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>> reminder we will see you again in half an hour with another local live news update. >> and olympic coverage starts at 10:00 right after "today." this morning a clean swept of of gold, silver and bronze in the hurdles. plus, rallies in a dramatic fashion in bronze in beach volleyball. and hot water? two of ryan's teammates pulled from a team as they were on there way home from rio. officials now questioning the accounts of four swimmers that say that they were victims of a robbery. does the story hold up. what ryan told me in an
exclusive interview. today august 18th, 2016. talk about competing the most the first sweep in olympic history. >> it's over. the united states won the bronze. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with the o pllympic games with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. good morning. i have hoda here on the beach and we wake up and everybody is talk about this swimming korch tigs. >> yeah, over night the drama at the rio airport.
they were on the plane and taken off. officials investigating their claims of being robbed with ryan and another steam mate. we talked to ryan last night, and we will tell you what he had the say. how about the team us skparks the team hurdles. the american tri competing with a gold, bronze and silver. and then to carrie and them in baec beach volleyball. >> yeah, they dominated the competition and what's left for the final five? we will find out when they join us live on the beach. let us go back to new york. what's happening there savannah.
unfortunately we are still covering the raging wild fire in california. how are crews going be able to get it under control. we will take you there live when you get it there in a couple of minutes. back to you in rio. so vanavannah thank you ver much. w brazilian authorities investigating. this is an odd. it's an odd story. >> yeah, this is stunning and americans facing the brazilian police. ryan is out home and watching these events unfold. the two teammates pulled from a team. >> over night two american swimmers leaving a rio police
station and now the center of an embarrassing incident and refusing the answer questions. >> ryan is sticking to the story. are you? >> hours before they have been dramatically pulled off the flight home and the lead detective said they moved quickly. >> they're all cooperating to the full extent. >> are they protesting to the way that the athletes are treating. >> all three rm with ryan when they say that they were robbed early at gun point on sunday. having left hours before a brazilian judge ordered him to stay. lochte say that he is sticking by his story and now some things have changed. he said that they stopped at a
gas station to use the men's room when they were robbed. this video footage hours after the robbery say that is this looks like the swimmers are joking around. matt says that they were in shock. anne an >> the guy pulled out his gun, cocked it and put it to my forehead and i got down and pull my hands up and said whatever. >> they want the swimmers to explain. >> early sunday morning matt recorded himself. >> that was posted nearly five hours later the swimmers arrived here at the olympic village. the question is what happened at that time. the security footage is stamped
6:56 a 6:56. police believe that it was later. >> is it really justified to pull olympic gold winning athletes from a plane? >> well, there was a court order. a court order that we followed. >> reporter: i asked the detective how long this will take and that's up to the judge and saying that we have got access to evidence and we're collecting some more. >> all right. thanks. >> it's a tricky leave situation and with that we have more with savannah. okay. so many questions here. first of all is lochte in the clear? is there anything that can bring him back to bra snil. >> well, he might be in the clear but we're a long way from
that and on the story line if this gets any thick er, it won't be liquid. it's hard to follow why it's changed so much. that does not mean that they're lying. in investigations you have discrept pen sis. >> if they're major, that's going to be a red flag to the brazilian authorities. what about the two athletes that were yanked after the plane. kwnow? >> they're subject to the laws of brazil just like anyone in the united states would be subject to our laws and they do have a strong investigative format here not unlike what we consider in the united states with subpoenas where you can pull people. the decision to do it within the context of the olympics and no greater public evidence that we're aware of does seem to be aggressive. having said that, they're subject to questioning and potential charges if there are false or misleading statements to authorities that could carry up to six months in brazil. as for the questioning itself,
under the 1986 brazilian constitution they have a right to remain silent. they could actually with good lawyering stay out of most of this. that would raise potentially more questions if you were the victim of the crime, why would you need to be silent by explaining exactly what happened to you. >> as you said legally the soup is getting thicker. thank you so much. we'll send it back to you in rio. >> savannah, thanks very much. as much as i respect ari, i don't think the story has changed all that much. there are a couple details that have changed. the basics of the story have remained the same. you talked to him first. >> >> one thing we're hearing that's different is that he told me that the car was sideswiped and pulled over to gas station. when you spoke to him, it was not sideswiped. car was standing still when people came up with guns and badges. >> he talks about the guy pulled a gun out and put it to his head.
that did not happen. >> they agree on that. he embellished when he told the guy, look, i'm not getting down on the ground. if you got a gun, you can use it. he told me that. he never had that dirty harry moment. >> what was his demeanor when he was talking to you explaining it all? >> he was tired and shocked that it happened. he talked about the athletes. the surveillance tape of the athletes returning to the village 7:00 a.m. the judge said they were joking and casual. we weren't joking. we were in shock. i asked him pointedly, i said there are skeptics who think this story was concocted to hide some kind of other embarrassing behavior. something you didn't want people to know about. were you with someone you shouldn't be with? he was adamant about that. he said, no, that didn't happen. we wouldn't make this story up. we were victims and we're lucky and happy to be safe. >> i would say this, it's interesting to me. ryan lochte, i spoke to him four
or five hours after he got into olympic village. they had been out all night long. he's not the kind that can weave a brilliant tale when he hasn't been out all night long. pardon me. the fact he told this story makes me think he could not have invented the whole thing. >> it's not over. i can tell you that. >> definitely isn't. billy, thanks. let's move on now to the competitive action here in rio. day 12 was another big one for team usa including history making performances on the track. natalie is here with all of the details. what a great -- >> u.s. women winning first gold medals of these games on the track. the 100 meter hurdles. highlights from another busy night in rio. for team usa, an olympic first. a clean sweep in the women's 100 meter hurdles. [ gunfire ] three americans shutting out the field. brianna rollins taking gold. nia ali silver and kristi
castlin, bronze. >> i'm so excited. we're blessed. we came out here and did our best and came out here and sweeped. >> reporter: on the other side of the track, american women took the top two spots in the long jump. bartoletta edging out britney. the teammates ecstatic after their win. in women's 200 meter final, usa's tori bowie off to a slow start settling for bronze. >> thompson stride for stride. >> and thompson stride for stride -- >> reporter: jamaican elaine thompson won the second gold here in rio. at the same time on copacabana beach, the u.s. women's beach volleyball team was back in the spotlight. kerri walsh jennings and april ross defeating brazil for the bronze medal. >> it's over! >> reporter: just one night after their stunning loss to
another brazilian team in their quest for the gold. >> i'm so honored to have won this. this was an -- as an athlete, i swear to god, this was the hardest match i ever played in my life. >> reporter: in water polo, the u.s. women's team beat hungary, 14-10. now they're preparing to face italy, the americans hoping to win their second consecutive gold medal. back on the track, american evan yeager took silver in the steeple chase. the first american man to do that since 1984. in the decathlon, and ashton eaton setting his sights on his second gold. eaton had a full schedule wednesday, running the 100 meter dash, leaping over the bar in the high jump. taking first place in the long jump and finishing the night with the 400 meters. he's now in the lead gearing up for the second day of competition. >> of course i'm trying to win. you know? if a record is there, i'll try to go for it. right now it's about getting the w. >> reporter: and the world's
fastest man looking to add to his legacy. usain bolt finishing alongside canada's andre de grasse sharing a smile as they finish the 200 meter semifinal. bolt holds the world record in the event and will go for third straight gold in the 200 finals tonight. >> got to love that shared smile. between usain bolt and andre de grasse. u.s. dominating the medal count. 93 through the first 12 days of the games. china in second followed by great britain and russia right there. what should you look forward to today? more track and field action including usain bolt in men's 200 meter final. that's going to be a big one. the gold medal match in men's beach volleyball as well, guys. >> signature smile. >> i love it. >> total finger waive, right? guess what? coming up we'll talk to the final five about their dominance in gymnastics right here in rio. and don't forget, natalie just mentioned, you can catch
all the olympic action tonight 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. central time on nbc. let's go back to savannah in new york. >> guys, thank you so much. in the news this morning, that massive out of control wildfire raging in southern california is only getting bigger this morning. more than 40 square miles have now been scorched. an untold number of homes there destroyed. let's go right to nbc's joe lin kant with the latest for us. jo, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's the blue cut fire that continues to rage it is now more than 31,000 acres and counting. among the devastation, this is a route 66 popular diner, popular among celebrities including elvis presley and clint eastwood. overnight, out of control flames fed by dry brush and whipping winds. fire crews unable to keep the fast moving blue cut fire in check. >> in my 40 years of fighting fire, i have never seen fire behavior so extreme. >> reporter: san bernardino county is about 60 miles east of los angeles is just the latest
