Figure Skaters from 'Discover Stars on Ice' perform
NBC News Transcripts - Today Show, March 10, 1998
Copyright 1998 National Broadcasting Co. Inc.
MATT LAUER, co-host:
For the past 12 years, the best skaters in the world have toured the
country as part of "Discover Stars on Ice." And now they are swinging
through New York, and they're nice enough to stop by here at the
Rockefeller Center rink to pay some--a little visit to us. Kurt
Mr. SCOTT HAMILTON ("Discover Stars on Ice"): This is...
LAUER: Let me do the introductions first, all right?
Mr. HAMILTON: OK.
LAUER: Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva and the one and only Scott
Hamilton. Good morning to you.
Mr. HAMILTON: I got time-out a second ago, didn't I?
LAUER: That's right. You have to go sit in the corner. How you doing?
Mr. HAMILTON: There is no corner here.
LAUER: How you doing?
Mr. HAMILTON: Excellent. How you doing?
LAUER: I'm doing great. You guys are on a tour. You go to Providence
tonight, you're back in New York. And you're in Boston, all over the area.
How's the schedule treat you?
Mr. HAMILTON: Me?
Mr. HAMILTON: You better start down there. The schedule hasn't been
as good to me as it's been to everyone else.
LAUER: Is it tough for you, though? Because you're still getting
Mr. HAMILTON: It's been OK. The Olympic break was tough, but the
show's been great. It's the best show we've ever had. Each city gets
more and more--you know--people are coming back to see us again and
again. So it's been really terrific. And the schedule is fine. It
LAUER: You talked about the Olympics. How did you like broadcasting
the Olympics? Did you have a good time?
Ms. EKATERINA GORDEEVA: It was a great experience for me. It
was--it was very interesting. Different side of Olympics than I've ever
seen. And I watched--I watched every competition. It was great
LAUER: You all happy with what happened in Nagano?
Ms. KRISTI YAMAGUCHI: Very exciting.
Ms. YAMAGUCHI: Yes. Especially the women's team doing so well. It
was fun to see.
Mr. HAMILTON: I wish they could all win a medal, though.
LAUER: Yeah, yeah.
Ms. YAMAGUCHI: Yeah.
LAUER: Kurt, you going to lead us out there? We're going to do a
little performance now, and then we have a surprise, I understand at the
Mr. KURT BROWNING: I'm going to show you just how tough my job
LAUER: Why don't you do that for me? Make me feel good, all right? Go
ahead. Ladies and gentlemen:
(The skaters are shown performing.)
KATIE COURIC, co-host:
All right. Hi, Scott. How are you? This has been way oversold. Let me
tell you. You're going to give me a very quick skating lesson. I may be
hampered by the fact that these are my bowling shoes with blades.
Hi, Kristi, how are you? Nice to see you. I want to learn how to spin.
Mr. HAMILTON: You want to learn how to spin?
Mr. HAMILTON: Just keep your feet by this.
COURIC: I want to do--hi! I want to do one of those tight spins
where you go really fast.
Mr. HAMILTON: OK!
COURIC: Go ahead, tell me. Really.
Mr. HAMILTON: You go first.
Mr. HAMILTON: I'll turn you, OK, like this. Like this, like this.
OK, now all you have to do is practice that every day for about 20
years, and then just pull in and roll tight.
COURIC: Oh, come on. Show me how to do it. What do you do? I
don't know how--is that how you do it?
Mr. HAMILTON: Excellent. That's excellent. You're a natural.
COURIC: Thank you very much. Is there anything else you'd like to
Mr. HAMILTON: Yeah, OK, now just--OK--now just go like this. Can
you go like this? OK, that's all you have to remember. OK? That' all
you have to remember because it goes like this--what I'm trying to teach
you, it goes like this. (Hamilton shown doing a backflip). See--they
work together! Work together! OK, you're turn. You're turn. Katie,
your turn. Your turn! You take one side, I'll take the other.
COURIC: Can I see you guys do it first? I need to see a woman do it.
Mr. HAMILTON: One, two, three...
COURIC: No, you're kidding! OK, good. Actually, we could try that.
But I don't think so. Come on, Matt--Mr. Big Guy.
LAUER: I'm sorry.
COURIC: Thanks, you guys. You were terrific. Thanks so much for the
lesson. We'll do the backflip as soon we're off the air. Have a good
LAUER: See you tomorrow.