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NBCUNIVERSAL'S OLYMPIC HISTORY …30 EXECUTIVE BIOS HOST & COMMENTATOR BIOS …44 …74
About NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the broad reach and storied history of NBC Sports united with Comcast‘s 24/7 ability to super-serve fans to create the NBC Sports Group. The sports media company consists of an array of broadcast television, cable television and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports & Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, 11 Comcast SportNets (regional sports networks), their respective digital properties and NBC Sports Radio Network. Together, the assets of the NBC Sports Group possess an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, IndyCar, and many more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is new and different about NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London? A: NBCUniversal will provide 5,535 hours of coverage for the 2012 London Olympics across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, two specialty channels, and the first-ever 3D platform, an unprecedented level that surpasses the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly 2,000 hours. NBC will broadcast 272.5 hours of coverage, the most ever for an Olympic broadcast network, largely attributable to an increase in daytime coverage, and NBC Sports Network will serve as home to U.S. team sports with 292.5 hours of total coverage including 257.7 hours of original programming – the most-ever for an Olympic cable network. NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event and sport for the first time ever. In all, the site will live stream more than 3,500 total programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals. Q: How much of the coverage will be live? A: NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event and sport for the first time ever. In all, the site will live stream more than 3,500 total programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals. By comparison, NBCOlympics.com live streamed 25 sports and 2,200 hours for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. NBCOlympics.com will live stream the Olympic content that airs on the four NBCU cable channels -- NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo. In addition, two apps – one focused on live streaming, one on short-form highlights, schedules, results, columns, and more – will be available for mobile and tablets users. The vast majority of content will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite or telco customers. In another first, NBCOlympics.com will provide multiple concurrent streams for select sports, such as gymnastics (each apparatus), track and field (each event), and tennis (up to five courts). For example, during a session of track and field, instead of viewing only a single feed that moves from event to event, a user can choose to watch a stream dedicated to a specific event, such as the long jump or javelin. Most daytime coverage on NBC (ET), NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, Bravo and CNBC (weekends) will be live. Olympic Games hosted in European cities do not allow for live primetime programming because of the time difference.
Q: What programming will each network feature? NBC Sports: NBC will broadcast 272.5 hours of London Olympic coverage over 17 days, the most extensive coverage ever provided by an Olympic broadcast network, and nearly 50 hours more than the 225 hours for Beijing in 2008. Daytime coverage has increased significantly for London. Coverage will begin on most weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT, immediately following NBC News‘ TODAY, which is originating from London. Al Michaels and Dan Patrick will host NBC‘s weekday and weekend daytime coverage, and Mary Carillo will once again host the NBC late night show. 22-time Emmy Award winning Bob Costas returns as the primetime host for NBC‘s coverage, his 10th Olympic broadcast assignment and his ninth as the primetime host. Additionaly, Ryan Seacrest, tennis legend John McEnroe, famed gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and Carillo will serve as Olympic correspondents during primetime coverage. On weekends, NBC‘s daytime coverage will begin as early as 5 a.m. ET/PT. NBC SPORTS NETWORK: NBC Sports Network will serve as the home to U.S. team sports, with 292.5 hours of total coverage from 2012 London Olympics this summer, including 257.5 hours of original programming – an average of more than 14 hours per day – the most-ever for an Olympic cable network. NBC Sports Network coverage, originating from Olympic Park in London, will air up to 20 medal rounds and 22 Olympic sports, including Team USA basketball, women‘s soccer and field hockey. NBC Sports Network, distributed in nearly 80 million homes – an increase of three million homes in the last year – will also carry soccer qualifying on Thursday, July 26. There will be no coverage on July 27 as there are no events scheduled on the same day as the Opening Ceremony. Coverage will conclude on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, August 12, the final day of competition. On most days, coverage will air from 4 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, which covers the live Olympic day in London. CNBC: CNBC – NBCUniversal‘s fully distributed cable business channel – will serve as the home of Olympic boxing this summer, including the debut of women‘s boxing. The channel will televise 73 hours of boxing coverage over 16 days -- from elimination bouts to the men‘s and women‘s finals. Fred Roggin, the longtime lead sports anchor at NBC‘s owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, KNBC, will reprise his Beijing role as Olympic boxing host.
MSNBC: MSNBC, NBCUniversal‘s 24/7 cable news channel that is fully distributed in rougly 100 million homes, will carry 155.5 hours of a wide variety of long-form Olympic programming over 19 days. NBCUniversal‘s 2012 London Olympic coverage begins on MSNBC on Wednesday, July 25 – two days before the Opening Ceremony -- when Great Britain faces New Zealand in women‘s soccer, the first official competition of the Games, live from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT. The channel will also carry soccer qualifying on Thursday, July 26, but there will be no coverage on July 27 as there are no events scheduled on the same day as the Opening Ceremony. Coverage will conclude on MSNBC on August 12, the final day of competition. On most weekdays, coverage will air from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. There will be longer programming windows on Saturdays and Sundays. BRAVO: Bravo, NBCUniversal‘s fully distributed lifestyle cable channel, will act as the home of Olympic tennis this summer, televising 56 hours of long-form tennis coverage from July 28-August 3. The channel will televise 56 hours of long-form tennis coverage over seven days, from July 28August 3. Live coverage will air from early morning until mid-afternoon (ET) on most days. Pat O‘Brien, a veteran of five Olympic Games as a commentator, will serve as host. London will be O‘Brien‘s fourth Olympics for NBC and sixth overall. He last worked for NBCUniversal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the same year Bravo last carried Olympic competition. NBCOLYMPICS.com: NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event and sport for the first time ever. In all, the site will live stream more than 3,500 total programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals. NBCOlympics.com will live stream NBCU cable channels NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo, which will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite or telco customers. Two apps – one focused on live streaming, one on short-form highlights, schedules, results, columns, and more – will be available for mobile and tablet users. The vast majority of content will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite or telco customers.
TELEMUNDO: NBCUniversal announced the most extensive Spanish-language Olympic coverage in the company‘s history, offering more than 173 hours of the upcoming London 2012 Olympics on Telemundo, ―The U.S. Home of the Olympic Games in Spanish.‖ Telemundo‘s comprehensive coverage will feature marquee disciplines such as boxing, swimming, basketball and soccer, which will be a major broadcast highlight. Telemundo will deliver a complete 360° Olympic experience across its multiple platforms including its broadcast network, www.nbcolympics.com/telemundo and its cable network mun2, which will offer a daily half-hour special featuring behind-the-scenes from the Games. Also, for the first time in the network‘s history, Telemundo will offer live streaming of broadcast coverage together with exclusive digital-only content of Olympic events, news, announcements and information via www.nbcolympics.com/telemundo, totaling more than 200 hours of digital content. Deportes Telemundo‘s Olympic team, headed by internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andrés Cantor, will include Jessi Losada, Mónica Noguera, Sammy Sadovnik, Edgar Lopez, René Giraldo, Karim Mendiburu, Kaziro Aoyama, Oscar Guzmán, Leti Coo and Verónica Contreras, as well as several former Olympic champions. Coverage will be live from both London and the network‘s studios, bringing the stories of Hispanics participating in the Olympics and the main events both on the field and around the Games to the homes of millions of U.S. Hispanic viewers. With soccer being one of the biggest passion points for U.S. Hispanics, the Olympics‘ soccer tournament will represent a major focus of Telemundo‘s broadcast, as already-qualified Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain and Honduras vie for the gold. NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER AND BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNELS: Specialty channels for basketball and soccer are available to cable, satellite and telco providers, and will total 770 hours of coverage. 3D: Panasonic Corporation of North America and the NBC Sports Group announced in January that they will partner to make the London 2012 Olympic Games available in 3D to all U.S. distributors who carry Olympic coverage on cable, satellite and telco -- nearly 100 percent of the multichannel industry. The effort will produce 242 hours of coverage and mark the first time that the Olympic Games will be distributed in the U.S. in 3D.
Q: In addition to live streaming, how else will NBCOlympics.com be used? A: There will be an increased editorial presence on NBCOlympics.com, the digital destination for all Olympic-related information for the Games. Coverage includes live video, highlights, results, schedules, TV listings, medals, interviews, athletes and photos. Q: What are the Specialty Channels? A: Specialty channels for basketball and soccer are available to cable, satellite and telco providers, and will total 770 hours of coverage. More information about these channels will be released soon. Q: How many Olympics has NBC broadcast? A: The 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London marks NBCUniversal‘s 13th Olympic broadcast, the most Olympic broadcasts by any media company. NBCUniversal‘s unprecedented London Olympics coverage features the most coverage, including the most live coverage in the United States, across the most platforms of any Summer Olympics in history. The London Olympic Summer Games mark an unprecedented seven consecutive Olympic broadcasts by NBCUniversal. The impressive streak began with the 2000 Sydney Games and continues through the 2012 London Games. Including London, NBC will have broadcast eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 12 Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter. It is NBCU‘s seventh consecutive Summer Games dating back to Seoul in 1988. At the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Olympics, NBCUniversal will have broadcast 17 Olympic Games and 11 consecutive. Q: Why are the Olympics so important to NBC? A: The ―Olympic Halo Effect‖ bolsters the entire NBCUniversal television group, including news, entertainment and late night. To deliver the same number of gross household impressions NBC delivered during the 17 days of its primetime Beijing Olympics coverage, one network would have to own the rights and broadcast the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Golden Globes, the AFC Division playoffs, the NFC Championship Game and six games of the World Series all within a 17-day span. Q: What was NBC’s rights fee payment for London? A: The rights fee for London was $1.181 billion.