disaster zone in a region battling wild fires fueled by a brutal heat wave and five-year drought. firefighters attacking from the air and on the ground. more than 82,000 evacuees, many rushing to get out. >> scary. i just left. i got my pictures, my dogs and left. >> reporter: on wednesday we got a firsthand look at the devastation. >> unfortunately this fire came upon us so quickly with little to no warning that the possibility does exist that somebody was not able to escape this fire. >> reporter: there is some good news this morning. interstate 15, the main thoroughfare that connects southern california and nevada now reopened but only in one direction the northbound direction. meanwhile, there is still a lot of flames lot of smoke, this fire is only 4% contained so far. >> tough times there. jo, thank you so much. we move to the presidential race. donald trump hitting the trail for the first time since the shake-up inside his campaign. this as hillary clinton takes
aim at trump's new team. nbc's hallie jackson is at trump tower for us this morning. hallie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and this morning with that new team in place, it's a return to an old motto, let trump be trump after that de motion for his former top aide, today trump heads to a swing state for the first time since the shake-up, north carolina, after installing new campaign ceo breitbart ceo stephen bannon. and kellyanne conway insists there's still time to turn around trump's slipping poll numbers. senior adviser tells nbc news that means we'll see the notoriously off the cuff candidate on script more often, reading from a teleprompter more frequently. hillary clinton, by the way, pouncing on trump's new team saying he can hire or fire whoever he wants, he's still, in his words, shown us who he is. she's taking aim at him this morning with a new ad looking at his taxes arguing he should release them as trump gets ready to go on the airwaves with his
own ads. savannah, he has his first tv ads of the general election set to air starting tomorrow in four battleground states. savannah? >> hali, thank you so much. it's 7:16. back to the guys in rio. >> all right, savannah. thank you very much. mr. roker, a little cooler here today. not so in parts of the u.s. >> that's right, especially where they don't need the heat. we're talking about out west where the fire danger continues high. you can see we have red flag warnings and fire weather watches stretching from california all of the way to the pacific northwest. over 25,000 acres burned. 1,300 people on that blue cut fire. the big problem going to be the winds. look at these winds. gusting up to 40 miles an hour. southern california, 35 miles per hour. and the temperatures are going to be 5 to 20 degrees above average with record low humidity and we're looking at record heat not just in california but also up into the pacific northwest. it goes into the latter part of the weekend with temperatures into the 90s. look for record setting temperatures throughout the pacific northwest.
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tri-valley, 93. 88 for the south bay. it is the a "spare the air" day for today. going to stay hot inland through this weekend. cooling by monday. >> that's your latest weather. guys? >> al, thanks so much. coming up, kerri walsh jennings and april ross bouncing back to win bronze in women's beach volleyball. this morning they'll celebrate right here with us on copacabana beach. >> there they are. also, the most dominant women's gymnastics team ever. what's next for the final five after taking rio by storm? first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ we're back now on a thursday morning. it's the 18th day of august, 2016. it's another great one here along copacabana beach. 13th day of the summer olympic games. a chant of usa in the background for good reason. >> every now and then we have gold, silver, bronze. >> we're going to tell you about this little setup here in the photo we're recreating in a second. let's look at headlines. ryan lochte's teammates expected to talk to brazilian police department today about that alleged robbery targeting the
group. two swimmers were taken off plane and detained at rio's airport before being released overnight. lochte is back in the u.s. we talked to him last night. his story that he told us is the same as the story he told on sunday. >> also we have american ashton eaton holding the lead heading into today's final events of the decathlon. he came in second in the 100 meter dash trying to defend his gold from london. >> all right. and the u.s. trio, brianna rollins, nia ali and kristi castlin combined for the first sweep of the 100 meter hurdles in olympic history. all three hurdlers are with us. ladies, congratulations. >> wow. >> thank you so much. >> i watched this last night. i was jumping up and down.
it was so exciting. you seem to get off to great start. >> i did. i tried to stay composed and just stay focused on my own 10 hurdles to make sure i got to the line. i am so grateful to god for getting us through. >> when you were watching the results come in, it was clear that there was a first. and then there was a collective breath. tell us about what it felt like when you knew you were getting bronze. >> i actually was looking at the screen and it wasn't more so for myself but for the team. i did my job. please say i did my job. when my name came up, i immediately dropped down because i was, like, yes, i did it. i'm happy we were able to come out and make history. >> it seems like forever before your name came up. your name came up in second place right off the bat. you must have loved your race. >> i'm always in a position where i'm the one waiting did i
get third or first. it's also close for me. this time i knew when i came across that i did my part. i really wanted us to get the sweep. we prayed for this. >> what about the historical significance of this. when you look up there and we got to see gold, silver, bronze, all usa flags. it made us feel so good. what was it like from your perspective? >> awesome and great moment. when women come together and just be together, it's like a sisterhood, we can accomplish great things. it was great opportunity to come out here and represent america in that way. >> if anybody got to see this, this is a glamorous event in the beginning. i can talk about your entrance into the stadium. you came out and you struck a pose. >> this is a once in a lifetime experience. i may never have it again. >> show me what you did. >> i did a little twirl. getting in formation. >> the other awesome thing you guys did was afterwards there was a beautiful picture of you guys with the flags doing a jump
in the air. we're going to ask you for this moment on the "today" show if you could do that. >> i'll get out of the way. >> should we do it on three. ready? one, two, three. yes. >> brianna, nia, kristi, thank you. clean sweep for team usa. let's take a little look here. we have more to talk about. more good news. it happened last night >> i have a new found respect for the bronze medal match. because we were devastated the night before. literally devastated. we didn't sleep a wink and we had 24 hours to come to grips with what just happened and to fight for a chance at redemption, vindication at
anything and we did it. >> you're not talking physically but emotionally to gather yourselves. >> mentally. >> and to have to fight in that bronze medal match. you either get a medal or go home empty handed. there's so much on tlien and we're playing the number one seeded team in brazil. they are brazilians, so we knew it would be crazy. >> a lot of people predicted that would be the gold medal match right there. >> yeah. >> those two teams. you also not only had to gather yourself before the match, you had to gather yourselves during the match. you got down and you waged a comeback. >> we did. i'm so proud of us because we always stuck together. we got our butts kicked in the first game. 21-17. i knew they weren't comfortable and i knew it was a matter of time. april -- i don't know if you watched it, but april's defense last night was insanity. it was a highlight reel. finally it got me going around. once we joined forces it was magic. >> you're the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, by the way.
how does that feel? >> it makes me very proud. i've done it alongside people that i truly love and respect and admire and they make me better and there's no shame in a bronze medal. i used to think that. i'm ashamed of thinking that. there is so much joy and hard work that went into this. >> interesting to hear you say that. you thought there was shame in the bronze. >> that's my ego talking and that's just ignorance to me. it's a terrible way to frame things. because it's like, we won this. we didn't lose. we won this. we lost our chance to win a gold but we won this bronze medal. >> april, in tokyo, i will be 87 years old. >> still looking like you're 20. >> yeah, right. can you see this team back together in tokyo? i'll ask you before i ask her. >> i can totally see us together in tokyo. assuming she'll have to have one more shoulder surgery before. >> no! >> but she'll come back stronger than ever, like she always does. >> oh my goodness. >> no, that would be fun. >> congratulations on winning the bronze medal. april, thank you.
kerri, always good to see you. >> you, too. let's get a check of the weather now from al. >> all right. we say tokyo, absolutely. let's show you what we've got. a great crowd first of all. but unfortunately we've seen more rain for our friends in louisiana and texas on into arkansas. yesterday parts of louisiana picking up another two to three inches of rain. we'll see that again today. to the north and you can see in fact up around dallas they could see 1.5 to 3 inches of rain but from houston, lake charles into baton rouge, we're looking at more showers as well. the good news is it will start to dry out as we get on toward the weekend. that's what's going on around macan marko macan. misic sasa. paskovic. meteorologist anthony slaughter. waking up to temperatures comfortable. 50s and 60s. fog is in place for most of us. it did make it to the tri-valley and south bay. clouds across san jose. 85 later on in the south bay. temperatures near 90 in morgan hill. 70s around the inner bay today and good mix of 60s and maybe
70s. we will see cooler weather in the weekend. have a report on that and throughout the morning. >> make sure you get that weather you need. go to the weather channel on guys? >> all right, al. thank you very much. >> what's happening? look who took over our anchor desk. the five girls are with us. we're going to talk to the aces of gymnastics. the final five historic run in rio. what's in store for them next? how do you like the desk? is it comfy? >> yes. >> awesome. >> we'll talk to them right after this. >> careful with that. >> oh, no. 4. queso. 5. nap. 6. sudoku. 7. tambourine practice.
