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good morning, america. overnight, after the riot, reflection and anticipation. thousands attend a candlelight vigil at penn state, just hours before one of the most tension-filled college football games ever. this will be the nittany lions' first game in nearly 50 years without head coach, joe paterno. extra security today and new questions about how the alleged abuse was allowed to continue for so long. rescued. breaking news overnight. a rising star in the major leagues, kidnapped in venezuela is now free. police commandos swoop in amid a hail of gunfire to save washington nationals catcher wilson ramos. this morning, he and his family are reunited.
terror in the backyard. a woman takes on a bear that is attacking her dog and is attacked herself. >> i put my arms up and just started screaming, get out, get out. >> they both survived. and she tells us her harrowing story this morning. and love on the run. can you imagine doing this with your spouse? we take you to the most intense and intimate competition around today. can you carry your wife to victory? well, our correspondent gives it a try. i guess that's actually a form of couples therapy. so, my question to you, is that something you would do with your wife, bianca? >> well, i'm not sure my wife would let me do this. but let me say on the record, it would be very easy for me because my wife is very slender. >> yes. >> that's the right thing to say?
>> you just won a ton of points in the couples therapy land. >> did i? >> yes, it is. also in the what would you do category? what would you do if there was a bear in your backyard trying to attack the family dog? would you try to fend off the bear? that's what this woman did. we're going to hear from her. >> we're all pet lovers. i really think we would do the same thing. to witness your pet being attacked. ron shaking his head, saying no way. okay. ron weighing in on this. also this morning, a serious story. where is baby sky? the missing 2-year-old's mother is under suspicion. and now, his father is speaking out. plus, new answers from the police about whether he could really have been kidnapped when the mother's car broke down. they test out her theory. >> we'll get to that in a few minutes. we have an internal personnel note this morning. we're very excited that we have a new member of our weekend "gma" family. who is this mystery person? let me give you a hint. she is fearless and has one of the best names in all of television. we'll introduce you to her. >> she's a woman. finally. >> we have gender balance on the show now. that's coming up.
we're going to start this morning with a historic game day. a very tense game day at penn state. this is the first one since the scandal that brought down the head coach, joe paterno. last night, on the same site where students rioted earlier this week, there was a massive -- look at this. massive candlelight vigil for the alleged abuse victims. abc's linsey davis is there on the field this morning with the latest on this story. linsey, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. 100,000 people are expected to pack into this stadium today, to witness something that hasn't happened since 1966. a penn state football game without joe paterno. and they're also suspected to play without their receivers coach, who has been advised to stay away from the game, out of concern for his safety. they came by the thousands with lit candles, to put more light on the victims in this scandal. >> the important part is what happened to these kids.
and we can't forget them. and it feels like some people are forgetting what it's really about. [ bell tolling ] >> reporter: just a few nights ago in the same area, we witnessed the riots and pepper spray. quite a difference tonight, as the students are somber and reflective. but all around them, the fallout continues. assistant coach mike mcqueary, a man who told joe paterno, he saw former coach jerry sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the team showers, is now on paid administrative leave. and the mother whose little boy whose allegations started it all, spoke for the first time on "good morning america." for her protection and her son's, her face has been hidden and her voice altered. >> there was a time when my son started acting out, showing signs that he was angry about something. we don't know what. >> reporter: even though prosecutors have said paterno is not a focus of their investigation, he's hired a high-power washington attorney.
now, his students and former players are preparing for their first football game without him in 46 years. >> we're playing for penn state. try to make penn state's name back to what it was. >> reporter: the university isn't taking any chances. extra security measures are being put in place. but that hasn't stopped these loyal fans from camping out in front of penn state's stadium, in what they call paternoville. penn state has much more on the line here than football. >> what people don't see is we're bigger than that. as students, we care about more than just that. >> back, now, to linsey on the field. linsey, i understand there's going to be something special the students will be doing in the stands today? >> reporter: that's right, dan. we're expecting to see a sea of blue in the stands, which is rather unusual because typically students here would wear white during a home game. but blue is the color of child abuse awareness. >> they've been working on this effort for days. linsey davis, thank you for your reporting right on the field this morning. let's bring in, now, the governor of pennsylvania.
