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Canada scores controversial go-ahead goal against US in women’s hockey (Video)

US-Canada-controversial-goalCanada and the United States squared off on Wednesday in what many feel is certain to be a preview of the women’s hockey gold medal game. The US was fortunate that it was not an elimination game, because the Canadians may have benefitted from a controversial call on their go-ahead goal in the third period.

The goal that gave Canada a 2-1 lead appeared to be whistled dead, though the puck still continued into the net. The official who blew the whistle must have thought US goaltender Jessie Vetter had the puck underneath her pads, but she did not. Replays showed that the whistle was blown just as the puck was getting to the goal line.

Technically, a referee should only blow the whistle if the puck is frozen. But even if it’s not, the whistle still signifies a stoppage of play. Canada deserved the goal, but by the rule book it seems like the play should have been ruled dead as soon as the whistle sounded.

Canada went on to take a 3-1 lead later in the period after a US turnover in the attacking zone. It seems almost certain that the Americans will have a chance to avenge Wednesday’s loss later in the tournament.

Video via Sports Grid

What is the Yolo Flip? I-Pod’s halfpipe trick explained (Video)

iPod snowboardingJust like many of you, I’m not an expert on snowboarding much less halfpipe tricks. But I first heard about Iouri Podlatchikov (known as I-Pod) and his “Yolo Flip” trick that helped him win gold in the halfpipe at Sochi a few weeks before the Olympics. The Yolo flip is something new that he created seemingly in response to the Double McTwist, a 1260 move that Shaun White did at Vancouver to win gold in 2010.

I-Pod, who is a Swiss snowboarder, won gold in the halfpipe on Tuesday despite doing just five tricks on his final run instead of six like most of his competitors. That’s because the Yolo Flip is that insane.

So what exactly does the Yolo flip entail?

It’s a 1440 move that includes two head-over-heels flips and two 360-degree turns. Announcers called it a cab double cork 1440 when he first landed it at X Games Tignes, but I-Pod named it “YOLO” flip. Yolo, of course, is an acronym for “You Only Live Once.” It’s a saying popularized by rapper Drake.

Store Your Board blog furthers breaks down the trick:

Cab = switch frontside. I-pod said himself that the term “Cab”, which comes from Steve Caballero of skateboarding legend, should be reserved for skateboarding tricks. He refers to the YOLO Flip as a switch frontside trick.
Double Cork = 2 inverts
1440 = 2 inverts + 2 rotations

So that’s the Yolo Flip. Think about how insane it is to get enough speed, momentum and hangtime to rotate 1440 degrees on one trick. And I-Pod did it in the Olympics to win gold. White says he landed it in practice, which led him to try it in the Olympics, but he was unable to land it in competition.

Now you know about the Yolo Flip. And if you don’t know about the Drake song — and you probably do — I regretfully have posted it below:

Shaun White suffered a nasty black eye in training before Olympics

Shaun White black eye

Shaun White has made snowboarding look pretty easy over the past several years, but we’re starting to see that it’s not all that simple.

White finished fourth in the halfpipe during the Winter Games in Sochi, and the US failed to medal in the event for the first time since it was introduced to the Olympics in 1998. White’s struggles came when he was unable to execute the Yolo flip, a trick created by Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov, who is known as I-Pod. I-Pod won the gold in the event by executing his trick to the pleasure of the judges.

White said that being able to execute the Yolo flip in training was his downfall, because that convinced him he could do the difficult trick in competition.

White’s fourth-place finish in the event reminds me of a photo White posted on his Twitter account on Jan. 27, two weeks before the competition. The photo shows him with a massive black eye he suffered in training.

Now I’m starting to wonder if he got that trying the Yolo trick in practice.

White has also opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. He pulled out of the Winter X Games before the Olympics, and he also pulled out of the slopestyle event in Sochi so he could focus on his best event. And now he didn’t even medal.

Irina Rodnina now claims racist photo of Obamas was a hack job

Irina-RodninaFormer Russian figure skater Irina Rodnina is an Olympic hero in her home country. Rodnina was one of the two people who were given the honor of lighting the Olympic torch in Sochi last Friday. In addition to being internationally known for her decorated figure skating career, Rodnina also made headlines back in September for tweeting a racist photo of the Obamas.

