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.
Olympic biathlete: 'I want to do my best' for my twinPlay Video
Natalie Morales tests the science behind super sports
Al Roker gets a preview of luxury space travel
Hologram of Matt created for 3-D time capsule
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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.
Kate Gosselin: Spotlight has caused kids 'no injury'Play Video
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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.
Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey react to Oscar nodsPlay Video
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Sigourney Weaver and 'Aliens' cast reunite 30 years later
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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.
TODAY welcomes Sam Champion to NBC familyPlay Video
TODAY's Sheinelle Jones looks back at her family history
Web Extra: TODAY's Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer prank their producer
Web Extra: Watch outtakes from Dylan and Sheinelle's intern experience
TODAY's Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer intern with Rascal Flatts
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.
'Devil baby' pranks New Yorkers, TODAY teamPlay Video
Surprising things you can do with your dishwasher (including cook food!)
Ice Bucket Challenge helped lead to potential ALS breakthrough
Michelle Obama draws Beyonce comparison as internet reacts to DNC
'Social Star Search' finalist Connor Hough: Thanks, TODAY viewers!
And that's TODAY's Takeaway!