his name is tom corbett. and he's really been deeply involved in the response to this crisis, urging penn state to move quickly and forcefully. governor, let me first say, i know you're a busy man. we really appreciate you joining us this morning. thank you. >> my pleasure, dan. >> let me ask you about your concerns about today. when you and i spoke yesterday, you said you were worried that there might be some misbehavior by the students. are you still worried? and what are you doing to prepare for that? >> the students as a group, i'm not worried about that. as i said the other day, a knucklehead here and there, we have to worry about that. you have to be heartened by the actions of the students last night. that was a student-run memorial. a student-run collective together, talking to people about the issue of child abuse. i'm very proud of those students. as you know, i met with the leaders for about an hour yesterday. and then, brought them in and had them talk to you and answer
questions of the media. they are taking control of this from their perspective. and i think that's something that has to be done. >> let me ask you about mike mcqueary. so much anger directed at this man who says he witnessed jerry sandusky abusing a child in the showers and didn't physically intervene to stop it. late yesterday, the new president of penn state said he's putting mcqueary on administrative leave. are you frustrated that he can't be fired? or why can't he be fired, given that joe paterno lost his job? >> well, dan, as i indicated to you yesterday, because i was the attorney general who began this investigation, it's very hard for me to talk about this directly. but many times, with witnesses involved in cases, you have to treat them a little bit differently. you have to consider their frame of rights. if i'm the state university, there are many different issues. i look at it from the point of an attorney general. i want to keep my witnesses
consistent with me and consistent with their story. i don't want them to lose confidence in the prosecution. >> such a delicate situation. as you say, you were the attorney general who kicked this investigation off. you prosecuted sexual predators in the past. do you suspect there will be more victims in this case, given your experience with this kind of case? >> well, not talking about this case. but as you know, many times in other cases, when somebody finally comes forward, you have people that are charged with this. it is not uncommon to see additional victims come forward. i believe there are reports of at least one other victim has come forward so far. i would not be surprised to see more come forward. >> you know, there was an astonishing tidbit buried in a "new york times" story, that the grand jury report that contained so much graphic detail actually was not supposed to be publicly released. but was only publicly released because of a computer glitch. is that true? and in the end, was the public
release of that report perhaps a good thing? >> it is true because of a computer system at the office of administrative courts here in pennsylvania and the way things work. it was prematurely released. the whole thing was released a little sooner than i think the attorney general wanted to do. i think the fact, what the charges are, would have been released anyhow. the report would have been released after the arrest. but i think the people need to know what the allegations are. again, i remind everybody, these are only allegations. anybody charged under these charges are presumed innocent. and it's important for people to keep that in mind. but it allows people, particularly if there's other potential victims out there, to know that authorities are doing something about it when we learned of it. it takes some time. and if there are other victims out there, we urge them to come forward. >> governor, thank you so much. perhaps new victims to come. perhaps more charges to come. we appreciate your time this morning. thank you, again.
>> thank you, dan. and a reminder, you can watch the penn state/nebraska game at noon eastern on espn. bianna, over to you. we turn, now, to breaking news overnight. the major league baseball player kidnapped in venezuela is free this morning after a daring raid by police commandos. washington nationals catcher wilson ramos was at home visiting family when he was abducted wednesday. abc's pierre thomas has more on this story from washington. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: bianna, every now and then, a story that starts out as a nightmare has a happy ending. for major league baseball player, william ramos, freedom. and for his shell-shocked family, relief. thanks to god. thanks to my country, to my neighbors and to my family, who are supporting us. roughly 48 hours after his abduction by 3 men at gunpoint, venezuelan security forces rescued ramos 40 miles from his
mother's home in valencia. exactly how authorities found ramos is unclear. but officials say he was saved in a daring air raid where gunfire was exchanged. five kidnappers were arrested. ramos told reporters it was a traumatic two days. with his kidnappers tossing him in a room with a bed and telling him they were going to ask for a ton of cash. it was hard for me to think about it. if i was going to get out alive. >> this looks very much like a targeted kidnapping, which means they selected the victim, the location and the time. >> reporter: ramos, one of major league baseball's promising, young talents became the highest profile symbol of a growing epidemic of kidnapping for ransom in venezuela, with hundreds of abductions each year. last night, fans held a candlelight vigil outside of the stadium, praying for his return. >> bring wilson home. >> reporter: bianna, those prayers have been answered. >> all right, pierre. we appreciate it.
