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Winter Olympics: Tuesday's NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and USA highlights

As I like to do during the NFL season with the pregame shows highlights, I will try to do the same with NBC's press releases from its Winter Olympics coverage.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday's coverage on NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and USA. They are provided by the NBC Sports PR department.


Al Michaels on the Wednesday Morning Rivalry women’s hockey game between Team USA and Canada live tomorrow at 7 am. ET on NBCSN: “This is the Yankees and the Red Sox on ice.”

Analyst and former NHL player, coach, and general manager Mike Milbury to Michaels: “Since 1990, there have been 19 World Championships or Olympic titles on the line, and 18 times these two teams have squared off. That is amazing. That makes Yankees-Red Sox look weak… If you don’t think women’s hockey is tough, take a look at this thing.”

U.S. Olympic hockey gold medalist and analyst Natalie Darwitz on USA’s women’s hockey team’s game against Canada tomorrow: “Right now I think the Americans overall game has looked really strong. The little things, speed, faceoff, puck possession, communication. When they want to get physical they can, but it’s not their style. Right now, USA has a lot more confidence going into tomorrow’s game.”

Team USA forward and 2010 Olympic silver medalist Kelli Stack: “I would definitely say the rivalry with Canada is a nasty one. We don’t like them, plain and simple. We want to win that game no matter what – whatever it takes.”

Canada forward and three-time Olympic gold medalist Jayna Hefford on the rivalry: “I do believe it is one of the best in sports… because of the intensity of it and also the longevity of it.”

Team USA forward and three-time Olympic medalist Julie Chu: “We literally go toe-to-toe with each other. Sometimes there’s little scrums after the plays, really incredibly physical and fast games and probably some really choice words that are exchanged at times. Coming in to 2014, we have our eyes set on gold.”

Team USA forward and Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight: “It is intense, blood boiling. It is physical.”

Team USA forward and two-time Women’s World Championship gold medalist Brianna Decker: “Both teams are out here to beat the crap out of each other.”


Analyst and four-time U.S. ski jumping champion Jeff Hastings on the sport: “Ski jumping is a sport where you do a lot of coaching trying to get the body to do the right thing so you can let your mind go, and throw yourself off that takeoff with reckless abandon.”

Analyst and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski on the Russians’ competition in the individual pairs’ short program (the free skate airs live at 10 a.m. ET tomorrow on NBCSN): “It’s interesting because the Russians had such an amazing program in the team event so they are riding that high now going into the individual short program. If anyone is going to rival them it will be in the Germans and I think it will be in the free skate, because that’s where they are the strongest.”

Play-by-play voice Terry Gannon on Russian pairs’ team Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov: “In so many ways, they feel every bit as much pressure as Yevgeny Plushenko to deliver. Plushenko’s already got his gold medal at the Olympics. Volosozhar and Trankov came together to bring Russia back to the top in pairs.”

Analyst and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir on Weir and Tara Lipinski matching German pairs skater Aliona Savchenko’s pink panther outfit: “We didn’t even think about this. We [Tara and I] wanted to match each other… It’s a happy coincidence.”

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