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>> announcer: "today's" athlete to watch is sponsored by p&g. proud sponsor of moms. >> we're back with "today's" athlete to watch. this morning some of the biggest winners in rio. the final five will leave here as the most successful u.s. women's gymnastics team ever. we're going to talk to them in a moment. first, let's look at their historic run. >> we are the final five!
>> the final five rocked rio. >> that's what an olympic champion looks like. >> gold in team competition. >> one of the greatest dynasties in gymnastics history. >> gold in the all-around by simone biles. >> silver all around for team captain aly raisman. >> a return to the olympics has been worth it. >> a third gold for biles in vault. >> she's a 4'8" giant. >> silver in uneven bars for madison kocian. >> that's why they put madison kocian on this team. >> in beam, a rare stumble for biles who still took bronze. laurie hernandez took silver. >> this was a very routine. >> in floor, grandma raisman grabbed silver. while biles soared to her record fourth gold. >> once again obliterate. >> and as if all those medals
weren't enough, zac efron, team of heart meeting their heartthrob. a perfect end to a near perfect run in rio. how happy are we? here they are. olympic champions. you can't wipe these miles off their face. can we start with zac. have you come down off that high yet? are we still floating a little? >> i still could see him again. >> so this is just so you see. i know you guys haven't seen this moment, right? by the way, i think one thing we left out of the piece that you said was that we're setting a wedding date. you know what he said? >> he said just tell me when.
>> that was pretty big. >> let's look back at all of what happened. first of all, the fact that you guys have made history in gymnastics. you guys right now will go down in history books as the winningest gymnastics team. aly, what does that mean to you? >> it's special. it probably won't hit us for a long time. we're on cloud nine right now. feels like it's just a dream. it hasn't sunk in at all. it's just incredible. we all worked so hard to get to this moment. it's really special that it paid off. >> did you guys by chance see "people" magazine cover? >> yes. >> can we show it to people who haven't. you're on the cover of "people" magazine. what does it feel like? on the cover of "sports illustrated" and now the whole group on "people." >> it's still very crazy to see us all over america and all my friends i'm sure their friends are showing us magazine and it's just crazy.
it's weird. >> you guys have not only have you made history, laurie, you just enjoyed yourself. you guys seemed to have such a wonderful time. what do you think is the memory you're going to take back from the olympics for you? >> i think probably two memories. one of them being the fact that we just were able to work so well as a team and get that team gold and just enjoy it all together and next would be just being able to room with all of the girls. there's so many memories. >> madison, you and gabby rocked it. madison, everyone has a million insta followers. madison needs to get there. you're close. i just want to show you what these girls are all about. can i show you my phone. matt and i are doing an interview minding our own business with these hurdlers. can you see my phone. right here. which which?
down. right there. look. wait a minute. wait a minute. this is worth it. i'm telling you. hold on. it seriously is worth it. look. hold on. i'm wasting time. can you see anything. by the way, they clipped my phone and took a bunch of selfies. >> we took your glasses. your paperwork. >> can we bring martha in for a minute. we're bummed this is the end for you when it comes to gymnastics. what does this team mean to you right here at the end? >> this is absolutely fantastic. this was my dream. it's like a dream came true to have the most successful team for the final of my very long gymnastics career. i'm so proud of these girls and i want to thank them for all of their dedication and hard work they put in. >> martha, we want to thank you.
we want to thank all of you guys. thank you for everything you've done for yourselves and for this country. >> did you seriously take 45 seconds when you couldn't get your phone to turn on? >> i know. look. they're great, right? >> they were worth the wait. you're right. by the way, i kept a secret. when i interviewed right after that floor exercise, you said where's hoda? everything okay. everything is fine. she's in the next room with zac efron. >> so worth it. so worth it. who wants somebody to come next? >> carrie underwood. >> jack franco. >> all right. >> we have billy bush here. >> i already gave him a hug. >> thank you so much. coming up -- >> give me your phone. >> that was so bad. we'll talk to an american runner from one of the most memorable moments during these games
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good thursday morning. meteorologist anthony slaughter here. we're wabing up to fog in some spots across the coastline. still seeing sunshine across the tri-valley. peninsula looking at coastal fog as well. 61 in the tri-valley. 62 in the south bay. later on we'll see a warm day for the south bay and the tri-valley. close to 90 and actually low 90s for the tri-valley. san francisco today comfort ability at 65. the peninsula up to 77. temperatures cool off inland locations as we head into the next couple of days. in fact, we'll trade our 90s for 80s by saturday and sunday. at the coastline, temperatures stay in the 60s all the way through next week. let's talk to mike right now and see how that morning commute is shaping up. >> we have the traffic and we're having problems for the last 20 minutes. northbound 101 at peninsula avenue. we had a crash. finally made its way to the shoulder. a little recovery northbound off of 92. but both directions of the bay shore freeway and 92. in fact, slow through san mateo. northbound 101 bogs down around
organ express. jamming up past the lane shift. marsh, reports of landscaping tools that have been on the cleared from the roadway. northbound routes through san jose. 101 at the airport and 237 and the merge and also watch it 85 north just toward 17. disabled vehicle cleared. back to you. mike, thank you. happening right now. teacher from mill bay's taylor middle school is arrested of having an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl. this has been going on for some time. you have find that story on nbcbayarea.com. on our facebook page, an oakland couple says their dog died in the care of a sitter from an app that allows users to watch your pets while the poeners are away. the sitter left the dog in a hot car for too long. our very own jessica aguirre met with olympic stars and she had a busy morning. she interviewed simone biles and kerri walsh jennings in rio. keep an eye out for that.
it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, team sweep for team usa. americans capture gold, silver and bronze in the women's 100 meter hurdles. an olympic first as kerri walsh jennings and april ross fight back for the win taking home bronze in beach volleyball. meanwhile, drama in rio. two members of the u.s. swim team pulled off their plane and briefly detained over questions over their alleged robbery. ryan lochte sticks to his story telling us what he says happened but did he change the details? plus, homecoming. team usa athletes are welcomed home in olympic fashion.
we'll give you a peek at the special moments. and beauties in brazil. the country known for sand and suvg al surf has a reputation for nicks and tucks. >> why do you think plastic surgery is so common in brazil? >> it's beautiful. it's very important to be proud. "today," thursday, august 18th, 2016. ♪ >> say hi to mom in philadelphia. we're loving rio. >> celebrating my 10th birthday in rio. >> happy birthday! ♪ >> we're from milwaukee, wisconsin. >> we would like to give a shout-out to team usa's final five! >> we love the final five!
>> all right. we're back now. 8:00 on a thursday morning. 18th day of august, 2016. we're back at the beach with a few hundred of our closest friends. so what happened yesterday? who saw some great events? what did you go to? >> u.s. women's water polo. >> i watched men's basketball on tv and went to bed. >> i slept in. >> i got a pedicure. i needed it badly. >> what did you do? >> men's soccer. i watched brazil take on honduras. i took billy bush. i took three of my kids. it was about 1,000 degrees in that stadium.