thank you. we're going to turn, now, to the race for the white house. it's your voice, your vote. and the republican field is on again in disarray. once written off, newt gingrich is now surging in the polls. and equally surprising, herman cain is holding on to high numbers, despite numerous accusations of sexual harassment. and tonight, all eyes will be on rick perry when he takes the stage for another debate. the big question, can he make a comeback after the 53-second brain freeze? david kerley is watching it all from washington. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. so, you're getting killed in the public and the media. what do you do about it? for rick perry, he has used jokes to try to deal with that disastrous debate performance. and for herman cain, he's been defiant of the sexual harassment allegations. and his supporters love it. cain has blamed the media, trying to beat back accusations. but he also tried his hand at humor, when a supporter raised anita hill's name.
>> is she going to endorse me? >> reporter: that didn't work. but the question, is cain's strategy of denials and blaming the media paying off? the latest polls say yes, it's working. in one poll just out, he's leading romney and gingrich. and is right there with the leaders in a second poll. but there's also some signs of erosion. more women say they are less likely to vote for cain. >> some people are responding to this cloud as if it were true. but the good news is, most people aren't buying it. >> reporter: the business man, nonpolitician, remains a darling of some. >> the people who are with herman cain, are really with herman cain. for the rest of the republican electorate, the support is pretty soft. >> reporter: meanwhile, bumped and bruised from his brain freeze debate disaster, rick perry is waking up this morning preparing for another debate after that debacle. >> i would do away with education, the -- >> commerce. >> commerce. >> come on out, rick.
>> reporter: now, joking about his famous flub on any national tv show that would put him on, hoping to save his campaign. >> i just learned justin bieber is my father. >> reporter: even republicans, though, are starting to wonder about the texas governor. >> it was easy to poke fun at. but ultimately, americans are looking to elect someone that they think can create jobs. and that's not a laughing matter. >> reporter: another republican is feeling pretty good about going into tonight's debate. after a disastrous start with word of a tiffany bill of $500,000 for jewelry and a staff revolt, the former house speaker, newt gingrich, is getting some of the best poll numbers he's ever seen. he's now tied or right behind cain and romney. dan and bianna? >> that was surprising. all right. david, thank you. and just hen we thought this campaign field was set -- >> such a volatile race. incredible. let's turn to ron claiborne with our other headlines this morning. >> good morning, bianna. happy ginger day to both of you. good morning, everyone. >> we'll explain that soon. >> wall street finished a seesaw
week. back in the black, the dow surged over 250 points on friday, erasing all of its losses for the week. stocks soared after investors were confident that italy and greece can avoid fiscal disaster. and more fallout from the bernard madoff scandal. the securities and exchange commission has disciplined eight s.e.c. employees for failing to unveil the massive ponzi scheme. if punishments include pay cuts and suspensions. but no one was fired. and hope that a missing 2-year-old boy in washington state will be found alive is beginning to fade. police are moving forward with their search as suspicion grows about the boy's mother. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: overnight, solomon metalwala met with reporters to plead for help finding his son, ho has now been missing for nearly a week. >> my hope, he is coming back. and that's where i find my strength that he's going to come back. >> reporter: he showed off the flyers he's planning to pass
out. and he remains suspicious of hi wife, julia biryukova, who claims she left 2-year-old sky in her car, after she ran out of gas and walked off for help. he had this to say about her earlier. >> i do believe julia has -- she's responsible. >> reporter: police are increasingly skeptical of the mother, as well. in this video, you can see detectives on a late-night test drive of her car. they're now convinced it didn't have engine trouble and there was plenty of gas in the tank. >> i'll just let the evidence speak for itself, which is, there was gas in the car. the car was able to drive and operate. that's not what she told us. >> reporter: despite repeated attempts to reach the mother for help and to take a polygraph, detectives say she hasn't responded. sky's father is holding out hope his son is still alive. >> he's my son. i'm going to have hope. my strength is coming from my son, who is missing. but he will be home. >> reporter: police fear the search for sky metalwala could remain stuck until his mother has more to say. for "good morning america," neal karlinsky, abc news, bellevue, washington.
