The Internet Is Livid With NBC After It Didnt Air Vincent Zhous HistoryMaking Olympic Routine
Vincent Zhou just made history, and he's only 17. On Friday, Team USA's youngest figure skater became the first person ever to land a quadruple lutz at the Olympics. He started off his routine in the men's short program with the momentous jump, to thunderous cheers and applause from the crowd, and finished with a score of 84.53.
According to SF Gate, Vincent picked up his first pair of skates at a birthday party when he was 5 years old. Twelve years later, he's the youngest American competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics. 'For me, I feel like my age is just a number,' said Vincent after his history-making routine, according to USA Today. "I'm not a typical 17-year-old. I don't go to Starbucks and order the newest Frappuccino. I don't spend my time vaping with friends. I prefer to stay home and read and reflect and just kind of do calm things that I enjoy doing. It helps me be more mature and feel older than I actually am.'
Vincent also made headlines a few days earlier, when he clapped back on Twitter at a sports anchor who tweeted that figure skating isn't a sport. "Your job is to be a sports reporter," he wrote. "Figure skating is not a sport to you. Stick to reporting on 'real sports,' do your job, and we'll do ours."
Unfortunately, a lot of Olympic viewers ' especially those on the East Coast ' didn't get to see Vincent's groundbreaking jump on NBC's primetime broadcast. According to several news reports, the network cut to skiing instead, showing figure skating on NBCSN and pushing the figure skating coverage on NBC back to 10 p.m. Viewers were understandably upset, taking to Twitter to complain about the lack of coverage.
But even with NBC's broadcast mishap, Vincent's quadruple lutz is still a huge victory. He isn't the only American figure skater making history, either. On Monday, teammate Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, and only the third woman overall to successfully execute it at the Olympics.....
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