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TODAY's Takeaway: Lolo Jones looks for redemption, Greg Mortenson is grateful

Jan. 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM ET

Lolo Jones is going to Sochi for "redemption," Greg Mortenson is grateful allegations were raised and Zac Efron makes friends with a monkey.
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Lolo Jones is going to Sochi for "redemption," Greg Mortenson is grateful allegations were raised and Zac Efron makes friends with a monkey.

1. “Three Cups of Tea” author Greg Mortenson told TODAY he’s grateful to the people who raised allegations that he mishandled money from the charity he created to help build schools for girls in Afghanistan.

“In maybe a strange, ironic way, I’d like to thank CBS and Jon Krakauer because, had they not brought these issues up, we could have gotten into more serious problems,” he told Tom Brokaw.

Video: The once-acclaimed author of “Three Cups of Tea,” the 2007 book that provided insight into Afghanistan, fell into controversy amid allegations of fabrication and mishandling of nonprofit funds. Mortenson sits down with NBC’s Tom Brokaw.

2. Lolo Jones, who will become one of only 10 Americans to ever compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, said making it to Sochi as a bobsledder is “about redemption.”

“I was just coming off the Summer Games, and I was pretty depressed,” she told Savannah. “[My teammates] lifted me up and day by day they encouraged me to never give up on this Olympic dream.”

Video: Champion track and field athlete Lolo Jones talks about her transition to bobsledding, and explains how she is looking at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi as an opportunity for vindication for her career.

3. The self-proclaimed “hottest guys working in film” — Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller –stopped by Studio 1A to talk about their new flick, “That Awkward Moment.” Appropriately enough, it got awkward:

Video: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, stars of the upcoming film “That Awkward Moment,” talk about their new comedy and how it looks at modern dating from a guy’s perspective.

4. The actors then joined Matt, Savannah and the rest of the TODAY anchors to meet a few rescued animals. (Please note how much the fox liked Matt.)

Video: Brian Staples, zoologist and founder of Staples Safari Zoo, brings a few rescued animals to TODAY, including a lion cub and a Siberian fox.

5. Is your password “1234” or “monkey”? Change it!

Video: In the Orange Room, Carson Daly presents the top 25 worst passwords used to access online accounts.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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