Nikola Mirotic, Cristiano Felicio both lose in Olympic debuts

Nikola Mirotic, Cristiano Felicio both lose in Olympic debuts

A pair of Chicago Bulls made their Olympic debuts on Sunday, but both came in losing efforts.

Host nation Brazil, featuring Cristiano Felicio of the Bulls, kicked off Group B action against Lithuania. Lithuania jumped ahead early and built a 29-point lead at halftime. However, Brazil battled back to make it a single-digit game in the final minute. Lithuania was able to make its late free throws to seal the win.

Felicio had four points, four rebounds and a block in 14 minutes of action. He also picked up four fouls.

In the second game of the day, Nikola Mirotic's Spain was upset by Croatia 72-70. Spain led most of the game, including a seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, Croatia made a late run to take the lead and held onto it down the stretch.

Mirotic had a clutch 3-pointer to get the Spaniards within one with less than 15 seconds remaining. After Croatia's Dario Saric, who will play for the Philadelphia 76ers next season, split two free throws Spain had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final possession. On an inbound play under the basket, Spain found former Bull Pau Gasol in the paint. He went up for the short-range shot, but was blocked by Saric for a dramatic ending.

Mirotic started and scored 19 points in 31 minutes. He also had six assists, three rebounds and a steal. Only Gasol had more points than Mirotic for Spain with 26.

Mirotic and Felicio will face off against each other on Tuesday when Spain takes on Brazil. Jimmy Butler and Team USA are back in action Monday against Venezuela.

Need a Winter Olympics fix? There’s an app* for that.

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Xfinity’s X1 Olympics Experience — progressing since London’s 2012 Olympics — features new software launching this season to give fans the comprehensive coverage they want.

For the first time, the Xfinity Stream App — a blending of traditional TV with power of the internet to give an at-home and on-the-go 24/7 experience — will be the Olympic fan’s primary resource for coverage on their favorite devices. This means video access for any event, both live and on-demand, no matter where you are.

Also, more than 50 Olympic channels will be offered by X1, including on-demand clips from epic wins, trending highlights and funniest moments of the games. Also, each sport will have its own individual homepage serving as a hub for the respective sport's comprehensive multi-platform content. No matter your preference, the customizable experience can be changed to reflect what each individual fan wants most.

Within the X1 Olympics Experience, there will be helpful, easy-to-use ways to get real-time information in the daily summary page, a one-stop cheat sheet for the biggest news, latest results, medal count and more. With 102 events offered, it’ll help viewers decide their plan of viewing action and stay up-to-date with the latest information.

For more, check out the interview above from Vito Forlenza, who serves as Executive Director, Business Product Management for Comcast Cable.

Chicagoan headed to the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games


Chicagoan headed to the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games

Rosie Langello

Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

Barbra Shimoda said she vividly remembers the first time her son starting skating at the age of 7. She never imagined it would lead to him attending the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games.

"Not in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen," Barbra Shimoda said. "We know we have our State Games in Illinois but the World Games—it's just not something you can plan for."

Out of 6,800 Chicago Special Olympic athletes, Tommy Shimoda is the only Chicagoan attending the games. The 24-year-old is headed to Austria in March with six other athletes from Illinois that will be representing Team USA. He will be competing in two speed skating events; the 500-meter race and the 777-meter race.

Shimoda is diagnosed with autism and communicates to others using a voice box. He’s been skating for 17 years and said his biggest inspiration is his brother, Clarke.

"I like speed skating because I get to go fast," Shimoda said. "Since I started training more for the games, my brother said I now skate faster than him."

Shimoda has been preparing for the World Games ever since he found out he would be attending after the State Games last year.

"I have been practicing three times a week," Shimoda said.

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