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TODAY's Takeaway: Olympic Committee CEO 'concerned,' Carson previews New Year's Eve

Dec. 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM ET

U.S. Olympic CEO is "concerned" about the Russian bombings, Carson Daly previews Times Square ahead of the new year and Medal of Honor recipients reflect on their awards.
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U.S. Olympic CEO is "concerned" about the Russian bombings, Carson Daly previews Times Square ahead of the new year and Medal of Honor recipients reflect on their awards.

1. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s CEO told TODAY he’s “concerned” about the recent pair of deadly attacks in Russia.

“We’re very hopeful that the Russians’ commitment to security, which is frankly one of the highest levels of commitment we’ve ever seen from a government and an organizing committee, will serve us well,” Scott Blackmun told Matt. 

Video: Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that in the wake of recent bombings in Russia, he is “concerned,” but has confidence in security measures for the Games.

2. Matt asked four Medal of Honor recipients what the award — the nation’s highest military honor — means to them.

“You represent millions of men and women who sacrificed — who served — so we can enjoy freedom,” one told him.

Video: Matt Lauer sits down with four men who received the nation’s highest military honor, who agree that they wear their medals not for themselves, but for their colleagues and families.

3. Carson gave viewers a preview of the action in Times Square ahead of tonight’s New Year’s Eve event. 

How do you plan to ring in 2014?  

Video: TODAY’s Carson Daly arrives in Times Square very early to provide a preview of NBC’s New Year’s Eve celebration tonight.

4. Congratulations are in order for Caroline Reinsch and Christian Williams. 

The couple, who both suffered serious injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing, recently welcomed a baby girl to the world.

New dad Christian Williams, with daughter Marlowe, says that learning he was becoming a father will always be how he remembers the Boston Marathon.
Christian Williams
New dad Christian Williams, with daughter Marlowe, says that learning he was becoming a father will always be how he remembers the Boston Marathon.

5. Jenna Bush Hager asked a group of 5-year-olds to share their New Year’s resolutions. Their answers, as you’ll see, were wonderful. (First up: “Hug mommy more.”)

Video: Jenna Bush Hager sits down with an adorable panel of children to find out about their hopes, dreams, and plans for the new year.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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