TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Anchors show Olympic spirit, 'sizzurp' drug hurts teens

Jan. 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET

Image: Savannah Guthrie, Alexis Fairchild and Jeff Rossen
On TODAY on Thursday, the anchors get into the Olympic spirit, Alexis Fairchild discusses her terrifying parasailing accident, and Jeff Rossen reports on the dangers of “sizzurp.”

1. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are only two weeks away, and on Thursday morning viewers got a close look at U.S. athletes' festive wardrobe. The TODAY anchors got into the Olympic spirit, dressing up in the official Team USA uniforms as Ralph Lauren's David Lauren made the big reveal.

Video: TODAY anchors and members of the U.S. curling team donned the red, white and blue hats, sweaters and mitts, which were created by Ralph Lauren using all-American vendors. Fans will be able to buy the gear online.

2. Six months after a terrifying ordeal caught on home video nearly killed Alexis Fairchild, the Indiana teen is trying to piece her life back together.

Doctors feared the 17-year-old would never walk again after a parasailing accident last July in Panama City, Fla. “I remember a lot,” Alexis told TODAY’s Kerry Sanders in her first interview since the accident. “All of it, actually. I mean to a point where I blacked out, but I don't know.”

Video: In her first interview, Alexis Fairchild, 17, told TODAY’s Kerry Sanders about the horrific Florida parasailing accident that sent her and a friend plummeting to the ground before smashing into a car when their tow line snapped. Fairchild is recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

3. On Thursday, TODAY investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reported on a drink with a funny-sounding name — “sizzurp”— that young people are using to get high. Doctors are warning that the drug, which is made by combining soda, candy and prescription cough syrup with codeine in it, can be deadly.

Video: Doctors are warning of a cough syrup concoction that young people are abusing to get high. Kids are making the mix, which can be deadly, using soda, candy and prescription cough syrup. Celebrities are glorifying the mix in music. NBC’s Jeff Rossen reports.

4. For more than a decade, U.S. ski jumper Lindsey Van spearheaded the fight for the inclusion of her sport in the Olympics — and her dream will become reality in just a few weeks when the first women’s ski jump competition will be held in Sochi.

“I’m pretty overwhelmed and excited,” Van told Savannah on Thursday.

Video: Sarah Hendrickson, Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van joined TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to chat about their historic women’s ski jumping debut at the Sochi Olympics. Van said she’s looking forward to “showing the world our sport.”

5. Be sure to tune in Friday morning, when Mitt Romney will join Savannah Guthrie for an exclusive live interview. The former presidential candidate will share his unique perspective on security concerns at the Winter Games in Sochi, and he’ll also discuss "Mitt," the new revealing documentary on his two runs for the White House.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!