STILL>>Ben: GOOD MORNING. COUNTING DOWN BECAUSE THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA ARE ONE MONTH AWAY. YOU CAN CATCH ALL THE ACTION RIGHT HERE ON CHANNEL 13.>>Julia: AND THAT INCLUDES THE FIGURE SKATING EVENTS WHICH ALWAYS PROVIDES HIGH DRAMA, A LOT OF CONTROVERSY. CARLOS DIAZ IS LIVE ON THE ICE AT THE FUEL TANK IN FISHERS WITH MORE. CARLOS.>>Carlos: THEY GOT OLYMPIC FEVER. WE’RE HERE WITH ALEX JUDD. AND THERE WAS CONTROVERSY BECAUSE NATHAN CHEN WON FIRST PLACE, BUT ADAM RIPPON DID NOT WIN SECOND PLACE. HE GOT FOURTH PLACE. HE IS STILL ON THE TEAM. HOW DOES THAT WORK?>>IT’S NOT JUST ONE COMPETITION, THERE ARE MANY THINGS, THE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS.>>Carlos: THE COMMITTEE SAID EVEN THOUGH ROSS CAME IN SECOND WE’RE GOING TO KEEP HIM OFF THE TEAM AND PUT ADAM RIPPON ON. HE HAS AN INTERESTING PREMATCH RITUAL. HE WATCHES NETFLIX AND YOUTUBE TO MELLOW OUT. AND HE TOLD US AS IT GETS CLOSER TO COMPETITION TIME HE RAMPS UP THE MUSIC. TAKE A LISTEN.>>AS IT GETS CLOSER TO COMPETITION, TIME FOR PERFORMANCE I LISTEN TO SOMETHING LIKE RAP OR EMINEM THAT WILL GET ME LIKE RALLIED UP, AND I THINK THAT WORKS EVERY TIME I COMPETED, AND SOMETHING I’LL CONTINUE TO — YOU HAVE TO BUILD YOURSELF UP TO THAT MOMENT.>>Carlos: SO WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS WE LOOK FOR WITH THE FIGURE SKATING?>>THE U.S. — MIAI NAGASU, TRIPLE AXLE. SHE DOES AN AMAZING JOB. ICE DANCING TEAMS, ALL THREE OF THEM HAVE A GOOD CHANCE.>>Carlos: WE GOT THE INDY FUEL HERE. YOU’RE IN HOCKEY FEVER. HOW DO YOU THINK THE U.S. HOCKEY TEAM NOT HAVING THEIR NHL PLAYERS WILL AFFECT THE TEAM?>>I THINK UNTIL BE A MORE WIDE OPEN TOURNAMENT THAN WE’VE SEEN IN THE LAST HANDFUL OF OLYMPICS. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE ENTIRE U.S. ROSTER AND CANADIAN ROSTER. NOW U.S. JUST ANNOUNCED THE ROSTER LAST WEEK TO ALL AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE GUYS, MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS, COLLEGE PLAYERS, GUYS PLAYING IN EUROPE. IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT LEVEL OF PLAY THAN WE’RE USED TO THAT MAYBE THIS IS THE YEAR WHERE A TEAM LIKE SWEDEN, FINLAND, GERMANY, CAN STEP UP AND KIND OF MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.>>Carlos: I APPRECIATE IT. AND YOU SAW SHE PUSHED ME WHEN I FELLOWS HALF HOUR.>>TOTALLY.>>Carlos: LET’S GO BACK TO THE STUDIO BEFORE I FALL AGAIN.

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