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'Newsies' beat 'Sporties' for Anchor Olympics gold

Feb. 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM ET

Video: TODAY’s Willie Geist, joined by figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, reveals that viewers chose Team Newsies, with members Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Al Roker, Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie, as the winners over the sports anchors (Team Sporties). Weir joked, “It’s fixed.”

On Monday, TODAY set out to answer an age-old question: Is it the newscasters or the sportscasters who generate the most excitement at the Olympic Games? 

TODAY decided it was high time to settle the issue, and did so by staging the first-ever Anchor Olympics. With the competition in the books, we left it to the viewers to select the winner. And you have spoken: The "Newsies" will bring home the Anchor Olympics gold(en microphone). 

The "Newsies" (Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Al Roker, Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie) competed against the "Sporties" (Scott Hamilton, Mary Carillo, Johnny Weir, Apolo Ohno and Tara Lipinski) in events that included everything from teleprompter reading to a color commentary challenge. (And yes, trash talk was included.) 

Check out the competition again and see if you agree — did the "Newsies" deserve to bring home the golden microphone?

Video: Who can read a teleprompter better? The TODAY show anchors face off with the NBC Olympics analysts in a battle of broadcasting ability.


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