Q: Do you expect to make a profit? A: NBCUniversal again has a long-term investment in the Olympics through 2020 and that investment will be profitable. Making a profit in London, which is a part of a legacy agreement entered into seven years ago, is not anticipated; however, NBCUniversal will beat the plan it inherited and is performing better than expected in terms of advertising. Coverage will be unaffected. Q: What are your ratings projections and advertiser guarantees for London? A: We do not speculate what our ratings will be. The Games in Beijing and Athens won virtually every hour in primetime. The Olympics remain one of the few remaining television events that amass a large audience and the London Games will be no exception. Each advertising agreement is unique (many encompass multiple Games, across multiple platforms: network, cable, Internet), so there is no uniform ratings guarantee. Q: How will NBC handle breaking news during the London Games? A: NBC Sports, will cover the Olympics as it always has, including covering news events if they affect the competition. NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, Today show and MSNBC, has a substantial presence in London and will be on the ground broadcasting from London and covering events as warranted. Q: Will the Olympics be broadcast in HD? A: All Olympic venues will broadcast in high definition. High definition coverage will be available on NBC‘s HD affiliates. Q: Will the Olympics be broadcast in 3D? A: Panasonic Corporation of North America and the NBC Sports Group announced in January that they will partner to make the London 2012 Olympic Games available in 3D to all U.S. distributors who carry Olympic coverage on cable, satellite and telco -- nearly 100 percent of the multichannel industry. The effort will produce 242 hours of coverage on next-day delay and marks the first time that the Olympic Games will be distributed in the U.S. in 3D.
LONDON 2012 NBC OLYMPICS—BY THE NUMBERS
2 18 19 50 160 164 175 191 300 1,630 2,000 2,500 5,535 9,360 30,480 50,000 50,612 70,500 202,594 562,760 190 Million 215 Million Helicopters World Championships attended by NBC Olympics Researchers Countries visited by NBC Olympics Researchers Multi-Channel Record and Playback Machines Disk Recording Machines Transportation Staff Video Tape Recording Machines Vehicles Camera Positions Round Trip Airline Reservations Pieces of Furniture (1,200 IBC and 89 Venues) Color Monitors Total hours of NBC Sports Group‘s coverage of London Olympic Games Square Meters (28,080 Sq. Ft.) of NBC‘s London Venue Compounds Meters of Fiber Optic Archived Video Tapes Hotel Room Nights in 13 Properties Square Feet of NBCs London Studios in IBC Meals Served in 44 Days Servings of Hot and Cold Beverages Viewers in the USA for the Vancouver Olympic Games Viewers in the USA for the Beijing Olympic Games
*All numbers are tentative and subject to change
FACTS ABOUT THE 2012 OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES IN LONDON
The official dates of the Games of the XXX Olympiad are Friday, July 27, through Sunday, August 12, 2012. The Games will last 17 days, including one day for the Opening Ceremony, and span three weekends with the soccer preliminaries, there are 19 days of competition. London will be the first city to host the Olympic Games three times (it previously hosted in 1908 and 1948). London was awarded the Games on July 6, 2005, when IOC members voted in Singapore. London beat out Paris, Madrid, New York City, and Moscow. The Games of the XXX Olympiad have been organized by the London Organizing Committee (LOCOG). The organization‘s Chair is Sebastian Coe and its Chief Executive is Paul Deighton. The 2012 Olympics will welcome approximately 10,500 athletes and 204 countries. There will be 302 official events on the 2012 Olympic program, 259 more than were on the 1896 program 116 years ago. The London Games will take place across 34 competition venues. Four sports – fencing, gymnastics, swimming and track & field – have appeared in every modern Olympics. The United States has won a medal in every sport on the 2012 Olympic program except for badminton, table tennis and team handball. (Rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, disciplines in which the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal, are both under the sport heading of gymnastics.) Great Britain has competed in every modern Olympics and ranks third in the all-time medal standings, behind the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Great Britain finished fourth in 2008 with 47 medals (19 gold, 13 silver, 15 bronze). There will be 8.8 million ticketholders at the London Games. There were 240,000 Games Maker (volunteer) applications; up to 70,000 Games Makers required – 1 million hours of training and 8 million volunteer hours will be delivered
42 sport test events have been or will be held in London‘s Olympic venues over 12 months, including Olympic qualifiers, World Cups, British Championships, and International Invitational events. The Olympic Park is 2.5 sq km in size, equivalent to 357 football fields, and includes 9 major competition venues. 8,000 Olympic Torchbearers will travel 8,000 miles over the course of 70 days and will pass through 33 London boroughs. It took three years to construct the Olympic Stadium, which is 53 meters high and contains 10 tons of steel.
2012 OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES VENUES IN LONDON
The Olympic Park The 2012 Olympic Summer Games are the catalyst for transforming 2.5sq km of land in east London. What was once industrial, contaminated land has been rapidly transformed over the last few years into Olympic Park. Olympic Park will create a green backdrop for the Games and a new green space after 2012 for people and wildlife living in and around the area to enjoy. Some 250 acres of new parklands have been created from former industrial land by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), providing a colorful atmosphere for the London 2012 Games and beyond. The Olympic Parklands contain 4,000 semi-mature trees, over 300,000 wetland plants and more than ten football fields worth of meadows designed and sown to flower during the London 2012 Games. A riverside London 2012 Garden stretches for half a mile between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium. Venues inside the Olympic Park include: the Olympic Stadium, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the track and field events; the Aquatics Centre, for the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming events; the Velodrome, for track cycling; the BMX Track for BMX; the Basketball Arena, for some of the basketball and handball games; Riverbank Arena, for hockey; the Water Polo Arena for water polo; and Copper Box, for fencing and additional handball. During the Paralympics, Eton Manor will host wheelchair tennis. After the Games, many of these structures will remain and be repurposed or used for additional sporting events, but some—namely the Basketball, Water Polo, and Riverbank Arenas—are temporary structures that will be removed after the Olympics. Olympic Park will also contain the Olympic and Paralympic Village, where the athletes will be housed, as well as the IBC and MPC. Venues In London In addition to the large Olympic Park in east London, many Olympic events will take place at venues around the city, including historic locales in the popular West End. Hyde Park, open to the public since 1637, is the largest of London‘s royal parks. During the Games, triathlon and open water swimming will be held in the park. At The Mall nearby will be the start and finish locations of the marathon, race walk, and road cycling road race. The Mall was created as a ceremonial route in the early 1900s and to this day is used for many formal ceremonies, including the upcoming Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. Both indoor and beach volleyball will take place at historic West End locations as well: the indoor competitions will be held at Earls Court, an exhibition hall that also hosted Olympic events in 1948, while the beach competitions
will be held in a temporary arena at Horse Guards Parade, a large ceremonial parade ground near 10 Downing Street. In southwest London is Wimbledon. Home to the world-famous Wimbledon grand slam tennis tournament since 1877, the venue will be used for the Olympic tennis competition during Games-time just three weeks after the end of the annual grand slam tournament. Also in southwest London is Hampton Court Palace, where the road cycling time trial will take place. The royal palace was formerly home to many of Britain‘s kings and queens, including Henry VIII. In northwest London, Wembley Stadium will host the men‘s and women‘s gold medal soccer games and Wembley Arena will house badminton and rhythmic gymastics. Lord’s Cricket Ground, near Regent‘s Park, has been a world-class cricket venue since the 19th century, but during the Games it will be used for archery. Across the river from the Olympic Park, in southeast London, are Greenwich Park and North Greenwich Arena. Greenwich Park, the oldest Royal Park in London (it dates back to 1433), is a World Heritage site that is home to The Royal Observatory and Greenwich Mean Time. The park will host all of the equestrian events and some of the modern pentathlon events (equestrian, plus the combined running/shooting event). North Greenwich Arena, known outside of Gamestime as the O2 Arena, will house artistic gymnastics and trampoline, as well as the basketball finals. Also in southeast London are The Royal Artillery Barracks, where shooting will be held. Closest to the Olympic Park in east London is the ExCeL building in London‘s Docklands. This pre-existing structure contains five arenas and will be the Olympic venue for a staggering seven sports: boxing, fencing, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling. Venues In England Some events will take place outside of London at locales around the country. In particular, all of the boat sports occur outside of London. Rowing and flatwater canoeing will be held at Eton Dorney, a rowing center on Dorney Lake at Eton College, a well-known British prep school for boys. It‘s located near Windsor, about 25 miles west of London. Whitewater canoe will be held north of London at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Lee Valley Regional Park, Hertfordshire, while the mountain biking course is at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, to the east of London. The sailing events are on England‘s south coast, in Dorset at Weymouth and Portland, which comprises the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and the adjacent commerical marina.
Three of the soccer venues will be in England outside of London: City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, and St. James Park in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. During the regular soccer season, the stadiums are home to Coventry City football club, Manchester United, and Newcastle United, respectively. Venues In Great Britain Two of the soccer venues are located outside of England: Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, and Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Both will host preliminaries and quarterfinals, and Millennium will host the men‘s bronze medal match as well.
