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