Skate Expectations - Speedskating Team Training - Colbert vs. Davis

  • Aired:  01/20/10
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Stephen faces off against Shani Davis to win the last place on the U.S. Speedskating team. (6:27)

>> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

NOW, FOLKS, AS PROMISED, THE

SPEED SKATING SHOWDOWN OF THE

CENTURY SHANI VERSUS STEPHEN:

FIRE ON ICE.

BUT NOT ACTUAL FIRE IT'S --

YOU'LL SEE.

JIM, JUST ROLL IT.

TONIGHT, A CLASSIC SHOWDOWN IN

THE CITY OF THE LAKE OF SALT

BETWEEN TWO FIERCE COMPETITORS

WHO HAVE LIVED EERILY PARALLEL

LIVES.

SHANI DAVIS SHOWED THE MAKINGS

OF A CHAMPION EVEN AS A YOUNG

BOY AND STEPHEN COLBERT WAS ALSO

ONCE A YOUNG BOY.

SHAN, A KHAOEFD GREATNESS ON THE

ICE THROUGH YEARS OF SACRIFICE,

STEPHEN STARTED TRAINING MORE

THAN TWO HOURS AGO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND AT THE 2006 OLYMPICS IN

TORINO, ITALY, SHANI DAVIS WAS

THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO

WIN GOLD IN THE WINTER GAMES

WHILE AT THE VERY SAME TIME

STEPHEN COLBERT WAS WATCHING HIM

EATINGING A CHICKEN PARMESAN SUB

BALANCED ON HIS BELLY.

CLEARLY THESE TWO MEN WERE

DESTINED TO MEET.

DESTINY COMES TODAY ON A FROZEN

OVAL IN UTAH.

TO BEAT SHANI STEPHEN KNEW HE

WOULD NEED EVERY ADVANTAGE SO

FIRST HE GOT A CAPE BECAUSE WHAT

HE LACKED IN SPEED, DEDICATION

AND ATHLETIC ABILITY HE WAS

DETERMINED TO MAKE UP IN STYLE.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

U.S. SPEED SKATING COACH:

>> YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED I MADE A

FEW MODIFICATIONS TO THE OUTFIT.

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: LET ME ASK YOU

THIS, IS SHANI WEARING SEE

QUINIES?

>> HE IS NOT WEARING SEE

QUINIES.

>> STEPHEN: SO FAR I'M

WINNING.

>> I DON'T CONSIDER THAT

WINNING.

>> Stephen: YOU'LL ADMIT THIS,

IT WILL CATCH THE EYE OF THE

JUDGES.

>> WE DON'T HAVE JUDGES IN SPEED

SKATING BUT IT IS EYE CATCHING.

>> STEPHEN: THERE ARE ALWAYS

JUDGES.

RIGHT NOW THEY ARE OUT THERE.

>> OKAY.

>> STEPHEN: I WOULD SAY I'M

WINNING RIGHT NOW, WOULDN'T I,

JUDGES?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

>> STEPHEN: HAVE TO DO ONE

THING FIRST.

>> OKAY.

[DIALING PHONE]

♪ ANYTHING NOTHING GONNA BREAK

MY STRIDE ♪

>> HELLO.

>> STEPHEN: SHANI IT'S STEPHEN

COLBERT.

HEY, STEPHEN.

>> STEPHEN: I WANT TO

APOLOGIZE FOR WHATEVER I SAID

THAT UPSET YOU.

YOU ARE A GREAT ATHLETE AND I

COMPLETELY RESPECT YOU.

>> OKAY.

>> STEPHEN: DID YOU SEE HOW ON

MY SHOW I CHALLENGED YOU TO A

RACE AND WHOEVER WON WOULD GET

THE LAST SPOT ON THE U.S. SPEED

SKATING TEAM.

>> I'M AWARE.

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU ACCEPT MY

CHALLENGE.

>> OF COURSE.

>> Stephen: GREAT, THEN

THERE'S JUST ONE MORE THING I

WANT TO SAY.

GO!

>> HELLO?

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

♪♪

♪♪

(bleep).

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

THE RACE WAS OVER.

THESE TWO CHIMPONS HAD GIVEN

THEIR -- CHAMPIONS HAD GIVEN

THEIR ALL.

NOW THE HARD PART, DETERMINING

WHO HAD WON.

ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN, WHO WON.

>> SHANI YOUR TIME IS 35.24

SECONDS.

STEPHEN YOUR TIME IS 13 MINUTES

43.89 SECONDS.

♪♪

>> STEPHEN: I GUESS I DON'T

EVEN HAVE TO ASK.

I DIDN'T MAKE THE TEAM.

>> WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFICIALLY

WELCOME YOU AS THE ASSISTANT

MEMBER OF THE TEAM AS ASSISTANT

SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST.

>> STEPHEN: ARE YOU SAYING I'M

GOING TO THE OLYMPIC AS A MEMBER

OF THE U.S. SPEED SKATING TEAM?

>> YES, YOU ARE.

>> STEPHEN: EAT IT LIFETIME OF

DEDICATION.

WOO!

WOO!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT IF YOU

PUT YOUR MIND TO IT, THERE'S

NOTHING THAT YOU AND $300,000 OF

OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY CAN'T

ACHIEVE.

ONWARD TO VANCOUVER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YES!

I AM THE OFFICIAL ASSISTANT

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE U.S.

SPEED SKATING TEAM!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THAT

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