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good morning. diving for gold. an incredible photo finish wins the women's 400 meters. >> it will be a dive by miller for the line. >> allyson felix edged out of the gold by a desperated they making her the most decorated female track star in u.s. history. >> oh boy. >> in gymnastics, a bobble on the beam dashes simone biles's chance of winning a record five gold medals in rio. laurie hernandez haking silver. biles settling for bronze. she'll have one more shot at gold "today," tuesday, august
now. >> and the united states is onto the quarterfinals. >> this was a tremendous routine. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the olympic games with matt lauer live from rio de janeiro, brazil, and savannah guthrie live from rockefeller plaza. good morning, welcome to a split edition from rio and new york. can we start by saying it's a beautiful day. can we show you a shot of the most decorated u.s. woman in olympic track and field history. that is allyson felix. she now has -- [ applause ] a dramatic finish to the 400
people will be watching for a long, long time. >> it was a dive that ended in basically a photo finish. >> today is also the final day of gymnastics. simone biles is looking to bounce back on the floor. she finally proved by the way that she's human, all right. she lost her balance on the beam. ended up with a bronze you have to give it to 16-year-old laurie hernandez. she made the most of her lone individual event nabbing the silver. they hugged it out afterwards. hear from both of them in a little bit. a pretty dramatic night yesterday. >> ups and downs. let's head back to new york and savannah joins us now. what have you got cooking there? >> good morning. we have a big story here. they call this the worst flooding since superstorm sandy. the latest on flooding going on in louisiana right now. this morning we have a
and destruction as new communities are put on alert for water that is still rising. we'll have that in a moment. >> all right, savannah. thanks very much. let's bring in natalie in for a look at the olympic action from a day that saw the u.s. not winning a gold medal for the first time, first olympic day since the 12th day of beijing. >> wow. >> i know. it's incredible. you mentioned that dramatic track finish and a rare slip from simone bi technical issues that made monday a day to remember. >> a dive by miller for the line. >> in the women's 400 meters, a photo finish. shaunae miller winning gold and upsetting allyson felix in her signature event. >> now felix. >> catching up to miller, felix had eyes on a fifth gold medal
threw herself over the line. despite the second place finish, felix is now the most decorated woman in track and field history winning her seventh medal in what could be her last olympic competition. >> it's been a fight all season. i gave it all i had tonight. >> the dramatic race capping an already chaotic day here in rio. heavy rain delayed several events. earlier in the day, an overhead camera broke away f i at the olympic park causing seven minor injuries. when the events resumed, kenya's david won his second consecutive gold in the 800 meter. american clayton murphy took bronze. in pole vault, another bronze for the americans. sam kendricks rocketing over the bar earning the u.s.'s first medal in the event since 2004 but for other olympians a day of
a false start in round one of the 110 hurdles. tearing off his bib as we left the track. his olympic hopes dashed. for gymnastics superstar simone biles, a rare misstep. slipping on the balance beam nearly falling off. the 19 year old finished strong but it wasn't enough to come out on top. heavily favored toin event, biles came away with bronze while her teammate 16-year-old laurie hernandez took silver. her first individual medal. edging out the americans. sanne wevers of the netherlands. biles will have another shot in the floor exercise. for men's beach volleyball, it's
phil dalhuasser forced a tie breaker. but the brazilians rallied cheered on by their hometown fans. >> brazil has beaten the united states. >> tonight april ross and kerri walsh jennings will compete in the semifinals with jennings two victories away from her fourth straight olympic gold. here's where the medal count usa with a commanding lead. it's the last day of gymnastics including floor finals for the women. in track and field men's high jump final and beach volleyball, team usa the women taking on brazil. semifinals. let's go. >> it's midnight. >> al and i were at the men's game yesterday. it was tough to watch.
on this show. allyson felix who was just denied gold by that dive in the 400 meters. good morning. nice to see you. >> good to see you guys. >> did you know who won at the end of the race? were you sure? >> i wasn't sure, no. i was staring up at the board trying to see how it would sort out. >> take me through the last 10, 15 meters of that. >> i just dug deep. to me this year has been all about fighting and so i knew i was just going to give all i had and fight and i felt like i did you know, i left it all out there. >> not every day you see a dive like that in track and field. is that something that as a track athlete you're used to seeing or does this happen every now and then? >> not used to seeing that. it happens every now and then. it's not too common. >> you have said to us in the past that the 400 meters is a beast. >> it is. >> from start to finish, you said i left everything out there. you have no choice. how did you feel during the race? >> it wasn't my best race.
away from me and coming home is when i just tried to give all i had. it's outside of my comfort zone. i feel like i'm a sprinter and it's stepping a little bit outside of what i'm used to. >> can we point out that with the silver medal you are the most decorated track runner, olympian, in u.s. history. have you been able to get your head around that title? >> not quite. you know, it is something that i am definitely very, very proud of. it's been so many years and so much hardor as jackie joiner, that's going to take time to sink in. >> talk about the journey. there have been ups and there have been downs and yet here you are with another medal in 2016. >> it's been a wild year. in april i had a crazy accident in the gym. i had this ankle injury. at that moment i thought that i wasn't going to be here at all.
ago or something like that. >> it was pretty crazy. and then from then on my beloved chloe passed, my dog, and then just before i left from the states, my grandfather passed. it seemed like everything was happening. like i said, it was time to just fight. >> a lot of young girls look up to you and watch you and the way you held yourself after yesterday's race and the fact that you're here with us today speaks a lot about you. what do you hope to communicate >> i hope i can get across that you're going to have obstacles and adversity. let your spirit shine through. keep fighting no matter how the cards are stacked against you. don't let that get you down. >> how many olympic games for you now? >> this is number four. >> in our history with you, you have shown class every single time. >> thank you. >> congratulations. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> allyson, thank you. love you.
[ applause ] >> you can clap. >> we'll turn now to drama in gymnastics. simone biles and aly raisman will compete on the floor. i was there and had a chance to talk to medal winners when they left the podium. >> american simone biles has already made usa gymnastics history. >> for simone biles, the road to a recorde on the balance beam. >> she's so fantastic. so consistent. >> she started off strong. >> beautiful. >> then uncharacteristically faltered midway touching the beam. seeing that mistake, dutch gymnast shaunae miller adjusted her routine doing something less difficult and winning gold. >> crazy good.
and biles got bronze. >> are you okay? >> i'mdisappointed in how i performed my beam set. if you think about it i'm the only gymnast out here that has done this as many times as i have so props for that. >> hernandez was the silver lining for team usa. >> great form. >> just 16 years old competing in her first ever international meet, hernandez followed with a rock solid routine nailing her dismount and walking away with her first individual medal. a silver. >> this was a tremendous routine. >> first individual medal at the olympic games. when you did your dismount, did you think i got something here? >> yeah. i mean, i've been training so hard. i'm glad i just did the routine i've been doing in practice. i have no regrets.