>> come here, titus. can we bring you? do you know who this baby belongs to? nia ali. >> he ran on to congratulate mom when she won her medal. everyone is talking about titus. titus wanted to say hi to everybody. can you do kisses. titus, do you want to give kisses for tv? okay. so cute. >> look at this hair. that's the best hair. >> beautiful. >> coming up, we showed you the moments on wednesday. a true display of olympic spirit after two runners collided on the track. one of them was american abbey d'agostino. we can't wait to talk to her. she's here. first, let's go back to savannah. >> hi, guys. cute babies. let me one up you. i don't know if i can compete with cute babies. when you come back, we have a surprise for you. we're adding someone to the "today" family. a little puppy. he is adorable.
matt, i want to say, he's just about house trained. i put some newspaper down in your office. and there have only been one or two little accidents. >> that's good. all right. savannah, thanks very much. let's talk about here in rio new twists of the alleged armed robbery of four u.s. swimmers including ryan lochte. police detaining two americans for a brief time overnight. lochte is back in the u.s. we spoke to him exclusively last night. nbc's keir simmons has the rest of this story. keir? >> ryan lochte spoke to you and was sticking with his account. the questions are mounting this morning over ryan lochte and his teammates' story. the detective running the investigation telling me he's gathering more evidence, evidence that led brazilian police to pull u.s. olympians from plane as they were about to head home. this morning three u.s. gold
medal swimmers are stranded in brazil. overnight gunnar bentz and jack conger leaving a rio police station tight lipped and swarmed by news cameras. hours earlier, they have been pulled from their flight before it took off from rio's airport. their passports temporarily confiscated and according to the olympic committee, jimmy feigen is now in communication with the authorities. ryan lochte is reaffirming his side of the story telling matt lauer in a phone conversation they were in shock after they say they were robbed at gun point early sunday but a brazilian judge said it shows them appearing unfazed by the brush with an armed robber and saying it looks like they're joking around. police say they believe the athletes left club france at 5:45 a.m. ryan lochte says they were robbed while in a taxi returning to the olympic village.
he first told billy bush the taxi was forced from the road. >> we got pulled over in our taxi. and these guys came out with a badge, police badge. >> now he says they stopped to use the men's room in gas station. lochte told matt that a gun was pointed in his direction not as he first said held to his head. >> a guy pulled out his gun. he cocked it. put it to my forehead. he said get down. i put my hands up. whatever. >> according to the documents, lochte telling police there was one robber. feigen said there was more. locke lochte says authorities never asked him to stay in brazil. not the case for lochte's olympic teammates, now stuck in rio until detectives here get to the bottom of exactly what
happened. i think you can expect an announcement today and at some stage we're likely to see jimmy feigen meet with brazilian police to answer their questions. >> thank you very much. while all that drama was playing out, the olympic action was heatingting up. u.s. adding to its big league in the olympic medal count. peter alexander is just up the road at olympic park. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. team usa with another impressive performance in prime time including a clean sweep in the hurdles. olympic first for the american women in track. on the beach, a silver lining for u.s. in women's bronze medal match. >> blocked. can't get there. point for the united states. >> facing fierce opponents from yet another brazilian beach basketball team -- >> the americans are back in business. >> reporter: america sensation in the sand kerri walsh jennings and teammate april ross battling
back to medal. >> it's over. the united states has won the bronze. >> giving walsh jennings a fourth straight olympic medal. on the track a team of american trailblazers sweeping all three medals in the 100 meter hurdles. >> it's a u.s. sweep. the first sweep in this event in olympic history. >> brianna rollins getting the gold. nia ali the silver and kristi castlin the bronze. >> thompson has the lead. >> elaine thompson racing into the record books winning the women's 200 meter just days after capturing gold in the 100 meter race. >> bolt comes away >> comes away flying out of the blocks. >> thompson's freakishly fast countryman usain bolt favored to win the 100 meter tonight, flashing his famous smile finishing just ahead of andre de grasse. >> his third consecutive 200 meter final.
>> when we recently visited bolt in the stadium he revealed his biggest goal, once thought impossible, running the 200 meter in under 19 seconds. >> is that attainable? is that attainable as a 30-year-old. >> it's possible. is it illegal to take my shirt off? i'm going to go crazy. >> over the water jump. >> winning silver in steeplechase, the first in decades. in the same race ugandan runner crashing into a hurdle, forcing him to withdraw. called the most athletic man in the world, american ashton eaton leading the decathlon after five events. >> from the start ashton was not going to lose this race. >> going for back-to-back olympic gold in the competition. >> you really just have to be smooth, treat each attempt like with 90% effort in a way. yeah, so far it's okay today.
>> finally the brazilian men celebrating a sweet soccer semifinal win. the host nation scoring the fastest goal in olympic history, just 15 seconds into the game. in the end, your final brazil trouncing honduras 6-0. now heading to the gold medal match against germany. >> that soccer player is a huge star in this country. let's look at the medal count right now. americans crushing the competition, nearly doubling up china, great britain and russia. 25 more golds up for grabs today, includes the men's 200 meter. as we told you ashton eaton decathlon, men's beach volleyball final and women's indoor volleyball u.s. versus serbia for a trip to the gold medal game. when we were back in jamaica, bolt told me at the he said of these games, which he repeatedly said were the last, that he wanted the headlines to read around the world immortal. with another gold medal tonight
he'll be pretty close to earning that title. >> sounds about right, peter. thanks so much. >> let us go back to new york.sp stories of the morning. savannah? >> good morning again. we'll start with this devastating wildfire burning out of control in southern california. officials still can't say how many homes have been destroyed by the blue cut fire in san bernardino county but they warn that the number will be large. firefighters are being hampered by the dry rugged at th ege ege gusting winds there. homeland security secretary jeh johnson will tour louisiana today after a week of flooding that killed 13 people and damaged tens of thousands of homes. officials fear the state could face its worst housing crisis since hurricane katrina 11 years ago. fema says it's looking into lining up rental properties and temporary housing units. more than 70,000 people have already applied for federal
disaster assistance. in politics, donald trump is campaigning in the swing state of north carolina today. his first campaign trip since a staff shake-up. trump's new team insists there is time to turn the race around by having him focus more on the issues. trump had his first classified intelligence briefing held at an fbi office in new york city. in the meantime, hillary clinton's campaign is out with a new ad today attacking trump for not releasing his tax returns. now to an accident caught on camera. we'll mention here everybody turns out okay. take a look at this. an oklahoma boy trying to cross a busy highway when a truck hauling a mobile home drives past. the boy is hit and then dragged about 70 feet but amazingly, he springs back to his feet. friends come to see if he's okay. the driver was not charged. and finally, go big or float home. the world's largest aircraft had its first test flight at an air
field near london on wednesday. it can stay up for five days at a time. perhaps a future in military surveillance but in the meantime it's been nicknamed the flying bum. no idea why they call it that. i don't see it myself. >> okay. >> looks like the human backside. >> oh man. >> savannah, thank you very much. >> up next, how team usa's medal winners, like katie ledecky are celebrated when they return home from rio. >> plus, the one olympian who bruce springsed teen follows on twitter. >>ed a the american sprinter will join us. will join us. first, these messages.
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through what we call a cheater which is a t-shirt under the shirt. >> good for you, billy. >> an extra protective layer. way to go. >> you are going to be very hot later. >> arming up. >> the flies are circling. be careful. >> i haven't washed it in three weeks. >> all right. on trending, do you remember those selfies that hoda tried to bring up with the final five, they never worked out. news flash, they are in. now you get to see what you were missing back then. >> they picked up my phone, i didn't know what was going on, they said you might want to check your phone out so i did and i was scrolling through, they were sitting they desk, they were wearing my glasses, there is a close-up of somebody's lips. there's laurie wearing my glasses. >> cute. >> i love the picture of them breaking into your credit card information there. that's great. >> all right. so a lot of the olympic athletes are heading home and it's fun to see what happens when they get there. we have some pretty cool video of some of those who have gone
come. sim even manuel arrived back at houston on wednesday. at the airport she was greeted by mom, cheering fans, a dance team, a marching band. for katie ledecky she was swarmed at dulles airport, the fans and classmates and friends gave her a hero's welcome. that looks like such fun. >> that is cool. how did michael phelps the most decorated olympian in history spend his first day of retirement? >> how? >> in the pool. take a look. he got home and that's niccole and their cute little baby boomer. he said there's nothing like being back home. that's time for fun. >> i think he's getting boomer ready for the competition. >> maybe. >> we got a call from boomer phelps a little while ago he said get titus ali off the screen.
