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Marvel made some truly heroic suits for the U.S. Olympic ski team

Members of the U.S. Olympic ski team have some iconic costumes to help them on their path to victory at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

>> 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Lindsey Vonn?

They’ve always been heroes, but now they’re superheroes!

Thanks to a partnership with Disney’s Marvel property, the athletes have been kitted out in outfits based on famous Marvel superheroes like Captain Marvel and Captain America. And, as you can see for yourself, they look pretty heroic.

>> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class

Here’s Lindsey Vonn rocking a Captain America suit:

>> On WPXI.com: Complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

And here’s Laurenne Ross in her Captain Marvel get-up:

>> 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin?

And here’s Mikaela Shiffrin wearing the same thing:

The suits are a collaboration between Spyder, the official apparel provider for the United States Ski Team through 2020, and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

>> On Rare.us: Meet the Team USA luge racing star who’s heating up the 2018 Winter Olympics

“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel in bringing their superheroes to life with the U.S. Ski Team and beyond,” said Brady Collings, vice president of marketing for Spyder, per The Mary Sue. “Given Marvel’s inspirational impact around the world, we have an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Ski Team as well as our ambassadors in a broad-reaching way.”

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“Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 4, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The sequel is scheduled to be released May 3, 2019.

NBC apologizes for comment about Japan, South Korea during Olympics opening ceremony

NBC contributor Josh Cooper Ramo ran into some controversy during the 2018 Winter Olympics after making a comment about the relationship between Japan and South Korea.

>> Olympic figure skater Yura Min suffers wardrobe malfunction, handles it with class

As the Washington Post reported, Ramo said on live television that “every Korean will tell you that Japan as a cultural and technological and economic example has been so important to their own transformation.” The comment was made after Ramo spoke of Japan’s 35-year occupation of the region.

>> Mirai Nagasu first U.S. women’s figure skater to land triple axel at Olympics

>> On WPXI.com: Complete coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Many were upset with the comments, which seemed to ignore various crimes against committed against the Korean people. These included, as the New York Times pointed out, forcing Korean women into sex work.

>> On Rare.us: America first? Not according to this country’s Winter Olympics fans

Several viewers called the comment callous.

NBC anchor Carolyn Manno apologized in an on-air statement:

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"During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday, we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, 'representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.' We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize."

French skater takes Beyoncé to the ice at Olympics

Call it Beyoncé On Ice.

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A French figure skater took advantage of a new rule allowing competitors to perform to music with lyrics during the Winter Olympics, as Maé-Bérénice Méité skated to a medley of hits by Beyoncé.

>> More Olympics coverage at WPXI.com

Méité, decked out in a black-and-gold sequined jumpsuit, skated to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits, including “Run the World (Girls)” and “Halo,” Cosmopolitan reported.

The International Skating Union adopted rules allowing music with lyrics after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, The New York Times reported. Traditionally, skaters could only perform to instrumental versions of songs, Billboard reported.

Méité, 23, said she picked Beyoncé for her routine because “(Her music) is crazy, wild, and fun," she told the magazine. “You can just dance to it, and that's how I am.”

Méité,  a four-time national champ, had a few rough spots during her performance Sunday, including a tumble during the middle of the program, but her choice of music certainly stood out.

She also performed her Beyoncé ice skating short program in January at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow.

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Red Gerard?

Red Gerard seemed to be an afterthought heading into Sunday’s final run of men’s slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ranked 11th out of the 12 finalists. Instead, the diminutive 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, delivered a sparkling effort, scoring 87.16 points to edge Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris to win the gold medal. It was the United States’ first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics. 

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So who is this guy?

Redmond Gerard stands barely 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 29, 2000. He is the sixth of seven children; he has four brothers and two sisters. One of his sisters, Tieghan Gerard, has blogged about food in Half Baked Harvest since 2012. In September she published “Halfbaked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains.”

>> More Olympics coverage at WPXI.com

Tieghan and the rest of her siblings, along with her parents, are in South Korea for the Olympics.

According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like “an accidental tourist,” insisting that “I honestly don’t know what the Olympics is.”

His father, Conrad Gerard, misplaced a ticket to his son’s final run but managed to talk his way into the grandstands.

“I was jerking around with tickets. What can you say?” Conrad Gerard told the Post. “So what if I missed the first run, which I did. I just got here a little late. But I saw what counted. And it was surreal. I mean, are you kidding me? My son just won an Olympic gold medal.”

Red Gerard’s gold-medal run included a backslide triple cork 1440 that wowed the judges.

It was culmination of a career that began when he was 2 years old. When his family moved to Colorado, Gerard’s career took off. He had a sponsorship deal by the time he was 11, the Post reported.

His family built a snowboard park in his backyard, but it was Sage Kotsenburg’s gold-medal winning effort in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that proved to be Gerard’s biggest inspiration. 

“I was like, this can not be right,” he told NBC Sports in 2017. “He won, and he was doing some crazy grabs. That’s what really got my mind flowing on style stuff and making snowboarding different, to be honest.”

