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TODAY's Takeaway: Matt's in Sochi, Super Bowl quitter's boss has 'epic' reaction

Feb. 3, 2014 at 2:45 PM ET

Matt anchors from Sochi, Broadway Joe breaks Twitter and the woman who quit her job in a Super Bowl ad visits TODAY.
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Matt anchors from Sochi, Broadway Joe breaks Twitter and the woman who quit her job in a Super Bowl ad visits TODAY.

1. Matt anchored this morning from the Olympic Village in Sochi. In front of a wall of snow-capped mountains, he spoke to the women bobsledders about their chances at gold.

“I think we’re all ready to handle whatever comes our way,” Lolo Jones told him.

Video: As the Winter Games get ready to kick off in Sochi later this week, Team USA has landed and the practice runs are well underway in the race for gold. Live from Sochi, women’s bobsled team member Elana Meyers tells Matt Lauer that being there “exceeded our expectations.”

2. The woman who quit her job in a Super Bowl commercial Sunday night told TODAY her boss’s reaction “was epic.”

“He was laughing his can off,” Gwen told them during Trending. “It was super cool.”

Video: Gwen, the 36-year-old woman who quit her job as a machine engineer in GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercial, speaks out about her choice to resign her job in such a public fashion, saying her boss texted her after it aired and said “great commercial!”

3. The Super Bowl itself was pretty dull (poor Peyton), but that doesn’t mean the evening didn’t have its moments. From Broadway Joe’s fancy coat to Seinfeld’s big reunion (and likeness to Matt) to the night’s best ads, the anchors chatted about them all.

Video: USA Today ranked the game’s top commercials, and the Budweiser “Puppy Love” ad took the number one spot. Laura Petrecca, the newspaper’s business reporter, tells TODAY that the ad offered “great American imagery.” Matt Miller, president of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, liked the Doritos ad’s “slapstick humor.”

4. “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua is out with another book — this time with husband Jed Rubenfeld — which argues that certain groups do much better than others in America.

In response to critics who say it perpetuates stereotypes, Rubenfeld argued to Savannah, “Any time you talk about groups in America, there's going to be sensitivity, but our book is the polar opposite of racist.”

Video: Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, authors of the controversial new book “The Triple Package,” join TODAY to answer their critics and lay out their theories on race, culture and success. “I thought it would be thought-provoking, not so controversial,” Chua says.

5. What’s your favorite Winter Olympic event? We want to know (especially if it’s curling)!

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

Tomorrow on TODAY: Savannah talks to Mark Zuckerberg in an exclusive interview to mark Facebook’s 10th anniversary.

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