Behind The Gold

Tom Kelly
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Veteran Olympic skier and analyst Tom Kelly will host updates on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard teams and athletes before, during and after the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during The Morning News Hour With Leslie Thatcher.  Tom Kelly will report on athletes and sports leading up to the Olympics with reports prior to the games, daily reports during the games and a final report after the games.

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In improbable style, this future Olympic champion debuted with two silvers in Salt Lake City.

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The world got to know the amazing story of Bode Miller on a global stage as the Olympic Winter Games came to Salt Lake City in 2002. The independent, care-free New Hampshire native was somewhat of a sensation, but he preferred to let his skiing do the talking.

Behind The Gold: Bobsled Champion Billy Fiske

Dec 2, 2013

A two time Olympic champion, this bobsledder gave his life for his country.

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The second Olympic winter games came to St. Moritz in 1928, where the fabled Cresta run brought legendary status to the bobsleigh event. Among the favorites in the new five-man competition, team USA with 16-year-old driver Billy Fiske.

Thousands pack deer valley every January to watch a sport that had its Olympic debut just 22 years ago. 

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Moguls skiing brought a new era to the Olympics at Albertville in 1992 – music mixed with skiing, with athletes bam-bam-bamming their knees down the bumps and launching themselves into the air, twisting and turning. It was a matchup between two of the powerhouse nations: the USA and the host nation of France.

Gold Medal: A Family Affair

Sep 13, 2013

In 1972. a family from Vermont captured the hearts of America at the Sapporo Olympics. 

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After a medal-less 1968 Olympics for the U.S. Ski Team, the eyes of America were on the Cochran family from Vermont as the 1972 Olympics came to Sapporo, Japan. The team was a family affair: Bobby, Marilyn and Barbara Ann. Heavy snow was falling on the slalom course on the final day of the games as Barbara Ann drew bib No. 1 and battled into the lead after the first run.

Lost Boy Earns Gold

Sep 7, 2013

The tragedy of a lost boy in a Korean market had a happy ending at the 2006 olympics in Torino. 

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The U.S. ski team had long been a powerhouse in freestyle moguls with medals in every Olympics since its 1992 debut. Heading into Torino in 2006, all eyes were on Jeremy Bloom. Instead, it was a Korean born athlete from Yale who stepped into the spotlight.

Inspired Teen

Aug 22, 2013

The eyes of America were on the men’s team in 1964 at Innsbruck, but a young girl from Oregon stole the show.

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Proud Americans

Aug 16, 2013

In soon to be war-torn Sarajevo, a pair of twins stood proudly for all of America.

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It's been nearly 30 years since Phil Mahre climbed atop the podium in Sarajevo, twin Steve at his side. Despite the passage of time, the memory and the emotion hasn't faded. It's grown stronger. Phil and Steve Mahre dominated their support in the early 1980's.

Simple Mistake Turns To Bronze

Aug 9, 2013

It was a simple mistake, just a mathematical error, but it turned into Bronze.

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The modern day Olympic games started in 1896, patterned after the ancient Grecian contests. But it wasn't until 1924 that the Olympic site of Paris chose to do a winter exposition-an event that later became the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. Ski jumping was the Marquee Competition.

Historic Silver

Jul 29, 2013

Coaches were stunned at his times as he skied stride after stride to an historic silver medal.

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It was opening day at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck. The eyes of the world were focused towards the Men's Downhill on the icy slope of Patscherkofel where Austrian farm boy, Franz Klammer, stole the show with an electrifying win over Swiss favorite, Bernhard Russi.

Golden Boy

Jul 22, 2013

  

They called him The Golden Boy after his improbable gold medal.  

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The early 90's were a rebuilding period for the U.S. Ski Team. Despite breakthrough results at the '92 Olympics, the public wasn't convinced. In fact, sports illustrated dubbed the team "Uncle Sam's lead-footed snowplow brigade." But the athletes knew differently, and the public criticism was a motivator for the entire team.

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