apple has issued a rare recall. the company is offering to replace its first generation ipod nano because of a battery problem that could cause the device to overheat. and poses a safety risk. the affected ipods were sold from september 2005 and december 2006. and finally, history was made in college basketball last night. the first-ever floating game. north carolina played michigan state on the flight deck of "the uss carl vinson." the aircraft carrier that buried osama bin laden at sea. the game was in honor of veterans day. about 7,000 people were there, including president obama. north carolina, by the way, won the game. and the ginger day reference was a clue. >> a clue. >> something that will be unveiled on the show. right now, time for the big reveal. are you ready? >> a drumroll? >> we said we had a mystery guest this morning. in fact, it's our newest member of our weekend "gma" team. her name, ginger zee. ginger, good morning. >> good morning.
i'm here. >> we are so thrilled to have you. you're going to be with us every weekend. we're going to learn a little bit more about you coming up. ginger, can i tell you how happy i am to have a girlfriend on the show right now? >> as am i. >> i won't have ron and dan ganging up on me every week. >> ron and i won't take that personally. >> it's a fair fight now. >> we are a major team. and we have some major weather to talk about. we've been so quiet in the east. just a little on the chilly side. but we'll talk about that in a moment. want to start with pictures out of spokane, washington, where we find a storm that had more than 50-mile-per-hour winds. this thing was blasting through there. 6,000, at least, still without power. then, different elevation, same storm. and it turns into snow. snoqualmie pass, one place close to the cascades. maybe you've skied, i have, crystal mountain, sweet. looking a little snowy for the early part of your weekend. we move from the stormy west to what's going to happen in coming days. it will continue to be stormy. mountain snows continue.
advisories and warnings going to be in place all the way through a dozen states in the rockies. talking about the east. told you i would. mild weather for all the tailgating. if you're getting up to do that this morning, going to be mild and breezy. >> and we do have pictures coming into facebook and twitter. you can always find me there and share your photos. look at that montana sunset. are you kidding me? thank you. and crystal lake, illinois. had to get some of the chicago
influence in. >> i had to get her on set next to me. >> she's great on-set, doing the weather. and she's also a fearless storm chaser. we'll hear about that in the next half hour. >> started her fascination with weather at 8 years old? >> yeah. >> wow. incredible. >> her story coming up in the next half hour. ginger, welcome once again. >> thank you. now, it's time for our "picture of the morning." oh, baby. jacob anthony saydeh entered the world at 11:11 a.m., on friday, 11-11-11 at virtua memorial hospital in mt. holly, new jersey. >> and check this out. the mom is an air force vet. and his father, christopher, is a staff sergeant in the air force. he worked at the world trade center on 9/11. he happened to call in sick on that day. after that, he joined the military. so, congratulations once again to the newly expanded family. >> he's beautiful. coming up here, terror in the backyard. check this out. a woman takes on a bear right behind her house.
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♪ baby, we were born to run i didn't know this existed. but you're looking at the north american wife carrying championship. there is such a thing. our john berman went there. apparently it is part-athletics, part-couples therapy. we're going to show you in just a little bit here on "good morning america" on this saturday morning. good morning to all of you. i'm dan harris. >> i'm bianna golodryga. you won kudos with your wife, by describing her as skinny. >> i would easily be able to carry my wife, bianca. >> i can't wait to see what john berman did. it is saturday, november 12th. did you just salute? >> i did. that was a signal to my wife. also ahead this half hour, what would make a person want to track down tornadoes and hurricanes and put themselves in the middle of the storm? well, the newest member of our
weekend family knows. we give ginger zee our official welcome. salute and all, dan. >> we're going to introduce her in a little bit. also, we're going to learn about what's going on in your world. we have "your three words" coming up. we are going to begin with the story that demonstrates the length some people will go for the pets that they love. a woman from pennsylvania is recovering from wounds she got when a bear mauled her after she tried to stop the bear from attacking her dog. here's abc's dan koeffler. >> reporter: suzan merritt was about to turn in for the night when all hell broke loose. little did she know, when she let her dog out, otto, danger was lumbering around her backyard. >> i had shut the door. and then, i just heard horrendous screaming, yelping sounds. >> reporter: barefoot and in pitch black, suzan started running towards the sound of animals fighting.
