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    We know millions of people are watching Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl X today, but from the looks of posts on social media, their furry friends aren’t being left out.

    It seems dogs love the Puppy Bowl as much as people do. And why not? What’s a game involving spandex-clad humans to what must be the canine equivalent of chew-toy errotica? That, or these pooches just can’t stop wondering how those puppies got into the television—and why they can’t be destroyed.

    Here’s a sampling of the game day fun:


    Even cats got in on the action, though I suspect she was just waiting for the kitty halftime show with celebrity guests Keyboard Cat and Lil Bub. 

    Photo by Cindy Funk/Flickr

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    Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment, theWall Street Journal reported. 

    He was 46. 

    The New York Post reports an apparent overdose, but the New York Police Department and the medical examiner’s office have not yet announced a cause of death.

    TMZ reported in May that Hoffman had spent 10 days in rehab, struggling with prescription pills and heroin.

    Hoffman is known for his roles in Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film Capote. More recently, Hoffman appeared in the Hunger Games franchise, and was in the the middle of filming for the series’ conclusion, Mockingjay, Part 2.

    UPDATE:  "The actor was found in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment in the Pickwick House around 11:15 a.m. by a screenwriter, who called 911," the WSJreports.

    "Law enforcement official: Actor [was] found in the bathroom of 4th floor apartment with a needle in his arm," tweeted Wall Street Journal reporter Pervaiz Shallwani.

    UPDATE 2: Philip Seymour Hoffman's family issued the following statement: 

    “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers." 

    Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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    Wolfram Alpha, the powerful “computational knowledge engine” that’s probably best known for helping Apple’s Siri answer tough questions, has some predictions about who’ll win today’s Super Bowl. 

    Slashdot’s Nick Kolakowski used Wolfram Alpha to check out the history of contests between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. 

    His findings? Denver has beaten Seattle in 25 of their last 38 meetings, but the two teams have very similar numbers in their matchups. While Denver has a slight edge in touchdowns and total yards, Seattle has pulled down more interceptions. 

    Of course, historical data alone shouldn’t be enough for you to run out and put all your money on the Broncos. After all, Wolfram Alpha picked the San Francisco 49ers to win last year’s big game, and we all know how well that worked out. 

    Photo via Daniel Spiess/Flickr

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    U2 might not be playing the Super Bowl halftime show, but the iconic band just stole the spotlight all the same.

    Taking a cue from Beyoncé, Bono and company used a commercial in the first quarter to officially release a new song, “Invisible,” on iTunes. It gets better: Not only was the track coproduced by Danger Mouse, it’s helping raise money for (Red), an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS. Bank of America has pledged to donate $1 for each download, with a cap of $2 million.

    But you have to act quickly: According to USA Today, “Invisible” will be pulled on Tuesday from iTunes.

    U2’s new album, on which “Invisible” is scheduled to appear, is expected to be released this summer.

    Screengrab via U2/YouTube

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    1) Broadway Joe joined the coin toss, and takes home the ribbon for best coat.

    2) The game opened with a safety. Points on the board for the Seahawks.

    3) Chancellor got a big hit on Thomas.

    4) Baldwin came through with a monster catch.

    5) Manning felt the pressure after a rough start.

    6) But the defense helped him out denying a Seattle touchdown.

    7) The joy was short lived. The Seahawks snatched an interception.

    8) Touchdown for the Seahawks.

    9) And an interception. Seahawks score again.

    10) The Seahawks mascot celebrated with a little dance.

    11) Bruno Mars classed up the halftime show.

    12) Then the Red Hot Chili Peppers brought some intensity (but apparently not shirts.)

    13) Percy Harvin ran a return for 87 yards—touchdown.

    14) Great catch, followed by a fumble. This was the Broncos night.

    15) The Broncos were really feeling the pain. Huge point deficit going into the fourth quarter.

    16) The Broncos finally got some points on the board with this touchdown.

    17) Another touchdown for the Seahawks.

    18) Richard Sherman (of trash talking fame) got taken off the field with an injury.

    19) And then it was over. Seahawks win. Cue the confetti.

    GIFs and illustration by Jason Reed and Fernando Alfonso III


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    Curt Menefee hailed the two as average New Yorkers, but there was nothing average about them. Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander were together again, cruising New York and drinking coffee in the most public ad campaign for the former’s webseries Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee yet. 

    The 1:30 clip, aired last night during the Super Bowl at the onset of half time, found Seinfeld and Alexander’s George Costanza character together again for the first time since 1998, arguing about an invitation to a watch party in a booth at Tom’s Restaurant, the Manhattan inspiration for Monk’s Café, the fictional coffee shop often frequented by the four main characters of Seinfeld’s show.


    It was happening because of Seinfeld’s new webseries—made clear by the direct promo at the end—but it was still a nice sight to see: Jerry and George again, in the coffee shop talking about some arcane business.

    “You availed yourself of the toilet in their master bedroom,” Jerry said.

    “You know whyyyyy,” responded Costanza.

    It sent Twitter legend @Seinfeld2000 into an absolute tailspin. 

    In reality, the segment could have used a laugh track. In a show about nothing, a selected conversation looks forced, especially after a 16 year hiatus. Nevertheless, watching George and Jerry go at it was like watching your two uncles argue over the remote one more time: This is the way it once always was. 

    You can watch a bit more of George and Jerry's reunion here

    Photo via Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee/Crackle

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    When word began to spread about a Velvet Underground tribute group called Pizza Underground, everyone from Good Morning America to Bon Appetit attempted to slice up the appeal. The NYC quintet, which features actor Macaulay Culkin on percussion, specifically covers Velvet Underground songs, with a twist: They’re all tweaked to be about pizza.

    This is the perfect Internet success story—a wouldn’t-it-be-funny-if meta-joke coaxed into reality by gimmick culture.