>> kind of. i thought i was going to throw up. that was the most nervous i've ever been before a meet. once i got on the beam i was more calm than usual. >> very nice. >> how happy are you for laurie? i saw you wrap her arms around her and hug her with that megawatt smile. >> this whole olympic experience you would think it's her second time at the olympics. i'm so proud of he >> friends from way back now silver and bronze medal winners with biles already looking ahead to her floor routine. one more tomorrow night. do you feel good about tomorrow? we love you. >> look at you right in the heart of it. >> i was so into that. one of the most fun things i think we get to do on the show
we have tony and wanda hernandez, laurie's mom and dad. she was looking around for you yesterday afternoon. tell me what you guys talked about after her win. >> it was just an incredible feat. it still hasn't hit us to be quite honest. it's just one of these things that it's so surreal. >> just before she competes, you guys hold hands and do a little prayer circle. tell us why that's important. >> we think faith before everything. we are so grateful and humble for the experience and laurie to go out there and to shine with her usa team and the comradery of the team of usa, the coaches. we're just so grateful for the opportunity for laurie to be here and just to see her big smile. baby, we love you, girl. >> we love her too. we love her too. >> thanks for coming by this
>> thank you so much. coming up, we'll hear from the final five aly raisman and you'll see both aly and simone tonight during nbc's prime time olympic coverage starting at 8:00, 7:00 central. >> more to come from rio. right now we want to go to new york and check in with savannah. >> we move to that desperate situation unfolding right now in louisiana. some of the worst flooding in the u.s. in years triggered by ne morning even more communities are facing a danger of new flooding. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in baton rouge again for us this morning. hi, gabe. good morning. >> reporter: hi, savannah. the death toll has now climbed to seven. more than 20,000 people have been rescued. as we take a live look from this drone, you can see many areas are still inundated. the red cross now calling this the worst flooding disaster in the u.s. since superstorm sandy
are bracing for historic water levels as louisiana's record rainfall moves downstream. >> this is an unprecedented historic flood event. >> the army national guard giving us a firsthand look from the sky. there is plenty of water in wide swaths of louisiana but thankfully the water in some places appears to be receding. the rain has eased but other areas south of baton rouge are on high a rising rivers. right now we're over one of the hardest hit areas. some parts got more than 31 inches of rain in just 48 hours. the residents here tell us they've never seen anything like this. >> a couple hours we probably had six foot of water. >> reporter: mark barely escaped with his wife and kids as the water rose in watson. >> basically we lost everything. other than our lives.
not enough to add to this flooding. the concern is the water that's already here moving downstream. thousands of people are packing emergency shelters. many schools are closed and roads, major roads, are shut down, savannah. >> thank you so much. turning now to the presidential race hillary clinton and donald trump trading new attacks on the campaign trail with vice president joe biden getting in jabs of his own and trump is causing a new stir with a controversial proposal. s story this morning. andrea, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. hillary clinton will be campaigning here in philadelphia today where she needs to run up a huge vote to offset donald trump's strengths elsewhere in pennsylvania. this critical battleground state. a campaign faltering, donald trump is trying to shift gears. >> extreme vetting. >> reporter: going beyond his proposed ban on muslims entering
ideological test for would-be immigrants. >> in addition to screening empathizers of terrorist groups, we must screen out hostile attitudes toward our country. she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on isis and all of the many adversaries we face. joe biden to challenge trump's fitness to be commander in chief. >> this man is totally, thoroughly unqualified to be president of the united states of america. >> reporter: while clinton leads trump in philadelphia and its suburbs, he is gaining among white working class voters in places like scranton. >> friends should not let friends vote for trump. >> reporter: what do you say to
in pennsylvania in scranton? >> take a look at the facts. take a look at what he's talking about. take a look at what we're talking about. >> reporter: and in our new nbc news survey monkey online poll out today, hillary clinton continues to hold a nine-point lead over donald trump nationally but a majority of voters continue to hold unfavorable views of both candidates with hillary clinton only slightly less unpopular ban do for us. later today we'll sit down for an exclusive interview with hillary clinton's running mate tim kaine and his wife, anne holton. for now, we'll send it back to matt, hoda and al in rio. >> we look forward to that interview, savannah. thanks very much. you have more on that flooding back home. >> more rain there and that rain is going to make its way up into the mid plains and eventually into the northeast.
stationary front from texas into the great lakes with low pressure running along it. heavy showers and thunderstorms. flash flood watches for texas. three to four inches possible from mississippi on into texas and that wet weather makes its way into the northeast. not enough to alleviate the drought conditions there but we could look at two to three inches of rain. we're going to get to your local
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we're back now 7:30 on a tuesday morning. it's the 16th day of august. it's another spectacular one here on the beach in rio. nice crowd the morning before it gets too hot around here. >> you have to love the crowd. it keeps building. we have a lot to get to this half hour starting with "today's" olympic headlines in track. a wild end to the women's 400 meter. shaunae miller of the bahamas pulled off the upset over team usa's allyson felix by diving headfirst at the finish line. a silver for felix made her the
track and field history. >> we had a chance to talk to her in the last half hour and the first american woman to medal in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and a bronze for clayton murphy in the men's 800 meters. great for him. >> it will be rowdy tonight because kerri walsh jennings and april ross will face the reigning world champs from br ticket to the gold medal match on the line. we'll be listening to that. >> we'll hear that all night long. let us begin this half hour with a star athlete from team usa being forced to defend herself. natalie has more on that. >> good morning. that's right. we're talking about gabby douglas she won gold here as a member of the final five but now facing rather harsh criticism online with people questioning
but now gabby and her mom are having their say. she was breakout star of the 2012 game as member of the fierce five gabby douglas won gold along with the hearts of millions. here in rio her graceful moves helped her team win gold but something she didn't do at the podium put her at the center of a social media firestorm. >> you go from adoration. >> the backlash when douglas didn't put her hand on her heart during the national anthem. on one hand so proud of the final five gold win but on the other hand so disappointed gabby douglas didn't salute the flag. douglas later tweeting, in response to a few tweets i saw tonight, i always stand at attend out of respect for our country whenever the national
i never meant any disrespect and apologize if i offended of anything. the criticism intensifying after douglas was accused of not cheering on teammates during the individual competition earning her the nickname crabby gabby. at least act like you're happy that your teammates won. and be a role model and show some good sportsmanship. douglas later telling reporters i apologized if i seemed really mad in the stands. i wasn't. i always will support do. i never want anyone to take it as i was jealous or wanted attention. never. i support them and i'm sorry i wasn't showing it. the attacks leading to accusations of cyberbullying with supporters now rallying behind douglas online including actress and olympic superfan leslie jones who had her own cyberbullying scandal. i heard gabby getting attacked on her page. show her of love you showed me.
