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Olympic Bobsled Gold Medalist Steve Mesler...

Steve visited out studios Wednesday morning. We get a lot of celebrities that visit our seven stations, but Steve was by far the one everyone was most excited to meet. Especially our traffic (commercial scheduling) department... And as you can see, Steve didn't come alone - he also had his Gold Medal with him! Which is a "he" as I learned during an interview he did with WBEN's Barbara Burns - LOL! Steve is very down to earth and definitely deserving of that Olympic Gold Medal (along with his entire Night Train team). Amidst the three other interviews he did in our building, I also got the chance to talk with him for the Star 102.5 morning show. I aired the interview in three parts scattered through the morning show. Here's the full interview.
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A few final Winter Olympics videos...

First off, congrats to Steve Mesler & the rest of his team for getting the Gold in 4-Man Bobsled on Saturday! Here's an interview Steve did with Channel 2 the other day. And here's Steve and his teammate Justin talking about bobsledding from an interview they did before the Olympics... Speaking of bobsledding, I just saw this video of one of the members of the Russian team getting a little too excited over the Canadian sled crashing. Notice how he immediately changes his mood when he's reminded there's cameras on him. And all throughout, his teammate is stunned.
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Medals for Olympic Anchors...

The Olympic anchors on NBC and CTV are absolutely amazing and definitely deserve recognition. It's a tough call picking favorites because they're all good. For some Winter Olympics, there's been anchors that I haven't really liked, but that's not the case this year. I've been watching CTV every morning. It's been anchored by Beverly Thomson and Jay Onrait. What a great morning show it's been because of them. NBC can't even compete here. At night, it's just a matter of who's covering what sport when. But I've really been loving the Canada-themed stories that Mary Carillo has been doing. So far, her dog sledding "Mary's Moment" has been my absolute favorite. With that said, here's my favorite anchors of the 2010 Winter Olympics... BRONZE - Bob Costas, NBC - He always does a great job bouncing between the different events without stopping the momentum. SILVER - Brian Williams, CTV - A phenomenal Olympic anchor who seems to be having the time of his life. It makes it even more fun to watch when you know the anchor is having a great time too. GOLD - Mary Carillo, NBC - You can tell Mary's also having a blast - both in studio and throughout her pre-taped segments. In addition to the NBC late night anchoring, her Mary's Moments where she explores the wonders of Canada are priceless. That's where Mary is really at her best. And her sign-off the other night was awesome - she had a deep conversation with the studio moose as the late night coverage ended - too funny! What do you think? Feel free to comment here or call me when I'm on-air at 716-644-1025.
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Bobsled Medal today...

The #2 American sled had a crash in the 50/50 curve yesterday during the second run. Everyone was physically okay luckily and they'll continue to compete today. I can't believe how many sleds are crashing on this track. I think it's making the Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton events less fun to watch. No one wants to see the athletes putting their lives at risk. And we all know this track is the reason the Olympics got off to it's worst start ever this year. So hopefully, today will be crash-free and it will be all about the start times and the expert driving as it should be. And speaking of experts, the #1 US sled with Buffalo's Steve Mesler is in first place after two runs! And they've got a lead of 4/10th's of a second going into run three - that's a big lead for Bobsledding! The third heat of Four-Man Bobsleigh (yeah, that's all the official wording there) is at 4:00pm Eastern time with the final heat following at approximately 5:40pm. I'm sure that final run will air in primetime. As you watch, do you ever wonder how they steer the bobsleds? Visit HowStuffWorks.com to find out. And just for fun, here's some footage of the original Jamaican Bobsled Team from 1988. Considering how bad the Whistler track is, maybe it's good they didn't make it into the Olympics this year...
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Freestyle Ski Jumping (minus the skis)...

I watch the freestyle skiing events and can't believe these athletes can do all those flips in the air and then still manage to land on their feet and ski down the rest of the hill. One thing they probably don't worry about during those flips is actually losing their skis mid-jump. That's what happened to this ski jumper (who at the end of the video walks down the hill and seems understandably annoyed)...
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