    To see this meta-joke come alive onstage only added to the suspension of disbelief: Some 900 people RSVP’d for the band’s Austin show on Facebook. Further, Pizza Underground played the opening of a pizza truck. As the group took the stage just after 9:30, Culkin, dressed in a black sleeveless shirt and sunglasses, trolled the crowd a bit:

    “You guys like food trucks?”

    After opening with “All the Pizza Parties,” they proceeded to play “I’m Waiting for the Delivery Man,” a stripped-down version of “Rock and Roll” (but about the creation of pizza rolls), Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” (“Pizza Day”), and a medley of other VU songs. “Anchovy Warhol” shuffled through the crowd taking pictures.

    About four songs in, a few people in the crowd started getting restless, perhaps realizing they’d been—to quote John Lydon—cheated, though out of what no one was really sure. Free beer, possibly. Then, someone in the crowd spoke up:

    “This shit sucks!”

    The scene was one of peculiar brand synergy (there was a tent selling e-cigarettes, next to a table selling Girl Scout cookies) and digital cryptocurrency was used to purchase food-truck wares, like a modern-day Oregon Trail:

    The Velvet Underground was Warhol’s muse, and in accordance with his performative business model, Pizza Underground’s approach sort of makes sense. In December, they released a video of Culkin eating a slice of pizza in silence for nearly five minutes. Their Tumblr is a pop-culture pastiche of pizza and Velvet Underground references. In December, they engaged in a faux beef with another pizza-themed band. The live performance was more an extension of that pop-art, is-this-real, improvisational history.

    Was it good? No. But for 20 minutes, the crowd indulged the gimmick. And online, Pizza Underground’s done an impressive job getting people to go along with the joke, which counts for a lot these days.

    Photo via the Pizza Underground/Tumblr

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    The Super Bowl may have been disappointing to pretty much anyone who wasn’t a Seahawks fan, but Aziz Ansari gave us the Super Bowl we deserved.

    Forget the Broncos and Seahawks. It’s the Dillon Panthers versus the East Dillon Lions, and it’s personal.

    What started off as a Friday Night Lights nod on Twitter turned into a bonafide game as it took on a life of its own—especially once FNL actor Scott Porter (quarterback Jason Street) got in on it.

    He then started acting as both a football commentator and a reporter as the game fleshed itself out.

    More comedians joined in as on-field reporters, and Ansari just added their commentary to his own.

    Since Landry Clarke’s portrayer, actor Jesse Plemons, ended up taking a much darker route into the world of methamphetamine on Breaking Bad, Ansari couldn’t help but bring Uncle Jack and his band of Neo-Nazis to the game to the team’s dismay.

    But, as with any episode of Friday Night Lights, there was plenty of drama brewing off the field.

    A winner wasn’t declared in #FNLBowl2, but whatever came out of it would have been better than what actually happened. And next year, somebody get Ansari a commentator job.

    H/T Gawker | Photo via Kristin Dos Santos/Flickr

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    Sex and the Super Bowl have a long-standing relationship. It’s why gentlemen’s clubs in host cities face a “stripper shortage” every year, forcing them to hire additional staff to meet increased demand. It’s why the Super Bowl sex-trafficking myth is so widely circulated by the media every year (regardless of the inconvenient fact that it’s not actually true). And it’s why one of the more inexplicable questions geared at Richard Sherman during Media Day this year focused on the trend of athletes “making it rain” on exotic dancers after the games.

    And it’s also why I, a non–football fan who usually tunes into The Sound of Music instead of the game and falls asleep in wing sauce by the third quarter, watched the big game at a strip club with porn stars this year.

    Last night, I attended the Super Bowl party at Headquarters NYC, a gentlemen’s club in midtown Manhattan. Hosted by adult-film mainstays Britney Shannon, Jayden Jaymes, and Lisa Ann, the HQ NYC Super Bowl party was touted as an intimate affair where fans could sit with their favorite performers, eat wings, sip Bud Light, and talk about “the plays, commercials, and everything that is going on in the game.” The flyers promised a special karaoke halftime show and a Pat Benatar performance from Lisa Ann.

    via Headquarters NYC

    Throwing lavish Super Bowl parties is something of a vaunted tradition in the adult industry. “It’s a very male-oriented weekend, so suffice to say it’s very popular for adult stars and centerfolds to be up front,” adult industry publicist and HQNYC rep Lainie Speiser told me. “And you may not see them together in public that often, but football players sure do love porn stars.”

    But while most of these fetes are attended exclusively by VIP athletes, club staff, and industry members, this was the first time Headquarters had opened its doors to the unwashed, non-porn hoi polloi like me. 

    “In the adult industry these days, the No. 1 most important thing is the fanbase,” Speiser explained. “You really have to connect with the fans more than any kind of entertainer, and being out there and being accessible to fans is really important. So this party is about guys who wanna watch the game and really interact with the girls who are hosting. And when will you get to eat Buffalo wings with Lisa Ann?”

    That was the selling point for me: I’m not a football fan, but I cover the porn industry and care quite a bit about Buffalo wings. I headed to HQ NYC with this all-American spirit of democracy in mind, entertaining fantasies of toasting to a particularly epic play or grousing over a sexist GoDaddy ad with the crème de la crème of adult entertainment. 

    I had only been to one gentlemen’s club before—my boyfriend likes to refer to the lap dance I received there as the “most flaccid moment” of his adult life—so I assumed the place would be teeming with adult stars and dancers tottering around on stilettos, sprawling on your lap, and persuading you into blowing a hundo on a dance. There might be talk about their kids or their comp-sci night classes. I was very excited about this.

    When I arrived, Headquarters was about a quarter full, and there were few dancers or performers to be found; while it was as dimly lit and plush-boothed as any platonic conception of a gentlemen’s club, the atmosphere was fairly laid back. The only pole in sight was being used as an impromptu mode of support for a tipsy older woman tossing back Heinekens.

    After a few minutes, I spotted two adult performers putting on makeup in the women’s room: a blonde in a tiny, cropped Peyton Manning jersey and an angel-faced, impossibly lithe brunette in a black crop top and liquid leggings. She rustled through a tackle box of liquid liners and shadows.

