A 'Red' Start to Opening Olympic Weekend

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No one seemed more surprised about the Gold than Red himself. (Image: ESPN video)

Snowboarder Red Gerard got the U.S. Olympic team's medal count off to a sweet start this weekend, grabbing a gold in slopestyle with a stunning final run. He had fallen on his first two attempts and was 11th out of 12 riders before his totally awesome turn.

Elsewhere, in horrific conditions, Jamie Anderson became the first female snowboarder to win two Olympic golds, defending her slopestyle title. Figure skater Adam Rippon crushed in his first appearance of the games, turning in a stellar long program to help the U.S. capture a bronze in the team skating event. (Canada took the gold.) And Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman (and third ever) to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

Medals will be handed out today in biathlon, men’s moguls freestyle skiing, women’s 1500m in speed skating, women’s ski jumping, and women’s halfpipe snowboarding.

Harvard Names New President

Harvard University has hired one of its own as the 29th university president.

Lawrence Bacow, a member of the Harvard Corporation, will assume what is perhaps America’s most prestigious university post, taking over from Drew G. Faust, the school’s first female president. Faust has been Harvard’s president since 2007 and announced this past June that she would be stepping down this summer.

Read more in CMN's full report.

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The Super Bowl of Dog Shows Kicks Off Today

If you're already tired of the Winter Olympics — which, TBH, has so many commercials — you can watch some cute doggies tonight and tomorrow.

The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show gets underway today in New York City and Fox Sports 1 will carry all the "action" live. Top dog will be named after two nights of competition in seven groups: herding, hound, working, sporting, non-sporting, toy, and terrier.

Best In Show will be announced tomorrow night as the grand finale. Woof.

ICYMI: Student Blames Spirit Airlines for Having to Flush Emotional Support Hamster Down Toilet

A Florida college student is considering suing Spirit Airlines after being misinformed about whether her emotional support hamster could board the plane. The student says the airline suggested she flush it down the toilet.

Belen Aldecosea, a 21-year-old student from Miami Beach, Fla. was flying home from college to deal with an urgent medical issue when she underwent the traumatic ordeal. Read the whole story in Arianna Lynne's report for CMN.

Last But Not Least: YouTube Suspends Ads on Logan Paul's Channel After Dead Rat Tasing

Earlier this year, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki informed the public that YouTube will be more keen on enforcing their policies and punishing creators who impact the community as a whole. YouTube showed that they were serious about implementing consequences after YouTube creator Logan Paul uploaded a video of him shooting a taser at a dead rat. YouTube responded by suspending ads on Paul's channel.

Get all the details in CMN's report.
Today's Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko, Arianna Lynne and the CMN Staff. Flu, winter and Monday? We can't even right now...
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