ohno, showing why he’s one of the best in the world.”

Gabel on Celski’s: “He made that look way too easy - I promise you, it is not as easy as it looks.”

MSNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey: Canada 13 vs. Sweden 1 Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst), Joe Micheletti (Reporter)

Mleczko: “This was expected to be Canada’s first real test.”

Patrick on Team Canada’s performance: “I don’t even know where to begin with this team.”

CNBC, Men’s Curling: Switzerland 7 vs. USA 6 Fred Roggin (Host), Andrew Catalon (Play-By-Play), Don Duguid (Analyst), Elfi Schlegel (Reporter)

Catalon on the tiebreaking round: “Another heart stopper for the USA men’s curling team.”

CNBC, Men’s Hockey: Sweden 2 vs. Germany 0 Bill Patrick (Host), Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury (Studio Analysts), Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), Ed Olczyk (Analyst)

Emrick on Sweden’s roster: “Four members of the Detroit Red Wings are on this team. Nineteen of the 23 players are NHL players; eight from the Eastern conference and 11 from the West. One powerful Team Sweden.”

Roenick on Team Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom: “He’s only 22; wise beyond his years and talented beyond those years. He makes everything look really easy. He is very, very good with the puck.”

Team Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist: “We’re confident, but we also have a lot of respect, especially for Canada and Russia. They look really strong.”

Source: NBC Press Release


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