    “It’s like, now I’ve seen success and he wants to talk to me?” the blonde said. “I’m like, I’m a fuckin’ lady, what makes you think I’m gonna fuckin’ talk to you?”

    “Right,” the brunette said. “OK. Whoa.” They continued applying their makeup. The sign above them read “Dancers: ‘Please’ do not throw any woman products in the toilet.” 

    As the game started, I milled around the room, trying to gauge the demographics of the room. Stockbroker types puffing e-cigarettes and wearing Brooks Brothers sweaters over collared shirts mingled with hard-bitten 50-something men you might spot in southern Pennsylvania. Some were members of the industry, like J-Lingo, a photographer who told me a psychic had prophesied a Seahawks win and looked like a younger, more jovial Charles Barkley; some were off-duty HQ dancers, one of whom said she was trying to decide between rooting for “the birds and the horses.” In unison, her friends replied, “Woooo!

    There were a fair amount of out-of-towners. Liam, a rangy, friendly New Zealander, had no idea what the Super Bowl was until a few days ago. “I’m only in town for a week, and I wanted to have a big American experience,” he told me. “I saw the words ‘open bar’ and ‘porn stars’ and ended up here.” He was particularly fond of Lisa Ann, who still had yet to make an appearance: “She’s the most-searched-for porn star in the world, isn’t she?” he said. “That says it all, I think. The people have spoken.”

    Then, around 6:30pm, Lisa Ann descended like porn royalty from the VIP lounge upstairs, taking a seat between adult performer Jayden Jaymes and New York public access cable legend Robin Byrd on a stage toward the front. The VIP area was cordoned off by a bouncer, who surveyed the audience in the lower level. It felt a little like gawking at the popular kids’ table in the high school cafeteria, except the popular kids drank champagne flutes and were dressed like football players whose jerseys had been shredded by wild boars.

    As the game progressed, the room started to fill up. It seemed that a fair number of patrons weren’t attracted to HQ for the porn star power of the event, as I was; most were just looking for a fun place to watch the game. “I don’t know about any porn stars,” one girl with a cheek tattoo and clear braces told me. “I came because a friend of a friend of mine, Kevin, plays football and he wanted to come here.” That Kevin was Detroit Lions wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, who cohosted the event.

    During halftime, the performers started to make the rounds of the general section, making idle chit-chat and posing for photographs with fellow industry members. In lieu of the karaoke half-time show, Lisa Ann posed for photos with other stars and a handful of fans, most of whom skewed on the younger side.

    The tattooed blonde and willowy brunette I’d seen in the bathroom turned out to be performers Britney Shannon and Kendall Karson. They stood together in back. 

    “We’re both actually rooting for the Broncos but it’s not looking good,” Shannon said. “I hope they pick it up after halftime. They need that coach’s lecture in the locker room right now.” 

    “It’s not looking good,” Karson agreed.

    “Peyton Manning’s really good at coming back, though,” Shannon said. “I think this year he set a record for the biggest comebacks. I forget which game it was and who they’re playing, but they were, like, 40 points down and they won the game.” 

    I asked Karson why she thought people were watching the game here rather than at home or at a bar. “Well, what guy doesn’t love beautiful women and sports?” Karson said. “Put them both together and you have a great party.” They looked as if they’d rather have their eyelashes plucked off one by one than speak to anyone other than each other, so I thanked them and drifted away. 

    During the third quarter, as the game turned into a nightmare for Broncos fans, I realized my dreams of challenging porn’s most famous Sarah Palin imitator to a wing-eating competition had also been shot to hell. (It was also clear that my credit card had been swiped, but that’s another story.) If someone had wandered into the bar to get a taste of the American experience of sports and sex, as Liam from New Zealand had, they were going to get a dose of one and not so much of the other. 

    At no time was this more apparent than when I finally made it to the VIP area. As I introduced myself to Jaymes, Lisa Ann, and Byrd, I felt a little bit like a newly inaugurated member of homecoming court, taking my place onstage with the other victors.

    “She’s No. 1 in her fantasy team,” Jaymes said, pointing to Lisa Ann (she hosts a fantasy football Sirius XM show, Lisa Ann Does Fantasy). 

    “I’m the only girl. It’s 35 guys and me,” Lisa Ann said, showing me her name on the fantasy league list on her phone. “I’m in the No. 1 spot right now.”

    “Who are you guys gunning for right now?” I asked. 

    “Well, I’m kinda hoping Peyton would get a win because I wanted him to retire on a high note,” she said. “But I have four fantasy players on the team on Seattle’s defense, so I’m quite happy with whatever happens.”

    “What do you think about the party?” I asked. “Have you guys talked to any—”

    “Can I watch the game now?” Lisa Ann said, her gaze abruptly shifting to her phone. An expertly manicured nail pointed to the screen.

    I left the VIP area and made my way back into the crowd. Although the party was slated to go on until 2am, and a man who told me he worked for the NFL Network had promised to introduce me to some professional football players, the buffet had run out of chicken wings and the buzz had started to wear off from my one $15 cocktail. I was tired and hungry, and my credit card was missing from my bag. I had to call Chase Bank before someone bought a laptop in my name.

    Toward the end of the fourth quarter, I went home. I’d experienced the Super Bowl with a side of sex, and that was enough. It seemed most of the guests felt the same way. The crowd in the main area had thinned considerably, and those who had paid for VIP access had disappeared to an ambiguous location upstairs. It was time to sit at home, snark about the halftime show, and stuff my piehole in peace.

    And next year, I’ll be watching The Sound of Music.

    Photo via gchow7/Flickr

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    Not much more than a year ago, Grammy-winning teen songstress Lorde was just a slightly younger teenager, hanging out on 4chan’s music board, /mu/ and asking for critiques of her songs. 

    Except that she wasn’t. 