focus on it but in the end she couldn't understand it. >> and the way to respond to haters, guys, is to show your support and a lot of people now online doing it with hashtag love for gabby usa. and tweeting out yesterday my 3 year old announced her name is now gabby douglas rimes. love for gabby usa. >> when you know gabby douglas, you know she meant nothing by any of that stuff. >> caught up i it's tough to be a competitor at the olympics. >> natalie, thank you very much. let's get a check of the weather now from mr. roker. >> all right. we've been talking about that heat continues in the east and we'll see it out west as well. also take a look. we have a risk of severe weather today. isolated tornadoes possible western new york and parts of pennsylvania. we're watching this 51 million people at risk for severe storms later this afternoon and into late tonight.
temperatures. feels like conditions up and down the eastern seaboard and will feel like well over 100 degrees. wildfire danger out west that continues as well. the heat will continue to plague parts of california where their drought continues as well >> and get that weather any time you need it. check out the weather channel on
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>> we're back with "today's" olympic start. the u.s. men's basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals. they'll be in action tomorrow against argentina. >> you know what? they were actually busy on the beach on their day off on monday trying their hand at volleyball. however, there's a question following this team around. why aren't they dominating on the court? nbc's keir simmons is here with that. keir, good morning to you. >> good morning. we get it, right. th'r if they're going to get serious, now would be a good time. the nba has some of the biggest names playing but the last three games have been close ones against mundane competition and that has some fans very quietly worried. they won every game. 100-97 victory. undefeated. >> the united states escapes with a victory. >> are they just a little uninspiring? >> they've been playing not as
should win gold. >> coach k. has to get it together. >> expectations are high. u.s. basketball has medaled in every olympic since 1984. this team confident ahead of the games. >> i enjoy competing and enjoy playing basketball. >> but barrel surviving three-point nail biters against serbia and france. >> if our defense stays this bad as far as team usa goes, they could get upset in the medal round. >> off theou congratulating michael phelps, cheering at beach volleyball. singing happy birthday to kerri walsh jennings. and there's so much else to do in rio. sightseeing. going to the beach. even trying their own hand at beach volleyball with the locals while casually sipping from coconuts. going into the quarterback finals this week, the team has scheduled more practices.
an instagram photo from here. playing football. wrong sport. and in a line outside of the nba house -- >> you're wearing a klay thompson jersey. >> big fan. >> we need you to make sure that they are not drinking too much. >> i will. >> that's a relief because their fans -- >> want to support my u.s. team. >> think gold should be a lay-up. the men's team could take a cue from the u.s. women. they won their group games by an average of 40 points. or they could look at how british basketball team has been doing. >> you're welcome on our team any time you want. >> should we bring in mike
coverage of the olympics. what's going on with the men's basketball team? >> they need to do what the women's team is doing. they had a game where they had 24 field goals in the first half. 22 of them were assisted. the women's team shares the ball. these guys do not. they play hero ball. they need to play better and work together. >> when you look at the outcome over france, serbia, australia, is this a team that hasn't gelled yet, >> the talent is down. now, they are tremendous players like carmelo anthony and kevin durant but they need to play within more of of a team system. >> yesterday simone biles had that bobble. did that take the pin out of the pressure so she can go on the floor tonight and say let's let this one go and have fun? >> i think you're right.
golds. because she had potential and could win five because of what she's done on the way to rio, it almost feels like a bit of a letdown but four goals would be something special. >> let's end on the dive in 400 meters yesterday. allyson felix edged out by shaunae miller of the bahamas. you need to be all in to take a dive at the end of the race. >> we american fans were disappointed, is that fair? however you get the torso there, that's the difference maker others people would put hands out to break the line. you do that a few times, it's not really going to get your body back. >> that's going to leave a mark. >> a real mark. a golden mark for her. good for her.
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cheerleader. >> we hear you are traveling seeing a lot of events. we want you to come check us out. please come check us out. who? >> leslie jones! >> who? >> leslie jones! >> jones had a response online within the hour. >> i can't come to your event but i'm'm sending you slay all day. go out and kill them. somebody betterk i'm going to be disappointed. >> look for brittney griner to dunk against japan. the rock is completing the 22 pushup challenge raising awareness for veterans. in this video, he's calling out a certain olympic superstar. >> kevin hart, jj watt, simone manual, we're so proud of you. to all of you veterans out
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, thrills and spills. >> a dive by miller for the line. >> team usa's allyson felix misses gold by a nose coming in a very close second in the women's 400 meter race. simone biles has a rare misstep on the beam as she takes home the bronze and teammate laurie hernandez wows to take silver but team spirit -- >> i think all of the girls agree there's nothing as amazing and special as being able to win that team gold medal. whatever else happens, you know, the rest is icing on top of the cake. >> natalie catches up with the
gold medal in today's floor exercise finals and over the edge. >> be careful. >> natalie and jenna's latest daring stunt. a real cliff-hanger in rio, "today," tuesday, august 16th, 2016. ?? >> from the big apple to the shores of copacabana, it's live from rio! >> a shout out to dmv d.c., maryland and virginia and across the united states. >> shout out to pennsylvania. >> westchester. >> pittsburgh. >> go usa! >> we're back now 8:00 on a tuesday morning.
