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TODAY's Takeaway: Kate Gosselin's kids go silent, Olympian gives up spot for twin

Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM ET

Kate Gosselin's twins say they miss life on reality TV, Sam Champion kicked off his new role at the Weather Channel, and Biathlete Tracy Barnes talked about giving up her Olympic spot for her twin sister.
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Kate Gosselin's twins say they miss life on reality TV, Sam Champion kicked off his new role at the Weather Channel, and Biathlete Tracy Barnes talked about giving up her Olympic spot for her twin sister.

1. Biathlete Tracy Barnes won't be heading to the Sochi Olympics this year, even though she made Team USA. Instead, she gave up her spot so her twin sister Lanny could compete in her place. “She's having a great year, and I think when you care enough about someone you're willing to make that kind of sacrifice,’’ Tracy told TODAY.

Video: Biathlete Tracy Barnes earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, but relinquished it so that her twin sister, Lanny, could compete in her place in Sochi, Russia. Matt Lauer talks to the sisters about Tracy’s sacrifice.

2. It's been a long time since Kate Gosselin and her brood were in the spotlight, but Gosselin twins Cara and Mady have recently been more outspoken about their lives, saying that they're normal teens who haven't been hurt by the reality TV spotlight.

But when they stopped by TODAY to talk to Savannah, the girls clammed up — making for an awkward interview as Kate tried to get them to "spit it out."

Video: The reality show mom, joined by her teen twins Mady and Cara, defends her choice to put her kids in the spotlight.

3. We just got done with the Golden Globes, and it's already time to start thinking about the Oscars! The nominations were released Thursday morning and "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the pack with 10 nominations each

Matthew McConaughey and Bruce Dern, who were both nominated for Best Actor, called in to TODAY to share their reactions to the nods.

Video: In Today’s Take, Al Roker and Natalie Morales talk to Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey about their respective Best Actor Oscar nominations for “Nebraska” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

4. Welcome to the NBC family, Sam Champion!

The weather anchor stopped by TODAY for the first time since he joined The Weather Channel, and gave fellow forecaster Al Roker a big hug. It's a "weather forecaster vortex!" Savannah declared.

Video: Weatherman Sam Champion, who recently joined The Weather Channel as managing editor, talks about his friendship with Al Roker and what to expect for a new three-hour morning show that he will anchor.

5. That terrifying "devil baby" that's been making the rounds on the streets of New York recently terrorized TODAY on Thursday. Matt pranked WNBC's Darlene Rodriguez, and Natalie, Al, Carson and Chuck Todd also got up close and personal with the little monster.

Video: A video of a creepy doll scaring people in New York City, part of a marketing campaign for the upcoming horror film “Devil’s Due” has gone viral. TODAY’s Matt Lauer visits the team behind the campaign.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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