    The rumor that Lorde is a former 4channer started with an archived /mu/ post—anonymous, of course—from Dec. 2012: 

    Hey /mu/, I'd appreciate any criticism and feedback on a song I am doing. Thanks. in b4 tits and the kitchen,” and linked to Lorde’s future megahit, “Royals,” on Soundcloud.

    Don't get too excited, though. The anonymous poster was merely a poser, Lorde confirmed on Twitter:

    But if the mystery poster wasn't Lorde, it was someone who jumped on the bandwagon very early. “Royals” hadn’t been up on Soundcloud for long before it hit 4chan. 

    That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with /mu/. The forum’s hipster “patricians” are known for trying to one-up each other by discovering new music. 

    In this case, though, some posters didn't foresee Lorde’s massive success. The first comment on the song was a bit of a backhanded compliment:

    pretty cool, dawg. don't like your background vocals on the chorus. you should get other people to do that. it'd be cool to have dudes for that, like you were the queen of them or whatever. 

    It just gets grating when it's your voice x1000, you have a strong enough voice to hold on its own, but having it layered makes it sound a little odd...

    Solid song though, would listen again.

    Hey, everyone’s a critic.

    Screengrab via lordeVEVO/YouTube

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    Sunday night’s Super Bowl proved a blowout from the beginning. Up 2-0 after the Denver Broncos surrendered a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the Seattle Seahawks went on to score the next 36 points. 

    The game got truly ugly at the beginning of these second half when Seahawk wide receiver Percy Harvin returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown, making the score 29-0. The return happened right around 8:30pm.

    According to Pornhub, that’s when Broncos fans stopped watching. 

    Shared yesterday, the porn-streaming site’s Traffic Change During Super Bowl graph details the two cities’ use of the site through the whole course of Sunday’s events, from the afternoon leading up to the game and the hours immediately after. As you can see just below, that’s about the time the Bronco faithful decided to take the matter of “beatdowns” into their own hands, a trend that continued well into the night, culminating in a proverbial “climax” at 11pm, the same time in which the Seahawks were just beginning to celebrate. 

    Photo via John Pozadzides/Flickr

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    The sensational Scott Bradlee has been improving modern-day hits by bringing in the music genres of the past, and this time his sights were on two collaborators who recently made their way to the top of the charts: Pitbull and Ke$ha.

    “Timber” is catchy enough on its own, but once you add a little doo wop to the mix, it turns into a ditty that “would have undoubtedly been played at sock hops across the country.”

    With the help of backup vocals from The Tee Tones and a jazz solo, a song close to outstaying its welcome got a makeover and new life. 

    And instead of fading into obscurity, it just might be the song you won’t forget.

    H/T Digg | Photo via ScottBradleeLovesYa/YouTube

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    Having just lost the Super Bowl quite badly, Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker, decided to go to a nightclub. As one does. Unfortunately, Miller went to a nightclub where a bunch of Seattle Seahawks were partying. He got bounced.

    That’s embarrassing. You know what else is embarrassing? Losing the Super Bowl by 35 points. Zing! (Also: that outfit.) 

    It's worth noting that Miller did not play in the Super Bowl due to a torn ACL. That wasn't the only time he had to sit out this year: early in the season he was found guilty of violating the NFL's drug policy. None of this stops the video from being somewhere from fairly to quite amusing (re: that outfit). 

    But while we’re on the subject of famous people not getting their way, remember that time the Miami Heat didn’t let Drake into their locker room after winning the NBA Finals? That was hilarious. Let’s revisit that.

    H/T TMZ | Photo via CBSSports

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    This year, Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die celebrates its 20th anniversary. Seattle artist Yung Lenox recently did a colorful tribute to Biggie. He is 7 years old.

    Nevermind that Yung Lenox wasn’t even alive in 1994. Or in 1984, when Minor Threat’s self-titled compilation album was released. He drew the cover of that one, too. 

    His Instagram page is a gallery of iconic album covers from the past 30 years. Lenox’s drawing obsession was fostered by his dad, Skip, a fellow artist. Questionable parental tastes are often forced on kids, but in this case, Skip's excellent record collection brought out and shaped Lenox’s talents. In the past year, he’s hit all the greats: A Tribe Called Quest, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, UGK, Wu-Tang Clan, Bad Brains, Slayer, Prince. He’s partial to Ghostface Killah, because of the Iron Man connection.

    Lenox’s talents have attracted enough attention that he’s sold out of limited-edition prints. Around the holidays, he was able to use some of the money from prints to help buy toys for less fortunate kids.

    When he’s not drawing musical heroes, he’s posing with them. Yung Lenox also had his first solo show last summer. Do you remember what you were doing when you were 7?

    Illustrations via Yung Lenox/Instagram

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    A few weeks ago, we reported that Playboy TV was developing an app for Google’s Chromecast that would stream explicit content to your TV. But due to Google’s history of restricting adult content on their devices, we were skeptical that the (NSFW) app would ever come to fruition.

    And our skepticism was justified: along with the release of Chromecast SDK to developers, Google has issued a list of terms and conditions for companies that want to make their apps Chromecast-compatible. One of these conditions? No content that “contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit materials.” In other words, no dirty, filthy, nasty, naughty pornz.

    To be fair, there’s nothing new or particularly surprising about this: Google is simply reinforcing the same guidelines for Chromecast SDK developers that have already been in place for the Google Play store, which prohibits apps containing sexually explicit material. While these terms and conditions probably contain some wiggle room for a cleavage shot or two, (which is owned by tube site conglomerate Mindgeek) is far more explicit than its namesake publication, which means it’s pretty unlikely the app will pass muster under Google’s current guidelines.

    We’ve reached out to Mindgeek to find out how Chromecast’s Terms of Service are affecting the development of the app, and to see how they feel about Google’s draconian guidelines regarding adult-themed content. In the meantime, however, there’s an easy way for Chromecast-owning porno enthusiasts to access their favorite content: you can stream porn the good old-fashioned way by mirroring XXX-rated content on your Google Chrome desktop browser.  

