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NBC announces Sochi Olympics talent roster

Jan 14, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

Sochi 2014

Bob Costas leads a record 84 Winter Olympics commentators that includes Olympians who have won a combined 35 Olympic medals.

In hockey, Mike “Doc” EmrickDave Strader and Kenny Albert will be the play-by-play voices. The analysts will be longtime NHL player, coach and analyst Eddie Olczyk, veteran Pierre McGuire and Olympic hockey champion AJ Mleczko in their third straight Winter Olympics and Brian Engblom making his Olympic debut.

Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will host studio coverage, which includes analysts Jeremy RoenickMike MilburyKeith Jones and 2010 U.S. Olympic Team captain Natalie Darwitz.

In figure skating, play-by-play commentator Tom Hammond returns for his 11th Olympics. He’ll be joined by returning analysts Scott HamiltonSandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson as well as reporter Andrea Joyce for NBC coverage.

New NBC Olympic figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will join play-by-play commentator Terry Gannon for NBCSN figure skating coverage.

Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan will serve as a figure skating commentator on NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage, including on NBC and NBCSN.

Other notables:

Dan Hicks will call Alpine skiing after serving as the speed skating play-by-play voice in 2002, 2006 and 2010 following Tim Ryan‘s retirement.

Ted Robinson moves from short track to long track speed skating with Dan Jansen. Gannon will handle short track play-by-play with Apolo Ohno making his Olympic analyst debut.

Here is a full rundown:

NBC and NBCSN hosts — Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Lester Holt
Olympic Correspondents — Ato Boldon, Mary Carillo, Cris Collinsworth, Vladimir Pozner, David Remnick, Jimmy Roberts, Maria Sharapova
Sportsdesk Reporters — Tanith Belbin, Ben Fogle, Willie Geist, Stephanie Gosk, Nastia Liukin, Brian Shactman, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Sal Masekela
Opening Ceremony Hosts — Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira

Gold Zone — Andrew Siciliano, Ryan Burr
Olympic Ice — Russ Thaler, Sarah Hughes
Olympic News Desk — Julie Donaldson

Alpine Skiing — Dan Hicks, Todd Brooker, Christin Cooper, Steve Porino
Biathlon — Steve Schlanger, Stacey Wooley, Chad Salmela, Alex Flanagan
Bobsled/Luge/Skeleton — Leigh Diffey, Lewis Johnson, John Morgan, Duncan Kennedy, Bree Schaaf
Cross-Country Skiing — Al Trautwig, Chad Salmela, Alex Flanagan
Curling — Andrew Catalon, Jason Knapp, John Benton, Pete Fenson, Trenni Kusnierek, Fred Roggin
Figure Skating — Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, Tracy Wilson, Andrea Joyce, Terry Gannon, Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Nancy Kerrigan
Freestyle Skiing — Matt Vasgersian, Jonny Moseley, Luke Van Valin, Carolyn Manno
Hockey — Doc Emrick, Dave Strader, Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Brian Engblom, Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, A.J. Mleczko, Natalie Darwitz
Short Track Speed Skating — Terry Gannon, Apolo Ohno, Andrea Joyce
Ski Jumping — Bob Papa, Jeff Hastings, Randy Moss
Snowboarding — Todd Harris, Todd Richards, Tina Dixon
Speed Skating — Ted Robinson, Dan Jansen, Steve Sands

NBCSN to present more than 230 hours of Sochi Olympic coverage

  1. lance227 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Sorry to hear that Tim Ryan has retired. I know that his wife contracted Alzheimers at a very early age and he has cared for her. He was a great skiing and football broadcaster going back many years on CBS and NBC.

    • Nick Zaccardi - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Me, too. I grew up listening to Tim’s Alpine coverage. Will be missed, taking nothing away from Hicks.

  2. jenandmeg - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I’m looking forward to NBC’s Olympic coverage – a highlight for this Olympic fan!

    Now…a challenge for every member of NBC’s Olympic roster. You’re all in hours of preproduction meetings. Writing scripts. Putting together hours of athlete story packages. Prepping to call competition.

    I issue a simple, straightforward plea: please don’t call female athletes “girls.” These athletes are WOMEN. I know it’s tempting to call them girls. Yes, they sometimes call themselves girls. They might even do it during interviews. And yes, I know some of them are still – technically – girls (under age 18). But that doesn’t mean you should.

    But please, call them women. Female athletes. Young women, if you must. Even the ones under 18, but especially those who are older. You owe it to them, and to your viewing public. You must hold yourselves to a higher standard.

    These athletes – women and men alike – are at the pinnacle of their sport. They are the best of the best (or the most prepared of the best). The elite. The Olympic Games provide them with a platform to shine. You can support that by respecting – and not diminishing – their roles. We never hear young male athletes called “boys.” Just doesn’t happen. So why call women “girls?”

    This avid Olympics fan will be watching hours of your coverage. And I’ll be listening to your commentary. Please, please, please – respect our female athletes.

    Thank you!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Jenandmeg, I agree completely with calling the women women, but IMHO the athletes who are still underage girls should indeed be called girls. That they are terrific athletes should not force them to start wearing adult labels while they are still adolescents. They will be women soon enough, no need to rush them. While calling a 30-year-old woman a girl is not very respectful, even if she refers to herself and her teammates as the “girls”, calling an underage girl a girl is not a sign of disrespect.

      • jenandmeg - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        As long as the standard is applied equally to males — and all males under 18 are referred to as “boys” I would agree. But that just isn’t the case — young female athletes are routinely called “girls” while young male athletes are called “guys” or “men.” When the standard is applied across genders, I have no problem with it. But when it’s not, then NBC commentators (and everyone, IMHO) have a duty to elevate the discourse and watch their language very carefully.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Again, I agree. I think the major reason we hear “boys” so infrequently is that there tend to be fewer male athletes under age 18 in the Olympics. In the Winter Games coming up, figure skating will be one of the only sports where we’ll see underage athletes, and that will be largely in the women’s events. In the Summer Games, it’s mostly the female gymnasts who are underage. Men’s gymnastics events emphasize strength more than the women’s events do, and we tend to see younger, smaller athletes on things such as the balance beam.
        In teams sports, such as next month’s hockey tournament, the woman doing color is a former player, and while we can ask and hope, I’d not be surprised to hear her referring to some of her former teammates as the “girls” just as I have many times heard male players refer to their mates as the “boys.” A classic 1980s hockey video about the Edmonton Oilers was called The Boys on the Bus.

  3. Doug in Philly - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Just watched the figure skating and I’ve just gotta get this off my chest…
    I know the commentators are trying to be helpful and all, but I wish they would let us enjoy the performance more and not constantly talk over the music.
    In particular, Sandra Bezic would often tell us the most obvious things (like, “she stumbled a bit…”) or if another commentator would make a statement, nearly every time she had to chime in with something (even if it is just to say “yes”).

    I’m not trying to be an ass, but just let us watch & listen then talk about it when it’s over.

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