Rodnina was criticized at the time, but she defended herself by saying she was simply exhibiting her right to “freedom of speech.” For whatever reason, she decided to apologize on Monday and claim she was hacked.

Hacking is a horrible excuse to begin with, let alone using it five months later after basically refusing to apologize the first time around. If Rodnina was hacked, she undoubtedly would have said that from the start. Since Twitter hacking is pretty damn close to a mythical concept anyway, we know that’s not what happened. At least she finally apologized.

H/T Deadspin

Matt Lauer temporarily replacing Bob Costas for Olympic coverage

Bob Costas pink eye glasses

Bob Costas has temporarily accepted defeat. If you have watched any of NBC’s Olympic coverage since the start of the Sochi Games, you know that Costas has been battling a nasty case of pink eye. He made fun of himself for the infection earlier in the week, but it has gotten worse in recent days and spread to both eyes. As a result, Costas is being replaced by Matt Lauer on Tuesday.

“As a practical matter, I simply couldn’t do my job because my eyes had become so blurry, watery and sensitive to light,” Costas said in a press release on NBC’s Olympic website. “I’m hopeful the symptoms will improve in the next couple of days and I can return to the broadcast. Also, the last thing I want is to go through the rest of my life owing Matt Lauer a bunch of favors.”

Costas has had a great sense of humor throughout the entire ordeal. He said he would continue doing the broadcast if it was simply a matter of being uncomfortable, but the infection has gotten so bad that he can barely see. He called into “The Today Show” to speak with Lauer on Tuesday morning.

“Well, even worse than when you saw me this morning, Sochi time,” Costas said when asked how he was feeling, via USA Today. “So, reluctantly, I was trying to throw a complete game here, but I think we’re going to have to go to the bullpen. I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but you’re Mariano Rivera, at least tonight.”

Costas drank vodka on television with Mary Carillo on Monday night and said his eyes can’t get any redder, but he may have been wrong. While we have poked fun at him and made poop particle jokes like everyone else, we wish Costas a speedy recovery. You hate to see anyone on the shelf with an injury.

Bode Miller: Bad vision led to disappointing finish

Bode-MillerBode Miller is the most decorated men’s alpine skier in United States history. He also may hold the record for most excuses after the worst finish of his Olympic career.

Miller finished eighth in the men’s downhill in Sochi over the weekend. After dominating two out of three training runs, he was considered by many to be the gold medal favorite. So what went wrong for the 36-year-old? He already said the course conditions changed drastically from training to the actual race. Miller also blamed bad vision.

“I don’t win when the sun’s not out,” he said, according to NBC Olympics. “I haven’t won in five years when the sun’s not out.”

The problem, Miller says, is that he should have gotten eye surgery.

“I was supposed to get an eye surgery earlier this year,” he added. “I have a great sponsor, an eye doctor, and we just never found the time to do it because the race schedule is so tight. We were pretty pissed off looking back that we hadn’t figured out time to do that.”

[WATCH: Bode Miller's wife reacts to his terrible race]

Vision is obviously critical to a skier who is traveling down a mountain at speeds of around 80 mph — but five years? If Miller hasn’t won without the sun in five years because of poor eyesight, you would think he would have addressed the problem well before the final Olympic Games of his career.

“My vision is critical,” he said. “When the light’s perfect, I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and don’t do as much in the middle of the turn.”

Again, this should have been addressed sooner. And since it wasn’t, it doesn’t sound like a very valid excuse for going from fastest to eighth-fastest between training and the actual event.

Bob Costas and Mary Carillo drink vodka (Video)

Bob Costas vodkaBob Costas convinced Mary Carillo to drink a glass of vodka with him for a great reason.

During Monday night’s “Olympic Late Night” coverage, Costas and Carillo were holding glasses of vodka, though Costas admitted “I’m not really much of a vodka guy.”

Carillo seemed stunned that the two were going to consume alcohol while on TV, but Costas put her at ease with a great line.

“My eyes can’t get any redder no matter what I do,” he said.

Carillo said she would drink to that, and they both did.

When in Russia …

Also see: Bob Costas’ pink eye has spread to both eyes!

Video via @cjzero