NBCUNIVERSAL TO CONDUCT EXTENSIVE RESEARCH EFFORT DURING 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS
Company Partners with Google and comScore to Explore New Methods of Single Source Cross Platform Video Measurement Continuing its pioneering research efforts surrounding the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics known as ―The Billion Dollar Lab,‖ NBCUniversal will conduct a third Olympics research initiative during the 2012 London Games. The company will work with Google and comScore for a series of innovative research projects that will explore new ways to measure single source consumption of video content on TV, mobile, the PC, and for the first time in Olympic broadcasting history, the tablet. The initiative will combine Google‘s unparalleled analytical and digital expertise with NBCUniversal‘s extensive experience using the Olympics to explore consumer media behavior. NBCUniversal and comScore will also partner on a project to measure how different demographic groups use media to follow the Games. Alan Wurtzel, President, Research, NBCUniversal, said, ―Since we first began the Olympics Billion Dollar Lab, non-linear video consumption has increased dramatically. Cross-platform measurement is extraordinarily challenging, but we believe the unique and complementary nature of these research projects will bring us one step closer to cracking the code of single source measurement.‖ Considered the ―holy grail‖ of media measurement, single source data measures the use of different devices by an individual consumer across multiple channels, online services and apps. In order to achieve this, the Google project will feature a panel of approximately 3,000 respondents who have agreed to participate. The project will also utilize a number of proprietary algorithms developed specifically for this project by Google. The comScore initiative will tap into the company‘s new 10,000 member single source TV/Online panel to focus on several hundred Olympic enthusiasts who plan to follow the Games on multiple platforms. It will employ set top boxes, electronic meters and panelist self reports to provide new insights into how today‘s media platforms contribute to the Olympic experience for the biggest fans. NBCUniversal, Google, and comScore intend to share both the results of consumer Olympic media consumption, as well as the broader learnings obtained about the various approaches to cross-platform measurement. In coming weeks, NBCUniversal will announce other research partnerships for the ―Billion Dollar Lab.‖
2012 OLYMPIC RESEARCHERS
AMANDA DOYLE The Hammonton, N.J., native graduated with a degree in English from Villanova University in 2010. Her recent research trip to Dortmund, Germany, included a particularly disastrous series of layovers in three former Olympic host cities: Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich. Her own Olympic history goes back to her great-grandfather John Mais, who competed in gymnastics for the U.S. in 1920 and 1924. Prior to joining NBC, she worked as a reporter for Sports Illustrated. ALEX GOLDBERGER The New York City native graduated from Yale in 2008 with distinction in American Studies. His first London-related research trip – the 2010 World Championship in women‘s basketball – brought him back to the same Czech town (Karlovy Vary) whose annual film festival he attended during a summer abroad in 2006. Since then, his pre-Olympic travel has covered six countries and eight U.S. states. In addition to his Olympic assignments at NBC, he works on the NFL, the NHL and rugby, and in February served as a writer/researcher for the network‘s studio coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. He has also written for The New York Times and the Yale Alumni Magazine. The two-time Emmy winner joined NBC in June 2008 and will be working his third Olympics in London. JOHN HOWE The Los Angeles native graduated from Amherst College in 2011, majoring in English and Spanish. While in Amherst, Mass., he worked at the college‘s radio station, WAMH, as a DJ, business director and color analyst for football and basketball games. In his senior year, he coauthored an article examining the NFL‘s most recent labor dispute, which was published in the UCLA Entertainment Law Review, entitled, ―All Four Quarters.‖ A former intern in Dick Ebersol and Ken Schanzer‘s offices, he began covering events last summer, traveling to nearly a dozen locations from the south of France (Montpellier – rhythmic gymnastics) to the Far East (Qinhuangdao, China – boxing). KRISTEN LAYDEN A native of Simsbury, Conn., Kristen graduated from Williams College in 2010 with a degree in English. Her previous experiences with NBC include interning at the Beijing Olympics, where she worked at the Bird‘s Nest, and working in the research room on Football Night in America. She has also worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The former rower spent 26 straight days in Eastern Europe last year for Olympic Research when she attended the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, the Canoe Slalom World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia and the European Basketball Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania in succession. London will be her second Games with NBC and fourth overall.
RON VACCARO The Ansonia, Conn. native graduated from Yale University with distinction in Political Science in 2004 and has worked with NBC Olympics ever since. This February he worked on his second Super Bowl as a writer/researcher for NBC‘s pregame coverage and worked his third Stanley Cup Final in June. His pre-Olympic travel included trips to four countries on three continents and eight U.S. states. He moonlights as the play-by-play announcer for Yale Football and called play-by-play for NBC in Beijing on race walking and modern pentathlon, duties he will not resume this time due to his Olympic research commitment. The five-time Emmy winner also called play-by-play for several college hockey telecasts on the NBC Sports Network this past winter. London will be his fifth Olympics with NBC.
LONDON OLYMPIC TALENT AND PRODUCTION ASSIGNMENTS
Jim Bell Molly Solomon Joe Gesue
Al Michaels Dan Patrick
Sam Flood Rebecca Chatman
Kelly Atkinson Mike Sheehan
NBC Late Night Olympic Correspondents (FOB)
Mary Carillo Ryan Seacrest John McEnroe Bela Karolyi Jimmy Fallon Shaun White
Coordinator Producer - At Home NBC Sports Network Michelle Beadle Liam McHugh Willie Geist Doc Rivers (basketball analyst) MSNBC Day Part Kelly Tilghman Rob Simmelkjaer CNBC Boxing Fred Roggin BJ Flores Laila Ali Boxing in London Bob Papa Teddy Atlas Russ Thaler Central Video Tape - London Central Video Tape - NY Control C Sports Desk Stephanie Gosk Tamron Hall Marshall Harris Lester Holt Carolyn Manno Pierre McGuire
John McGuinness Ricky Diamond Mark Bellotti Andy Barsh Marc Greenstein
Bill Kunz Mike Marcarello Rob Dustin
Elizabeth Donovan Rob Mellick Scott Katz
John Gilmartin Carol Larson Kaare Numme Mark Levy Dan Fleschner Cathy Driscoll Vivian Kim Pete Breen (overnight)
Dr. Nancy Snyderman Michele Tafoya Apolo Ohno Opening Ceremony TBA Jim Bell Molly Solomon Joe Gesue Closing Ceremony Daily Stories TBA Jimmy Roberts John McEnroe Ryan Seacrest TBA Brian Brown Jack Felling TBA Bucky Gunts
Track and Field
Tom Hammond Ato Boldon Dwight Stones Lewis Johnson
Rob Hyland Betsy Riley - field events
Craig Masback Tim Hutchings
Al Trautwig Elfi Schlegel Tim Daggett Andrea Joyce
Dan Hicks Rowdy Gaines Andrea Kremer
Open Water Swimming
Steve Schlanger Rowdy Gaines
Ted Robinson Cynthia Potter Alex Flanagan
Chris Marlowe Kevin Wong Heather Cox
Paul Sunderland Kevin Barnett
Terry Gannon Yaz Farooq
Randy Moss Chris Maddocks
Steve Schlanger Paul Sherwen Todd Harris
Rob Hyland Joel Felicio
Randy Moss Eric Giddens
Terry Gannon Eric Giddens
Todd Harris Paul Sherwen
Todd Harris Jamie Bestwick
Joel Felicio Billy Matthews Billy Matthews Josh Freedenberg Howie Singer Spencer Julien Paul Lucey Paula McHale Phil Pollicino Peter Shakkour (specialty channel) Joe Martin
Steve Schlanger Julie Swail
Basketball in London
Bob Fitzgerald Doug Collins Ann Meyers
Basketball in NY
Chris Carrino Dave Strader Tim Capstraw Donny Marshall Lisa Leslie Carolyn Peck Craig Sager
Randy Moss Heather Olson
Mike Emrick Julie Swail Wolf Wigo
Andrea Joyce Elfi Schlegel
Soccer in London
Arlo White Kyle Martino Brandi Chastain Drea Avent
Soccer in NY
JP Dellacamera Glenn Davis Steve Cangialosi
Mike Cohen Ken Neal Erik Barnhart
Allen Hopkins Marcelo Balboa Shep Messing Cobi Jones Kate Markgraf Cat Whitehill Angela Hucles Tennis Daypart Tennis Pat O'Brien Andrew Catalon Brett Haber Justin Gimelstob Rennae Stubbs John McEnroe - Men's final Ted Robinson - Men's final Jon Wertheim Equestrian Tim Ryan Melanie Smith Taylor Handball Mike Gorman Dawn Lewis Fencing Craig Hummer Jeff Bukantz Archery Craig Hummer Jason Knapp Rick McKinney Shooting Jason Knapp Shari LeGate Table Tennis Ari Wolfe Sean O'Neill Weightlifting Jim Watson Shane Hamman Wrestling Jason Knapp Rulon Gardner Badminton Jim Kozimor Steve Kearney Field Hockey Mike Corey Missy Meharg Modern Pentathlon Steve Cangialosi Eli Bremer
Scott Solky (specialty channel)
Steve Mayer Tony Lanni Jason Wald
Mary Beth Duffy
Mary Beth Duffy/Jennie Silverstein
Mary Beth Duffy
Mary Beth Duffy
Craig Hummer Leo White
Mary Beth Duffy
Jim Watson Jimmy Kim
Andres Cantor Jessie Losada Monica Noguera Sammy Sadovnik Edgar Kioez Rene Giraldo Karim Mendiburu Kaziro Aoyama Oscar Guzman Leti Coo Veronica Contreras
NATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE LONDON OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES
Below is a list of nations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. In the Parade of Nations, the nations will enter XX in London in English alphabetical order. According to Olympic tradition, Greece marches first and the host nation, Great Britain, enters last. *Please note countries listed below are subject to change. COUNTRY Greece Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Bulgaria CODE GRE AFG ALB ALG ASA AND ANG ANT ARG ARM ARU AUS AUT AZE BAH BRN BAN BAR BLR BEL BIZ BEN BER BHU BOL BIH BOT BRA IVB BRU BUL
Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d‘Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic North Korea Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland Macedonia France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Grenada Guam Guatemala
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Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati South Korea Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco
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Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia
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South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Chinese Taipei Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United States of America Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Great Britain
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NBCUniversal’s 2011 Acquisition of the 2014-2020 Olympic Games
On June 7, 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it awarded the U.S. media rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to NBCUniversal for $4.38 billion. NBCUniversal has broadcast a total of 12 Olympic Games, more than any other media company. The 2012 London Summer Olympics will be NBCU‘s 13th Olympic Games broadcast and seventh consecutive. At the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Olympics, NBCU will have broadcast 17 Olympic Games and 11 consecutive. On the day the rights to 2014-2020 were awarded, Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO Comcast, said: ―We are honored to continue as the U.S. Olympic broadcaster for the remainder of this decade. The vision for our new Comcast-NBCUniversal was to create new platforms and technologies to distribute the very best content. Every two years the Olympic Games provides iconic content for us to deliver on all platforms. We are proud to continue the rich heritage and long association that NBC has had with the IOC and I personally want to thank President Jacques Rogge and Richard Carrion for their long-term trust.‖ Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal: ―I‘m extremely pleased we will be continuing as the IOC‘s U.S. media partner. Broadcasting sports events is an important part of our business and the Olympics are obviously a significant part of the portfolio. We have a talented and experienced team in place with a legacy of outstanding Olympics coverage and we are all looking forward to London next year and to Sochi and Rio after that.‖ Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group: ―It is a great thrill to know that NBC‘s unsurpassed Olympic heritage and unprecedented partnership with the IOC will continue through 2020. The Olympics are a significant part of NBC and the IOC again recognized NBCUniversal‘s unmatched ability to promote, market, program and produce the Olympic Games. London, Sochi, Rio and the 2018 and 2020 Games will benefit from our ability to galvanize all the resources of the newly-formed NBC Sports Group to bring the Games to more homes and more platforms than ever.‖ The decision came after two days of meetings held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, during which ESPN, Fox and NBC each gave a presentation and submitted their proposals to the IOC. The negotiation process started earlier this year with preliminary discussions conducted with all interested parties. Each proposal was discussed by an IOC delegation chaired by President Rogge. IOC President Jacques Rogge said: ―We are delighted to have reached an agreement with our longstanding partner NBC. We received three excellent bids and would like to thank each broadcaster for their presentations. In the end we were most impressed with NBC, which not only has a track record for broadcasting the Games that speaks for itself, but also has a clear and innovative vision of where it wants to take the broadcast of the Games between now and 2020.