>> we have pop start? >> i think we do. the battle for the affections of simone biles, people are still talking about zac efron's epic surprise for the gymnasts. a couple weeks ago the guy jokingly dubbed simone's brazilian boyfriend his name is arthur and he and simone shared playful photos together. arthur posted this photo on instagram saying, hey, zac, i saw her first. >> i think arthur -- >> listen to me, my friend. she is my girl, and you back off. >> anyway -- >> that's spanish. >> go, brazil. >> but it's not brazil, it's brazil. >> they don't say the l. >> bruce springstein has a twitter account with nearly 900,000 followers but he only follows 35 accounts including those for the stone pony, jimmy
fallon and "rolling stone" magazine, but again who else is on string steen's list, katie ledecky. >> nice. >> yeah, big fan of the gold medalist and vice versa. in an interview last year katie talked about her favorite musical acts and she said my dad is a big bruce springstein fan and i have caught on, too. her dad matt lauer, matt lauer a huge bruce springstein fan. >> and katie ledecky fan. >> and now 1,000 degrees. >> want a t-shirt, matt? >> my head is about to spontaneously co lly combust. >> look at them all. >> they will dry. >> i'm still dry, too. >> stand up and turn around. >> still dry. >> mr. roker checking the weather. >> you don't want to see that? >> no. >> we are looking at some more wet weather down through texas on into parts of louisiana, arkansas. so we are going to have to key an eye on that. and the heat continues out west.
we have more hot weather and in the east it is going to stay hot and humid, that bermuda high keeping those temperatures pumped up. atlanta, georgia, new record, 95 plus days in 2016, 21. washington has had eight straight days of 95 plus days. that will come to an end today but the toastiness continues. feels like temperatures are going to continue to feel awful in the east on into the hey, good thursday morning to you. meteorologist anthony slaughter here. it's going to be a nice day, although we still have fog clouds and rolling into the bay. it's going to be a nice one. 65 in san francisco today. mid-70s around the inner bay for places like palo alto. 85 for san jose today and 95 for the tri-valley. and do keep in mind, we have a spare the air alert in effect today because of the unhealthy air quality due to the fire burning to our south. 90s, go back into the 80s this weekend. at the coastline, we'll stay in
the 60s through next week. s just returning, guys. >> i'm glad yours is. i will tell you that. by the way, check us out on sirius. >> we will be there, too. >> there are always surprises that pop up at the olympic games and everybody loves to wait for those surprises. right? >> yeah, this he embody the spirit of those games and we showed you this one unforgettable one on wednesday, it started when new zealand's nikki hamblin and american abbey d'agostino collided with just four laps to go in a 5,000 meter qualifying heat. d'agostino stopped to help hamblin up. hamblin returned the favor seconds later when d'agostino's leg gave out. guess who is with us now, abbey is here. >> how are you, abbey? >> i'm doing well. yeah. >> are you? we will talk about how you're feeling in a second because that doesn't look so good. was this just -- i mean, i think most people's instinct after colliding with another runner would be get up, get back in the race and it seemed your instinct
was to turn around and lend a helping hand. where does that come from? >> you know, that's a good question. i've been asked that quite a bit in the last few days and the thing about that moment was everything happened so fast and it's just -- kind of all i know is that i got up and my first instinct was, okay, turn around, we have to finish this. i don't think that was me. i think there was -- i mean, i think that was literally like the spirit of god in me, like let's go. like this is -- it wasn't -- because, i mean, my acl is torn. >> and a meniscus tear. >> yeah, exactly. >> and then to return the favor, too. you guys had not met before this moment, right? >> no. >> you guys helped each other out. what did you say afterwards because it was a beautiful embrace after. >> yeah, we just thanked each other. we were both just speechless at, you know, the fact that we were able to share a moment like that and a we both realized it was about so much more than our
performance that day. >> you ran basically a mile with a torn acl and torn meniscus. you're going to have -- is this a surgery situation? >> yeah, i will schedule surgery when i get home. >> i'm so sorry. what will you take away from these games? >> i mean, i think just it's encouraging that a simple act of kindness just resonates with people and we see it and we know that like that's what this is about and that's what the games is about and what can happen. >> beautiful. >> all right, abbey, thank you very much. we are back in a moment, but first more memorable images from these games from our friends at getty. ♪ ♪ ♪ i'm ...
we've been following the blue cut fire in southern california. good morning. at 8:26. i'm sam brock. we have been following the blue cot fire in southern california for a couple of days now. progress is still slow going this morning. containment, we're told, is only at 4%. it's been steady at that number for at least a day. the fire that has burned more than 31,000 acres so far. that is an upgrade from 25,000. still 80,000 people are still being kept out of their homes and under mandatory evacuation orders. that fire started tuesday and really took off after that, sending firefighters scrambling. this comes during what has already been a very busy summer for california fire crews, who are still fighting to contain multiple wildfires up and down the state of california. on your roadways this morning, mike inouye was are tracking a snag in san mateo. what have you got, mike?
>> now we have improvement for 101 and 202 through san mateo. but 102, just got word there is an incident there, blocking the freeway. that's going to cut you off between half moon bay and 280. we'll track that. meanwhile, the rest of the bay closer to the peninsula and closer to the water, as well. we have an issue northbound 85, just before you get to union, we have a new crash there, and slowing for 101 around the airport. but that's standard. and look at oakland, which is bogging down as well, northbound 880 past the coliseum, not so bad until you get to high street through downtown. back to you. >> okay, thank you very much. we've been seeing some pretty inspirational stories from rio. back out there now with the "today" show.
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18th of august, 2016. say hi to the new kids on the bloco. a rio based boy band here famous for mixing '90s hits and chart toppers with the sound of samba and rhythms of carnival. >> they were at the beach volleyball venue. we thank them for coming down on a thursday morning. >> they came straight from beach volleyball. >> that's very nice. >> coming up, savannah couldn't be here in rio. that didn't stop us from hitting the town with her. we'll show you and savannah what happened. it was fun. >> don't say she's two dimensional. really. and don't forget next week when we get back to the plaza, we're letting you go for the gold. in this case, a chance to win $25,000. >> this is amazing. here's what you have to do.
starting monday, come to the plaza. show us all of your olympic spirit and we're going to pick one lucky contestant each day to hunt for gold in a special ball pit. you find it, you get the 25,000. we'll keep it going every day through thursday until someone finds it. >> to get us in the spirit, al will start monday in one of the diver's swimsuits. >> ball pit goes in front. >> to find out more, go to today.com. meanwhile, a quick hello to some proud members of team usa. evan jager won silver in the steeplechase. good morning to both of you. all right. this was a pretty great achievement. one-two for the americans. how did you feel? >> felt great going in getting back on the podium again and bring something home for usa is a blessing. >> evan you gave the u.s. the
first medal in the steeplechase since 1984. congratulations to you. how did it feel earning some medal there? >> it was pretty incredible. it's been a life-long dream of mine and something i thought about every day for the last few years. being able to actually enjoy that moment and have it come true was pretty huge. >> going back to, steeplechase is so dangerous. it's a hard thing to do. the uganda runner took a spill on the track. did you know that was happening? was that in the back of your mind? >> i think he was right behind me when he fell. i heard him hit the barrier hard. i came off that and took a look back just to see if there was a huge pile up. i didn't see the replay of it until just now. >> you just kept focus. >> to get a silver medal,
weren't you thinking about quitting? >> we heard that rumor. >> i had surgery two years ago and last year i got left off the podium and 11 months ago i was considering retiring and started talking to a psychologist and got myself back. >> we're so glad you didn't retire. >> i'm really, really glad. >> thank you. >> congrats on everything. >> way to go. are you ready for the lesson of the day? >> natalie's portuguese class. i'm giving up on this. our track and field athletes of course involved. they both won silver. how do you say i'm a silver medalist. >> a lot of the track and field athletes making history so how would you say that? [ speaking portuguese ] >> no idea if she's telling the truth or not. >> it looks like that on the prompter.
and we talk about female hurdlers sweeping the podium. how do you say i swept the podium. [ speaking portuguese ] >> that's impressive. and that's natalie's portuguese class for today. all right. let's show you what's going on as far as your weather is concerned. we're looking at for the weekend outlook friday, it's going to be wet throughout two-thirds of the country. the new england area is looking pretty good and the heat continues out west unfortunately. saturday, man, more wet weather in the east. out west the sunshine continues. they could use the rain and then sunday, sunday, rain finally starts to continue to shift east down into the gulf and into the southwest as well. northern plains into the pacific northwest looking a little on the toasty side. hey, good thursday morning to you.