it's another beautiful day here at the beach. we're walking down the promenade. we're having a usa parade. coming up, billy and natalie attempt surfing. one of them did really well. the other not so much. >> we also -- we teased this earlier. we have a surfing dog in the house. the dog's name is . we'll check bono out in just a little while. let us start with the latest olympic news. nbc's peter alexander is over at olympic park with all that. peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. they have music blaring this morning. team usa looking to get back on track today after going a full day without a gold. first time that's happened since beijing in 2008. it really was an even of upsets
american allyson felix barely missing out on her fifth career gold by fractions of a second in women's 400 meter race. >> as they hit the home straightaway, here's allyson felix. miller has the lead. felix is second. >> a sprinting sensation upset at her only individual shot at gold 400 meter with a headfirst dive, shaunae miller edging out allyson felix at the finish line. so close officials needing a phot f winner. the silver, felix's seventh career medal making her the most decorated female track and field athlete of all-time. >> i wasn't sure. i was staring up at the board seeing how it would sort out. >> reporter: colorado native emma coburn grabbing bronze in the steeplechase. becoming the first american
debuted in 2008. >> crossing the line realiing i got third is unbelievable. >> in gymnastics, simone biles suffering her first major slipup faltering on the balance beam. >> oh boy. that's half a point. >> winning the bronze but ending her chance to take home a record five golds in rio. her teammate taking silver. her first individual da today in the floor exercise where she's favored to win. >> i'm disappointed in how i perform my beam set. i'm the only gymnast that's competed as many times as i have so i have to give myself props for that. >> americans up against the second match point for brazil. >> brazil coming up big on the beach knocking off americans
>> to hang together. come back with two monster victories and take care of business. >> and a powerhouse performance in the pole vault. a new olympic record set becoming the first brazilian man to win gold in rio. >> i don't believe what i just saw. he's on another excited about the victory. the pumped up athlete or the overjoyed hometown crowd. and sam kendrick second lieutenant in the army reserve to win a bronze in that pole vault event. here's where your medal count stands. team usa fortifying its giant lead. look at that. well ahead of china, great britain and russia. great britain and russia together combining for just
on top today, simone biles and aly raisman in the women's floor exercise. on the track tonight, the men's high jump and then back on the beach, ape ross and kerri walsh jennings face off against the reigning world champs from brazil with a trip to the final on the line. u.s. women 3-1 against brazil head to head. matt and hoda? >> it will be a good one. >> a burn burner. savannah back in new york city with the other top stories of the morning. savannah? >> guys, good morning. in the news, the red cross says the flooding disaster in louisiana is now the worst since superstorm sandy four years ago. search teams found more victims in the baton rouge area on monday raising the death toll to at least seven. about 11,000 people are now in shelters and louisiana's governor is urging them to stay there until crews are able to clear the roads. new flooding is expected south
swollen rivers surge toward the gulf of mexico. a man described by police as a serial arsonist has been charged with setting the wildfire that destroyed more than 175 homes and other buildings in northern california. we go to the town of lower lake this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. 17 counts of arson. the man is a 40-year-old resident. damin pashilk. he'll be booked in court tomo. for answers and this may be a nugget. cal fire is calling this a horrific crime. this individual may be responsible for the 4,000 acres of a fire that is only 5% contained right now. it's burned out 175 homes, businesses and structures and because the fire has destroyed so many residences and commercial properties, he may actually face enhanced charges. this community continues to reel not only from this current fire
a few days ago the valley fire cause was disclosed by officials. it was faulty hot tub wiring that caused that fire but so many more in this community, large and small, that have still not been resolved. perhaps this alleged arsonist will be able to provide new information on why this community has been suffering so much. this fire still not contained. 5% as the fire continues outside of residential areas. savannah? >> thank you very much. in a nine-point lead over donald trump in our latest nbc news survey monkey weekly tracking poll down one point from last week. clinton is campaigning today in philadelphia. on monday she was joined by vice president joe biden in his hometown of scranton. he told the audience that trump is thoroughly unqualified to be president. trump in ohio said clinton lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on isis and called for extreme vetting of immigrants to
the u.s. and like a "house of cards," the final tower of the rivera hotel and casino came crashing down in las vegas this morning. developers are making room for more convention space. it closed in 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners like liberace and dean martin. it was featured in "ocean 11" forever" but buildings in vegas are not. >> thank you, savannah. >> how many olympic games have you been to? >> 18 consecutive ones. >> our winner. i'm here with 30 university students studying the olympic games. >> how awesome. i want to get that major.
for simone biles and stars of team usa in swimming, michael phelps and katie ledecky you'll see first here on "today." also the captain of the final five. hang on, lisa. captain of the final five, aly raisman on her gymnastics success and what she says she cannot do. >> there's more with natalie and jenna hanging out in rio. how they ended up there but how they ended up there but first these messages. poor foster kid black immigrant cancer patient small muslim the only label that matters is olympian.
this new photo that features three great olympian and champions this morning "sports illustrated" giving us the first exclusive look at their brand new cover. you'll recognize these faces by now. ledecky, phelps and biles. headline, the greatest and they say during the photo shoot which took place sunday night, apparently michael phelps was really good at lining up all of those medals. even showed katie ledecky how to do that. >> i know he does. at the time he won 14 medals between them and that issue will hit newsstands tomorrow. >> picture that one flying off the shelves. a nice story about michael phelps and katie ledecky. we had them on the show and we asked them to recreate a photo they took ten years ago as young fan katie got michael's autograph. this time it was michael who got
been number one on today.com. they have a cool bond those two. >> so special. wow. >> very cool. all right. you guys know the sport of dressage. it involves a horse. horse dancing. you might think it sounds a little stuffy but i want you to listen to this. some of the songs olympians are using during their routine and a rider >> love the song. >> smooth moves on that horse. >> is the horse moving to -- that's impressive. >> not to be outdone, team usa's stefan peters went more old
>> that horse has some moves. >> look at that. love it. >> so when it comes to celebrating, everyone celebrates success a little differently. olympians are no exception. here are a couple examples flying around the web this morning. check out this weight lifter. he shattered a record. breaks out into a move. some calling that the funky you're wondering. then there's a wrestler from cuba that won a third straight gold. how does he celebrate? body slamming his coach of course. he puts him down like he's a doll. toss that guy around. nice way to celebrate. >> all right. billy has "pop start" from the beach. >> we'll begin with hugh jackman if everyone is okay with that.
>> to the aussie team and those who have competed and those about to compete, we are so proud of everything you've been doing. it's been amazing. keep going. >> did he do that as part of the witness protection program? it's a little dark. >> not so enthusiastic. hugh captioned the video aussie, aussie, aussie and folks down under are doing okay in the medal count placing in the top ten. not bad. movies. "the new york times" singled out titles. among the paper's pick, "cool running" a 1993 classic and "chariots of fire" back when men wore real shorts and maybe the best of them all, "blaze of
up. >> that has to be in there. spielberg nominated for an oscar in that. mr. roker, it's a little close out here. >> i don't know whether billy sweat through his shirt yet but he has not so it's not too bad. >> it's >> let's show you what we have as we move through the day. wet weather stretching from texas into the great lakes. a lot of flooding going on around detroit, michigan, this morning. a lot of roads closed as well. this system will push to the east bringing with it the threat of severe weather in the northeast and parts of new england and more flooding from texas on into arkansas. out west, the heat continues. 97 degrees today in portland, oregon. toasty. and as you look here in
athlete to watch. gymnast aly raisman won team gold and a silver in the individual all-around here in rio. >> today she's going to try to repeat as the olympic champion of the floor exercise. natalie, you have a lot more on her. >> sure do. 22 years old. aly is the elder statesman. some of her teammates call her the grandma. when i talked to her, i quickly learned that a regular kid at heart. >> that is an olympic gold medal winning moment. >> all of the girls agree there's nothing as amazing and special as being able to win that team gold medal. whatever else happens, the rest is just kind of icing on top of the cake. >> aly raisman, no stranger to that sweet taste of victory. she took home two golds and a bronze back in london and a lifetime of memories.
