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Shark Scoop - February 6, 2022

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.


The US goes for Gold in the 2022 Winter Olympics

The arrival of the long awaited Winter Olympic games is finally here! The games are set to begin on Friday, Feb. 4 and will close out on Saturday, Feb. 20. During this week's opening ceremonies in Beijing, John Shuster and Elana Meyers Taylor were named as flag bearers for the United States. Shuster will compete for the country in curling and Taylor will take on bobsledding. The country is considered to be the gold medal favorite in Women’s hockey and men’s snowboarding and already have three team members advancing through.

Jan. 6 Attack Causes Costly Repairs A Year Later

The Insurrection on Jan. 6 that all Americans will never forget. This week, J. Brett Blanton, the architect of the Capitol released a report saying the projected repairs to the damages of the insurrection are estimated to cost roughly $30 million. Among the numerous injuries suffered by this historic building are damages to its internal security systems and infrastructure. In a statement Blanton stated, “the events of Jan. 6 were difficult for the American people, and extremely hard for all of us on-campus to witness.” He also reported that the budget will likely increase, as these are just preliminary estimates.

Lunar New Year Begins, Ushering in the Year of the Tiger

Lunar New Year is a widely celebrated tradition of the Asian community where, unlike the Gregorian calendar, the Lunar New Year does not always begin on the same day. Instead this calendar relies on moon phases which makes the year roughly 354 days long. After a long two year hold on celebrations, the Queens Botanical Garden was finally able to host its yearly traditional parade. From Flushing to Chinatown, the streets were filled with spectators who donned traditional red clothing, overjoyed for the Year of the Tiger. The entire celebration will span over 15 days.

Halfpipe Icon, Shaun White, Says Goodbye with One Final Olympics

The 2022 Olympics would hardly be the same with snowboarding legend, Shaun White. The 2022 games will be his fifth and final according to a recent announcement from White. White, 35, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in the men's snowboarding halfpipe and is widely seen as one if the sport's greatest. His signature move is the Double McTwist 1260, which is two flips and three and a half spins. It is also rumored that White will propose to longtime girlfriend, Nina Dobrev, once his final games are complete.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ a Box Office Mega-Hit

This week it was announced that, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” is set to become the third biggest movie ever released in the United States. Currently at No. 3 is “Avatar” with $760.5 million in grossing. This latest installment in the Spiderman universe, "No Way Home,” which stars Tom Holland and Zendaya and veterans like Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe, is roughly $20 million behind that, but climbing everyday. The top two movies are: “Avengers: Endgame” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $858.3 million and $936.6 million respectively.

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