meteorologist anthony slaughter here. it's going to be a nice day, albeit, we'll have fog and clouds rolling into the bay. those will peel back as we head into the afternoon hours. a nice one. 65 in san francisco today. mid-70s around the inner bay today for places like oakland and palo alto. it will still be warm in the south bay, 85 for san jose today, and 95 for the tri-valley. do keep in mind, we have a spare the air alert in effect today because of the unhealthy air quality due to the fire burning to our south. 90s, go back into the 80s this weekend at the coastline. we'll stay in the 60s all the way through next week. >> announcer: "today's" olympic moment is sponsored by walmart, save money, live better. >> all right. now to "today's" olympic moment. our country's first medal of these games won in dramatic fashion. a rumble in rio so momentous it was felt halfway around the world. >> going for it in the last few seconds here. she's got it. >> a celebration back home in
india after sakshi malik rallied from a five-point deficit to defeat her opponent with a last-second score. >> she can't believe she won that right at the very end. >> an epic comeback followed by a joyful victory lap on the mat. malik capturing gold and her spot in history. >> representing india. >> the win not only marks india's first medal in women's wrestling but the first medal in rio despite the largest delegation of athletes ever. out of india's 124 athletes, one woman becoming a point of pride for an entire country replacing the weight of the nation on her shoulders with a bronze medal around her neck.
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crystal geyser alpine spring water to you from us crystal geyser. always bottled at the mountain source. . "today" rio is sponsored by coca-cola. open a coke and enjoy the games. >> back with today's rio. when it comes to plastic surge rirks ten percent is done. >> we spent some time with the most face of plastic surgery that told her this. beauty is pain. >> with beautiful beaches and woman, brazil offer the very
best. >> brazil is the surgery. i love it. >> when it comes to brazilian bodies, it's no different. over the course of his 45 year career, he says that he has done over 40,000 plastic surgeries and half of which are on men. the most well known and controversial client happens to be his very own wife. she has the most cosmetic surgeries angela. >> i know that plastic surgery has been a big part of your rise to fame? how come? >> well, i started to share a beautiful body. i increased my lips, breast implants, lynn aleppo suction. i have surgery every year to change things in my body. a lot of people think that it's a lot of surgery to have, but
it's necessary to maintain my body. >> more than 10 percent of the world's total plastic surgical procedures occur in brazil. when it comes to butt impants and lifts, the country leads the way. >> why do you think plastic surgery is so common in brazil? >> because it's good. it's beautiful. >> obviously there are risks. >> of course. all the plastic surgery is carefully because there's a risk that occurs. >> is there a stigma? >> no, there's not a stigma. it's important to be proud. >> magazine plastica and in this year's game they respect brazil carrying the olympic torch just days before passing way. >> why do you give the surgeries? does it make you feel beautiful and sexy.
>> yeah, that's what it does. it makes you feel beautiful. it makes you file better and gives you the self-esteem and that's what i like about it, and what i like. >> i don't know. >> wow. >> we're wondering where the scars are. >> yeah, the butt lift. >> where do they hide them. >> yeah and they wore thongs on the beach. >> harry connick jr. hits the break, but first nbc news.
>> yeah. >> you did some olympics? >> yeah, we went to the time warn er center and i got a chance to talk to some people about the olympics, and we shot a nice piece on it. can we go to it? >> let's do it. >> can i see your best phelps face. ♪ ♪ >> do you know the olympics theme? >> i don't. >> yeah, kasitie perry. >> yeah, welcome to rio. i don't know. i'm out. i'm sorry. >> we found somebody that knows the theme ladies and gentlemen. the youngest of all of them and she knows the olympics theme. what's the favorite track and field event. >> well, i ran hurdles in high school. >> you still got the old -- >> we will see. let's try it.
♪ >> yes. >> a lot of athletes are doing cupping. want to try it? >> sure. >> how does it, it feel? >> it hurts. >> where are you from? >> spain. >> would you like to participate in the olympic caddie style race? >> sure. >> go! usa! usa! they're peddling. they lead by two wheels and a banana seat. usa wins. usa wins. back to me in the studio. i've never said that before. >> i got chills. the competition.
>> yeah e it was pretty strong. pretty strong stuff. >> what is your show going to be about? >> it's going to have comedy, music and talk. i wanted to give people a break from the day. there's a lot of stuff going on in the world as you know better than anyone else. i wanted to do a fun and entertaining show that was different than some of the other things on the tv and unscripted and give people a party right in the middle of the day. >> do you need any guests? >> i don't know. >> who are you thinking snabt. >> i don't know. i'm available. >> yeah, i think that's a great pleasure for all of us. >> yeah. when does the show start? >> september 12. >> okay. check your local listings for the show coming september 12. back to hoda. look at all of the wonderful
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glog forthe first time after 14 years of service. harry connick getting up early to help a stranger with the lawn. and when the daughter graduates from the college. sharing your memorable moments today and that's gold. guys. >> thank you very much. we're in rio and we missed savannah every step of the way. >> every step of the way is not without you. we thought that we would find a past and going to be miss it like crazy. we bought a life size version and this is good. it's the question. who wants to take a selfie?
>> we're bog to go biking. i got one too. we're going to be going back. savannah it's time for the selfie. >> go. >> i want you to meet someone. this is savannah guthrie. >> hi. >> bye. >> bye. >> savannah, i don't know if you it but we miss you. i just like strolling down the sidewalk. ♪ ♪ >> how is that?
>> is that alcohol? >> yeah, exactly. >> hello. >> all right. so time to put your toes in the water and this is it baby. soon we will be home. >> going for the number or anything. >> all of them. >> by the way the one that came up to me and said can i kiss it. go on and do them. get a wet one. >> savannah, we have been compiling a rio swag bag for you.
there's some items in here. >> it's for the baby. >> it's so cute and i'm so who mono yule. >> it's a nonalcoholic version and said no such thing. >> all right guys. >> all right. all right. new kids on the block. >> by the way tomorrow is a huge show here and all of the athletes are still in rio and going to join us. we're going to recap the time in the two weeks here. >> we're back with more from rio in a few minutes. i'm ...
==topvo== one person is in custody .. after a car smashed into a storn good morning. it's 8:56 right now. i'm kris sanchez. one person is in custody after a car smashed into a car -- a house -- store in san mateo. this was the scene just after 3:00 this morning at a precor home fitness store. the car smashed into that window, sending elliptical machines flying into the air. the driver did suffer minor
injuries, but was later arrested on the suspicion of driving under the influence. more than five people are out of their homes in concord this morning after a fire ripped through a duplex this morning. it broke out just after 3:00 this morning on glen brook court. firefighters say it did start in the kitchen of one of those units. everyone made it out safely, but while investigators know where the fire began, they're still looking into how it started. happening now, we are tracking the latest on the blue cut fire, scorching parts of southern california. new numbers from the fire lines are constantly coming into our news room. you can go to nbcbayarea.com for the late pepsi and it is a pet alert's worst nightmare. a bay area couple dropped their dog off with the sitter and 12 hours later, the dog was dead. a popular app is where the connection started. you can read that story on our website. we have more local news coming up for you in just a half hour. "you can only be great if you're full of goodness."
>> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today's take" with al roker, natalie morales and billy bush live from the olympic games in rio de janeiro, brazil. ♪ >> you know that song. welcome to "today" on thursday, august 18th, 2016. i'm billy bush with al and nat live in rio. you are listening to -- is that the back street boys? no. it's new kids on the bloco.
>> billy said i'm secretly wanted to always be a back street boy. you wanted to be in a boy band? >> the first shoot i ever did for the "today" show was with a great producer named robert. we went to 'nsync so lou perlman had a new one down in orlando called natural. >> guys, one more time. >> billy, it's your moment. come on, billy. >> i spoke too soon. >> do you have a song? >> al, come on. >> go, billy! go, billy! >> you have to sing, billy. ♪ >> add some moves.