    H/T Gigaom | Photo: Screengrab, YouTube via PlayboyTV

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    A four-minute performance has turned into four days of fallout. Since barging in on Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl Sunday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have faced myriad accusations about the authenticity of their show.

    Band bassist Flea responded to the accusations Tuesday with a message posted to the band’s website that ran longer than their Sunday performance. In it, he explained how he and his three bandmates arrived at the decision to play one of their only mimed shows in the band’s 30-year history. 

    According to message, “there are a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the TV viewers,” and the plan had always been to incorporate live vocals and pre-recorded bass, drums, and guitar into the mix.

    “There was not any room for argument on this,” he wrote. “[T]he NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.”

    The performance has evoked memories of Beyoncé’s famous lip-synching at President Barack Obama’s inauguration last year. 

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have long held that they won’t take part in any miming or lip-synching during their performances—Flea wrote how the last time they were asked to do such a thing, they were kicked off the UK’s Top of the Pops for making a mockery of the “performance”—but the “surreal-like, once in a lifetime” notion of performing at the Super Bowl trumped preexisting standards the Chili Peppers had created pertaining to performance. 

    “We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do,” he said. “Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision.”

    The band decided that, with Anthony Kiedis singing live, they could still “bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance,” and they made efforts to record a new rendition of the song especially for the gig. 

    “I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.”

    And it was quite fun. In fact, from certain vantage points, it was the most entertaining four minutes of the night.

    Either way, this is the second time that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been associated with something deemed fake in the past week. Last Friday, a song called “Abracadabralifornia” burst onto the Internet under the guise of being a Red Hot Chili Peppers production, though it was clear the band had nothing to do with it. 

    Photo via Red Hot Chili Peppers/Facebook

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    Yesterday, transgender woman and writer Janet Mock was excited for her interview with Piers Morgan Live on CNN. But when the segment, entitled “From Boy To Girl,” aired last night, Mock apparently realized that it wasn’t quite as positive as she’d been led to believe. Now Mock’s supporters and trans advocates are outraged—but apparently, not as outraged as Morgan himself.

    Morgan led the interview by describing Mock as “born a boy,” and described her as “becom[ing] a woman” in young adulthood. On Twitter, as the interview aired, he described her as “formerly a man.” Most transgender women and men identify as their gender throughout their lives, so to describe them as having previously been a different gender is generally considered offensive. Mock minced no words about how Morgan’s error made her feel:

    As offended and angry tweets directed at Morgan poured in, he appeared to be baffled and unclear about why everyone was angry with him, pointing out that Mock herself used the phrase, “I was born a boy” in a Marie Claire article, and getting vehemently defensive on the subject:

    Morgan lashed out at Mock and her supporters in a string of tweets: he claimed Mock was at fault for not complaining about Morgan’s wording before the interview aired, then suggested she was just trying to cause drama to sell books.

    Morgan linked the interview transcript and invited readers to “decide for themselves” about his level of offense. Then he invited Mock back onto tonight’s show to debate the issue. Though Mock did not respond, plenty of other people did, including the National Center for Transgender Equality:

    Morgan clearly feels he is the victim of an Internet lynch mob. And to be fair, the CNN Transcript of the interview clearly shows Morgan attempting to be supportive of Mock’s current gender identity. He calls her “remarkable,” “brave,” and “courageous.” But he also associates her gender “change” with her decision to have surgical transformation, which is an offensive reduction of transgender men and women to their genitalia.

    Morgan retweeted this comment from Times Online columnist Janice Turner, who labeled Mock and her supporters as “trolls”:

    But social unwillingness to respect and accept transgender identity leads to incredible violence against transgender men and women, who suffer far higher rates of bullying, violence, and suicide than any other minority group. That’s not an internet hoax, nor are people working to change those statistics “disrespecting” cisgendered people like Morgan and Turner who are actively erasing and misrepresenting transgender identity.

    Even more than Morgan’s linguistic mistakes during and before the interview, it’s his defensiveness and unwillingness to listen and learn why Twitter is upset that is the most revealing—and ultimately the most harmful.

    Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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    Last night, up-and-coming vlogger Sir Fedora posted a video to his YouTube page. In it, the young man enthusiastically attempts to rally viewers to get the "likes" on his video up from one to between three and five. He’s got modest dreams, and you’ve got to respect that. But Sir Fedora went even further with his plea and attempted to personally connect with his followers, which is the right approach to YouTube:  

    “We did it; we hit one like. And I know you guys are gonna be like, ‘Dude, it’s just one like.’ But it’s still awesome that I know that you guys are there. … I still think it’s pretty awesome you guys are sticking with it.”

    The page, which also includes the name C. Jackson, is only five days old, so the social media-savvy Sir Fedora continued with his plea for subscribers, previewed a new iMovie, and promoted his Twitter. He is genuinely excited about one like, and states that more likes would make him “go through the roof,” then pans the camera to the ceiling, where there’s a substantial hole. “I’ve already gone through the roof,” he says, before breaking into the chorus of “Wrecking Ball.” 

    By the end of the video, you’ve drank the Kool-Aid: How does this kid not have more likes?

    Then Reddit got a whiff of the situation and decided to flood his video with likes. As of this afternoon, the video has more than 400,000 views, and 70,000 likes (as well as 1,000 dislikes). His Twitter follower count ballooned to 12,000. Many redditors commented on the effects of too much fame too fast:

    “Oh boy, this is how it starts. A harmless virtual flash mob handing out likes on youtube. Once this shit goes viral, he will get made into memes and get featured on morning talk shows. Everyone will have a laugh. Then BOOM! Under a bridge doing heroin.”

    Others commented on the infectious charm of his videos:

    “I'm sitting here thinking this kid is just rambling on about nothing, and then BOOM, I've watched the whole video. He's actually rather entertaining to watch.”

    And others wondered if Sir Fedora might actually be the original poster, and this was all a ploy for likes. But if his enthusiasm isn’t genuine, what is real in this world? For what it’s worth, Sir Fedora seems to be aware of his Reddit hit, and he tweeted at his new followers to stay with him.

