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Bob Costas to host NBC Olympics primetime, late night in Sochi

Nov 20, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

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Bob Costas is serving as the NBC Olympics primetime host for a U.S. TV record 10th time in Sochi. He’s also going to host late night coverage.

Costas, 61, pulled double duty once before, hosting primetime and late night in Sydney in 2000.

“With unmatched experience in the host chair, Bob’s historical perspective and expertise will serve as a foundation for our Sochi coverage both in primetime and late night,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “There is no one better than Bob to lead us in telling the stories of the athletes and competition that captivate fans around the world.”

Costas has been the primetime host at every Games on NBC since 1992 — six summer and three winter. He was the late night host in Seoul in 1988, too. Jim McKay hosted eight times for ABC.

“The Olympics are a unique television event,” Costas said. “They involve classic sports coverage, of course, but also many elements of storytelling and travelogue aspects that are not part of the usual sports broadcast. They are a three-week miniseries which, if done well, should bring viewers not only compelling athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is a truly global gathering.”

The Olympics begin on Feb. 6 on NBC with primetime coverage the night before the Opening Ceremony for the first time.

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  1. egeilich - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Bob Costas should change his name to Bob PaleFace. I have never heard such pious preaching to the bleachers. And Bad Boy Barack Obama should stick to running the government. I see much room for improvement.

    As for Lindsey Vonn: Honey the parade is over and the music has stopped. Like other great athletes, it is hard to face when the body starts to age. Retire with honor and have a few kids with Tiger Wood, Teach them to ski, Don’t be a dope. “I never want to marry again and I don’t want kids.” You will regret that stupid decision.

  2. drelms - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Well if Costas is going to be on I guess I will have to watch something else. he can take his opinionated feelings up on his soap box all he wants, screw him. REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS.

    Up yours costas

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