♪ >> how about this move? >> new kids on the bloco. >> al, that felt so good. he's going back for more. >> i think al wanted to be -- >> i think he's losing his mind. i think you're losing your mind. >> we're bringing that's back to new york. this is the jam. oh my god where has this been my whole life? >> we need a station. >> i'm just getting an iv. >> keep drinking, al. you didn't even touch yours yet. >> we lead off with a serious
story. ryan lochte is continuing to dominate the headlines here in rio even though he's gone. not because of his medals. officials are questioning his story that he and three other olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early sunday morning. as a reminder here's what ryan told me about the incident. most jarring part. >> we got pulled over in our taxi and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge. and then the guy pulled out his gun. he cocked it. put it to my forehead. i put my hands up. whatever. >> so matt lauer spoke to ryan. he softened some of the elements of the story there. he also off camera told me the car was sideswiped by guys with badges. they pushed them toward the gas station where they pulled them over. so the sideswiping never happened. i think he told matt there was no cock and gun loaded to the
forehead. that never happened. there wasn't a dirty harry moment. he also told me he said if you got a gun, go ahead and use it. the other guys are lying on the ground. that dirty harry moment never happened. >> after talking to matt last night, he still believes the essence -- clearly something happened. that he feels, you know, there is something that happened. >> somewhere in between. >> and matt did ask him is there something that you're embarrassed about that you don't want to come out? that's the rumor here in rio is perhaps there's something that they got caught up in something or maybe drank so much that they -- >> you said cameras are everywhere. >> i was here a couple years ago. i talked to the mayor. he brought me into the control room. they showed me -- there are cameras on every block. they can zero into every square meter of this city. there are 10,000 cameras throughout all of this area that we're in right here. so we will know and most likely the reason they pulled these two swimmers off of the plane, they have to have strong evidence to
support that. there's no way they could cause an international incident. >> the fact is, this story embarrassed the host country of the olympics and so they are going to make sure that people know that maybe this is not exactly -- >> not that version of events. >> you said that gunnar bentz and jack conger, the two swimmers pulled off the plane and jimmy feigen remains in brazil and will speak today. he is said to be cooperating with law enforcement. >> that will be interesting. >> their version of events is changing. whether it was one guy that held the gun to two guys. there's a lot of -- they reported different things about what actually happened that night. that sort of adding to what is already a very murky -- >> the good news is nobody got hurt. >> they're all safe. >> move on. and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of it. >> we'll move on but it's been an embarrassment for brazil and
if it turns out to not be a true story, it's embarrassing for our swimmers. >> my feeling is most of the story is true. i told matt this. when i spoke to lochte, he came in at 7:00 in the morning. i spoke to him. it's a long way to travel from olympic village to get to ipanema where i met him. maximum two hours sleep if any sleep. lochte even when he's lucid has the ability to weave a tale of details. >> i'm impressed you were able to dig down and bring that word up. >> thank you. >> it's a lovely word. >> here's the question, when you talk to him, it was four or five hours after he returned to the olympic village. you guys were shopping. >> not even. it was less. >> he might have been there to report what was happening at usoc because it's outside of usa
house. how did he seem in that moment? did he seem like he had been drinking? >> they were out. clearly. >> they're celebrating. my thing is when you're a foreigner traveling in any country, you have to be careful and you can't put yourself in that situation where we've been warned about things that could happen here. if you're out doing the things that -- >> how about happier news. for example, americans brianna rollins, nia ali and kristi castlin making history as the first women's team ever to sweep, one, two, three in track and field at the women's 100 meter hurdles last night. also marking the first u.s. gold medal in track at the olympics. they take this amazing photo after the race with the american flags. >> we had them recreate that. >> we recreated that today on "today." >> the flags are perfectly lined up. >> gorgeous. >> what's remarkable about them
is with the final five, they said the sweetest thing is that we are genuinely friends. >> they celebrated together. i was watching a british announcer who was doing the race. he said could it possibly be -- it never happened before. a sweep for america. it is! it is! the women jump up together and into each other's arms. it wasn't go gold, silver and bronze. and then who comes out onto the track but titus ali. >> he was here on our show earlier. he's just the cutest little kid. he's absolutely delicious. >> big boomer phelps is upset about this. >> he's not into his personality yet. this young lad at 15 months very impressive. >> he probably won't remember this but some day look back at the pictures and know what the moment meant to us. let's get a check of the weather, roker. >> we'll show you what we have.
we're talking about more heat unfortunately. that crazy fire going on right now just outside of los angeles. you can see we have red flag warnings and fire weather watches from california all of the way up into the pacific northwest. blue cut fire over 25,000 acres. it's about 4% contained. and bad problem is we've got winds. winds from the northwest at 40-mile-per-hour gusts. 30-mile-per-hour gusts in southern california and the heat is a big problem. temperatures 5 to 15 degrees above average. low humidity. and the heat is up and down the coast. look at the pacific northwest. we're talking record setting heat as we get into this weekend with temperatures into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s and in fact as you get into the heart of it, look at these temperatures. eugene, oregon, 100 on saturday. 105 in medford. portland will see a high of 101 degrees. that's what's going o hey, good thursday morning to you.
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>> rio by storm. they captured hearts and headlines around the world. >> now the final five enjoy olympic downtime before returning to the united states. >> earlier this morning we asked the olympic champion simone biles and all her girls about that unforgettable surprise with zac. >> is that the final five? >> zac efron was backstage. talking to him in the makeup chair. he said he was taking you out for pizza. when did that happen? would that be a single date? >> this is a final five date. >> he walked in, laurie, you
were a beeline. >> i was okay with her hugging him because i had to regroup myself. >> nobody is moving. >> zac is your crush. do you all have crushes of your own? aly, let's start with you. >> i don't have one. >> yes, you do. >> he's 31. >> older men. >> he's too old. cute but old. >> dave franco is -- >> that's laurie. >> i don't have one. >> madison, what about you? >> don't really have one. >> gabby? >> i'll go with alex rowe from "the fifth wave."
>> it's all coming out. >> is there anybody else? >> from "the fault in our stars." >> we'll come back to that. are you guys ready for this big tour coming up? >> yes. >> we're so excited. we get to sleep on tour buses, travel. >> sleep. no sleep for the wild, aly. >> let me tell you, before we left, she said, guys, i need to get my sleep in now because on tour i'm not sleeping and then now all she wants to do is catch zs. >> i need to recover. >> laurie is calling you out. no sleeping, grandma. >> when you're on tour, you have a lot of time in the room. simone, i understand you're a
kardashian fan. what about you? what do you watch? >> i watch some kardashians. i love "gossip girl." >> favorite music group, gabby? >> i have three. >> carrie underwood. >> i love carrie underwood too. >> what's that song? final song, who sings that? >> laurie, your parents told me that you like to sing karaoke. do you want to sing a little something? >> i'm good at lip-synching. not singing. >> love you, girls. thank you very much.
congratulations. >> they are so cute. they are just a gaggle of teenagers. aly being 22 and gabby 20 but you get that sense they are just loving this moment and having the time of their life. >> it's infectious. >> laurie, how funny is she. laurie hernandez. you saw her face. no sleep for the wild, grandma. we're living by that, laurie. coming up, we're going to take a shopping trip to the hippy market. it went awry when this gang is involved. can anything be simple? not really. not really. that's right after this. olive garden's buy onstarting at $12.99. because there's nothing like a great meal with the family. except maybe another great meal with the family. buy one take one. choose one delicious entrée, like our new pepperoni fettuccine alfredo or our chicken pot pie italiano. plus unlimited salad and breadsticks at our place, and another for yours, for free.
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our time in rio is winding down. >> not a minute too soon. >> al, keep drinking. hoda, jenna and al and i couldn't leave without visiting the hippy market and lucky for us al packed the big wallet. we're at the hippy fair in ipanema beach. >> do you feel a heartbeat of the sound right here? do you feel it? >> i need more cowbell. >> i see something for you right away. >> that's not going to happen. that's not happening. you never buy the first thing you see. >> these are briefs. >> al roker, matt lauer.