we had so much fun together. we used to have a crush on all of the swimmers. we would try to plan our meals and go to dinner around the same time as them. >> one of my favorite moments from london was seeing your mom going stick it! stick it! stick it! >> funny when i watched the video after the meet, my mom and dad's video they had more views than my floor routine did. it's funny. i didn't know they would get that nervous. >> after london raisman stepped back to now she leads her team in fierceness and fun. when you guys get a chance competing but just to hang out together, what is it like at night? what do you do? >> we are really hyper. we're running up and down doing cartwheels in the hallway and jumping on beds and going crazy. we're always laughing. >> after winning silver in the all-around last week, raisman has one more chance at gold tonight but her mind is on what
dinner. i speak portuguese. i thought i would help you out with a word or phrase. >> we all eat so healthy. after the meet we're going to want to know where the pizza is. we'll just say pizza. everyone wit get it. >> though her electric floor routine is argy the games but there are skills she's yet to master. i hear that you think you're uncoordinated. >> i can't snap. i can't whistle. >> not at all? >> can you show me an example of what whistling looks like to you? >> i don't know. just blowing. i don't know how to do it. do you know how to whistle? >> yeah. thank god you can do everything else perfectly.
gymnastics. >> there is something she can't do well. snapping and whistling. i'm sure she'll do well on the floor exercise tonight. >> by the way, it has begun. >> here it is. >> the arms. the pectoral area. and the back. >> when you talk about it, it helps me cool off. >> wearing a dark blue shirt. that worked out we >> announcer: "today's" olympic moment is sponsored by walmart. save money, live better. >> this morning on "today's" olympic moment, an epic crash and tearful triumph in track cycling. >> a crash course in the true meaning of the olympic spirit. >> comes right down. takes the korean rider out.
sixth and final race considered the most gruelling event in track cycling. one of three cyclist dropped from his seat creating a tangled mess on the track while korea's rider was taken away on a stretcher, he seemed unfazed by the collision. he managed to pedalling a replacement bike toward an emotional victory. a thrilling end who becomes the first italian to win olympic track cycling gold in two decades. >> what a dramatic race. takes the gold medal for italy.
a month after 9/11, i
got a call from david and he told me he was going into the national guard. he was sent to iraq to be a gunner on a humvee. a car pulled up in the driveway and three soldiers got out, and the sound of their boots as they came up those stairs will, will stay with me the rest of my life. you have moments when you really don't want to live anymore, when i saw donald trump attack another gold star mother, i felt such a sense of outrage. ...wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably... i would like to tell donald trump what it feels like, the sense of emptiness, that only losing a child can bring. those people should be honored and treated with kindness for the rest of their life,
?? >> we're back now 8:30 on a tuesday morning. you're darn right that's a surfing dog. bono showing off his skills in the waters off copacabana beach. he is incredible. >> they've been surfing together for a long time. >> billy and i also tried a little surfing. >> how did that work out? >> not as well as bono's surfing. >> i heard one of you did well and one didn't.
>> all right. we've been showing you dramatic photos all morning. these are ones of natalie and jenna hanging out on this rock. did you wonder how did they get there? they're going to explain the shenanigans after this. >> there has to be shenanigans because natalie could get there. no way jenna would go there. >> he's right. >> i can't see her rock on a cliff. >> and our buddy keir schooling us on basketball and now catching man eating piranhas. >> this morning we have the perfect steak. you have had it. it's amazing. we'll sample that coming up in a little bit. >> but right now we have some medal winners to talk to. let's bring them in.
winner in 800 meters and sam kendrick took gold in the pole vault. >> get in the middle. >> what was it? 1992 since an american has medaled in this. you take home a medal. have you gotten your arms around that? >> no, tonight. they make you wait for a while. long process. >> what do you thinkt >> someone asked if i ran it through my head. i have but i don't know what i'm going to think. don't trip and fall. don't do anything to embarrass yourself. that type of thing. >> you hung out in the middle of the pack until you broke out. was that your plan all along? >> the plan was to be toward the front. it was so fast. that's the fastest ever out in the 800. that was relatively close to what he ran the world record in in 2012.
wanted to hang. i kind of left it all out there. >> all right. it's been since 2004 since an american took a medal in this event in pole vault. how are you feeling? >> i feel really great. it's been a lot of fun to come out here and compete and be here on the beach and watch clayton run on the track as i was competing. i get to be out there in the middle of things for so long. it last longer than a marathon. i was out with rain delays and hours. i got to see the whole track meet. >> your dad was in the green room. hello, dogs. >> they don't surf. >> your dad was in the green room and said you're not only great at running, you're a good pig farmer. >> i did grow up on a pig farm until i was a junior in high school. i showed pigs. yeah. >> we're proud of you guys. you're an army reservist serving
god bless you. >> thank you. >> we appreciate it. guys, congrats. >> all right. it's time now for natalie's portuguese class. let's call it what it is. i have nothing to do here. it happens to be kathie lee's birthday so how do we say happy birthday kathie lee? >> we have something that we have to toast with. it is kathie lee's birthday. i allowed to do these. >> we'll drink for you. >> no. >> you're not allowed. how do you say we miss you? >> all right. what are we doing? >> i'm sorry. and finally something kathie might say if she was here,
>> happy birthday, kathie lee. that's the portuguese class for today. >> these sore good. >> really are. i don't care about doing the weather right now. we'll do it anyway because i happen to be here. let's show you what we have going on. looking ahead starting with today, we'll be seeing heavier showers and thunderstorms. the risk of strong storms up into the northeast and southern new england. western third of the country very toasty. 86 degrees in portland today for a hi through texas and then next day for tomorrow, mid-atlantic states, wet weather continues in texas and the western third of the country plenty of sunshine
>> announcer: "today's" rio sponsored by coca-cola. open a coke and enjoy the games. >> all right. let us turn now rio. our producers don't try to harm us although sometimes they would like to and made an exception this week. did you hear my comment about jenna? >> i heard it, too. >> she came on the beach and immediately dug this for me. i'll be in there. >> we want you to take a look at pictures. these are natalie and jenna hanging on a cliff. >> if you were wondering, that is real.
kids, please explain how that happened. >> we have bruises to prove it. it's a real adventure. hanging off a cliff real or not real we hiked up a treacherous path called telegraph rock and put our lives at risk. >> all in the name of good tv. >> are you ready? this is apparently the beginning of our death defying hike. >> the stairway to nowhere. i don't like to do adventure things with you. >> all i know is someone a photo-op at the top. one of us have to hang off a cliff. >> typically that's me. >> we'll find out. let's go. >> do we have to run the stairs? is there a reason you have to run? >> i think we have to workout, girl. this is our workout of the day. >> every time i do something with you it's some sort of torture. >> be careful. >> give us a ride. >> why are you not sweating? >> i am sweating.
