The Today Show Goes for Gold — and Korean Beer! Behind the Scenes of the Winter Olympics
"There's something about being in the arenas and watching all these flags that everyone's flying," Kotb, 53, tells PEOPLE. "Sometimes you think in those kind of cavernous places, it's hard to feel what's going on. I've got tell you — you feel everything that's happening. It's electric. It's electric when an American is performing, and when a Korean is performing, it's incredible."
"The home crowd goes wild," adds Guthrie, 46. "They just bring down the house."
SHARING IS CARING
Roker, 63, and Craig Melvin, 38, enjoy a classic Korean dish.
DINNER FOR TWO...
The new co-anchor pair are all smiles at dinner.
... AND A BREW!
Guthrie cracks open a Korean beer. Cheers!
EXPLORING THE SIGHTS
Roker strikes a pose in Seoul.
Roker and Melvin overlook the surroundings Seoul.
LESLIE JONES IS IN THE HOUSE
THE MAN OF THE HOUR
Kotb and Guthrie snag a selfie with Adam Rippon. The first openly gay man to compete for America in the Winter Olympics (followed soon after by freeskier Gus Kenworthy), the 28-year-old helped the U.S. bring home a bronze medal in the figure skating team competition — and became a social media sensation along the way.
"It's a contagious feeling, being here, because you have these athletes and you know you're watching an event performed by the best of the best," says Guthrie.
"And you know when they're done with that moment, their life likely has changed forever," adds Kotb. "They may have just gone from a 'Who's that?' to a household name."
THE COMEBACK STORY
"I mean, if you want to know what a class act is ..." says Kotb. "This guy, in front of the world, probably had one of his worst performances — and then the next day had one of his best performances. He showed us what redemption is."
Kotb and Guthrie pose for a selfie with ice skating champ turned commentator Tara Lipinski, 35.
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