We look forward to continuing to build on our already strong relationship beginning in London next year.‖ Following are the upcoming Olympic Games: 2014 Winter Sochi, Russia 2016 Summer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2018 Winter Peyongchang, South Korea 2020 Summer TBD
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NBCUNIVERSAL’S OLYMPIC TRADITION
London Will Be NBCU’s 13th Olympics, the Most by Any Network “America’s Olympic Network” Carries Unprecedented Seven Consecutive Games The 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London represent the 13th Olympic broadcast by NBCUniversal, the most ever by any media company. The London Olympic Summer Games mark an unprecedented seven consecutive Olympic broadcasts by the NBCU. The impressive streak began with the 2000 Sydney Games and continues through the 2012 London Games. Including London, NBCU will have broadcast eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 12 Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter. It is NBCU‘s seventh consecutive Summer Games dating back to Seoul in 1988. The tradition of Olympic storytelling continues as the hallmark of NBCU‘s coverage, led by Bob Costas, a 23-time Emmy Award winner who was recently named ―Best Broadcaster‖ of the decade by Sports Illustrated. Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels, one of the most renowned broadcasters of all-time and whose legendary ―Do you believe in miracles? YES!‖ call at the Lake Placid Olympics 30 years ago stands as the most famous call in sports television history, will serve as host of NBC‘s live weekend and weekday daytime coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. NBCUniversal‘s Olympic vault contains a plethora of indelible Olympic images including Beijing‘s spectacular Opening Ceremony; Michael Phelps‘ magnificent eight gold-medal performances; the feats of track & field legends Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Jackie-Joyner Kersee; diver Greg Louganis; the original basketball ―Dream Team‖; gymnast Kerri Strugg and the ―Magnificent Seven;‖ the unlikely Greco-Roman wrestling hero Rulon Gardner; Winter Olympics gold medalists Sarah Hughes, Shaun White and Apolo Anton Ohno; and, of course, the inspirational moment when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic cauldron in Atlanta. Following is a breakdown of the agreements for NBC‘s acquisition of the seven consecutive Summer and Winter Olympic Games: In August 1995, NBC paid $1.2 billion to acquire the exclusive U.S. broadcasting rights to both the 2000 Games in Sydney ($705 million) and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City ($545 million).
In December 1995, NBC and the IOC constructed a record-breaking $2.3 billion agreement granting NBC the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2004 Summer Olympics ($793 million), the 2006 Winter Games ($613 million) and the 2008 Summer Olympics ($894 million). It marked the first time that the same network has been awarded the rights to five consecutive Olympics. In June 2003, NBC paid $2 billion for the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2010 Winter Games ($820 million) and the 2012 Summer Olympics ($1.181 billion). In June 2011, the IOC announced that it awarded the U.S. media rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to NBCUniversal for $4.38 billion. At the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Olympics, NBC will have broadcast 17 Olympic Games and 11 consecutive.
NBCUNIVERSAL’S OLYMPIC TRADITION
Following are capsules of NBCUniversal‘s 12 previous Olympic broadcasts, from the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games: 2010 Olympic Games - Vancouver NBC Universal presented more than 835 hours of Vancouver Olympic Winter Games coverage – representing the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics, more than the last two Winter Olympics combined, and the most live hours ever for a Winter Games. The Vancouver Games is the first Winter Olympics to be presented entirely in high definition. 190 million Americans watched the Vancouver Olympics on the networks of NBC Universal, making them the second-most watched Winter Olympics ever, surpassing Salt Lake City (187 million) and ranked behind only the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games, according to data available today from The Nielsen Company. Through the 17 nights of the Vancouver Olympics, NBC drew more viewers than the other three major networks combined (9 percent advantage). The Vancouver Olympics averaged 24.4 million viewers in primetime, more than doubling Fox, tripling CBS and quadrupling ABC over that span. On Wednesday, Feb 17, the Olympics on NBC broke American Idol‘s six-year unbeaten streak. Head-to-head against Idol (8-9 p.m.), the Olympics out-drew Idol 19.2 million vs. 17.8 million. The USA vs. Canada gold medal hockey game, that NBC‘s Bob Costas called, ―One of the greatest sports events I have ever seen,‖ was the most-watched hockey game in 30 years. Canada‘s epic 3-2 overtime victory drew an average viewership of 27.6 million, the most watched hockey broadcast of any kind since the gold medal-clinching USA vs. Finland 1980 game in Lake Placid on Feb. 24, 1980 (32.8 million). ―Once again, NBC has put together an all-star team of broadcasters. Talk about fire power in one studio chair. NBC has outdone itself.‖ - Artie Gigantino, San Francisco Examiner ―If there‘s a reason to upgrade your TV set, that reason begins Friday night.‖ ―For the first time, all televised coverage of the Games –that‘s 835 hours – will be aired in glorious high definition.‖ - Vince Horiuchi, The Salt Lake Tribune ―It‘s the greatest show on snow. And the television version has been so satisfying – visually, emotionally, aesthetically – that, for the moment, the national pall imposed by
the recession, and by the generally shabby state of public affairs, seems to have been lifted. Not only is the show grand and gorgeous and sometimes thrilling, but it‘s also a huge hit.‖ - Tom Shales, Washington Post Dick Ebersol served as executive producer with David Neal as head of production. Bob Costas hosted NBC‘s primetime coverage while Jim Lampley anchored daytime and Mary Carillo handled late night. Alex Flanagan and Matt Vasgersian split USA Network hosting duties. MSNBC hosting responsibilities were shared by Bill Patrick and Melissa Stark. Fred Roggin hosted boxing on CNBC and Lindsay Czarniak hosted on Oxygen. 2008 Olympic Games - Beijing ―It turned out to be the greatest TV many Americans have ever witnessed,‖ is how ESPN described NBC‘s coverage of the spectacular 2008 Beijing Olympics. From the dazzling Opening Ceremony to Michael Phelps‘ Olympic-record eight gold medals to Usain Bolt‘s world records, the Beijing Games captivated America and became the most-watched television event in history with 215 million viewers, eclipsing the 209 million of the 1996 Atlanta Games. NBC Universal‘s coverage of the Beijing Olympics was the most ambitious media project in history. Its 3,600+ hours of coverage surpassed the combined total of every previous Summer Olympics ever broadcast. Coverage across all NBC Universal platforms averaged nearly 212 hours per day for 17 days – more than eight days of coverage during every single day of the Olympics. The total hours tripled the previous record of 1,210 total hours of coverage on NBC from Athens in 2004, was 20 times more than the 171 total hours on NBC from Atlanta in 1996 and 180 times greater than the 20 total hours for the inaugural U.S. Olympic broadcast on CBS from Rome in 1960. For the first-time ever in the U.S., NBC Universal‘s Web site featured live streaming Olympic broadband video coverage. NBCOlympics.com more than doubled the combined totals for the Athens and Torino Games in page views and unique users, while increasing video streams. NBC won nine Emmy Awards, including three primetime Emmy Awards plus a Peabody Award, for its coverage as well as resounding praise. ―…the best overall Olympic experience ever provided by a U.S. network.‖ – USA Today ―NBC's coverage was worthy of a gold medal. The network set the standard for all future Olympics broadcasts.‖ – Tampa Bay Tribune ―The Games are supposed to bring out the best in those who compete, and these Games, seemingly more than others of recent years and decades, brought out the best in television.‖
– Washington Post Dick Ebersol served as executive producer with David Neal as head of production. Bob Costas hosted NBC‘s primetime coverage while Jim Lampley anchored daytime and Mary Carillo handled late night. Alex Flanagan and Matt Vasgersian split USA Network hosting duties. MSNBC hosting responsibilities were shared by Bill Patrick and Melissa Stark. Fred Roggin hosted boxing on CNBC and Lindsay Czarniak hosted on Oxygen. 2006 Olympic Winter Games - Torino After NBC‘s coverage of its first Winter Olympics during the 1972 Sapporo Games, the network did not broadcast another Winter Games until 2002 in Salt Lake, making the Torino Olympics NBC‘s second consecutive Winter Games broadcast and third overall. NBC‘s passion for and commitment to the Olympics was on full display during the Torino Games with an unprecedented 416 hours of coverage, including more live coverage than any Winter Olympics broadcast in history. The record-setting coverage on the networks of NBC Universal – NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network – surpassed the 375.5 hours from Salt Lake in 2002. NBC‘s HD affiliates and Universal HD also provided high definition Olympic coverage. NBCOlympics.com was the Internet's preeminent Olympic source. NBC‘s Torino coverage saw the return of distinguished skating analyst and two-time Olympic gold medalist Dick Button. Since winning his first Olympic gold medal in St. Moritz in 1948, Button‘s involvement in the Olympics and the sport of figure skating has spanned seven decades. His last Olympic broadcast had been in 1988 for ABC. ―NBC‘s coverage has been ‗dramatic,‘ ‗wide-ranging,‘ and ‗eye-opening.‘‖ – Newsday ―Unquestionably, the gold medal in Internet Olympic coverage goes to NBC Web site.‖ – Chicago Tribune ―Watching NBC on high-definition is, in a word, gorgeous.‖ – NY Daily News Dick Ebersol served as executive producer with David Neal as head of production. Bob Costas hosted NBC‘s primetime coverage while Jim Lampley anchored both daytime and late night. Bill Macatee hosted USA Network‘s coverage. Bill Clement hosted hockey on USA, MSNBC and CNBC. Mary Carillo hosted USA‘s ‗Olympic Ice.‘ Curling on CNBC and MSNBC was hosted by Fred Roggin. 2004 Olympic Games - Athens NBC‘s unprecedented broadcast of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games included 1,210 hours of coverage, 24 hours a day, and was watched by 203 million viewers on the networks of NBC