Gerard isn’t finished competing yet. He will be in action Feb. 20 in the qualifying round for the Big Air snowboarding competition, which is making its Olympic debut. If he gets to the final, Gerard will compete for a medal on Feb. 23.

California prep basketball player with Down syndrome scores first basket

A California teenager with Down syndrome had a memorable senior night, scoring his first career basket in his first appearance in a game, KMPH reported.

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Jack Welsh was introduced last on Feb. 8 as Reedley High School honored its seniors.

“The heart and soul of Reedley,” Pirates football coach Brandon Nagle said. "That would explain Jack right there."

When the game began, Welsh posted up and connected for a basket, prompting the student section to rush the court to congratulate him, KMPH reported.

“You want to cry," said Jack's father, John Welsh. “You know, we didn't know anything about it, so, it really took us by surprise.”

For three years, Jack Welsh has been a part of the Reedley basketball, football and baseball teams, Basketball coach Travis Ferrell said inserting Welsh into the lineup was a great way to celebrate his high school career.

“He comes to all of our practices. He brings energy that sometimes our players don't bring, and we feed off of him,” Ferrell told KMPH. “So to me, it was the least we could do to have this type of celebration on senior night.”

“To see the joy in his face and to experience what all these boys have experienced for four years -- he's like any other boy," John Welsh told KMPH. “He wants to participate.”

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president Moon to visit

Kim Jong Un has extended a formal invitation to South Korean president Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea, which would be the first meeting between the two countries since 2007, CNN reported.

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The invitation was presented to Moon by Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, when the two met at Seoul’s presidential palace Saturday, spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

Moon said the two countries “should accomplish this (meeting) by creating the right conditions,” CNN reported.

>> Photos: Ones to watch for in the 2018 Winter Olympics

Kim Yo Jong’s visit to South Korea was the first time that a member of North Korea’s ruling family has visited since the Korean War, which ended in 1953.

Former world swimming champ says coach sexually abused her

A former world swimming champion accused her former coach of sexually abusing her and taking “thousands” of sexually explicit photographs when she was a minor, CNN reported.

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In an affidavit for a search warrant among documents filed in Washington State, Ariana Kukors, now 28, told Department of Homeland Security investigators that Sean Hutchison abused her starting in 2005.

Kukors posted a 4,000-word statement on her website.

"I never thought I would share my story because, in so many ways, just surviving was enough," Kukors said in a statement released by her attorneys. "I was able to leave a horrible monster and build a life I could have never imagined for myself. But in time, I've realized that stories like my own are too important to go unwritten."

Kukors said she was 13 when Hutchison became her coach at King Aquatic Center in Seattle, CNN reported.

"Kukors claims that Hutchison started (in 2002) the process of child 'grooming,' a practice utilized by child predators to obtain a victim's trust with the goal of sexualizing the relationship," according to a statement from her attorneys.

In a statement he released last month, Hutchison, 46, said everything he did with Kukors was consensual. They had a "committed relationship" after the 2012 Olympics that lasted more than a year, he said.

"I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself," he said in the statement. "Prior to that time, I did nothing to 'groom' her."

"I deeply regret that she would make these wild allegations all these years later."

Kukors won a world championship and was a world record-holder in the 200-meter intermediate medley. She also won a world title in 2010 in the short-course 100-meter intermediate medley. Kukors swam for the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London, CNN reported.

Hutchison was the head coach of the U.S. women's swimming team in 2009 and also was one of the Olympic coaches in 2008 at the Beijing Games.

Cops: NBA player arrested after going 73 mph over speed limit

An Atlanta Hawks player was arrested early Friday after he was caught racing another vehicle in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, police said.

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About 12:20 a.m., Atlanta police saw a purple Dodge Charger driven by small forward DeAndre’ Bembry “traveling at a high rate of speed south of Buford Highway” along with another car, Officer Donald Hannah said.

“Both vehicles were changing lanes and appeared to be racing each other as they traveled on I-85 approaching the Buford Highway exit at speeds visually estimated to be close to 150 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone,” he said.

The Charger was clocked going 128 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-85 near Buford Highway, according to Hannah. The officer was not able to obtain an exact speed on the first vehicle.

Bembry was stopped in the 1900 block of Piedmont Circle without incident and arrested on charges of reckless driving and speeding, Hannah said. His vehicle was impounded.

Bembry was booked into the Atlanta City Detention Center and released on a cash bond. 

The Hawks selected Bembry, who played college basketball at St. Joseph’s University, with the 21st pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

>> On AJC.com: DeAndre’ Bembry reacts to Hawks picking up his contract option

He was recently brought back to the Hawks after a stint with the Hawks’ G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. 

During Thursday’s game against the Magic, Bembry sat on the bench in uniform so the team would have the minimum number of players dressed out in Orlando. The Magic edged the Hawks, 100-98.

The team released a statement following Bembry’s arrest.

“We are aware of an incident involving DeAndre’ Bembry earlier this morning,” the Hawks said. “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.”

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