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  1. Kacy Catanzaro Talks About Her Historic Run on American Ninja Warrior, Also Runs Away With Our Hearts

    Which is ironic because she doesn't seem to like running that much.

    You might know Ninja Warrior as "the super-intense competition program that used to be better when it directly imported from Japan to G4" (No? Just me?). But this week the American adaptation of the show making headlines because for the first time ever, a woman made it to the finals—and she was incredible at it.

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  2. Olympics Update: Meredith Vieira Becomes the First Female Host of NBC’s Olympics Coverage

    Firsts

    And it only took an eye infection so bad that an anchor became temporarily blind. Bob Costas, NBC's long time host of their prime time Olympics coverage, has unfortunately come down with a pretty extreme eye infection just in time for the beginning of this year's games. As long as he could still read notes and sit in a bright room, he was game to continue the job, but for the past three days, Matt Lauer has filled in. The Olympics and The Today Show make a pretty demanding schedule for Lauer, so starting tonight, NBC anchor Meredith Vieira will be filling in until Costas can make it back from sick leave. This will make her the first woman to ever host NBC's primetime Olympics coverage solo. But that's not the only thing that's happened since our last Olympics update:

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  3. 15 Female Athletes You Should Know At the Sochi Olympics

    Power Grid

    The opening ceremony doesn't take place until tomorrow, but sporting events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics start today. And you know what that means for us nerds: The beginning of the only time when a lot of us, myself included, ever give a flip about anything sports-related. I will fully admit to being pretty damn sports-clueless. But I've bitten the bullet, taken advantage of my research skills, and compiled this list female athletes that you, my nerdy brethren, should keep an eye on at Sochi. We feel it's important to acknowledge and appreciate the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sports, but while we cheer for their potential and their victories, we should remember that they stand in contrast to the many Russian citizens in crisis as their government turns a blind eye to widespread violent acts against he LGBTQ community there. Here, then, are 15 ladies you should keep an eye on until the Olympics end on February 23rd. Then we can go back to only caring about games with the words "video" or "tabletop" in front of them.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Make Your Shower Bigger On the Inside

    Things We Saw Today

    You can pair this TARDIS shower curtain with your TARDIS shower organizer. (ThinkGeek, via Geek Universe)

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  5. A 50-Year-Old Woman Competed In The Olympic Speed Skating Trials, Bow To Her [VIDEO]

    We Can Be Heroes

    Jacki Munzel is our hero. After abandoning a promising career in figure skating to overcome an eating disorder, working through knee and hip injuries, giving birth, and turning fifty, Munzel decided to get back on her skates and become one of the best speed skaters in the world. At the 2014 Olympic trials, she achieved a personal best by 13 seconds. If you want a little New Year's inspiration, let Munzel be it.

    This is already a landmark year for ladies in the Winter Olympics...

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  6. Maria Leijerstam Is the First Person to Cycle to the South Pole

    Don't Try This At Home

    What were you doing on Christmas? Maria Leijerstam was trekking 500 miles across Antarctica on a high-tech tricycle, beating the two guys she was racing against to become the first person ever to cycle to the South Pole. But I’m sure you had fun in your PJs.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Grandma’s Tattoo

    Things We Saw Today

    Redditor sfst shared the story and pictures of his friend taking his 103-year-old grandmother, Evelyn, out for her birthday. The trip included filling in her first tattoo, a little heart, with color. She got the outline when she was 100. (via MyModernMet, image by Michael Clinnard) 

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  8. Things We Saw Today: A Gummy Bear’s Skeleton

    Things We Saw Today

    This makes zero sense but I enjoy it anyway. Currently out of stock on ThinkGeek.com. (via Geek Alerts)

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  9. The Mythbusters Ask, Is “Throw Like A Girl” An Insult? [VIDEO]

    What Boys Think of Girls

    Interesting. Interesting. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Teenage Girl Barely Old Enough To Drive, Races Monster Trucks While Waiting To Go To MIT [VIDEO]

    Pretty Pretty Princess

    According to her Facebook page, 16-year-old Rosalee Ramer is the youngest professional female monster truck driver. Sounds dangerous to me, but then again, so do most sports. Ramer looks more than qualified though. Plus, sweet manicure. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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