>> 110. >> come on. >> you're buying your own speedo. what the heck? >> which one do you like better? >> i don't like either one of them. >> lester holt, gentlemen, doing in-depth work for "nightly news." >> we need more money. >> how do you say i'm getting screwed in portuguese. >> look who is here. my parents are here. this really is my sugar daddy. >> that's definitely not enough. >> i found the item. >> kathie lee. >> al, i need some money. >> one for kathie.
one for hoda. >> wow. is it good? >> you know who needs this? >> al. now we're talking. >> all right. we cannot leave here without this. these are a good luck bracelet. tie it on. make a wish. and when it breaks your wishes are supposed to come true. >> are you wishing? make a wish. >> right when you tie it? >> i'm going to rip mine off right now. >> wow, wishes do come true. we're out of here. i'm out of money too. >> billy got one of those bracelets too and made a wish. >> i got two. >> they fell off. did your wish come true? >> no.
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veer aufd the road. the pregnant 18-year-old woman gave birth and died afterwasrds. the driver of the civic al continues to recover this morning. the parked bmw is under arrest for dui even though he was parked on the side of the road. we'll have a look at weather and traffic coming up after the break.
days it happens book the 80s saturday and sunday with cooler weather next week. let's see how the morning commute is shaping up. >> it is looking good. 92 reopened after the mayjor injury crash near half-moon bay and 280. the latest commute, 87 is very slow. 280 all the way up to downtown. watch 237 near oakland. back to you. >> and we'll have more local news for you coming up in a half hour. have a great morning.
taking a look at the headlines, rugged terrain, high temperatures and gusty winds are making it hard for firefighters to get a handle on the massive blue cut wildfire in southern california. evacuated families are being warned that large number of homes have been destroyed. some schools miles away from the fire are closed today because of drifting smoke. if you felt like someone is watching you while you surf the web, you're probably right. researchers at the university of washington looked at web tracking over the last 20 years and found at least 75% of the world's 500 most popular websites contain web tracker. that's up from less than 5% back in 1998. researchers also found half of those websites contained at least four of the third party trackers. mcdonald's is voluntarily
pulling the step it activity trackers from its happy meals. it comes after concerns over skin irritations that may happen from wearing the band. the device counted steps. no word on how many customers have been affected. millions of americans were glued to their tvs the past 12 days watching every hand spring, tuck and twist from the u.s. gymnastics team. if you thought it was an emotional roller coaster for you, imagine being aly raisman's parents. now one concerned fan has started a gofundme site hoping to raise money to provide the raismans with post-olympics rest and relaxation. the money will go to a spa day. they certainly deserve one. let's go back to rio with a check of the weather from al and a special guest. how are you? >> doing great. the u.s. show jumping team might have been down a horse and rider
but they came away from wednesday's competition with a silver medal. lucy davis making her olympic debut in rio. congratulations. so it's your first olympics. you're going home with a medal. that's got to be great feeling. >> it's my dream just to be here so to come home with a medal is just a cherry on top. we came with a strong team and unfortunately one of our strongest members, her horse was injured yesterday. we had kind of carry on without her. we were even more happy to pull away with a medal. >> and that's kind of interesting. you are a team. you are a team of members. you are also a team with your horse that you have to -- what is that relationship? >> it's really a unique sport because you're connecting with an animal and you need to know what they're feeling, if they're
tense, if they're fresh, if they're tired. you need to know at all times and execute in a really short period of time. it's about a two-minute period where you can't make many mistakes. it's important to know what's going on with your horse without them explicitly telling you. >> you have one more event? >> individual final tomorrow. it's a clean slate once you qualify so everyone is equal. hopefully we can pull out another medal. >> all the best. congratulations. thank you so much. your mom and your granddad are right there behind alex there. i like that. i like that head of hair. i like that. very sweet. all right. thank you, guys. let's show you what's going on as far as your weather for your weekend. it's looking pretty darn good if you're in the western part of the country. if you're in the eastern third from the rockies east, it's wet although the northeast kind of
digs it out tomorrow. but on saturday we've got wet weather throughout the northeast, great lakes, gulf coast. western third of the country unfortunately hot in the southwest where they need some help for the fires and then more rain along the eastern seaboard into the gulf again where they do not need good thursday morning to you. it will be a nice day today we have clouds moving into the bay. they will pull back heading into the afternoon hours. mid-70s today for places like oak lan and palo alto. 95 for the trivalley. we had an air alert due to the fire to the south. we'll stay in the 50s all the way through next week. >> and that is your latest weather. >> if there's one thing the two of us know, it's how to have fun on the road soaking up local flavor which we've been doing.
we ate every local delicacy that we could get our hands on. we ventured out on a mandate to one of the most mouth watering destinations in rio. if eating were an olympic sport, billy and i would be standing on the podium. since arriving in rio we have chowed down on several brazilian specialities from snacks and seafood to beverage, decadent desserts and of course the meat. so much meat. >> everybody loves meat here. >> our rio food tour wouldn't be complete without a stop here. food park. a gathering of 20 or so trucks that meets every tuesday through saturday offering the best of rio's vibrant culinary scene. this is food truck heaven. usually you have to go to a food truck and there are one or two. this is like a mall of food trucks. now there's a slogan.
we're tasty. we're brave. whoa. look at that. any time you bring in a blow torch for your meal, i'm impressed. >> welding our burger. whoa. >> i licked my finger. why are you holding yourself? >> i feel like my breasts are about to explode. >> that's the oddest inning ese ever heard? >> good? >> good. that's freaking fantastic. >> here i come. we're going to get the meat sweats tonight. >> chicken with bacon? >> yes. >> i like it.
it's okay. would i come back for it? i don't know. >> here's good news. about 3:00 this morning it's coming back for you. . >> we have a winner. >> funny thing is you have all of those taps but it's running from one keg. strawberry ice cream. >> cookies and cream it is. >> my friend, i don't think we can end without a churro. >> there's always room.
>> what do you think? >> i'm doing crunches while i eat that. >> now that we're done with the food truck cart, we need one more truck. a tow truck to get us out of here. >> you said that was coming for you. >> you said that will come back to get you at 3:00 in the morning. >> it was 1:24 a.m. i'll never forget looking at my clock when it came back for me. i was literally ill all night long. our doctor, i saw her the next day, she saved me. that right there, i'm never doing again with you or anyone. >> the crew, our producer, everybody ate the same thing we did. you were the only one that got sick. >> i was with natalie the day before and i drank sea water surfing. >> i'm fine. >> you dipped a cup in it and drank it. >> i'm not contagious anymore. that's good news. up next, how one father/son bond brought one athlete to the olympics and the olympians you
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welcome to sandhill, home of tori bowie. and a 25 year old a promising athlete who is running in his father's footsteps. matt and his dad share the same name and went to the same college and now they're two-time olympians. dad, matthew, one of the fastest runners during the 1970s and early '80s. if he didn't have running, he might have ended up in jail. son, matt, respected his dad's toughness but at times he feared him more than he loved him. that's the way it is for a lot of us. admiration for his father is apparent tattooed saying like father, like son across his chest. something his dad wasn't too happy about at first. very handsome guy. he came in fourth place missing the medal stand but tonight another chance to make his dad
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♪ >> we have seen the range of culture brazil has to offer. soccer to samba. >> and this was invented as a way to disguise a fight with a dance. >> it's evolved into a beautiful and soulful art form going on all over the world. i know that ricky martin does it for exercise. take a look. >> you can see the soul of brazil in their eyes and faces. they practice one of brazil's most celebrated cultural pastimes, a source of pride and national heritage. at first look, it's a mixture of martial arts and dance and music but it's so much more.
the president and founder, he and his students, perform their art and showed us their heart. i was welcomed in to teach me the basics giving me a better understanding of the athleticism, grace and art this sport requires. >> it's everything. it's art. art. >> now to introduce the school, go ahead. take it away. they're here in rio. take it away, guys.
there is smoke burning to the south. there will be smoke into the bay area. 73 for san mateo. the trivalley and temperatures in the mid-90s. as we get into the next seven days into the 80s for saturday and sunday with cooler weather next week. let's see how the morning commute is shaping up. >> we have had quite a delay as far as the south bay. it is now kicking in. we'll focus on that area. it is right around scott creek road. northbound route still very slow. 87 from capital. it is 85 around 17th. same thing for 101 by the airport. we are keeping a close eye on the bluecut fire in southern california. new numbers from the fire lines are constantly coming into the
she is a 4'8" giant and they're going to play the star-spangled banner again. ♪ a busy thursday is und way in rio. and as the day of competition begins we turn our attention to the track on olympic stadium on day 13 of the 2016 games. from our home on c orkcopacaban beach. later tonight usain bolt will run his