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Russia won the team figure skating competition behind the performance of the 15-year-old phenomenon Kamila Valieva, whose history-making free skate on Monday included the first two quadruple jumps landed by a woman at an Olympics.

The United States won the silver medal after taking bronze in the past two Winter Olympics, the only other times the team event has been held. Japan finished third.

Valieva won both the short program and free skate during the team event, powering the Russians to victory and previewing what could be an unstoppable performance in the women’s singles competition next week. She nearly set a world record for points in the women’s short program on Sunday and won by more than 15 points, skating’s equivalent of a mile.

Karen Chen, the American who finished a surprise fifth in the short program on Sunday, bounced back from her mistakes on Monday, though she still had trouble with the triple loop. She finished fourth in the free skate.

The U.S. team’s joy over winning the silver medal was tempered by bad news from U.S. Figure Skating. Just before the Americans climbed onto the medals stand, the skating federation announced that Vincent Zhou, who helped the team win the silver, had tested positive for the coronavirus and was awaiting confirmation tests. If the follow-up tests are also positive, Zhou, a two-time Olympian and the only skater to beat his fellow American Nathan Chen in the past three and a half years, will miss the men’s event, which starts with the short program on Tuesday.


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Russian Olympic Committee
74

Silver

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United States
65

Bronze

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Japan
63

4
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Canada
53

5
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China
50

Teams receive 10 points for a first-place finish, nine points for second place and so on.

The Russians, however, celebrated their team victory without such worries.

The Russian pairs team of Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov won their free skate on Monday — even after collapsing onto the ice in a dramatic fall during one lift. At the other end of the pairs leaderboard were the Americans Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, whose mistake-laden performance landed them fifth out of five pairs.

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Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

The ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates won the free dance for the United States — with Chock playing the part of an alien — and put the Americans solidly in second place heading into the women’s free skate. But the Russians’ lead was already too great for the United States to overtake them.

The team competition adds up scores from men’s and women’s singles skaters, pairs and ice dancers; points are awarded based on the order of finish (10 for first, 9 for second and so on).

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Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
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Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
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Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

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By: Juliet Macur
Title: Russia wins gold in team figure skating as Kamila Valieva hits two quad jumps.
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/sports/olympics/roc-kamila-valieva.html
Published Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2022 06:05:29 +0000

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Is Megan Thee Stallion a ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ fan? ‘Gojo Thee Stallion,’ explained

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Prior to the 2024 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, some anime fans had no idea that rapper Megan Thee Stallion was an anime enthusiast. But watching her speech as she presented the Anime of the Year Award, there can be no doubt about it: Megan is a weeb.

Personally, I’m Megan Thee Stallion’s newest fan and follower, and I hope I’m not the only one whose heart she unexpectedly won. Despite not being too familiar with her music and her career, the way her personality shone during the ceremony, and everything I’ve found out thereafter, contributed to a feeling of kinship. United by nerdiness, we could say.

Megan has previously cosplayed as other anime characters. One such instance that broke the internet – but not as much as recently – was when she cosplayed My Hero Academia’s pro-hero Mirko. And, objectively, she looked stunning.

But, even though some like myself only found out about her passion for anime recently, the American artist has never truly hidden it, in fact, and admirably, she seems proud of her nerdy side.

Megan Thee Stallion many cosplays
Screengrabs via X/IG

But when she cosplayed a female version of Satoru Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen – who also won the Crunchyroll award for secondary anime character of the year – the internet went wild as if she had cast Domain Expansion over social media.

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Megan Thee Stallion is a Gojo fan
Screengrabs via Crunchyroll Anime Awards/theestallion

When she “made it to Japan,” Megan Thee Stallion posted on her social media pictures of herself dressed up as a female Gojo – arguably, the most widely adored character in the series. The combination of the beloved rapper with the beloved S-rank jujutsu sorcerer took the internet by storm, or, shall we say, by Hollow Purple. It escalated to the point that the hashtag “Gojo Thee Stallion” was trending on X (formerly Twitter).

The match made in heaven had people collectively losing their minds. So much so that many talented artists scrambled to make incredible works of fan art, further immortalizing the moment:

Megan thee Stallion Gojo cosplay fan art
Screengrabs via X (@shibewave_art/@feenwege/@kuroxcho/@NICOx2N/@ethjay)

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Megan has such a gorgeous smile btw💜@Megan Thee Stallion . . . . . . #fyp #foryou #chicorish #megantheedtallion #gojotheestallion #satorugojo #gojo #gojoedit #gojocosplay #gojofanart #jjk #jujutsukaisen #art #blackartist #digitalart #procreate #smallartist

♬ HISS – Megan Thee Stallion

If the Crunchyroll Anime Awards were aiming at reaching a wider audience and generating more chatter this year, they surely have managed to attain the feat. Bring Megan Thee Stallion again next year and I’ll sit down – along with many others surely – to watch the event once more in 2025.