    He posted a new video today, ostensibly about a whipped cream challenge, but it freezes at around the 30-second mark. Sir Fedora's going through the growing pains any new YouTuber faces, but he just got a bunch of new fans. In the end, he just wants to know you’re watching.

    Screengrab via Sir Fedora/YouTube

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    They may seem like innocent playthings, but action figures can lead lives of drug use, mass murder, and other types of general debauchery.

    At least skvoe's collection of action figures do.

    Since June 2013, Tumblr user skvoe has positioned his extensive set of action figures in a series of comically naughty scenarios, complete with requisite sordid stories. Like a comic strip version of Robot Chicken, skvoe's action figures have been on plenty of horrifying—yet brilliantly photographed—adventures.

    Spider-Man, for example, indeed does do everything a spider can—including getting squashed by a flyswatter.

    Tony Montana of Scarface, meanwhile, finds himself snorting all of the flour he could possibly want.

    And who could forget Superman flying to the aid of a woman in need—of suntan lotion?

    Superman knows that not everyone is enhanced by Earth's yellow sun.

    Let's just hope that skvoe's set of Ninja Turtles stay far away from his stove. Otherwise, Shredder could be having that "turtle soup" that he has been dreaming about for decades.

    Images via skvoe/Tumblr

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    The London Olympics were widely called the “first-ever social media Olympics,” and with even more apps and websites available for athletes, this is only sure to grow in Sochi.

    While Olympians used Instagram in 2012, the app has grown considerably in user numbers since then, and video is now available. Sure, it’s not the same as wearing a GoPro camera on your helmet, but it’s about as close as we can get to the games without being there.

    We’re already getting a taste of Sochi from the reporters descending on the city, but now that the athletes are arriving (and practicing), we’re getting an intimate look at everything from the Olympic Village to the courses where they will eventually compete. And who doesn’t want to see Olympic selfies?

    Many members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams (as well as many of the events’ official teams) are active on Instagram, and we’ll be sure to refresh our feeds come the Opening Ceremony. In the meantime, here are some good accounts to follow.


    Jeremy Abbott, Figure Skating

    It’s Abbott’s second Olympics representing Team USA (he finished ninth in Vancouver), but that doesn’t mean the sheen of competing in it has worn off yet. 


    Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding

    Anderson won a medal at the Winter X Games at age 15 and hasn’t slowed down since. She’s also won gold on the Dew Tour seven times, the 2013 World Cup, and the 2012 Canadian Open.


    Eddy Alvarez, Speed Skating (Short Track)

    After missing out on the Vancouver Olympics, Alvarez made the U.S. World Cup team and became the first Cuban-American male speed skater to make the U.S. Olympic team. He plans to pursue baseball after Sochi.


    Evan Bates, Figure Skating

    A member of the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating team, Bates is returning with a new skating partner, Madison Chock.


    Erik Bjornsen, Cross-Country Skiing

    Bjornsen was named an NCAA All-American in 2011 and made his debut onto the world stage in 2012. His sister, Sadie, is also a cross-country skier.


    Aaron Blunck, Freestyle Skiing

    Blunck competed at the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2012 and has since started competing at the world level.


    Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing

    For Bowman, skiing runs in the family. She is the daughter of two former professional skiers, and the high school senior has made headway in the few years she’s entered the professional spotlight.


    Greg Bretz, Snowboarding

    Bretz won his first World Cup victory in 2008 and placed 12th in the Vancouver Games before being named to the U.S. Olympic team.


    Bobby Brown, Freestyle Skiing

    Brown already has a big following on Instagram and at one point had his ownYouTube Web series. He specializes in slopestyle and big air competitions.


    Jason Brown, Figure Skating

    Brown already caught our eye when his performance at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships went viral, but he’s already accomplished much on the junior and senior level.


    Cory Butner, Bobsled

    Butner already has three World Cup medals to his name and is looking to add an Olympic medal to his collection.


    Sophie Caldwell, Cross-Country Skiing

    Caldwell made her debut at the World Cup in December 2012 and finished 20th overall at the 2013 World Championship.


    Alex Carpenter, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Carpenter is the daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter and was the youngest player on Team USA for a three-game exhibition against Canada in 2010.


    Kyle Carr, Speed Skating (Short Track)

    Carr missed a shot at the 2010 Olympics by a hundredth of a second, but this time he snagged a spot this time around. He’s also part of the U.S. team that set the national relay record, but plans to retire after Sochi.


    Marissa Castelli, Figure Skating

    Castelli and her partner, Simon Shnapir, have been skating together since 2006 and won two national titles at the U.S. Championships before heading to Sochi.


    J.R. Celski, Speed Skating (Short Stack)

    Celski is returning to the Olympics after winning two bronze medals in Vancouver, and he’ll appear in a one-hour NBC special called How to Raise an Olympian


    Taylor Chace, Sled Hockey

    This is the third Paralympics for Chace, who helped the U.S. Sled Hockey team win bronze in Torino and the gold in Vancouver.


    Madison Chock, Figure Skating

    Along with her partner Evan Bates, they finished fourth at the 2012 U.S. International Classic and won silver at the 2014 U.S. Championships before making it to Sochi.


    Lauren Cholewinski, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Cholewinski has been competing since 2007 and was named to the U.S. team for the Vancouver Olympics.


    Kelly Clark, Snowboarding

    Clark is returning for her third Winter Olympics after winning gold in Salt Lake City and bronze in Vancouver. She’s also competed in the Superpipe at the Winter X Games and Winter Dew Tour.


    Emily Cook, Freestyle Skiing

    Cook has competed in Torino and Vancouver after missing the chance to go to Salt Lake City following an injury and ranks second overall in the aerials rankings.


    Stacey Cook, Alpine Skiing

    Cook has skied since she was four. She’s competed in Torino and finished 11th overall in Vancouver.


