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London Olympics Media Guide

London Olympics Media Guide


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NBC's detailed coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, including 5,535 hours of coverage.
NBC's detailed coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, including 5,535 hours of coverage.

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Gymnastics Play-by-Play

A sportscasting veteran for over two decades, Al Trautwig joins NBC for his ninth Olympics
assignment and 14th Olympics overall, as the gymnastics play-by-play commentator. Trautwig
served as the cross-country and biathlon play-by-play commentator during the 2010 Olympic
Winter Games in Vancouver.

Trautwig‘s NBC Olympic resume as gymnastics play-by-play commentator includes Beijing
(2008), Athens (2004), and Sydney (2000). In Athens and Sydney he also served as triathlon
play-by-play commentator, and in Sydney, he called the triathlon and road cycling events. At the
Winter Games in Vancouver (2010), Torino (2006) and Salt Lake City (2002), he was the cross-
country play-by-play commentator and served in dual capacity as biathlon play-by-play
commentator in Vancouver and Salt Lake. He also worked as a reporter for NBC during the
Barcelona Games in 1992.

Trautwig's Olympic experience dates back to ABC‘s coverage of the 1984 Summer Games in

Los Angeles, where he served as a reporter for several events including judo and rhythmic
gymnastics. He was also a part of the CBS coverage of the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Games,
as well as the 1988 Winter Games for ABC. Currently with Madison Square Garden Network,
Trautwig has multiple responsibilities with the New York Knicks and Rangers. Additionally, he
is the host of MSG Vault, where he recounts memorable moments at Madison Square Garden. He
also handles commentary on NBC‘s Emmy Award-winning coverage of the Ironman Triathlon
and serves as a cycling commentator for the NBC Sports Network‘s coverage of the Tour de

France. Other national broadcast assignments Trautwig works include World Cup Soccer, the

New York City Marathon and USA Network‘s coverage of the US Open.

Trautwig began his broadcasting career in 1979 calling New York Apollo Soccer for WMCA
Radio. Over the next two years, he called soccer games for Cosmos Radio, New York Arrows
Indoor Soccer for WPIX and SportsChannel, and worked on ESPN college soccer telecasts.

In 1980, Trautwig went to USA Network, where he was the leading sports personality, working
on more than 500 telecasts. He has covered the North American Soccer League, NCAA
basketball, National Hockey League, gymnastics, tennis and golf.

Following four years at USA, Trautwig moved to ABC where he hosted the Wide World of
Sports and worked on nearly every big ABC broadcast event. Over the next six years at ABC, he
participated in nine Emmy Award-winning productions.

A former New York Islanders stickboy and New York Nets ballboy, Trautwig and his wife,
Cathy, live in Long Island with their son, Alex.



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