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Gold Medal Olympic Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg Sits Down With Dave Letterman Tonight: Video

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 5:25pm PST

U.S. Men’s Olympic slopestyle snowboard gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg talks about skipping the Opening Ceremony at Sochi and watching it on TV when he visits CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. Watch here:

Related: David Letterman Battles Jimmy Fallon’s First Week With Sochi Olympics Medal Winners

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Meredith Vieira To Anchor Second Night Of NBC’s Primetime Sochi Games Coverage As Bob Costas Recovers

By | Saturday February 15, 2014 @ 8:20am PST

Meredith Vieira will host NBC’sMeredithVieira110913221045-275x275 primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics again tonight. Last night she made history, becoming the first woman to ever anchor NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage. She’s filling in for Bob Costas, whose nbcsochi__131202172913__140212145821eye condition is “improving” but is still “day to day,” NBC Sports told Deadline. Vieira, who’d been brought to Sochi to co-host the Opening Ceremony with Matt Lauer and has since been doing segments for Today on U.S. athletes to watch at the Games, was tapped yesterday to replace Costas as the network’s primetime Games anchor. She took over for Lauer, who’d pulled double duty for three days. Costas still is battling an infection in both eyes that makes studio lighting his enemy, though he too may have made TV history: first anchor on record with Twitter trending eyes.

NBC’s Games EP Jim Bell said in a phoner with the press Friday that Vieira was likely on duty for two nights as Costas continues to recover from pink eye. Bell called her the best choice for the gig among a considerable stable of talent at Sochi because her schedule was most flexible. For a TV veteran whose new syndicated daytime talk show is set to launch in the fall, the Sochi exposure is a gift. Before Costas, former Today anchor Bryant Gumbel served as primetime host of NBC’s Olympic coverage and … Read More »

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UPDATE: Matt Lauer Shuns Bob Costas’ Vodka-Shot Therapy As He Fills In On NBC’s Primetime Olympics Coverage

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 6:03pm PST

UPDATE, 5:50 PM PT: SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345__140123184857“We’re back now with a good opportunity to welcome in our Mary Carillo, and she’s about to bring us our nightly dose of Russian culture and no vodka tonight – please. You saw what happened last night,” Matt Lauer joked tonight as he fills in for Bob Costas on NBC‘s primetime Olympics coverage. LauerCostasHe’s referring to the previous night’s primetime coverage when Costas abandoned NBC doctors’ treatment for his ever-worsening eye infections, and went instead with vodka, telling Carillo during one of her Russian-culture segments as he downed what was billed as a good-ish dose of  the Russian booze: “My eyes can’t get any redder.” Polishing off his drink, he predicted, “Tomorrow morning I’ll be lying on a curb in Minsk.”

PREVIOUS, 4:30 PM PT: “I’m Matt Lauer, in for Bob Costas tonight. If you’ve been following along the last several days you know Bob’s been battling — and that’s an understatement — an eye infection that’s traveled a little bit,” Lauer said at the top of tonight’s NBC primetime coverage of Tuesday competition. ” I saw him in the hotel this morning — he looked a little like the loser in a prize fight.”

Walking up to the primetime coverage, NBC’s evening newscaster Brian Williams told viewers, “Bob Costas took himself out of the lineup for tonight as he deals with that eye infection,” ending a “Ripkin-like iron man streak of 157 straight primetime Olympics broadcasts that goes back to Barcelona in ’92.”

Related: NBC’s Brian Williams Newscast Attracts 16 Million Viewers From Sochi On Sunday

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Meredith Vieira, Jay Leno Plug NBC’s Games Coverage With Hopes Of Demonstrations, Comparisons To Nazi Germany: Video

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 6:18am PST

Meredith Vieira joined Jay Leno on his NBC late night show to plug their network’s upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics coverage. Vieira, who has an NBCU daytime talk show launching in the fall, spoke of mixed feelings about participating in Games coverage owing to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, her hopes for public demonstrations during the Games, and the “off the wall”-ed-ness of Russian chief Vladimir Putin. “I don’t know how it’s different from — this is how it started in [1936 Games-hosting] Nazi Germany: ‘Oh, the Jews, we’ll put them over there’. It makes me uncomfortable,” chimed in Leno, who’s being replaced as host of Tonight to coincide with the Games, and has nothing to lose.

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