Universal – NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Bravo, Telemundo and NBC HDTV. The 1,210 hours – more than the last five Summer Games combined – represented an average of more than 70 hours per day and allowed NBC for the first time in U.S. television history to provide some coverage of all 28 Summer Olympic sports. Telemundo‘s Spanish broadcast represented the first-ever non-English language Olympic coverage in the U.S. NBC‘s high definition affiliates provided the first HDTV coverage of the Summer Olympics in the U.S. NBC‘s broadcast of the Athens Games won nine Emmy Awards, including three primetime Emmys for Opening Ceremony coverage. A sampling of acclaim for NBC‘s round-the-clock coverage from Athens: ―The upshot is you can watch someone you‘ve never heard of playing some sport you‘ve never cared about pretty much any time of the night and day. And nothing could make me happier.‖ – USA Today ―America is flipping for the Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Thanks to Bob Costas— oh, and the golden performances by Michael Phelps, Carly Patterson and Paul Hamm— NBC blew away the competition.‖ – Entertainment Weekly ―The Olympics‘ seven channel package is a smashing success.‖ – San Francisco Chronicle ―Seriously, how do you come close to watching everything that‘s worth watching and get any sleep?… I don‘t know about you, but after a couple of decades of eroding interest, I‘m falling back in love with the Olympics.‖ – Oakland Tribune Dick Ebersol served as executive producer with David Neal as head of production. Bob Costas hosted NBC‘s primetime while Jim Lampley anchored both daytime and USA Network coverage. Pat O‘Brein hosted late night coverage during week one of the Games while Dan Hicks took over for the second week. Cable hosting duties were served by Lester Holt on MSNBC, Fred Roggin on CNBC, Mary Carillo on Bravo, Inga Hammond on Bravo‘s evening coverage, and Jessi Losada and Andrés Cantor on Telemundo. 2002 Olympic Winter Games - Salt Lake City NBC's coverage of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games from Salt Lake City (Feb. 8-24) earned ratings gold, averaging a 19.2 household national nightly rating/31 share, up 18 percent over CBS' 16.3/26 for its coverage of the 1998 Nagano Games. NBC's Salt Lake Games, which won a record 17 Emmy Awards (including six primetime Emmys for Opening Ceremony coverage) attracted 187 million unique viewers – an average of 61 million viewers each night during primetime, making Salt Lake the second most viewed Winter Games ever. NBC's nightly ratings
delivery over 17 days was equivalent to eight Super Bowl broadcasts. NBC and its cable networks CNBC and MSNBC broadcast an unprecedented 376 hours of coverage. A sampling of the critical acclaim for NBC‘s Salt Lake production:
“NBC has put on the best U.S. Olympic TV ever…The sports themselves are firmly
center stage.‖ – USA Today ―The nightly show you got at home was beautifully presented and packaged. NBC could squeeze a tear of emotion out of Hannibal Lecter. Dick Ebersol, the NBC boss and Olympic genius, knows how to do this better than anyone.‖ – Los Angeles Times
―It has created the best Olympics since at least 1994. For Salt Lake City, NBC has sharpened its edge.‖ – The New York Times
Dick Ebersol served as executive producer with David Neal as head of production. Bob Costas hosted NBC‘s primetime coverage while Hannah Storm anchored daytime and Dan Hicks late night. Jim Lampley performed double-duty as CNBC and MSNBC host while Pat O‘Brien anchored coverage from the Medals Plaza. 2000 Olympic Games - Sydney NBC‘s Emmy-Award winning coverage of the 2000 Olympic Games marked numerous firsts and successes. The unprecedented 441.5 hours of taped coverage of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad from Sydney on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC attracted a total of 185 million unique viewers over 17 days from Sept. 15 - Oct. 1. NBC‘s coverage garnered 10 Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround and for Outstanding Technical Achievement for Virtual Swimming Graphics; and surpassed all advertising and revenue expectations, posting a profit north of $50 million. In addition, NBCOlympics.com attracted nearly six million unique visitors during September, becoming the most trafficked Olympic Web site, according to the Nielsen Net ratings. Dick Ebersol and Tom Roy were co-executive producers while David Neal served as head of production. Bob Costas anchored NBC‘s primetime and late-night coverage with Hannah Storm anchoring NBC‘s afternoon and weekend programming. Pat O‘Brien and Jim Lampley hosted CNBC and MSNBC‘s coverage, respectively. 1996 Olympic Games - Atlanta NBC‘s 171.5 hours of coverage of the 1996 Olympics from Atlanta attracted more viewers at the time than any other event in television history with 209 million viewers in 17 days. It surpassed the 204 million viewers for the tabloid-fueled 1994 Olympic Winter Games from Lillehammer. NBC Sports went on to win 10 Emmy Awards for its work from Atlanta, including one in a special technical innovation category for ―dive-cam.‖
Dick Ebersol and Tom Roy were co-executive producers while David Neal served as coordinating producer. NBC‘s were anchored by primetime host Bob Costas. Other day parts were hosted by Greg Gumbel, Jim Lampley, Hannah Storm, Ahmad Rashad, Dick Enberg and Katie Couric. Tom Hammond‘s calls of Michael Johnson‘s double-gold medal performance in the 200- and 400-meter races were among the memorable highlights. 1992 Olympic Games - Barcelona, Spain NBC's colorful presentation of the Summer Games in Barcelona were highlighted by the tremendous performances of the USA's athletes, including the coronation of the men‘s basketball ―Dream Team,‖ the world record-setting 4x100m relay quartet anchored by Carl Lewis and the emotional swimming gold medalist Pablo Morales. Broadcasting its second straight Summer Games, NBC produced 161 hours of Olympic coverage, with primetime exposure accounting for 74 hours. In addition, NBC presented 30 hours of weekday coverage, 21 hours in late night, and 36 hours of weekend morning and afternoon coverage. Dick Enberg served as morning co-host with ―Today's‖ Katie Couric. Bob Costas anchored the primetime hours with Jim Lampley and Hannah Storm chronicling the late night activities. NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol, who was hired in 1989, served as co-executive producer of the coverage. He had served as the first Olympic researcher for ABC in 1968 and subsequently worked closely with ABC‘s Roone Arledge on that network‘s Olympic coverage. NBC debuted ―Dick Enberg‘s Moments‖ and ―Moby-cam,‖ an underwater tracking camera used on swimming coverage. NBC won five Emmy Awards for its efforts. 1988 Olympic Games - Seoul, Korea On October 3, 1985, the International Olympic Committee announced that NBC was awarded the broadcast rights to the XXIV Olympiad for $300 million. The Summer Games were held in the fall (Sept. 17 - Oct. 4) in Seoul, Korea and marked the first (and last) time in 12 years that the U.S. and Soviet Union competed in the Summer Games. Named to host NBC's primetime coverage was Bryant Gumbel, while Bob Costas was selected to host late-night coverage. Other prominent announcing roles went to Dick Enberg (gymnastics and venue host), Gayle Gardner (studio host), Marv Albert (boxing), Bob Trumpy (volleyball), and Charlie Jones (track & field). The coordinating producer of NBC's 176.5 hours of Olympic coverage from Seoul was Terry Ewert. Bob Levy was the coordinating director. NBC's Olympic coverage included 78.75 hours
of prime-time exposure, 40 hours of weekday morning and afternoon coverage, 30.5 hours in late night, and 27.2 hours of weekend morning and afternoon exposure. NBC's Seoul Olympics coverage began with a two-hour preview show, continued for 17 consecutive days, and concluded with a three-hour review show on Oct. 4. The network received seven Emmy Awards for its coverage from Seoul. 1980 Olympic Games – Moscow Little did Bryant Gumbel know when he announced in 1977 on "Grandstand" (a studio wraparound sports show) that NBC had acquired the rights to broadcast the 1980 Moscow Olympics, that three years later he would reveal on the network's NFL pre-game show, that the United States would boycott the Summer Games. NBC had purchased the broadcast rights to the Moscow Games for $87 million, more than tripling ABC's rights fee of $25 million for the 1976 Montreal Games. NBC was scheduled to telecast 150 hours of Olympic coverage from Moscow. Then on January 20, 1980, while appearing on NBC News' "Meet the Press," President Jimmy Carter announced that unless the Soviet Union withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in one month, he would recommend that the United States not send athletes to the Moscow Olympics. One month later, no movement was made. On April 12, 1980, the United States Olympic Committee voted, by a 2-1 margin, to follow President Carter's recommendation and not field an Olympic team. The boycott dealt a major blow to NBC broadcast plans, but an insurance policy (the first time a sporting event had been insured) paid off. Ninety percent of NBC's rights fee was insured and the bulk of the $34 million that was lost on the Summer Games was mostly due to "out-of-pocket" expenditures for, among other things, equipment, pre-production costs and personnel. The network did send a small production crew to Moscow to supply taped coverage of the Summer Games for air on NBC‘s "SportsWorld." Gumbel was slated to be the host of the 1980 coverage, with Dick Enberg, Donna de Varona, Joe Garagiola and Bruce Jenner handling the other primary announcing duties. 1972 Olympic Winter Games - Sapporo, Japan Another rights-fee threshold was passed when NBC paid $6.4 million for the Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo. NBC carried 37 hours of coverage in what, until Salt Lake in 2002, was the only Winter Olympics ever broadcast by the network.