>> i do have ice in my veins. >> i have hot chocolate. >> we're almost at the top. i feel it. >> this is the third time you said that. you know what happens at the end? you're going to be flung off a rock. the. >> look at that. it's incredible. >> this is where we hang. >> that's where you'll hang off the cliff. we're up where the birds fly. >> i think we're >> ready? >> time for you to climb. be careful. it's treacherous. be careful. >> legs up. legs up. do these look good? >> you're fine. if you look down there's rock all around you. >> what? >> we're both hanging on for dear life.
>> did we get it? >> we got the shot. >> all that hanging around you might think there's rock under you. >> we have bruises. >> i thought those were from surfing. >> and by the way, my abs the next day have ever been that sore. >> did you say you got >> yeah. a man ahead of us broke his leg. >> for those that are afraid of hikes, it is frightening. my hands were sweaty. >> we got the best picture. >> so proud of both of you. >> thank you. glad we could do this for you. coming up next, another wild
here in rio we're surrounded by spectacular sites but there are other places outside of the city. >> keir simmons is here to tell us about had his trip to the amazon. >> remember the movie where they fell in and died. the amazon, we went there in search of one of the deadliest predators in the water, the piranha. the amazon river spans the entirety of brazil flowing for more than 4,000 miles, 450 miles further than the mississippi.
illusion. this is where two massive rivers come together. one black, one brown. they form the mighty amazon. among the many animals, 3,000 species of fish. some notorious. we're on a fishing expedition like no other to catch piranha. he now runs tours of the ancient river. >> it's like magic for me. >> magical place? >> piranha will eat any meat even rarely humans. to attract these underwater killers, he mimics a distressed animal in the water. >> they like noise. >> this is less like fishing and more like hunting. >> would it help if i cut my finger and put it in the water?
those are some sharp teeth. >> come closer and i'll bite your face off. >> day one over, we caught one fish and a hunter can only eat what he catches. she wanted to eat me. this is my revenge. >> right. >> it tastes like cod kind of. >> freshwater fish. >> tastes like a freshwater fish >> not very much meat here. very bony. it's day two and we try another fishing spot. this time i have more luck. yes. all right! i didn't think i would be able to do that. looks like i wasn't the only one to target this fish. piranhas prey on each other.
hold it here. >> i think you should do this. i don't want to cause her anymore pain and i don't want to cause myself any pain. our fishing expedition somewhat successful, there is a final surprise as i wade in he assures me there are no piranhas here but we're soon surrounded by the amazon's pink dolpn. they are rubbing against our legs. it's it's credible. people here believe that these dolphins are princes. >> dolphins are mythological animals for the amazon. according to legend after midnight they become the handsome boy to chase the girls
blame it on the dolphin. >> they are no threat to us but it turns out the fish they eat include piranhas and in the amazon, every animal depends on another. the power and beauty of this river and its inhabitants both stunning and humbling. >> wow. >> you had the greatest time here. >> i'm just pleased they didn't send me fishing for dolphin and swimming with >> that was a great story. straight ahead, surf's up. one of the most talented dogs you'll meet here in rio and what happened when natalie and billy tried to catch a wave here.
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we told you the international olympic committee decided to include five more sports in the 2020 games. one of them is surfing. >> before it arrives in tokyo, i'm scared, natalie and billy decided to hang 10. >> not a good idea. >> soccer may be number one sport in brazil but look at the beaches. gorgeous. surfing is another popular choice. >> we decided to take advantage of the situation a lesson from two of brazil's best pro surfers. rio de janeiro is known for its beautiful beaches. and surfing is gaining popularity here so we thought we would give it a try. >> have you gotten up on a surfboard before? >> i have. >> all the way, baby. >> we have the best of brazil's surfing champions here with us
are pro surfers and surfed some of the biggest waves in the world. we were hitting slightly smaller waves here in rio but only slightly. first thing is dry lesson. >> first of all, safety. >> if you fall, never fall headfirst. we will do strokes together and then we'll put waste. perfect. that's good. >> on land it's easy. >> that's the feeling. go, go, go. perfect. >> let's go. let's go. ?? >> i love you, mom. >> love you guys. we're crazy. we're going to blame it on rio.
there were some big waves. and a few attempts to get up. finally billy had his moment. ?? >> i found an easy way shore. >> never, ever, ever, ever again. >> clearly we didn't have a lot of success. we had to bring a dog to surf for us today. >> you got up. >> when you have a still photographer with you that takes a picture of the one moment you're up it lives forever so it
>> we are back with "today food." brazilians take great pride in their cuisine particularly the barbecue beef. >> we love meat here. we have a delicious recipe for grilled steak. good morning. nice to see you. >> most popular guy on the plaza today. >> also very popular in terms of in >> yes. we are getting there. >> what are you making? >> i know you guys are big on steak. it's a traditional brazilian cut. specialty meat shops have it. very traditional here. >> what makes it different? is it the fat layer? >> you have the big rump of beef. we slice it a little bit. >> do you want me to help you?
>> how long do you cook up the meat in the pan? >> this thickness, two or three minutes. depends on the thickness of the meat. i'll just put it here. >> it's just sea salt? >> nothing else. >> we spend so much time and money on good ingredients, i try to keep it as pure as possible. a we have different varieties. it's a bit lighter. >> by the way, it makes it crunchy and delicious. >> it does. and it's a very slow cooking process. leave it here and jump to here. >> let's serve this up. can we taste? >> of course. that's ready for you guys. i'll finish this off with this lemon juice olive oil and fresh tomatoes chopped up.
david was proud to be an american soldier. and i know i'm prejudiced because he was my son, but i don't think he had a mean bone in his body. there is not a day that i don't think about david. when i saw donald trump attack another gold star mother, "she was standing there, she had nothing to say..." if donald trump cannot respect a gold star family, then why would anyone in america think he would respect them.
from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today's take" live from the olympic games in rio de janeiro, brazil. >> welcome to "today" tuesday morning, august 16th, 2016. i'm billy bush along with al and nat live in rio. our morning jam is al's pick. >> summer in the city. i decided to go old school. >> where does it take you? >> back to queens.
