100 Days To Sochi: Live Blog
Today marks 100 days until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. And just like with a milestone birthday, we want to celebrate big. But instead of gathering our closest friends and heading down to the local bowling alley, we shut down New York City’s Times Square and invited the whole world to party with us. And since we don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, we are sharing the day’s events with those of you who can’t be here in person. Happy birthday to you!
7:45 a.m. - Team bus picks up athletes to take them over to their appearance at the "Today" show
7:59 a.m. - Nordic combined gold medalist Billy Demong practices his roller skiing on the "Today" show plaza
8:06 a.m. - "Today" show hosts Carson Daly, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie donning their Olympic hats
8:11 a.m. - Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White head to the "Today" show rink to start practicing
8:13 a.m. - Snowboarder Louie Vito and other Team USA are now on the plaza freezing with the rest of us
8:15 a.m. - Louie is dancing, either in an attempt to keep warm or he has to go to the bathroom
8:17 a.m. - Too many Olympians to count. Team USA flags are being handed out
8:31 a.m. - Mittens are being thrown into the crowd
8:32 a.m. - Louie Vito and figure skater Sarah Hughes talk to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about the Raise Your Hands campaign
8:43 a.m. - Freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace and ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson talk to Savannah about their sports' Olympic debuts in Sochi, while other athletes prep for upcoming segments where they will be working out in the mock Olympic Training Center
8:45 a.m. - Billy shows Matt how to rollerski
8:51 a.m. - Alpine Ted Ligety and snowboarder Kelly Clark learn about Russian culture and food
9:39 a.m. - Moguls skier Hannah Kearney, Meryl and Charlie prepare to announce the Polo Ralph Lauren Closing Ceremony apparel for Sochi
9:44 a.m. - Ted is decked out in Ralph Lauren apparel for the announcement
9:49 a.m. - "Today" show hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist prepare to show off Oakley wear and Polo Ralph Lauren apparel
10:02 a.m. - "Today" show is a wrap!
10:30 a.m. - Sarah is in U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to stock up on Nike gear and grab a Diet Coke from the Coca-Cola lounge. Her cute black ankle boots have now been replaced by black Nike Free FlyKnit+. When in New York.
11:00 a.m. - Elmo is in the building! The Sesame Street star is decked out in a winter hat, scarf and Go USA mittens filming spots to cheer on the athletes. The last time a room full of grown women were this excited was when we thought Sarah left her designer ankle boots behind.
11:45 a.m. - Musician and singer Gavin DeGraw is in the Coca-Cola Lounge meeting with athletes. I don’t know who is more excited: Gavin to meet the athletes, or the athletes to meet Gavin. Paralympic alpine skier Alana Nichols proclaims, “Oh my god, my heart just skipped a beat.”
12:00 p.m. - Gavin asks music-lover Sarah to be in one of his music videos. “I am totally going to follow up,” says Sarah
12:34 p.m. - Gavin talked at the press conference about why he loves the Olympic Movement
12:40 p.m. - Snowboarder Jamie Anderson and freeskier Devin Logan are about to do a skiing demo for media.
12:44 p.m. - Jamie reveals that when she left the 2013 Team USA Media Summit earlier this month in Park City, Utah, she tried changing her flight and paying by check. Didn't work!
12:52 p.m. - Paralympic snowboard cross hopeful Evan Strong checks out the downhill skiing demo
1:03 p.m. - Snowboarder Kelly Clark getting interviewed ... Hannah Kearney reveals she was up at 6:30 a.m. for Today show ... No one is asking Louie's dad any questions!
1:08 p.m. - Louie says he has already chalked up 150,000 airline miles this year
1:15 p.m. - Kelly is looking for a Halloween costume -- says she might be going as a monkey if her jokester brother has anything to do with it.
1:26 p.m. - Just took my photo with Cookie Monster. It is a Sesame Street kind of day.
2:04 p.m. - Spotted: Kids in the hotel lobby. Word got out about Sesame Street!
2:21 p.m. - Speedskater Joey Cheek is signing autographs at the Liberty Mutual Insurance tent
2:34 p.m. - New Chobani spokespeople Evan Strong and Rico Roman handing out samples. I can say from experience black cherry is good!
2:38 p.m. - Kelly Clark in Times Square in full gear with snowboard pretending to catch a cab for an ESPN photoshoot
3:40 p.m. - Olympic SportsMan of the year Ted Ligety – who will ring the closing bell – and fellow Olympians at NASDAQ taking photos in front of the podium
3:45 p.m. - Sled hockey player Taylor Lipsett stands up from his wheelchair and walks over to take his photo. “Oh my God, it’s a miracle!” yells fellow Paralympian Josh Sweeney. “Shh, don’t tell the classifying board,” says Taylor.
3:46 p.m. - Louie takes a turn behind the podium. “He’s too short,” his dad whispers behind me just as his son asks, “Can you see me over this thing?”
3:59 p.m. - Everyone takes the stage and begins the countdown to closing time. The image is projected on the Jumbotron in Times Square
4:00 p.m. - NASDAQ is closed!
4:02 p.m. - We all head back to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and a street vendor yells at Louie, “Yo, snowboarder dude. What’s your name so I can watch for you at the Olympics?” Louie stops and chats with the guy.
5:17 p.m. - The Budweiser Clydesdales are on the scene and may have been spotted wearing the Team USA mittens! The dalmatian dog too!
6:04 p.m. - Something you don't see every day: Clydesdale horses coming down Broadway
6:05 p.m. - Freeskier Gus Kenworthy, moguls skier Heather McPhie, snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, Billy Demong, curlers Heath McCormick and Monica Walker make their entrance behind the Clydesdales
6:27 p.m. - Flying Ace All-Stars are putting on a show in Times Square
6:34 p.m. - Freeskier Tom Wallisch, Kelly Clark, Hannah Kearney sign autographs by the main stage. The line is wrapping.
7:05 p.m. - Jimmy Fallon is on the Jumbotron wearing the mittens leading the crowd in a "Go USA" chant
7:11 p.m. - It is snowing in Times Square ... Ok, so maybe it's fake, but it feels cold enough to snow
7:19 p.m. - Pilobolus just finished performing and came out wearing USA jackets. Impressive performance...and fashion choices
7:20 p.m. - Team USA athletes being introduced to a round of applause
7:32 p.m. - Ice dancers Melissa Gregory and Dennis Petukhov perform a hot number in some cold temperatures
7:34 p.m. - Brought hockey into their performance and added pop music performed by Karl from Jerseylicious
7:36 p.m. - Melissa says she wants to inspire kids to do what they do and make it to the Olympics
7:45 p.m. - Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn introduces Gavin who takes to the stage to sing, “Best I’ve Ever Had”
7:46 p.m. - Gavin just turned this into a fancy event thanks to his tie and porkpie hat.
7:50 p.m. - Gavin follows up with “Not Over You” saying jokingly, “This song has nothing to do with my ex-girlfriend.” Figure skater Emily Hughes performs a routine on the rink next to the stage.
7:55 p.m. - The New Yorker closes the show with the song he says he “wrote for the Olympics”
7:57 p.m. - Almost all of the Jumbotrons in Times Square have been taken over by Gavin
7:58 p.m. - Such a great sight to see all the Team USA flags waving along with the beat. It has been impossible to cover everything that has gone on today, but this is certainly one of the best moments of the day.
8:00 p.m. - Gavin closes out the night by leading the crowd in a cheer of “USA! USA! USA!”