TODAY tries Olympic racewalking (and things get awkward)

Team TODAY donned neon jogging suits to demonstrate a deceptively tricky Olympic event: racewalking.

John Nunn and Maria Michta, members of the Team USA racewalking team, coached Savannah, Matt, Al, Natalie, Meredith and Ryan on the quirky sport, where one foot must always be in contact with the ground. 

Cue the starting gun: The anchors were ready to race(walk). 

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And... things got awkward quickly.

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We're no experts, but attacking a competitor seems like it would be against the rules.

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And when Savannah, Meredith and Natalie paused to pose for a photo, Al breezed by to win the gilded sneaker.  

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Good thing Al's crown matches his outfit! 

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Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who always bets on the weatherman.

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Why are they in sweat pants? Show some skin! Oh I forgot, they were only hired for their ability to be dramatic. To make something walking seem somehow interesting. If Ann Curry were there, she wouldn't be afraid to show some leg.

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Reply#1 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:58 PM EDT

Where is Ann Curry?!?!?! NBC said they would be sending Ann to the Olympics! Did you guys flake out on that too?

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Reply#2 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:12 PM EDT

If I saw Merideth walking like that on her way to the Bistro in South Wellfleet early in the morning I would be a lil leary..................jus kiddin

    Reply#3 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:16 PM EDT

    If I saw Merideth going through the woods on her way to the Bisto in South Wellfleet walk racing like that I would be a lil leary........jus kiddin (generally she runs like hell) LMAO

      Reply#4 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:22 PM EDT

      Yes, I would like to know where Ann Currey is too. Hmmm..

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      Reply#5 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:33 PM EDT

      I never laughed so hard! Love it!

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      Reply#6 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:43 PM EDT

      What a fun clip.

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      Reply#7 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:50 PM EDT

      One of the best segments I have see on Today!! It was hilarious!! Meredith needs to be back permanently.

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      Reply#8 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:29 PM EDT

      Ryan Seacrest could actually be good at race walking if he wasn't just hamming it up. But it was hilarious. A very enjoyable segment. Well done by Olympians John Nunn and Maria Michta. Sure hope that everyone at home Maria is doing OK after your house was struck by lightning and your family's cars were turned into smoking hulks.

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      Reply#9 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:54 PM EDT

      Really miss Ann Curry.....

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      Reply#10 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:28 PM EDT

      Really miss Ann Curry.....

        Reply#11 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:30 PM EDT

        We love you ANN CURRY whereever you are.....

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        Reply#12 - Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:52 PM EDT

        I feel a deep sadness not seeing Anne Curry, daily. What a mistake! Cant believe they let that happen. ANNE CURRY- IS/was THE TODAY SHOW! sad mad ughh

          Reply#13 - Wed Aug 1, 2012 12:17 PM EDT
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