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TODAY's Takeaway: Shaun White bows out, Matt snuggles in Sochi

Feb. 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM ET

Shaun White bows out, Matt cozies up in Sochi.
Shaun White bows out, Matt cozies up in Sochi.

1. Matt Lauer takes his job reporting on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics very seriously. A good example: this morning when he checked out "Lovers Bench" with a local.

Video: Matt Lauer tours some of the city’s famous locales – including one reported to bring good luck as you pop the question.

2. News broke early Wednesday morning that Olympic snowboarder Shaun White will not compete in the slopestyle event debuting at the Sochi Games.

Video: White made the surprising announcement to not compete in slopestyle just one day before the Games are set to begin, citing risk of injury. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

While White spoke at a press conference, other athletes — figure skaters, skiers and hockey players  —joined TODAY to talk about their golden goals.

Video: After earning a silver medal in the Vancouver Games, the reenergized men join TODAY to talk about hitting the ice at the Games in Sochi, with their eyes on gold.

Lindsey Vonn, who won’t be skiing at this Olympics due to a knee injury, thanked her mom for being so supportive, and explained to Savannah just how important parental support is for Olympians.

Video: The skier and TODAY Olympic correspondent reveals what it takes to raise an Olympian and how parents play an influential role.

3. Jay Leno is just two days away from his last appearance as “The Tonight Show” host, but Jimmy Fallon promises it won’t be Leno’s last time on that stage.

"The stage is his," said Fallon. "He knows that. So whenever he wants, he's got a stage."

Video: The comedian sits down with Matt Lauer to chat about leaving behind a legacy as he makes his final appearance as host of the “Tonight Show.”

4. A win on “Biggest Loser” means 155 pounds down and $250,000 in the bank for the 24-year-old Rachel Frederickson. It also means public criticism.

Video: Frederickson joins TODAY to talk about how she dropped a whopping 155 pounds on the show, and her plans for her $250,000 grand prize.

5. TODAY fans are saying #EnoughAlready to this winter's never-ending snowstorms. Exhibit A: these sad babies.

Video: Share your winter woes by tweeting us with the hashtag #enoughalready. Tamron Hall reports from the Orange Room.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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