Curt Gowdy served as the anchor of the Olympic coverage. Also reporting were Jim Simpson, Jay Randolph and Al Michaels. Olympians Billy Kidd (alpine skiing), Terry McDermott (speed skating), Art Devlin (ski jumping), and Peggy Fleming (figure skating) served as analysts. Jack Perkins of NBC News also reported. The Sapporo Olympics were produced by Dick Auerbach and directed by Ted Nathanson. 1964 Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan NBC's first venture into Olympic telecasting marked the first time that the rights fee to telecast the Summer Games surpassed the $1 million barrier. NBC obtained the rights to the XVIII Olympiad for $1.5 million, but scheduled just 14 hours of coverage. New ground, however, was broken by NBC as the network presented the first-ever live telecast of the Opening Ceremony. Additionally, when NBC Olympic anchor Jim Simpson spoke to the U.S. audience from Tokyo, he became the first TV broadcaster to report live from Japan via satellite. Joining Simpson on the broadcasts were Bud Palmer, Murray Rose, Bill Henry and 1960 Olympic-decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson. Henry had served as the stadium announcer for the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
U.S. COVERAGE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Year 1960 Games Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Location Squaw Valley Rome Innsbruck Tokyo Grenoble Mexico City Network CBS CBS ABC NBC ABC ABC Hrs. 15 20 17 ¼ 14 27 43 ¾ Rights Fees $50,000 $394,000 $597,000 $1.5 million $2.5 million $4.5 million
Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter
Sapporo Munich Innsbruck Montreal Lake Placid Moscow Sarajevo Los Angeles Calgary Seoul Albertville Barcelona Lillehammer Atlanta Nagano Sydney Salt Lake City Athens Torino 42
NBC ABC ABC ABC ABC NBC ABC ABC ABC NBC CBS NBC CBS NBC CBS NBC NBC NBC NBC
37 62 ¾ 43 ½ 76 ½ 53 ¼ 150 * 63 180 94 ½ 179 ½ 116 161 119 ½ 171
$6.4 million $7.5 million $10 million $25 million $15.5 million $87 million $91.5 million $225 million $309 million $300 million $243 million $401 million $300 million $456 million
1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006
123 5/6 $375 million 442 375.5 1,210 416 $705 million $545 million $793 million $613 million
2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020
Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer Winter Summer
Beijing Vancouver London Sochi Rio Pyeongchang TBD
NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC
3,600 835 5,535 TBD TBD TBD TBD
$894 million $820 million $1.18 billion ** ** ** **
NBC, America‘s Olympic Network, has broadcast a total of 12 Olympic Games, more than any other network. The 2012 London Summer Olympics will be NBC‘s 13th Olympic Games broadcast and seventh consecutive. At the conclusion of the 2020 Summer Olympics, NBC will have broadcast 17 Olympic Games and 11 consecutive.
* Planned coverage prior to boycott **Total rights fees for four Olympic Games (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020): $4.38 Billion
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Comcast Corporation Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, one of the world‘s leading media, entertainment and communication companies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NBCUniversal. Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company and is the nation‘s largest video provider, largest Internet services provider, and the fourth largest phone company. The Company is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. Additionally, Comcast has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team and the Wells Fargo Center, a large multipurpose arena in Philadelphia. Roberts successfully led NBCUniversal‘s bid to acquire the U.S. media rights to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the 2016 Rio Summer Games as well as the 2018 Winter Games and 2020 Summer Games. The IOC awarded NBCUniversal the rights on June 7, 2011. Roberts is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) where he served as Chairman for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2007 and from 1995 to 1996 when the landmark deregulatory 1996 Telecommunications Act became law. He is Director Emeritus of CableLabs, the research and development consortium for the cable industry where he served three terms as Chairman. Roberts is a member of the Business Roundtable, a CEO only organization based in Washington, D.C., and also serves on the President‘s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Roberts has won numerous business and industry honors for his leadership. In 2011, he received the Ambassador for Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for his visionary leadership and philanthropic work in education and technology. He also received the Fred Dressler Achievement Award from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University for his consistent and unique contributions to the public‘s understanding of the media. Also in 2011, he and his father, Ralph J. Roberts, were inducted into Babson College's Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame. In 2009, Institutional Investor magazine named him as one of America‘s top CEOs for the sixth year in a row, and named Comcast one of America's most shareholder-friendly companies for the fourth year in a row. In 2008, he was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters for his outstanding leadership in the community and for serving as a role model to youth. In May 2007, he was presented with the cable industry's highest honor, the National Cable and Telecommunications‘ Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. In October of 2006, he was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was honored by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) for his commitment to diversity in the cable industry, and by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) for Comcast‘s unprecedented commitment of resources to champion the PDFA‘s drug-free message. He also was the recipient of the 2004 Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In 2003, Roberts was awarded the
Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award by the UJA Federation of New York. In 2002, he was honored by The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia for his commitment to youth programs and community partnerships. Roberts co-chaired the 2003 Resource Development Campaign for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and was a founding co-chair of Philadelphia 2000, the nonpartisan host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention. An All-American in squash, he earned a gold medal with the U.S. squash team in 2005 and silver medals at the 1981, 1985, 1997 and 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Roberts, 52, received his BS from the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Aileen, live in Philadelphia with their three children.
STEPHEN B. BURKE
Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal Steve Burke is Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. He oversees the company‘s valuable portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and worldrenowned theme parks. Burke assumed this role in January 2011, upon the closing of Comcast and General Electric‘s joint venture merging the assets of NBC Universal with Comcast‘s programming assets. Burke, along with Brian Roberts, successfully led NBCUniversal‘s bid to acquire the U.S. media rights to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the 2016 Rio Summer Games as well as the 2018 Winter Games and 2020 Summer Games. The IOC awarded NBCUniversal the rights on June 7, 2011. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Comcast Corporation, where he was a driving force in its growth from a cable industry leader to one of the nation‘s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. Burke joined Comcast in 1998 as President of Comcast Cable. During his tenure, Comcast became the largest cable company, largest residential Internet service provider, and third-largest phone company in America, along with launching a wireless business. Burke also led Comcast to leadership in multiplatform video entertainment distribution, including the company‘s industrychanging video-on-demand platform and online video offerings. He has been praised for leading the highly successful integration of AT&T Broadband with Comcast. Prior to Comcast, Burke served with The Walt Disney Company as President of ABC Broadcasting. Burke joined The Walt Disney Company in January 1986, where he helped to develop and found The Disney Stores. In 1992, he moved to Euro Disney S.A., where, as President and Chief Operating Officer, he helped to lead a comprehensive restructuring effort. Burke serves on the board of directors of NBCUniversal, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and The Children‘s Hospital of Philadelphia, which was rated as the No. 1 children‘s hospital by U.S. News & World Report in 2009 and 2010. Burke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and five children.
Chairman, NBC Sports Group Mark Lazarus was named Chairman, NBC Sports Group on May 19, 2011, and oversees the NBC Sports Group‘s multi-platform portfolio of assets. The NBC Sports Group consists of an impressive portfolio of broadcast, cable, regional and digital sports properties, and was formed upon the closing of Comcast and General Electric‘s joint venture that merged the assets of NBCUniversal and Comcast. The newly-formed NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks and their respective digital assets. As the leader of the NBC Sports Group, Lazarus manages partnerships with many of the mostprestigious properties in sports, including the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, USGA, PGA of America, Notre Dame, Churchill Downs, MLS and many more. Lazarus was integral in NBCUniversal‘s acquisition of media rights to four Olympic Games (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020), its nine-year NFL agreement and its 10-year agreement with the NHL. He also presided over NBC Sports‘ production of Super Bowl XLVI, which is the most-watched television program in U.S. history with 111.3 million viewers. Prior to being named Chairman, Lazarus was responsible for all NBC Sports Group cable assets as President, NBC Sports Cable Group. He served as president of Media and Marketing for CSE prior to his roles at the NBC Sports Group and led the agency‘s sports and entertainment Media and Marketing divisions. Lazarus was president of Turner Entertainment Group prior to joining CSE. In this capacity, he oversaw all aspects of Turner Entertainment Networks, which included TBS, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and truTV; as well as, The Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media unit, which includes Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios, Adult Swim and Boomerang. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Lazarus is on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and serves on the board of directors for the East Lake Foundation, the PATH Foundation, and Compass Diversified Holdings.
Executive Producer, NBC Olympics Executive Producer, Today, NBC News Jim Bell is executive producer of NBC News‘ Today show, America‘s top-rated morning news program. In August 2011, Bell was also named executive producer for NBCUniversal‘s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. Bell, who will continue to oversee all aspects of America‘s top-rated morning news program, has editorial oversight for NBCUniversal‘s coverage of the London Olympic Games and works extensively with Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. With more than 20 years of experience producing some of the highest profile news and sports programming on television, Bell has created, managed and overseen original television content of every type and is a leader within NBC‘s senior production ranks. In addition to guiding the Today show through some of its most challenging transitions and ambitious initiatives, he has been a critical part of NBC‘s coverage of the Olympic Games. Bell spent 16 years with NBC Sports & Olympics. He has worked on every Olympic Games NBC has broadcast since 1992 in either sports (1992, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004) or news (2006, 2008 and 2010). Bell, 44, joined Today in 2005 with responsibility for all aspects of the program. During his tenure, it has extended its dominance in the morning ratings race to 15 years, earned five Emmys, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards and nine Headliner Awards. Bell also won Emmys for his work on the 1992, 1996, 2000 & 2002 Olympics and a Peabody for NBC‘s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Today news coverage overseen by Bell includes the 2008 Presidential Election, Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the earthquake in Haiti. He led Today‘s six-hour live broadcast of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Bell also oversaw the two of the most prominent and successful anchor shifts in morning television history when Meredith Vieira replaced Katie Couric and Vieira was succeeded by Ann Curry. He also launched the successful fourth hour of ―Today,‖ pairing Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as hosts. Prior to joining Today, Bell was coordinating producer for NBC Olympics, leading the production hiring for the Olympics unit and supervising nearly 100 hours of afternoon and late night programming on NBC during the 2004 Athens Summer Games. Bell‘s reputation as a ground-breaking, hands-on producer is well documented. He was responsible for the Ends of the Earth series that aired the first-ever live simultaneous broadcast from the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Equator. He was the executive producer of Matt Lauer‘s
primetime special ―Decision Points: A Conversation with George W. Bush,‖ the President‘s first one-on-one television interview after leaving office. Early in his career, he developed NBC‘s AFL in-game interviews, with game announcers interviewing coaches during live telecasts, a technique used throughout the industry today. Bell‘s career as a producer for NBC began in 1990 when he was hired to profile athletes for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He worked each subsequent Summer Olympic Games for NBC, and the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Over the following 14 years, he produced NBC broadcasts of the NFL, MLB, and the NBA, and won Emmys for the 1997 NBA Finals and Wimbledon tennis in 1998. Bell graduated cum laude from Harvard with a B.A. in government in 1989. He was an All-Ivy defensive tackle and a member of the school‘s Ivy League Championship team in 1987. He resides in Greenwich, Conn. with his wife Angelique and their four sons.