    Nick Cunningham, Bobsled

    Cunningham is a Sergeant in the New York National Guard who has competed since 2008. He placed 12th in the two-man event and 13th in the four-man event in Vancouver.


    Lyman Currier, Freestyle Skiing

    Currier made an impression on the rookie circuit during the 2011-2012 season, and ended up on the top of the podium at the 2014 U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah prior to Sochi.


    John Daly, Skeleton

    Daly started as a BMX racer, but stopped after he broke both wrists following a practice run. He qualified for Vancouver and won gold at the 2013 World Championships.


    Danny Davis, Snowboarding

    Davis failed to get a spot on the 2010 team after suffering from a back injury, but more recently he won first place in the 2014 Men’s Snowboard Superpipe.


    Meryl Davis, Figure Skating

    Davis won the silver with partner Charlie White in Vancouver. The duo have been skating together since 1997, making it the longest-lasting dance team in the U.S.

    Davis was the first Black athlete from any nation to win gold in an individual sport (speed skating 1,000 meter) in Torino, and he defended the title in Vancouver. He’s also won two silver medals in the 1500 meter.


    Brianna Decker, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Decker plays for the Badgers at the University of Wisconsin, and she was appointed to the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2011.


    Jessie Diggins, Cross-Country Skiing

    Diggins made her debut in 2011, and along with teammate Kikkan Randall, won the team sprint at the 2013 World Championships.


    Alyson Dudek, Speed Skating (Short Track)

    Dudek won the bronze for the 3,000 meter relay in Vancouver after South Korea was disqualified. She’s also won the bronze at the 2009 and 2011 World Team Championships and the 2010 World Championships.


    Meghan Duggan, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Duggan was part of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team that won silver in Vancouver and the team that won gold at the 2013 Women’s World Championships.


    Polina Edmunds, Figure Skating

    Edmunds won the silver at the 2014 U.S. Championships, which was the first time she competed at the senior level.


    Aja Evans, Bobsled

    Evans competed in track and field (even trying out for the 2008 Olympics) before switching to the bobsled. She earned the silver at Calgary and gold at Park City during the most recent World Cup season.


    Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboarding

    Farrington became the first woman to perform a backside 900 and consistently finished towards the top at the Winter Dew Tour and Winter X Games.


    Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey

    Farmer was born as a bilateral amputee and started skating for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in 2012 before joining the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team.


    Jazmine Fenlator, Bobsled

    Fenlator started bobsledding in 2007 and switched to the driver’s seat after competing as a brakeman for a few years.


    Julia Ford, Alpine Skiing

    Ford won gold at the U.S. National Championships in 2011 and 2012 for downhill skiing and has been part of the World Cup circuit.


    Travis Ganong, Alpine Skiing

    Prior to Sochi, Ganong had his best season yet where he finished 18th overall in the season and won the gold at the 2013 U.S. Championships.


    Arielle Gold, Snowboarding

    The 17-year-old has already competed at the Winter Youth Olympic Games and the Winter X Games prior to Sochi, where she is joined by her brother (and teammate) Taylor.


    Gracie Gold, Figure Skating

    The 2014 U.S. National Championship winner earned the highest-ever scores in the short program and and the free program to earn her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.


    Taylor Gold, Snowboarding

    Taylor Gold already has a wealth of experience on his own. He’s been competing since 2011 in the Junior World Championships, U.S. Grand Prix, and the Winter Dew Tour.


    Preston Griffall, Luge

    Griffall finished eighth in the men’s doubles luge event in Torino and serves as a member of the U.S. National Guard in Utah.


    Jamie Gruebel, Bobsled

    Gruebel joined the U.S. Bobsled Team in 2007, where she made the transition from brakeman to pilot.


    Chas Guldemond, Snowboarding

    Guldemond started snowboarding professionally in 2005 and he had a solid run at the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Grand Prix.


    Simi Hamilton, Cross-Country Skiing

    Hamilton competed in the 2010 Olympics, where he finished 29th of 96 skiers and finished 13th in the relay.


    Erin Hamlin, Luge

    Hamlin finished 12th in Torino and 16th in Vancouver, where she was the highest-placed American in the individual event.


    Brian Hansen, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Hansen won the silver in the team event in Vancouver and has since won medals at the World Junior Championships.


    Kate Hansen, Luge

    Hansen broke her foot in October in the middle of a race (and won) but managed to heal in time to qualify for the Sochi team.


    Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping

    Hendrickson is part of the first-ever women’s ski jumping team to attend the Olympics.


    Jessica Jerome, Ski Jumping

    Jerome has been competing since 2001 and became the first woman to win the U.S. Olympics Trials in women’s ski jumping.


    Lolo Jones, Bobsled

    Jones competed as an Olympic hurdler in 2012 and got recruited for the bobsled team after the London Olympics.



    Patrick Kane, Ice Hockey (Men’s)

    The Chicago Blackhawks right wing/center won his first Stanley Cup in 2010 and was part of men’s hockey team that won silver in Vancouver.


    Nolan Kasper, Alpine Skiing

    Kasper has been skiing since age 3 and placed 24th in the Olympic Slalom at Vancouver.


    Aidan Kelly, Luge

    Kelly was inspired to take on luge after he saw a commercial for the sport during Torino. He’s one of three lugers to compete in the men’s single’s competition.


    Amanda Kessel, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Kessel plays for the University of Minnesota, and her brother, Phil, also plays for Team USA on the men’s hockey team.


    Hilary Knight, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Knight played for the University of Wisconsin and was part of the 2010 U.S. women’s hockey team that won gold in Vancouver.


    Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarding

    Kotsenburg has competed professionally since age 12 and will compete alongside Shaun White and Chas Guldemond.


    Jocelyne Lamoureux, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Jocelyne played for the Minnesota and North Dakota during her college career, and, along with her twin sister Monique, won silver in Vancouver.


    Monique Lamoureux, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    The ice hockey forward played for Minnesota and North Dakota before playing for the U.S. in Vancouver.


    Emery Lehman, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Lehman won his first national event at age 12 and will compete in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events at Sochi.


    Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing

    Ligety is a four-time World Cup champion in the giant slalom and won the gold for combined in Torino.


    Chris Mazdzer, Luge

    Mazdzer has competed since 2001 and finished 13th at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


    Jordan Malone, Speed Skating (Short Track)

    Malone started skating at age 5 and participated in his first competition in 1995. He won the bronze in the 5,000 meter relay at Vancouver.


    Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skiing

    Mancuso won the gold in the giant slalom in Torino and silver in both downhill and combined in Vancouver.


    Joey Mantia, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Mantia holds three world records for the road race and switched to speed skating on ice in 2011.


    Brianne McLaughlin, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    McLaughlin is the goalie for the women’s ice hockey team and won the silver medal in Vancouver.


    Patrick Meek, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Meek will compete in the 5,000 meter race after trying out in 2006 and 2010 and failing to make the Olympic team.


    Elana Meyers, Bobsled

    Meyers has already competed in Vancouver, where she won the bronze in the two-woman bobsled race.


    Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing

    Miller has already won five medals in four different disciplines in the Winter Olympics, making him the most decorated U.S. skier.


    Andy Newell, Cross-Country Skiing

    Newell made his Olympic debut in Torino and finished ninth with Team USA during the team sprint in Vancouver.


    Leif Nordgren, Biathlon

    Nordgren was originally introduced to the biathlon by his older sister and has regularly competed on the World Cup circuit for the past four years.


    Steven Nyman, Alpine Skiing

    Nyman started to compete professionally in 2006, and he made his Olympic debut in Torino, where he finished 19th in downhill, 29th in combined, and 43rd in the super G.


    Johnny Quinn, Bobsled

    Quinn is a former wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Canadian Football League) and was also signed to the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers before signing onto the U.S. bobsled team.


    Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing

    Randall won a medal in the team spring with Jessie Diggins at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships before Sochi.


    Justin Reiter, Snowboarding

    Reiter missed out on the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010, but he finally made the team after winning the silver medal at the 2013 World Cup.


    Heather Richardson, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Richardson competed in Vancouver, where she placed sixth in the 500 meters, ninth in the 1,000 meters, and 16th in the 1,500 meters.


    Jilleanne Rookard, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Rookard placed 12th in Vancouver and won the 3,000 meter event during the Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City to make the team.


    Laurenne Ross, Alpine Skiing

    Ross started skiing at age 7, and she specializes in downhill and super G.


    Anne Schleper, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Schleper played for Minnesota before joining the U.S. Women’s hockey team, where she’ll make her Olympic debut in Sochi.


    Alex Shibutani, Figure Skating

    Alex Shibutani dances with his sister Maia, and the two won the bronze medal at the 2014 U.S. Championships.


    Maia Shibutani, Figure Skating

    Maia is the younger of the Shibutani siblings. She started skating at age four, but didn’t start skating with her brother until 2004.


    Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing

    Shiffrin specializes in slalom and giant slalom, and she won gold at the 2013 World Championships.


    Leanne Smith, Alpine Skiing

    Smith joined the U.S. Ski team in 2007 and moved up to the World Cup level before representing the U.S. in 2010 and 2014.


    Jessica Smith, Speed Skating (Short Track)

    Smith started inline skating, but she eventually switched to short track speed skating in order to go to the Olympics. She was appointed as an alternate in 2010.


    Kelli Stack, Ice Hockey (Women’s)

    Stack played for Boston College before competing in Vancouver and was later drafted to the Boston Blades in 2011.


    Ryan Stassel, Snowboarding

    Stassel finished among the top four Americans for each of the final Olympics qualifying events and has also done well at the U.S. Grand Prix.


    Resi Stiegler, Alpine Skiing

    Stiegler has been skiing since she was two and made her Olympic debut at the Torino Games.


    Marco Sullivan, Alpine Skiing

    Sullivan has competed in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics as well as four World Championships.


    Jayson Terdiman, Luge

    It’s Terdiman’s first Olympics while his doubles partner, Christian Niccum, is going to his third. The duo began to share a sled after Vancouver and won a World Cup bronze medal in 2013.


    Hannah Teter, Snowboarding

    Teter is an Olympic veteran. She won the gold medal for halfpipe in Torino and the silver medal in Vancouver.


    Sugar Todd, Speed Skating (Long Track)

    Todd started to skate at age 8 and qualified for the 500 and 1,000 meter events at Sochi.


    Kyle Tress, Skeleton

    Tress started competing in 2002, and he finished fifth in the men’s event at the 2013 World Cup.


    Katie Uhlaender, Skeleton

    Uhlaender competed in Torino and Vancouver, where she placed sixth and 11th in the skeleton event respectively.


    Ashley Wagner, Figure Skating

    Wagner finished fourth at the 2014 U.S. Championships after falling twice during her routine, but her strong international record earned her a spot on the team.


    Ty Walker, Snowboarding

    At just 16, Walker has dominated the women’s slopestyle and finished fifth at the FIS World Snowboarding Championship.


    Andrew Weibrecht, Alpine Skiing

    Weibrecht won the bronze for super G in Vancouver and races in all five skiing disciplines.


    Tucker West, Luge

    At 18, West is the youngest male to represent the U.S. in Sochi in the Men’s Singles luge competition.


    Charlie White, Figure Skating

    White won the silver medal in Vancouver and the gold at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013 with partner Meryl Davis.


    Shaun White, Snowboarding

    One of the more recognizable faces at Sochi, the two-time Olympic gold medalist also holds the X-Games records for most gold medals and most medals overall.


    Lauryn Williams, Bobsled

    Like Lolo Jones, Williams is another Olympian who made the transition from track and field to the bobsled. She won the silver for the 100 meters in Athens and the gold for the 4x100 meter relay in London.


    Felicia Zhang, Figure Skating

    With skating partner Nathan Bartholomay, Zhang has won two medals at the U.S. National Championships, with the most recent silver win in 2014 earning them a spot on the team.


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