FOR FEB. 17, 2014
+ Dunk City
Who could forget the free-throw-line jam that sealed a second straight Slam Dunk title for His Airness in 1988? Or Vinsanity's Honey Dip in 2000? Dwight Howard's Superman cape in 2008? Such iconic moments have become increasingly rare in the NBA dunk contest, so this year's All-Star Weekend jam session in New Orleans will try to spice things up with a new format: Six participants will face off in a conference vs. conference format and compete in new "freestyle" and "battle" rounds. Check out SI.com/nba for a complete breakdown of the new rules and the contest field.
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From the SI Vault | March 7, 1994
At the 1994 Winter Games, Nancy Kerrigan found the strength to compete amid the media maelstrom of the Tonya Harding scandal. But a 16-year-old figure skating wunderkind from Ukraine was more difficult to overcome.
By E.M. Swift
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U.S. women's figure skater Gracie Gold—at 18, she's the reigning national champion and scored a career-best 129.36 for her routine in the team figure skating competition in Sochi, a performance that helped the U.S. win the bronze medal—is one of six Rising Stars, presented by Symetra, competing at the Winter Games. To see their video profiles, go to SI.com/risingstars
SI.com says goodbye to Jay Leno as he leaves the Tonight Show with a gallery of his most memorable sports moments, including this shot of Leno inflicting pain on Hulk Hogan during a WCW Road Wild tag-team wrestling match in 1998.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLE ZIGMONT. JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; WALTER IOOSS JR./SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; JOHN BIEVER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED/GETTY IMAGES; GREG NELSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; PAULA NELSON/DALLAS MORNING NEWS
AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GOLD)
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CHAD MATTHEW CARLSON FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MOBILE)