crusade. >> does it take you to oswego? >> before that. it was never a hot time in summer. i'm proud of you. billy bush is playing hurt right now because you got a -- >> haven't you learned if you say something on the break, it's going to come out on air. >> you had a violent summer bug and you're on antti so you're bloated right now. >> let's tell america all about this. i am a soldier, man. i'm fighting through this thing. no one knows that i'm in terrible pain. >> you are a bit of a hypochondriac. >> i am. >> in this case, you are ill. >> he was violently ill. >> you're playing hurt. >> when you see billy walk away
>> don't touch. he looks bloated. i look that way every day. >> listen, everybody is talking about this awesome moment. incredible finish in the women 400 meter dash. this has happened to her before. can you believe it. shaunae miller dives across the line. the chest is first. felix is ahead of shaunae. she's going for the >> i didn't think that was legal. it is apparently. surprising more don't do it. >> it's so painful. you have to be all in to do that. >> allyson felix won the 200 in london. she was coming to defend the 200 in the olympic trials july 10th in the 200, a girl who will be competing tripped and fell
that was an accident. this was on purpose. >> this is a sport that it happens. they've been there -- she leaves with a silver medal. one of the most decorated in track and field. seven medals i believe. incredible. >> i do have mixed emotions because i saw allyson when we first met in 2004 in athens. a picture of us together. my father's family is from the >> a good moment for the bahamas. >> speaking of dramatic endings, a french swimmer was disqualified from the 10 kilometer swim yesterday. look at this finish here. they are close to the buoy as you can see. the french swimmer in the white cap. she puts her right hand on the woman's left shoulder and dunks her down and then reaches forward. >> i think she was confused. i think she thought she was
>> they just swam 10 kilometers. it's 6.2 miles. that's crazy. imagine you just swam that distance and then you get to the finish and then you do that. why would you do that? >> why would you not do that? in my opinion if you just swam 6.2 miles, i would dunk whoever i had to dunk. >> you get disqualified. >> you lose your chance there. >> you do it under the water. she put her hand up. >> or give them a wedgy. >> lost the silver medal because of that. why would you risk that? >> maybe she wouldn't have won. i think that she was just a little bit ahead of her. went for broke and did what she had to do and got busted. >> i think when we get back to the states, we should have these every day. >> hoda and kathie -- >> everyone has developed a taste for them.
>> per morning. >> three is the max. that's it. >> four would be unheard of. unless -- >> it happens. let's talk gymnastics. yesterday we saw the americans competing. with he saw simone biles unfortunately she wobbled a little bit. so heartbreaking on the beam. she bobbled a bit. that cost her the gold. she ended up with bronze. gyt year old, shining bright. she takes home the silver medal. that's a great olympics. 16 years old. goes home to high school with a gold and silver medal. that's got to be amazing. >> what did you do for the summer? i went to the olympics and won gold and silver. >> and then dutch gymnast sanne wevers won the gold. you want athletes who have never
simone has three gold medals. today a final shot in gold in floor exercises. aly raisman has a shot. they are competitors through and through but teammates so you know there's a lot of love and support on the floor. >> did anyone tighten up when simone's routine was so aggressive out of the gate and she's so on right now and a terrible feeling shi coming. >> i did an interview with simone. she said the one event she dreads the most is the beam. and they all do. the beam is -- >> i don't understand how you do that. >> the things they're able to do. backflips and spins and turns. >> for guys to do that, that takes a lot of commitment. i'm just going to say. >> a lot of risk. >> just going to say. and this story i think we have to get you together with this next guy.
one guy competes for his own medal. sport dancing the samba while keeping a soccer ball on his head. unique route even caught on camera. >> it gets worse. >> nobody around him is paying any attention to him. >> i'm impressed with the skills. >> look at that. >> whoa. >> it's rhythmic dancing. >> it's like samba, soccer and burlesque at the same. these were his best moves. he gets more suggestive than this. we have a special guest with us, don't we? >> we're excited about this. very excited. last week ethiopian swimmer finished last in the men's 100
the internet goes above with negative comments. what a shock. saying his body isn't typical of an olympic swimmer. online community rallies around him and he's become a viral sensation. we have him here with us this morning. good to see you. >> good to see you this morning. can i say, you are a beautiful man. >> thanks. >> normal guys like us some sort guys like us. you're closer to normal guys like us. >> in the morning i go to the gym. >> how did you react when you saw online, we have this expression in america called dad bod. by the way, it's a beautiful
a man more lived in. >> keep believing. >> how did you react when they said he's not as chiseled as michael phelps and others? >> i'm happy because it's big game. i don't know. >> you didn't look at social media. you competed for ethiopia. you usually see those >> those guys living in their mother's basement making those comments, you're at the olympics. >> we will not be body shamed. thank you for stepping us for us. >> congratulations. represented your country. >> all right, al. >> how about a check of the weather. >> let's show you what we've had. a lot of wet weather again all due to this meandering stationary front. more wet weather. we'll talk about flash flood watches in texas.
>> he stuck the landing. >> east germans don't believe us. >> coming up, what do you have? >> one, two, three. my conversation with phelps about hanging up his swim cap. why the last retirement didn't stick and his upcoming wedding to that beautiful woman right there, nicole, and all about boomer right after this. every day my challenge is to be in sync with my body, with myself, with my life. it all starts with a healthy routine. that's why i'm taking the activia two week probiotic challenge by enjoying activia yogurt with billions of probiotics every day. because when my routine is in sync, i can face any challenge. so take the activia probiotic challenge! visit activia.com to learn more. take the activia probiotic challenge now. it works or it's free! since the beginning of the time, there has been a quest for out of this world refreshment.
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like that. i had to find the passion myself and i found that again and i had fun. this is how i wanted to finish. >> michael phelps has done it again. >> he not only rekindled his passion for swimming but his passion with fiance nicole johnson. >> we've gone back and forth. this is our third time together. i always said if i had the chance to get her back that she was the one i was going to spend the rest of my life with >> she said small wedding and big party. >> small wedding, big reception and we're finally getting married and continuing on our family. it's pretty awesome. >> will boomer be your best man? >> i don't know if he'll be able to take a couple steps. >> how is boomer going to make you a good dad? >> i know feelings i went through as a child. i don't want him to go through
they recently reconnected. did you have to take the first step or did he? >> i asked if he wanted to talk. we finally were able to meet and settle the things that we wanted to talk about and get off of our chest. that's challenging. looking at somebody you love deeply and tell them what's been bothering you for all those years and accepting each other's apologies and >> i interviewed ryan lochte. terrible thing that happened. i thought about this. i said michael might have been with him years ago just because the boys are going out after swimming. what were you doing? >> i was passed out with my fiance and my child. >> diaper change? >> i did change a diaper. >> nicole says he has a tremendous appetite. between the two, who eats more? >> he eats more than i do for sure.
caloric intake. >> and the infamous game face. >> he's growling like a dog. >> the look you gave le clos. >> i had music going on in my head. i was in my own zone. i was not intentionally giving him a dirty look. >> were you texting or playing candy crush? >> texting sometimes. playing it's a card game. and i was changing music. >> perhaps one final note for one incredible career. >> 23 golds. 28 total. >> how i'm going to wrap my head around 28 total, i don't know. nicole and i had a moment where we were talking about it the other night. it's insane. it's almost just not real. so you have to pinch yourself
dream come true. >> i love phelps. a great guy. what great journey. such a different guy than when we started. >> he had to. >> he brought his buddies down. all his buddies from baltimore came down and they were speaking out of school about him saying he's the worst golfer and the worst dancer in the world. i thought he might be a good dancer with those big long arms like gronkowski does that whip arm thing before swimming. maybe he incorporates that. imagine getting hit by one of those on a dance r. >> takes the sprinkler to a new level. >> the surprising way dolphins are helping brazil's hardest working people after these working people after these messages. oh, look... ...another anti-wrinkle cream working people after these messages. in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena? rapid wrinkle repair works... ...in one week.