Senior Vice President and General Manager Digital Media, NBC Sports Group Rick Cordella was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group in May 2012. He is responsible for all functional areas of the national platforms of NBC Sports Group Digital, including NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics,com, Rotoworld and the NBC Sports Talk franchises. Rick reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. Cordella previously served as Vice President and General Manager, NBC Sports Digital from April 2010 to May 2012 and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NBC Sports Digital Network, including NBCSports.com and NBCOlympics.com. He was promoted to this role having served as General Manager, NBC Sports Digital since 2009. Cordella was instrumental in forging a partnership with ProFootballTalk.com and its companion site, CollegeFootballtalk.com, in July 2009 that propelled NBCSports.com to new traffic records and changed its editorial content philosophy. In addition, Cordella created NBCSports.com editorial cornerstones for baseball (HardBallTalk.com); basketball (ProBasketballTalk.com) and hockey (ProHockeyTalk.com.) Cordella also oversaw Rotoworld.com, the industry‘s leading fantasy sports news and information site. Before that, Cordella served as General Manager, Fantasy Sports, where he managed NBC Sports‘ fantasy sports properties, including Rotoworld.com, SnapDraft.com, Allstarstats.com and Sandbox.com. In 2008, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) honored Rotoworld.com as Fantasy Content Site of the Year. Cordella joined NBC Sports in August 2006 with NBC Universal‘s acquisition of AllStar Stats, Inc., the parent company of Rotoworld.com. As Rotoworld‘s general manager, Cordella handled all day-to-day duties including management, product development, computer programming, and ad sales. Cordella graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science. He was a member of the 1997 Providence Friar men's basketball team that went to the NCAA Elite Eight. Cordella also holds an MBA from Boston College. He was named one of SportsBusiness Journal‘s ―Forty Under Forty‖ as one of the best and the brightest of the rising generation in sports business in 2012. He resides in Trumbull, Conn., with his wife and three children.
Senior Vice President, Programming, NBC Olympics A 13-time Emmy Award-winner, Peter C. Diamond serves as Senior Vice President, Programs, NBC Olympics and will again play a prominent role in NBC‘s Olympic coverage in London, his 15th Olympics – more than any broadcast network executive in television history. He is responsible for programming NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games. London will set the record for most programming hours for a Winter Games. Diamond, who works on a regular basis with the international Olympic sports federations and the national governing bodies of Olympic sports in the U.S., also oversees NBC's Olympic Research unit, which assembles information on the participating countries, athletes and coaches. In addition, Diamond coordinates NBC‘s presentation of U.S. Olympic Trials. He began his career at ABC Sports in July 1974, serving as the Olympic researcher for the network's coverage of the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, and the Summer Games in Montreal. Diamond originally joined NBC in 1977 as Associate Producer, Olympic Research, as the network prepared for its coverage of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Though NBC's extensive Moscow coverage was cancelled because of the U.S. Boycott, Diamond was part of a small contingent of NBC personnel sent to Moscow for the "SportsWorld" coverage of the Games. After his first three-year stint at NBC, he returned to ABC in 1980 to serve as Director of Olympic Planning, handling a variety of scheduling and production matters. He was part of the ABC management team that oversaw the network's telecasts of the 1984 Winter Olympics from Sarajevo and Summer Games from Los Angeles. In 1986, he returned to NBC as the Vice President of Olympic Programs, preparing NBC's coverage of the Seoul Olympics. He served in that capacity until being promoted to his current position. His 30 years as a programming executive make him the most senior sports programmer among the U.S. broadcast networks. Diamond won Emmy Awards for his work on NBC's coverage of the Seoul Olympics (2) in 1988, the Barcelona Olympics (2) in 1992, Atlanta (2) in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 (2). One of those Emmys was awarded for his work in supervising the production of more than 400 Olympic profiles for NBC‘s coverage of the 1988 and 1992 Games. Another was awarded in the writing category for the 1988 Games. Diamond also won an Emmy for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics on ABC, and for his work at the 1999 World Track and Field Championships on NBC. Additionally, the NBC-produced on-air promotional campaign for the Barcelona Olympics was honored with a Gold Effie, one of the highest honors in the advertising community.
PETER C. DIAMOND
A graduate of Yale University with a bachelor's degree in history, Diamond's senior thesis at Yale was devoted to the founder of the modern Olympic Games and was entitled "Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the Revival of the Olympic Games 1892-1894."
Daytime Producer Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network Sam Flood serves as the NBC daytime producer at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, his 10th Olympic assignment with NBC. One of the many Olympic researchers who moved on to successful roles in the world of sports and entertainment, Flood joined NBC Sports in 1986 as an Olympic researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. He produced Olympic track and field during the 1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games and produced the daytime studio show at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A 16-time Emmy Award winner, and three-time Eclipse Award winner, Flood produced the Olympic Closing Ceremony from Salt Lake in 2002, and the Torino Closing Ceremony in February 2006 both just days after producing the network‘s coverage of the Daytona 500. Named Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network on February 2, 2011, Flood oversees all aspects of sports production for both networks. Flood was named only the seventh Executive Producer in NBC Sports history in June 2010 after being the Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports since July 2005. In his role, Flood reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. Flood is the producer for the critically acclaimed and most-watched NFL studio show Football Night in America, as well as NBC Sports‘ horse racing coverage that includes the Triple Crown. Flood, a former college hockey captain, also oversees production for the NHL on NBC and NBC Sports Network, and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the sport of hockey in the U.S. Flood won an Emmy in 1999 for live event turnaround for the 1999 World Track and Field Championship in Seville, Spain. In seven days in 2002, Flood produced the Daytona 500 and the Closing Ceremony to the Salt Lake Games. In 1993, Flood began producing the "NBC Sports Prudential Update" and "Notre Dame Saturday," NBC's college football studio show. He also produced the Wimbledon studio show from 1995 through 1999, and the World Series studio shows in 1995, 1996 and 1998. Along with these duties, Flood has been a feature producer for "NFL Live," the "NFL on NBC" studio show, and "NBA Showtime" studio shows in 2000 and 2001. Flood previously served as a feature producer, working on such telecasts as the Emmy Awardwinning 1992 Breeders' Cup. Flood was also an associate producer for the network's Emmy Award-winning late-night coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. From the spring of 1990 to the summer of 1992, Sam was a production associate with NBC Sports. He won an Emmy for writing during NBC Sports' coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. Before becoming a researcher for the 1988 Summer Olympics for NBC Sports, Flood was a writer for Turner Sports during the network's coverage of the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow,
Russia, and an associate producer for "CNN Sports Tonight" concurrently. In 1988, Flood also helped create and produce CNBC‘s "Sports Business,‖ which aired through 1990. Flood graduated from Williams College in 1983, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. A native of Dedham, Mass., he and his wife, Jane, reside in Ridgewood, N.J., with their two children, Eliza and Sam, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Operations, NBC Olympics NBC veteran John Fritsche joined NBC‘s Olympic division in January 1998 as Vice President of Operations, and is responsible for all operational aspects at the venues and International Broadcast Center, Olympic sourcing, catering, air transportation, merchandising, technical logistics and broadcast management. In addition, Fritsche continues to oversee the logistical and production requirements for both NBC News‘ Olympic operation and the production unit for NBCOlympics.com. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2002. For more than 25 years, Fritsche has served in various capacities throughout the network. In 1995, he was named NBC‘s Director, News Operations, BANO (broadcast and network operations) responsible for all news production management and studio operations for the network. While in that role, he oversaw program production and newsgathering for the news division and other NBC properties during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1987, Fritsche joined the Today show as a Production Manager responsible for the day-to-day studio operations, remote broadcasts, and budgets for the morning program. He traveled ―Today‖ to such places as the Orient Express and Africa, and in 1988 began his Olympic involvement when he coordinated the production and venue logistics for ―Today‘s‖ coverage of the Seoul Summer Games. In 1990, he was named Senior Production Manager for the Today show. Fritsche began his career with NBC in November 1979 in the news operation‘s division supervising the couriers and the film lab. In 1980, he was made a Unit Manager for ―NBC Nightly News,‖ where he oversaw logistics for the broadcast both in-studio and on such remotes as the Tehran hostage crisis; the 1980 and 1984 political conventions; the Falkland War; the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana; and the reunification of Germany. Fritsche graduated with an associate‘s degree from Graham Jr. College in Boston and attended Pace University Business School in Purchase, N.Y. He currently resides in Long Island with his wife, Betty Anne, and children, Stephen and Jennifer.
