Grab some beads because Mardi Gras is here! The annual celebration marks the end of the festive season of Carnival which is celebrated around the world. The name means “Fat Tuesday” in French, a reference to the tradition of indulging in rich, fatty foods before Lent, the season where Christians fast and give up worldly pleasures. Millions of tourists will flock to New Orleans for its famous Bourbon Street Mardi Gras celebrations featuring elaborate parades, costumes and music. Revelers can enjoy traditional sweet treats — like purple, gold and green King Cakes.
"I started seeing everybody putting in these great runs and I figured I would just kind of step it up and they motivated me to send it," said White, whose 98.50 second run didn’t even include a 1440-degree jump. That’s a double-twisting double flip (four 360-degree body rotations in all) if you’re trying to keep up.
5 things you need to know Tuesday
Tuesday night brings the highest honor in the canine world: the Best in Show award at the 142nd Westminster Dog Show in New York. At the annual show at Madison Square Garden, judges first select the champs in seven dog groups: hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working, and terrier. Those winners then compete for the Best in Show prize. In 2017, a female German shepherd named Rumor overcame disappointment from a year earlier to take the top prize. Fox Sports 1 will provide live coverage of the Group Competition and Best in Show judging from 8-11 p.m. ET.
A British judge is scheduled to quash or uphold an arrest warrant Tuesday for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange, who has spent more than five years inside Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid detention, was wanted in Sweden for a rape investigation. Swedish prosecutors dropped the investigation last year, but the British warrant for violating bail conditions still stands. Assange’s lawyers asked for the warrant to be withdrawn, arguing that 5½ years in the embassy has been punishment enough. The judge rejected their request last week.
The 2018 edition of Sports Illustrated’s famous Swimsuit Issue will be revealed on Tuesday, including who will land the coveted cover. Supermodel Kate Upton was last year’s cover star, her third cover for the magazine since 2012. While currently a secret, SI is teasing that this year’s reveal will be a “moment for the ages.” Beyond the cover star, SI has also made waves with this year’s issue by joining the Me Too movement with an empowering “In Her Own Words” project. Sports Illustrated editor M.J. Day said in an interview that the models chose “powerful words, positive words” written across their nude bodies “that represent them and their beliefs and their passions and their messaging.”
Though legacy is safe, White seeks redemption after failure at Sochi
Chloe Kim, of the United States, celebrates winning gold after the women’s halfpipe finals. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
Two days later than expected, Mikaela Shiffrin will make her Pyeongchang debut on Wednesday morning (Tuesday night in the U.S.). After the giant slalom race was postponed due to dangerous winds Monday, Shiffrin will first ski in her signature event, the slalom. Shiffrin was the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi Games at age 18, and she’s the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in 78 years. She hopes to become the first person to win the slalom gold medal twice in a row.
Big day of Olympics ahead, especially for fans who want to see if halfpipe legend Shaun White can win another gold at age 41. Wait. Sorry. He’s 31. Just seems …
The elder statesmen showed Monday night (“our” Monday night; Tuesday after in Pyeongchang) in qualifying that he’s still great.
Plus, pairs skating begins and U.S. alpine star Mikaela Shiffrin is expected to finally get on the course.Ski racing has been delayed by high winds.
Here is what’s ahead, what’s happened along with nuggets, the TV schedule and the medal count.
Kyle Mack jumps during the men’s slopestyle qualifying. (AP photo)
West Bloomfield snowboarder Kyle Mack is roommates with Red Gerard, the 17-year-old who won slopestyle Saturday and the first U.S. gold medal in Pyeongchang. The night before th eevent performance, Gerard and Mack watched an “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with Gerard set to wake up at 6 a.m.
According to a story from Yahoo Sports, at 6:20, Mack said, “Red, you out of bed yet?”
He wasn’t, and he grabbed a quick egg sandwich and couldn’t find his puffy jacket, so Mack gave him his.
“Everyone in the contest was worried about the wind and stuff,” said Mack, who was 24th in slopestyle and is expected to compete in Big Air on Feb. 21. “I kept telling him, ‘Don’t think about it. Do the run you know you have to do.’ He went out and put it down flawlessly.”
Mack has also caught some flak for having droopy drawers while he competed. Twitter roasted him pretty good.
Kyle Mack.. pull your pants up! You’re representing your country. It’s not cute. #olympics2018