>> i saw the dog hopping and running back and forth towards the fence line. so, i continued to run down the steps to about -- i think it was about here. quickly registered then that there was a very large mother black bear and her cub were in my yard. and they were tussling with my dog. >> reporter: face-to-face with a black bear. >> i went to get the dog away from him. and that's when i believe the bear -- i thought it just pushed me. i realized later it had gotten my head and my back. >> reporter: the bear unleashed its power on suzan. >> i fell back. but just i sprang right back up and put my arms up and started screaming, get out, get out. >> reporter: she dominated over the massive bear, screaming and flailing her arms. >> she ran off. and we got the dog in the house. and i'm telling you, it was very quick. >> reporter: but even in those few seconds, suzan felt the power of a defending mother bear. >> i have 12 stitches in my hand. i lacerated my pinkie.
it got my head from the top to here, a five-inch gash. and i have 22 staples in my head. i have claw marks coming across my back. >> reporter: otto is also on the mend. battered, bruised and stitched up. but the vet expects him to be just fine. suzan knows she got lucky. but -- >> rethinking the story, i wouldn't change a thing. i would be running out there once again to save him. >> reporter: for "good morning america," dan koeffler, abc news, new york. >> when you see that face, you understand why she did what she did. >> poor woman. otto bit her, as well. so, she was being attacked on both sides. there's a love that an owner has for her pet. >> absolutely. let's check the news once again -- i almost said forecast. we'll get that in a second. first, though, ron claiborne. >> hi, everyone. in the news, penn state's football team takes the field for the first time since the sex abuse scandal broke. and for the first time in nearly 50 years, without joe paterno as head coach. last night, thousands of students turned out for a
candlelight vigil for alleged abuse victims. and the arab league has voted this morning to suspend syria until it ends its crackdowns on protesters. the u.n. estimates about 3,500 people have been killed in the 8-month-old uprising. and federal regulators are examining the batteries in electric cars after the chevrolet volt caught fire three weeks after undergoing a crash test. and finally, it's been called the greatest entertainment launch in history, the new game, call of duty modern warfare 3. it made more than any other game or movie ever in the history of the universe. and that's a very, very long time. >> did you go out and get it? i know you're a big gamer, ron claiborne. >> maybe this weekend. >> you and my stepson together. i can see it right now. >> does he have call of duty? >> not yet. but he will. >> okay, get it. time, now, for the weather. and over to ginger zee. ginger? >> good morning, ron, bianna and dan. good morning, everyone.
what we're doing this morning is watching record cold. that's right. you're walking out your door and saying it's chilly. tallahassee breaks the record at 23 this morning. they shattered their old record, which was 27. freeze warnings and frost advisories and watches. we'll go out west. l.a., really wet. we're looking for mountain snows. in the center of the nation, going to be beautiful. sunshine in place for the east. it will be a little bit breezy. but very mild to kick off your weekend on this saturday. if you're looking anywhere from memphis to boston, new york city, even down to the game in athens, georgia. so, orlando's looking good, too. i'll give you the temperatures for today because you want to get out the door on the right note. although it may be cool this morning, look for 60 in d.c. that's a look at the big picture. >> this weather report has been
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this is a very exciting day. a historic day for us. as you see, we have a new member of our "gma" team, meteorologist ginger zee. if you're from chicago, you know her well. she's been covering storms and giving forecasts for years. before that, she worked in cities all over the midwest. >> she's been very busy. and get this, when most people take a vacation, they relax on a beach or something. ginger, well, she chases storms. >> yeah. we need to talk about this. >> we want to learn more about you. so, we don't only -- talked to your parents. we talked to your boss. your first boss. >> yeah. >> even your boyfriend. >> oh, my goodness.
