The strange thing is that the author has seemed conversant with figure skating when I have come across his tweets in the past.
As for his apparent haste in posting the piece without careful proofreading and fact-checking:
The six-month Olympic countdown is underway, so I suppose a big push has started to crank out lotsa stories to build interest in all Sochi sports and to familiarize readers/viewers with promising athletes.
Regardless, I agree that the multitude of inaccuracies is disturbing.
Has anyone watched the Gracie Gold video? I have not, but am curious whether its level of accuracy is more satisfactory.
Just realized that the NBC piece was posted on Jul 23. Crazy that the author has not corrected the errors by now. Wonder whether he remains oblivious to them. I would have expected U.S. Figure Skating (if no one else) to bring them to his attention.