Chicks Into Sports 2.23.2018 Show w/ special guest Elizabeth Williams

Posted by Yakiri Thomas on Friday, February 23, 2018

Behind the scenes with Shiobhan Fraser, Carlita Duran, and Yakiri Thomas

 

Gold Is A Girl’s New Best Friend

There is no stopping Team USA as the women’s ice hockey team brought home the gold in the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics on February 21st. This is the first time since 1998 that the U.S. has beat out Canada for the win, which happened in overtime on Wednesday.

There was an intense back and forth with the Americans scoring in the first and third rounds and the Canadians scoring twice in the second. Team USA definitely dominated possession of the puck in the second period. However, in overtime, player Megan Killer was hit with a penalty for an illegal play, giving Canada the upper hand. Both teams showed top notch skills making the outcome incredibly unpredictable
For the fans, this was an emotional match on both sides complete with roaring chanting show downs for their respective teams. They were just as hungry as the players for that gold medal win.

After a close game, with a score of 2-2 in regulation time, everything came down to a sudden-death shootout. Even though Canada’s star goalie, Shannon Szabados, showed her amazing skills in the 3-hour game it was USA goalie, Madeline Rooney who made that last winning save.

We did it 🥇

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The U.S. has now racked up 8 gold medals behind Germany, Canada, and Norway. With a 21-medal total, it’s soon to be determined how Team USA will continue in these final days of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

#AboutYesterday

On yesterday,  I attended The Spirit of Frederick Douglass lecture at the Gwinnett  Justice & Administration Center.

Former  Atlanta Hawks player Mike Glenn has an exhibit that is on display and it focuses on the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass. Glenn also has on display some of his personal collection of African American history memorabilia for this year’s Black History month recognition.

During the The Spirit of Frederick Douglass lecture, historian Michael E. Crutcher Sr.  did a compelling , soul-stirring portrayal of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

This year marks Gwinnett County’s bicentennial year, one part of the exhibit display — which will also feature some local history — will remain available to the public long after Black History Month ends.

#BlackHistoryMonth2018

All Around Awesome for the All Stars

Yet again, this NBA All-Star weekend was nothing short of awesome as Team Stephen and Team LeBron geared up to battle it out on Sunday February 18th.

Friday night kicked off the events for the weekend with the NBA All-Stars Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles. Team Clippers (75) took the victory over Team Lakers (66) led by Quavo from the Migos. Also featured on the team was actor Michael B. Jordan, television personality Nick Cannon, and Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin. Team Lakers starred Black-Ish actor Anthony Anderson, singer Jamie Foxx, and Masters Champion Bubba Watson.

Saturday evening was All Star Night which featured three main events: the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the JBL Three-Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk. In the first event, Stephen Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, took home the trophy for his with his major skills. When it came to the second event, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns made history as he shot 28 points, winning the three-point contest. And Lastly, Donovan Mitchell, from the Utah Jazz, and his impressive second dunk over his son, his little sister, and comedian Kevin Hart, was the proclaimed winner of the dunk contest.

On Sunday, LeBron James gave an MVP worthy performance, leading Team LeBron for a victory over Team Stephen in the 67th NBA All Star Championship Game. With a 148-point James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Russel Westbrook dominated on defense and proved their champion status.

Atlanta Dream Re-Signs Forward Damiris Dantas

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have entered in to a new contract with forward Damiris Dantas, the team announced Wednesday.

“I am thrilled to announce the signing of Damiris Dantas,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “DD has the size, skill, and strength to score in a variety of ways for us. She can knock down the three, attack the basket off the dribble or score on the low block.

“I am excited to see how her game grows as she enters her fourth WNBA season.”

Dream Sign Forward Adaora Elonu to Training Camp Contract

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have signed forward Adaora Elonu to a training camp contract, the team announced Tuesday.

“I am excited to see what Adaora can do in our camp,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “She is a versatile forward that is comfortable on the perimeter or in the post. I believe her greatest strength is her ability to defend multiple positions.”

Elonu, who currently plays for CB Avenida in the Spanish League, was a four-year letterwinner for Texas A&M and a member of the 2010-11 National Championship team. In Spain, Elonu is averaging 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds for the first-place squad. She has played even better against EuroLeague competition, leading her team with 12.0 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Who Runs The World, Girls!

The women of the U.S. are kicking butt and taking names this year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the whole world is taking notice.
Representing for the ladies was Chloe Kim who scored a gold medal on the half pipe this week. On top of that, she became the youngest women ever to win an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at only 17 years old.

In the snowboarding slopestyle competition, athlete Jamie Anderson become a returning champ as she took home the Gold again for the United States. In her first run of the competition, Anderson led the scoreboard with 83 points for the win.

Mirai Nagasau, also raised a big applause when she became the first American women ever to land a triple axel in figure skating. At only 24, this was a personal best and she took home third place overall representing Team USA.

These fabulous ladies did not disappoint, and the U.S. is rooting for them as we continue with Day 6 of the Winter Olympic Games.