>> to get more insight into just who ginger zee is. >> here it comes. >> go at it. keep going backwards. >> reporter: she's chased tornadoes in arkansas. was on the ground and up close for katrina. and found her way into the middle of virtually every midwestern storm this past decade. and while being passionate about chasing storms is hardly typical, ginger zee has never really been what you'd call typical. >> all right, baby. >> she was very verbally quiet. but active. very, very active. and also, really bright. like almost freaked me out. when she was about 18 months old, she could actually read. >> i don't remember that. but apparently, that is true. growing up in west michigan, we had a lot of changes in the weather, a lot of severe weather and a whole lot that came over lake michigan.
that's when i really fell in love with the science of weather. we'd see the huge storms. and i'd freak out. >> i'd be screaming at the top of my lungs. everyone downstairs in the basement, quick, quick, quick. >> i would want to know why we were hiding in the basement. >> reporter: it was a genuine fascination for ginger. not to say she wasn't well-rounded. >> she played soccer. she was also a competitive cheerleader. all those are fond memories of her working hard and having it pay off for her. >> reporter: but her passion -- >> i just loved science. and math came so easily to me. when i got to physics in high school, it was like, yes. the world makes sense. and i realized i was a little weird. >> reporter: she says she never really thought about being on camera. but when she was studying for her bachelor of science in meteorologist in college, one of her professors suggested an internship in television. >> the one thing she learned about southern culture when she was here was eating barbecue ribs and drinking a soda. >> reporter: and the one thing meteorologist james spann at abc's 3340 in birmingham,
alabama, learned was this was no ordinary intern. >> i think what distinguished ginger is she understood the science maybe better than anybody else i had in here. and number two, she had a service heart. she understood that to be successful in the television weather business, you have to work really bad hours and serve the people that watch you. especially when you have severe weather. >> reporter: for the past decade, she's been crisscrossing the country, covering major weather events. most recently giving chicago their forecast. >> so, you still have that chance of a shower or thunderstorm. >> reporter: but always looking for any opportunity to go into the eye of the storm, ginger went storm chasing with the discovery channel's reed timmer. >> ginger's passion for meteorology is obviously second to none. she rides in our armored vehicle here. the dominator. i don't think there's a better person to be chasing down storms for "good morning america." >> reporter: did we mention they ended up dating? >> when reed got in touch with me, it was seriously about the show. i didn't realize he was kind of asking me out. it worked out that way. and ever since, it's been a
common passion between the two of us. he's never had anybody understand why he can't be there thanksgiving. it's because he's chasing a tornado. i'd just be there with him. >> reporter: now, this fearless storm chaser takes her talent to "gma." >> i hope to bring america into that storm. and i'm hoping to be there to tell their stories and to educate people as to how powerful mother nature can be. >> listen to the roar. >> it's so clear that you have a passion for weather. but i find it interesting that it began at such an early age. 8 years old, you and your family were out on a trip to lake michigan. what sparked that interest? >> we saw waterspouts. i saw major straight line winds come over that lake. when you're young and you see your community blasted by 100-mile-per-hour winds and everything's down, you fall into interest. i was a little bit odd. most kids like basketball and they get really passionate about something. >> you like the weather. >> and you did cheerlead, too. >> yeah. you tried other things. >> i tried to hide it.
and it kept coming out. obviously, i'm not a professional cheerleader at this point. >> but you are a professional storm chaser and meteorologist. and we're delighted to have you. cannot say that enough. thank you very much for coming in. and you're stuck with us now. >> i'm home. >> you're home. >> welcome home. >> the real deal. >> the real deal. coming up, something that may be even crazier than storm chasing. wife carrying. this is real, people. coming up after the break. they're for keeping us together. ♪ [ boy ] to dad, love sam. [ mom ] say "merry christmas." [ boy ] merry christmas. [ female announcer ] hallmark recordable storybooks. [ boy ] charlie brown spotted a small, scraggly pine tree. ♪
like a joke than a competition. extreme ironing, for example. not kidding about that one. it's real. lawn mower racing. also not a joke. and of course, competitive rabbit hopping, that we told you about a couple weeks ago. i can't get over these pictures. then, there is wife carrying, which is exactly what it sounds like. here's abc's john berman on that. >> reporter: it's one part competition, one part couples therapy. one part fitness, one part funny. it's one part race and one part racy. what are you looking at, exactly? >> um, his butt. >> three, two, one, go. >> reporter: this is the north american wife carrying championships. the goal, to carry your wife faster than anyone else. the location, the scenic sunday river ski resort in maine. and the entries, 2009 champions, dave and lacey castro. 38 and 29 years old. combined weight, 275 pounds.
