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    Lightbulb Team USA shameless CHEER & media publicity thread leading up to Sochi Olympics

    I'm starting this thread in an attempt to document the variety of popular/social media coverage (articles, photos, videos, TV appearances, notable tweets, etc.) regarding any of the 15 Team USA (specifically) figure skating Olympians in all 4 disciplines. Many of these links are likely cross-posted in the U.S. skaters' own uber/cheer or news threads, but I thought it might be easier to keep track of them in ONE thread.

    Davis/White, Abbott, and Wagner are among Parade's "6 Olympic Skaters to Watch in Sochi": http://www.parade.com/254288/parade/...atch-in-sochi/
    ETA: Includes a behind-the-scenes video of Parade‘s cover shoot with Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Apolo Ohno.

    Gracie Gold appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, Jan. 16 - 2 clips uploaded by the show:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWLK3HaXEVU (main interview)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJyrLGrbYGc (juggling lemons)

    Jason Brown is currently scheduled to be a guest on (longtime family friend) Arsenio Hall's TV show that will be taped on Friday, Jan. 24 in Hollywood, CA - ticket info: http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows...w/201312101500

    Olympics-bound skaters from Ellenton [Florida] to practice before public 4 times
    BY RICHARD DYMOND
    http://www.bradenton.com/2014/01/16/...-ellenton.html
    Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay will spend the next 16 days practicing at Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex, before leaving the United States on Feb. 1, [Coach Jim] Peterson said.

    Four of the 16 sessions, including Friday [1/17], will be free and open to the public.

    ...
    The open practices will feature first-come, first-serve admission at 450 seats in the south rink, Lindemuth said.

    "We will open the doors at 12:45 p.m. and people will have to understand if all the seats are gone when they arrive," Lindemuth added.

    The most exciting sessions may be the two Fridays, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, where the pair will reproduce their Olympic routine in costume with competitive music.
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    "I will talk to the crowd during the simulated sessions," Peterson said. "The skaters will have their six-minute warmups, just like a competition. It will be a competitive environment and the audience's reactions will be absolutely welcome."
    ...

    The Bartholomay-Zhang public schedule:

    • simulations, 1:10-2:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24;

    • send-off party, noon, Saturday, Jan. 25;

    • training, 1:10-2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29; and

    • simulations, 1:10-2:10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31.
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    Jason Brown is currently scheduled to be a guest on (longtime family friend) Arsenio Hall's TV show that will be taped on Friday, Jan. 24 in Hollywood, CA
    To find when/what TV channel The Arsenio Hall Show is broadcast in your area: http://www.arseniohall.com/watch/index.html

    Introducing the 2014 US Olympic Figure Skating Team!!! (A 2-minute ShibSibs production):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxJjIsjZgkk
    Last edited by Sylvia; 01-21-2014 at 01:57 PM.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Today at Target, I picked up a commemorative Olympics issue of US Magazine today. Ashley, Meryl and Charlie are on the front; Gracie is on the back.

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    and Max Aaron and Denney/Coughlin are inside

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    I feel slightly concerned that the U.S. team is arriving too late in Sochi. We're 5 days away from competition now, and it seems like a lot of team members haven't left the States.

    Zhang & Bartholomay are en route or in Sochi; Jason Brown is leaving today; Gracie is in Germany training. And I think Marissa & Simon may already be there? But I believe everyone else is still in the U.S.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clairecloutier View Post
    I feel slightly concerned that the U.S. team is arriving too late in Sochi. We're 5 days away from competition now, and it seems like a lot of team members haven't left the States.

    Zhang & Bartholomay are en route or in Sochi; Jason Brown is leaving today; Gracie is in Germany training. And I think Marissa & Simon may already be there? But I believe everyone else is still in the U.S.?
    Jeremy Abbott arrived in Sochi today, per Twitter. Reading between the lines, I'd guess he'll be doing the short program in the team event, rather than Jason (which makes sense given his BV is higher).

    Likewise, Marissa Castelli tweeted that she made it to Sochi today.

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    There is really no reason for Z/B and the other dance teams to leave all that early since they're almost certainly not doing the team competition. Same probably for Polina.

    meryl and Charlie seem to have just left and they're superhuman so I'm not worried.

    From twitter, C&S and Abbott were in athlete processing in Germany yesterday and are now in Sochi, which makes sense since they are probably competing the first day. Hope that means jason in the team long.

    Not sure about Ashley- the biggest wildcard seems to be how they'll split the ladies. I thought she would do the short- now I'm less sure.

    I'm sure everyone will be en route by tonight or tomorrow.

    Happy olympic week everyone! Things are about to get real!

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    I checked back and Jeremy tweeted this photo of himself and Castelli & Shnapir posing with the Olympic rings in Sochi:

    http://instagram.com/p/j7ElcUG8Kk/#

    I'd be pretty surprised if the USFSA was planning to name anyone else to compete on the first day of the team competition....

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