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there's something very special about the village of laguna, brazil. >> their line into the ocean and catch a day's pay with help from a source. >> dolphins come to the southern coast of brazil to work with fishermen creating a bond that's lasted for over a century and a half. each morning in the sleepy town of lagunalaguna, brazil, the br cast their net into the ocean and with the help of unlikely
impossible to see into the southern coast so the fishermen follow the dolphins who day after day return to guide them. >> translator: every dolphin has a name based on their personality. >> this 30-year-old man said he learned t from his grandfather, a tradition passed down over the last four generations in his family. >> we show respect and love for each other. we take care of each other. >> a retiree of the brazilian coast guard, wilson agrees there's something special about these dolphins. >> translator: i'm sure they
because when we are inside the water, they come to us and play with us. when there is no one, they keep calm and quiet. >> a powerful reminder of the connection between nature and man. so scientists researched this unusual relationship between the dolphins and the fishermen and obviously the conclusion is that the dolphins swim to the area to get food but many said they also believe that there's a higher power involved. et >> great. >> they bring them over and -- >> he couldn't help it. he has a good dolphin -- >> that's marvelous. >> you called some right over there. >> somewhere you want to be. billy could do good fishing down there. sweating is out of control. >> he's been blotted and our hairstylist shaved billy's
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this gentleman here is dubbed the flying tomato. mr. shaun white came onto the international scene. he'll give fans two years from now when he competes. the idea that he may compete is one of the first olympic skatebrd games in tokyo. it's good to see you. my gosh. this is kind of interesting. you would be one of a very small group of athletes who competed in both winter and summer. how do you make that transition? >> you know what, i've been doing it my whole life. been a pro skateboarder my whole life. this would be different just because if i'm going to do it, i would really commit to it and i
have to take a leave of absence from snowboarding. >> what do you think? are you going to compete in 2020? >> that's the plan. i have to get through 2018. that's definitely a big goal of mine. what a big dream to do summer and winter olympics. >> it seems hard to believe, you're shy of your 34th birthday. >> 30. i'm going to turn 30. >> but you would be shy of 34 in tokyo. does that give you any >> no. wiser, stronger. i don't know. for me it's all relative what's in my head. if i'm inspired and i'm motivated, that's all you need. >> just going to be turning 30. i have t-shirts older than you. we're looking forward to seeing you in tokyo. all right. thanks so much. all right.
>> and that is your weather. >> thanks, al. one thing we can all attest to, views in rio are breath taking as long as you're not terribly afraid of heights. there is always fun and adventures and jill martin is the person to go experience them for us. you have no fear. >> this one i think you would do. you wouldn't do. and i'm not sure if you would. >> i've done this one. >> i've done hang gliding. >> it's a must do when rio.
day. it was a little nerve-racking at first but the views made it totally worth it. at these olympic games athletes soar through the sky and defy gravity but the residents of rio are no strangers to extreme elevation. hang gliding is a popular hobby. i'm here at the beach where hundreds land every day and now here from there. but i'm not going to fly alone. i met up with the pilot of my glider. >> what is there to see? >> a lot of animals. wild dogs. wild cats. >> he took me up 1,700 feet into the forest. the largest urban forest in the world and the launch pad for our adventure.
i recommend you look toward the island and run fast. that's what helps you. >> after we run, do you jump? >> no jumping. just run. >> run fast and look at the horizon. >> okay. i'm ready to go. are you ready to take me? after getting suited up and a brief practice run, it was time to get into place. hold on. hold on. which foot do i start with? before i could change my mind. >> one, two, three, fast, fast. >> we were off and running. i'm like a bird. copacabana over there. high in the sky i saw all of the highlights of rio. wow. look at that.
sights, it came for the most daunting part of the ride, the landing. we got to see everything, copacabana, sugarloaf. it was amazing. i understand why this is a must do. it looked very scary. only the beginning is scary. you were awesome. let's >> jill martin, you stuck that landing. >> it was one of the highlights of this trip. yesterday i went cliff jumping. we're showing that later in the week. we got very close as i was -- >> what a way to meet somebody. you put your life in his hands. >> and now we're getting married. >> i like it. sounds good. thank you. next, do you want to bring home
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>> nobody will look at you in this color. >> tell us about this. i never know what to do. what do you do? >> what you want to do is tie it on one hip like that. and then turn toward me. turn the other way. we want to give a little pouch. you hold it tight there. we'll pull it up. they would leave a little like that. >> okay. >> christ the >> basically the statue of liberty in new york, christ the redeemer in rio. >> it's more spiritual. >> i had five wooden ones for my girls and my wife. >> sentimental volunteers. that's a real design you see. >> okay.
>> these are brazilian staple. olympic souvenirs. the one with a flag, they were launched in 1998 and higher quality ones. really comfy. i love those. >> and the instrument? what is this right here? >> are you ready to try to make some noise? do you want to give it a go? you give it a go. you have to hold it against you and pull it like is lick your fingers. >> you were making that sound earlier. >> with my armpit. >> go ahead. come on. >> that's what you sound like in the morning, right? >> samba. >> coffee. you have to take home coffee.
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>> are you ready? ready! >> on my command -- >> roker, i need you on my team. >> i'm the judge. on my command. three, two, one, pull. >> so far it's a standoff. i don't know. team bush seems to be -- look at bush's face. my golly. okay. natalie's team having trouble. they seem to be maing progress. team bush. team bush. they're getting close. they're making a comeback. very close. they might be going in. bush is digging in. look at bush. we have a winner.
it was 1920 when they had tug of war last. i think they have to bring that back. >> a little rope burn. >> i want a rematch. >> we're the toughest team. >> impressive. >> second place but anyway. >> track and field, beach volleyball, apparatus finals and gymnastics tonight in prime time coverage on nbc. >> stay tuned now. we've got daytime olympic
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