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TODAY's Takeaway: 'Miracle' girl survives skydive fall, Vonn is Olympic correspondent

Jan. 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM ET

Girl survives 3,500-foot fall, Lindsey Vonn says watching Olympics will be "so hard" and Jillian Mercado poses for Diesel ads.
Girl survives 3,500-foot fall, Lindsey Vonn says watching Olympics will be "so hard" and Jillian Mercado poses for Diesel ads.

1. Lindsey Vonn is already looking forward to the 2018 Olympics in Korea, but that doesn’t mean watching this year’s Winter Games won’t be emotional for the injured skier.

“It's going to be so hard,” Vonn, who recently joined TODAY and NBC Sports as an Olympic correspondent, told Matt. “It's already hard enough. You guys run commercials about Sochi about every two minutes, and it's killing me. ”

Video: Three weeks ago, Vonn announced she wouldn’t be going to Russia to compete in the Winter Games because of a serious knee injury. She told Matt Lauer it will be tough to watch from abroad, but said she plans on competing in the next Winter Games. She’ll join TODAY and NBC Sports as an Olympic correspondent.

2. The parents of a 16-year-old Texas girl who survived a 3,500-foot skydiving mishap are simply grateful their daughter survived the fall.

“She’s a miracle,’’ her father, Joe Wethington, told TODAY. “She’s a miracle child.”

Video: Texas teenager Mackenzie Wethington went skydiving as a 16th-birthday gift and plunged hundreds of feet to the ground after her parachute failed to open. Though she suffered multiple injuries, she survived.

3. Together Jacqui White and Cheryl Davis have watched their kids, Olympics-bound ice dancers Meryl and Charlie, compete since they were 8 years old.

“You see the Olympics all your life,” Jacqui said. “You just don’t dream you’ll be there watching your child. It’s just incredible.”

Video: With six national championships and two world titles, the ice dancing duo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the favorites for gold in the games. They credit their supportive moms for their success. Cheryl Davis and Jacqui White, affectionately known as “The Moms,” offer TODAY an close-up view of their children’s long path.

4. Fashion editor Jillian Mercado said her new Diesel ad demonstrates how easily anyone, regardless of body type, can rock Diesel clothing.

“Every photo that they release, someone can relate to it,” the blogger, who has spastic muscular dystrophy, told Matt. “And that’s rare in the fashion industry, to be able to relate and say, ‘You know that’s me in that photo, through that person.’”

Video: Jillian Mercado, who has muscular dystrophy, sits down with Matt Lauer to chat about her new ad campaign with Diesel and her challenges working as a model.

5. The Great American Lager is dominating TODAY’s Super Bowl ad face-off. But it’s not too late for Larry Bird and a tiny Darth Vader! Cast your vote today to see your favorites advanced in our weeklong bracket.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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