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By: Margarida Bastos
Title: Is Megan Thee Stallion a ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ fan? ‘Gojo Thee Stallion,’ explained
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/anime/is-megan-thee-stallion-a-jujutsu-kaisen-fan-gojo-thee-stallion-explained/
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 17:15:47 +0000

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Oppenheimer Wins Big at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards

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Oppenheimer has now won both the Cinema Audio Society and the two key awards at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild. It is sweeping the season at an astonishing pace. The Zone of Interest did not win in its category, and was beaten by Society of the Snow. But really, Zone is more of Sound […]

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By: Sasha Stone
Title: Oppenheimer Wins Big at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards
Sourced From: www.awardsdaily.com/2024/03/03/oppenheimer-wins-big-at-the-mpse-golden-reel-awards/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 05:22:18 +0000

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‘Attack On Titan’ should have been nominated for Anime of the Year and I’ll die on that hill

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This article contains spoilers for the final season of Attack on Titan

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards was a night to remember, partly because of the obvious snubs that fans like me couldn’t overlook. And yes, I’m talking about Attack On Titan’s snub for Anime of the Year.

Between the Bleach and Vinland Saga snubs, the anime community was in a justified uproar. However, the Anime of the Year award, the most anticipated award of the night, didn’t interest me because the near-perfect Attack On Titan didn’t even make the cut.

To put it mildly, Attack On Titan had an explosive year in 2023, finally concluding the highly acclaimed series after over 10 years. But the penultimate offering might have been arguably the most emotionally gripping moment in anime history. So why wasn’t it even a contender for the award? Crunchyroll, you will pay for these crimes! 

Why AOT Deserved an Anime of the Year Nomination

Two words: The Rumbling.

Attack on Titan has been a global phenomenon since its first season, but the twists and turns that led up to The Rumbling were the most satisfying. The plot only seemed to get more complex and mysterious with every new season, and every answer unveiled only led to a new question. The Final Season: Special 1 begins with The Rumbling, the highly anticipated catastrophic march of Colossal Titans on Marley, led by Eren, and covers how the characters rally together to stop him.

This special episode was perfect for many reasons. It brought us back to Eren’s point of view, showing us how he justified his actions to himself and how he had been grappling with the reality of his fate since he arrived in Marley. MAPPA also spared no details in depicting the devastation of The Rumbling, in a sequence that was quite difficult to watch, despite Attack on Titan’s reputation for gruesome scenes. Moreover, the special also had an emotional core, loaded with scenes like Armin and Annie’s heartfelt conversation, and Hange’s heart-wrenching send-off.

Altogether, all the themes of AOT were laid bare, and we saw the characters at their most vulnerable. Attack on Titan has been a colossal anime for a decade (pun intended), so a snub in the most recognized category seems quite dismissing of a decade’s worth of excellence. There is no doubt that this finale was more than award-worthy, and deserved to be recognized as such.

Did AOT get any nominations?

Fortunately, Attack on Titan wasn’t totally snubbed by the Crunchyroll Awards. Although the second part of the final episode wasn’t eligible for nominations due to its late release date of November, The Final Season, The Final Chapters: Special 1 received multiple nominations. Here are the categories that AOT received nominations in:

• Best Animation

• Best Continuing Series

• Best Director

• Best Cinematography

• Best Action

• Best Drama

• Best Main Character – Eren Jaeger

• Best Supporting Character – Hange Zoe

• Best Score

• Best Voice Artist Performance (Japanese) – Yuki Kaji

Overall, Attack On Titan earned many nominations at the 2024 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, but that is the precise reason why it deserved to have a spot among the Anime of the Year nominees. Nonetheless, the anime took home the awards for Best Drama and Best Score. Crunchyroll had better come through next year, and reward the fans, crew, cast, and of course, Hajime Isayama, with an Anime of the Year nomination for Attack On Titan at the 2025 Anime Awards.

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By: Demi Phillips
Title: ‘Attack On Titan’ should have been nominated for Anime of the Year and I’ll die on that hill
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/anime/attack-on-titan-should-have-been-nominated-for-anime-of-the-year-and-ill-die-on-that-hill/
Published Date: Mon, 04 Mar 2024 10:37:56 +0000

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