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TiVo announces most rewound moment of Olympics

One of the most scrutinized Olympic moments over the weekend had more to do with lip-reading than athletic competition. TiVo said that the one moment people rewound their DVRs to watch more than any other on Saturday night was when unhappy American skater Ashley Wagner looked at the scoreboard to find her scores after skating to Pink Floyd. She wasn't pleased. Her one-word response looked about as sour as her expression. Facebook also said Sunday that Wagner was one of the most talked-about subjects on the popular social media site over the weekend.



Facebook's most discussed topic, however, was the moguls performance of Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, who took gold and silver.



Seeing American gold medal slopestyle winner Jamie Anderson in a commercial right after she is shown clinching the medal feels cheap, like hearing a song being used as an advertising jingle while it's still at the top of the charts. No doubt NBC was paid handsomely for the spot, but it doesn't do the network any favors, either. Instead, it reminds viewers they are seeing a canned TV show instead of a sporting event. When it's considered a weakness that the time zone difference doesn't allow for any live competition in prime-time, hard to understand why you would want to underline the point.



Yes, the strength and athletic skill required of Olympic-caliber ice dancers is undeniable. But it's that much harder to take seriously as a sports event when two Russian skaters have a point deducted from their performance because a feather from the woman's costume fluttered to the ice. It seemed unremarkable to NBC analyst Johnny Weir, who just came from that world, but kudos to Terry Gannon for not letting the inherent ridiculousness of the moment slip past.


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Brian J Nibbe Sr February 10 2014 at 2:53 PM

Figure skating judging is as fickle as it gets. I think her problem is that she did not understand that she was in Russia. They watch more closely when they know their future is secure.....

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Handsome February 10 2014 at 3:18 PM

There is a good reason for the rules concerning parts of a costume coming off during a routine. And it has to do with keeping the ice clean for all later skaters. Before that rule was initiated, it wasn't uncommon for skaters to have an outfit that would litter the ice with sequins (most notably) which in turn would affect the remaining skaters performances. It was used by the unscrupulous to rune later performers acts. It may seem trivial, but not to the competitors.

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bospiritofbo February 10 2014 at 2:35 PM

What was the word? What did she say? Jeez, I read and re-read the article, the comments, etc. and I still don't know what the heck she is supposed to have said. Can anyone help me out here?

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moudsie bospiritofbo February 10 2014 at 2:38 PM

yes, if you can't give us the word--give us a hint--and she kind of reminds me of that other prima donna--Nancy Kerrigan--(can't stand her) when she won silver and Oxana won gold--while they were waiting for Oxana to come back on the ice--we heard she was out back fixing her make-up, and Kerrigan snarked "why bother--all she'll do is cry and wash it all away."

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AmAnDa bospiritofbo February 10 2014 at 2:47 PM

she turned to her coach after getting her score and said that's bullshit
i would assume that is what they are talking about

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Michael February 10 2014 at 2:34 PM

Obviously, the feather had nothing to do with the Russian skaters' performance. That judge is a horse's ass.

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guymed03 February 10 2014 at 2:15 PM

Here we have another story about a participants perceived response but no video of the damning event. Yet as always, we get to see a commercial and a 'news' reporter's video analysis of it. And if we didn't see it first hand, we have to trust the report after linking several places. Trick journalism has become the norm for H. Post and it's messenger, AOL.

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hpycmpr155 February 10 2014 at 3:56 PM

WTF! (Why The Face?)+
+ Phil from Modern Family...

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hoper0715 hpycmpr155 February 10 2014 at 4:08 PM

Really. She wasn't even supposed to be there.

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mactesla4 hpycmpr155 February 10 2014 at 4:29 PM

I believe that anybody who trains as hard as these athletes do to win, that's right they don't train most of their lives to go lose somewhere, have every right, to express emotion. We can have a bladder full of class, as we sit in our lazy-boy and mete out judgments, and write pithy comments in forums, never having known the kind of force of will as well as physical ability that sets these athletes apart, from run of the mill, underachievers. In a world full of pretense and political correctness, in stead of worrying about how these could be harmed; rejoice in our remarkable feeling humanity. mike b

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blackcoffeeparty February 10 2014 at 3:58 PM

No matter who wins what medal, it is the world that wins every time these games are held in peace

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ae12wrangell February 10 2014 at 3:10 PM

Here is what makes no sense - some of the judges are from the same nations that are competing, In Vancouver, BC., and all other Olympic locations none of the judging was done by somebody who had a fellow Canadian* in that tournament

*If there was an American, there was no American judge
If there was a German , there was no German judge

etc.
etc.
etc.

You get the idea.

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Hmtl4evr February 10 2014 at 9:04 PM

What is wrong with showing disappointment , she thought she did better , so did thousands of others, is this even news? Whomever made this an issue at all should be fired. Get over it, it's called a "reaction" . I think facial reactions happen every second , good or bad, and morons have to make a big deal out of NOTHING !!!

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Vimala Nowlis Hmtl4evr February 10 2014 at 9:39 PM

She was high on excitment and thought she did great. But she did not. As the announcer said, "She would understand why the low score when she sees the replay and the mistake she made."

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mdbass201 February 10 2014 at 3:14 PM

From watching just a little sunday night the Russian girl is at a different level than the others right now and it doesn't mean she'll win the gold but if she keeps skating like she has the last two nights everybody else will be going for second place.

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Charlie mdbass201 February 10 2014 at 7:29 PM

mdbass201 - i disagree. the russian girl's performance was totally uninspiring however she did fit the image of the "little ice princess" which figure skating judges seem to love so much.

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