#SPORTS: #MedalCount after Day 4 of the #Olympics, Figure Skating is the most popular #WinterOlympics sport, Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza ARRESTED, and MORE!
A lot happened in Day Four of the Winter Olympics in South Korea Some of the events are airing in primetime tonight, and we don’t want to spoil anything. But here are four updates from earlier . . .OLYMPIC SPOILERS AHEAD SO EARMUFFS…
U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim crushed everyone in the women’s halfpipe to win Gold last night. Her first run earned her a 93.75, and no one came close to beating it. But even though she’d already won Gold, she still did her final run . . . and got a 98.25. Fellow American Arielle Gold ended up winning the Bronze.
Shaun White kicked off his fourth Olympics in the men’s halfpipe qualifying round last night, and made it into the finals with the top qualifying score on both runs. He qualified with a 93.25, then blew everyone away with a 98.50 on his second run. The men’s halfpipe finals will air live in primetime tonight.
U.S. speedskater Brittany Bowe just missed out on a medal, finishing 5th in the women’s 1,500 meter Long Track event. That’s our best finish for any Long Track event in the last eight years. She missed the Bronze by about 1.2 seconds.
(Brittany still has three more events coming up. She’ll compete in the 1,000 meter race today, then the 500m on Sunday, and the Team Pursuit event on Monday.)
As of midnight last night, Norway was still leading the overall medal count with 9 medals. The U.S. was in 5th place with 6 medals, including 3 Gold. (You can check out the updated medal count at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)
Now, with all that being said… According to Google Trends, figure skating is by far the most popular Winter Olympics sport. 46 out of the 50 states have searched for ‘figure skating’ more than for any other winter sport over the past 12 months. The movie “I, Tonya” and the revisiting of the Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan drama might have played some small role in that, but still. The only four states who went with something different are: Alaska and Montana, which both had more searches for ‘snowboarding’ . . . Nebraska, which apparently has a lot of ‘curling’ fans . . . and Minnesota, which went with ‘ice hockey.’
Oh you goin to jail now… Former Major League pitcher ESTEBAN LOAIZA was arrested last week, and charged with having 44 POUNDS of cocaine, which is a lot I guess…I’ll have to ask Jeff. The coke was found in packages at a home he rented in Southern California.
Obviously, it probably wasn’t all for him. It’s believed that Loaiza was involved in drug trafficking . . . allegedly, of course. As far as we know, he’s still being held on $200,000 bail. 44 pounds of cocaine would be worth around $500,000. Loaiza played on eight teams over 14 years, from 1995 to 2008. His best seasons came in 2003 and 2004, when he was an All-Star, and played for the Chicago White Sox. He’s 46 now.
The Blues are on the road to take on the Nashville Predators tonight. Central Division-leading Nashville has been red-hot over the past six weeks, going 10-1-4 since early January, so our boys are gonna need to look good.
There are three interesting statues just outside the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. They’ve been there since 2009, but they’re trending now because they show naked men wearing bullet-like hoods over their heads . . . but nothing to cover their MANHOODS. The statues supposedly represent, quote, “the desire for a cool body,” but the internet finds them more hilarious than cool.