the 2010 champs. rocco andrezzoi and kim wasco. 24 and 23 years old. combined weight, 333 pounds. the castros take this very seriously, ever since lacey first read about the sport in a magazine. and she comes to you and says, honey, i have an idea. >> right. >> reporter: let's try wife carrying. >> right. >> reporter: and you say? >> i say, yeah. let's go for it. we have a chance to be top five or something. >> you wanted to be top ten. >> top ten, you know? >> reporter: they practice. they read about it. they live it. both teams, almost all competitors, utilize what's known as the estonian method for carrying, which looks something like this. with the wife's legs around the husband's head. so, tell me again why this is fun for you? >> that's a good question.
>> reporter: lacey was good enough to let me try it out. it's not easy. how is it for you? >> it's quite comfortable. >> reporter: how do i compare to your husband? is that a fair question? >> no comment. >> reporter: at the end of the first round, there were two couples left. a match between the 2009 and 2010 champs. >> three, two, one, go. >> reporter: and they're off. rocco and kim jump out to an early lead. rocco was so fast over the logs. through the water. dave and lacey come close. but just before the finish line -- ooh. the winners and returning champions, rocco and kim. still, unmarried, but victorious. remember, there are no rules in wife carrying. as long as you stick to the estonian method. i'm john berman, at sunday river in maine. >> i'm writing that down. >> he dropped his wife across the finish line there. >> i love john's question. what are you looking at down there when he's carrying you? >> hard to top that.
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it's a big, new movie. never-before-seen footage of the highly-anticipated film. and one of the stars will join us live. ron is heckling me. >> just a little bit. mildly. >> one more thing i want to say before we go. ginger, we cannot say how excited we are to have you. >> they have been on their best behavior this morning because of you. for that alone, i thank you. >> tomorrow morning, tune in, before ron and i are behaving badly. thanks for watching abc news. we're always online at goodmorningamerica.com at yahoo! and as we say good-bye, here's a look at "your three words." the song is called "count on me," by mat kearney. enjoy. ♪ hey, one day to get it all right ♪ ♪ two wrong and not enough right ♪ ♪ three words you said in the night ♪ ♪ before we held the fire ♪ high-five me, brother it's amazing ♪ ♪ her six-shooter came out blazing ♪ ♪ 7-up and coke on the pavement ♪
♪ ate my heart out daily, baby hey, i need you ♪ ♪ hey, i want you do you want me, too ♪ ♪ you can count on me when you cannot see ♪ ♪ let me spell it out when your number's called ♪ ♪ you can count on me good morning. let's check your forecast. here is lisa. >> plenty of clouds behind you. from the roof camera you are looking at partly cloudy conditions but things will brighten up around the bay area. san jose, cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s. so a few areas have fog.
concord and livermore, three miles visibility but nw the low 50s. we will be looking at improving conditions with more sunshine. here is a look at satellite and radar composite with an area of low pressure that brought us the rain. it continues to drive southward into southern california. higher elevation snow and very windy weather if you are headed into southern california. this morning, only 32 degrees in the mountains. later on, 47 degrees. 55 in yosemite. look at the cool 60s with clouds and rain in the south land. back home, talking about low 60s and sunshine today. numbers climbing a little bit to the middle of the week but all and all, slightly below normal, pat in richmond. those clouds will continue to scatter out after 9:00, increase the sunshine on the peninsula. low 60s for san mateo, palo alto and down by the monterey bay, 65 in gilroy.
64 in santa cruz. look ahead we're staying dry with temperatures really very little change. tuesday and wednesday, then we're looking at mid and upper 60s, looks like rain and cooler weather by the end of the week. coming up next at 8:00 a final warning for oakland ordered out of the plaza. and small city and an aggressive and small city and an aggressive plan to deal with a b
like many chefs today, i feel the best approach to food is to keep it whole for better nutrition. and that's what they do with great grains cereal. see the seam on the wheat grain? same as on the flake. because great grains steams and bakes the actual whole grain. now check out the other guy's flake. hello, no seam. because it's more processed. now, which do you suppose has better nutrition for you? mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal.