1. It was a morning of tears of joy on TODAY as children and parents officially became families as part of this week’s Choosing Adoption series.
Priscilla Devries and Richard Dros, a Dutch couple who chose international adoption, were introduced for the first time to their baby girl, Sky, as Savannah and Matt looked on.
“I’m in heaven; that’s why we chose her name Sky,” Priscilla told them. “She’s beautiful. We’re very happy.”
2. And Little Sky wasn’t alone. Twelve other children became parts of families when a judge finalized their adoptions live on the plaza.
Each child rang a bell (some with help from their new parents) to mark the milestone.
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3. Matt and Al underwent prostate exams live on air this morning to help raise awareness for men’s health.
"Is it the best 34 seconds of your life? Probably not," Matt said. "But if in 34 seconds a (doctor) can detect something that might save your life, what are we talking about?"
4. While Matt and Al waited for their results, the ladies of TODAY gushed over their favorite chick flicks.
Savannah, Tamron, Natalie and Hoda shared their picks. What’s yours?
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5. Matt talked to Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi Organizing Committee, about the Russian city’s readiness to host the Games, including the political and social tensions that have concerned many.
“My president already several times expressed the guarantees on behalf of the state leaders that there will be no discrimination whether by race, religion, or sexual orientation,” he said. “We organizers keep social inclusivity as a key of the Games.”
6. And in oh-my-gosh adorable news: These tiger cubs learned to swim (the hard way).
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!