Executive Editor, NBC Sports & Olympics
Joe Gesue is Executive Editor, NBC Sports & Olympics. The 2012 Olympic Games in London marks his eighth Olympic assignment with NBC. Gesue oversees the editorial content for NBC Sports & Olympics programs, and has a principal role in NBC‘s Olympic coverage and the Football Night in America studio show. In addition, Gesue oversees NBC Sports writers and researchers. In addition to his general responsibilities, in London he will be a co-producer of the Primetime show. Gesue, who was previously Editorial Director for NBC Olympics, is the winner of nine Emmys for his work on seven NBC Olympic broadcasts and the network's Wimbledon coverage, and a Peabody Award for his work on the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He joined NBC in 1994 as an Olympic Researcher for the Atlanta Olympics, after working as a sportswriter for the Journal News in Westchester County covering New York City area sports teams. In addition to his managerial duties, Gesue was the head writer for NBC‘s primetime coverage of the 2006 Torino and 2008 Beijing Olympics, and has co-produced and written several long-form NBC Olympic documentaries. A 1993 Princeton graduate, he lives in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. with his wife Katie and their three children.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Business Affairs, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Brett Goodman serves as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Business Affairs, for NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. He has been with NBC since November 2000. One of the senior executives involved in the coverage of the Olympic Games, Goodman touches on every aspect of NBC‘s undertaking. His responsibilities include maintaining and strengthening NBC‘s relationships with a number of key partners, including the International Olympic Committee, United States Olympic Committee, national governing bodies, sponsors, athletes and agents. In this role, Goodman is responsible for forming strategic alliances with advertisers and other media and promotional partners in an effort to expand the reach and visibility of NBC‘s Olympics coverage. In addition, Goodman serves as counsel to NBC‘s Sports and Olympics divisions, overseeing the legal affairs of the two entities. In this capacity, he has helped negotiate long-term rights and revenue sharing deals with the International Olympic Committee, National Football League, National Hockey League, PGA Tour and other high-profile properties. In addition, Goodman has represented NBC in numerous foreign countries, lobbying for favorable tax treatment and immigration and labor relief before the governments of Greece, Italy, the People‘s Republic of China and Canada. He also handles talent negotiations and other contract and licensing work, along with intellectual property, regulatory, litigation and insurance matters. Previously, Goodman was an intellectual property associate at New York‘s Dewey Ballantine LLP, where he handled both litigation and transactional matters in the fields of trademark, copyright, patent and internet law for the firm‘s international and domestic clients. Goodman graduated from Princeton University in 1990 and is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University Law School.
Head of Production, NBC Olympics One of the most respected live television directors in the business, 20-time Emmy Award winner Bucky Gunts was promoted to Head of Production, NBC Olympics in 2002 after serving as Coordinating Director of NBC‘s Olympic coverage beginning with the 1996 Atlanta Games. As the Head of Production, Gunts‘ day-to-day responsibilities include supervising all broadcast and cable production units. In particular, Gunts is at the forefront of NBC‘s continued evolution of the use of new technology to enhance its coverage of the Olympic Games. Gunts has played an integral role in NBC‘s Emmy Award-winning Olympic coverage, directing NBC‘s primetime show for every Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games. He also directed every Opening Ceremony since the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and most recently won a Director‘s Guild Award, Peabody Award and a Primetime Emmy (his third) for the Beijing Opening Ceremony. Gunts has directed Football Night in America since 2008, and directed the Super Bowl XLIII pre-game show in 2008 and the Super Bowl XLVI pre-game show in 2012. He returned to NBC Sports from NBC News in February 1994 when he was named Coordinating Director for NBC's 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In addition to his Olympic duties, Gunts has served as the lead director for NBC‘s Emmy Award-winning golf coverage. He also worked on NBC‘s coverage of the NBA and NFL. Gunts has directed NBC's U.S. Open Golf coverage since 2005; the 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2002 Ryder Cup coverage; and handled directing duties for the 199497 NBA and NFL seasons. This is Gunts' second stint with NBC Sports—he had previously served as an NBC Sports Staff Director from 1983 through 1990, before directing NBC News' "Today" show from 1990 through 1993. During Gunts‘ first run with NBC Sports, he served as a key director of NBC's Emmy Awardwinning coverage of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. In 1988, he directed the studio portions of both the late-night coverage and the telecast of the Opening Ceremony of the Seoul Olympics, for which he also earned an Emmy. Additionally, Gunts directed NBC's NFL pre-game show NFL Live for six years, as well as the Super Bowl pre-game shows in 1986 and 1989. He also directed coverage of numerous Major League Baseball games—including the 1987 National League Championship Series. Gunts began his career in his hometown, Baltimore, Md., as a Staff Director for WBAL-TV from 1972-78. He later worked at KPNX-TV in Phoenix, Ariz., and directed newscasts at WNBCTV. Gunts graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a degree in economics. He was a member of the school's 1971 NCAA-champion lacrosse team. Gunts and his wife, Dennyse, live in Wilton, Conn., with their two children, B.J. and Kate.
Senior Vice President, Communications, NBC Sports Group Greg Hughes was named Senior Vice President, Communications, NBC Sports Group in October 2011. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. Hughes has strategic oversight of the communications and media relations strategy for the entire NBC Sports Group‘s portfolio of broadcast, cable, regional and digital sports assets, including Olympics, NBC Sports, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, 11 Comcast SportsNets (regional sports networks) and their respective digital assets. The 2012 London Games marks Hughes‘ fifth Olympics, his second with NBC. Hughes, a longtime communications executive, spent 19 years with Turner Broadcasting (19872006), the last 16 as the strategic leader of all sports-related public and media relations efforts. He also served as Senior Vice President, Turner Entertainment Group Press Strategy. Hughes led publicity and communications for TNT‘s coverage of the NBA (1990-2006), NFL (1990-97) and three Winter Olympics (1992, ‘94 and ‘98), and was also in charge of communications strategy for five Goodwill Games, the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Thrashers, and numerous other events and Turner network properties. Most recently Hughes served as President of Sedan Communications, Inc., a public relations firm he founded in 2007 that represented major sports media companies, events and businesses including NBC Sports and Olympics, Universal Sports, The Whistle, Sportsman Channel, US Road Sports, Banded Nation and the Atlanta Braves. Hughes received a bachelor‘s degree in journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received the school‘s Distinguished Service Award in April 2012 and the Ralph Nafziger Award for Achievement in Journalism within 10 years of graduation (1997).
Vice President and Creative Director, NBC Sports & Olympics Mark Levy is Vice President and Creative Director, NBC Sports & Olympics. The 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London marks his 7th Olympic assignment with NBC. Levy serves as Creative Director for both NBC Sports and Olympics, in charge of the on-air look and image of all NBC Sports and Olympic programming, including the rebranding efforts for the launch of the new NBC Sports Network in January 2012, the Football Night in America studio show and Sunday Night Football. In 2005 he added the responsibility of leading NBC‘s Olympic Film and Profiles unit. Levy also oversees all production and editorial functions of NBC's Stamford, Conn., based HD production facility that continues to produce award-winning content. Levy is a 21-time Emmy Award-winner, including the 2000, 2004 and 2010 Emmy for Opening Tease at the Sydney, Athens and Vancouver Olympics. He also won the Outstanding Edited Sports Special Emmy in 2002 for the documentary: "The Bravest versus the Finest," which told the emotionally charged story of the annual football game between New York City's police and fire departments in the wake of September 11. Levy won the prestigious Peabody Award for the broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Levy was a feature producer & director for PGA Tour Productions from 1986-93. He joined NBC Sports in 1994 as a feature producer and associate director. In 2002, he was named Creative Director, NBC Olympics. He is a 1986 graduate of SUNY-Oswego. Levy lives in Trumbull, Conn., with his wife Wendy, and his two sons.
Group President, NBC Sports Group Jon Litner is Group President for NBC Sports Group, overseeing the NBC Sports Regional Networks and Golf Channel businesses. Prior to his current role, Litner was named President, VERSUS and Comcast Sports Group on February 2, 2011, and oversaw all aspects of VERSUS and NBC Sports Regional Networks, which consist of 14 local networks in the country‘s top markets that deliver more than 2,400 live games and comprehensive news and original programming to more than 50 million sports fans. NBC Sports Regional Networks are Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest and Comcast SportsNet Houston (launching in October 2012). Previously Litner served as president of SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets and Jets and produced the largest year-to-year MLB viewership increase in 2006 during its inaugural season. Before launching SNY, Litner was the executive vice president, chief operating officer of the NHL, where he managed U.S. and Canadian broadcasting, digital media, public relations, special events, new business development, game scheduling and in-house television production. Litner began his career in sports television at Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., and held several seniorlevel legal and business positions from 1991 to 1999, including programming acquisitions and talent negotiations. Litner negotiated ABC Sports‘ acquisition of MLB television rights for 1994 and 1995, oversaw ABC‘s coverage of college sports, motor sports, boxing and Wide World of Sports programming, and played a leading role in creating the Bowl Championship Series and a college football national championship game. While at ABC, Mr. Litner worked on the creation of the Baseball Network, a joint venture with NBC, and served as vice president of business affairs for the Baseball Network in 1994 and 1995. Litner is a 1985 graduate of Yale and earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1988. He has been recognized by publications including BusinessWeek, Sports Business Journal and CableFax for his leadership in the sports media industry. Litner is a member of the Little League International Board of Directors. Litner and his wife, Polly, have three children and reside in the Philadelphia area.
Chief Financial Officer, NBC Sports Group Earl Marshall was named Chief Financial Officer of the NBC Sports Group on September 12, 2011. Marshall, who reports directly to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, has financial oversight of the NBC Sports Group consisting of Olympics, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, the 11 regional sports networks and digital assets. He served as the Chief Financial Officer, NBC Sports Cable Group since the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger in January 2011. Prior to the merger, Marshall served as Interim President of Golf Channel. He joined Golf Channel in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Finance, Strategy and Business Development and was responsible for overseeing finance, accounting and new business development, as well as developing and executing strategy for both the linear channel and new media area. A 13-year Comcast veteran, Marshall led the Comcast Programming Division's business develop effort from 2006-2008 as VP of Business Development, and, prior to that, spent eight years in Comcast‘s Corporate Development department, primarily overseeing merger and acquisition activities for Comcast‘s cable operations. Before joining Comcast in 1998, Marshall worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant in the valuation services group. A CFA who earned a bachelor‘s degree in finance from St. Joseph‘s University, he later earned his master‘s degree in business from Rutgers University. He resides in Montclair, N.J., with his family.
Senior Vice President, Engineering, NBC Olympics A 33-year veteran of the broadcast industry, David Mazza was named Senior Vice President, Engineering for NBC‘s Olympics Division in 2002. Mazza oversees the engineering group, which is charged with designing, building and operating a re-useable multi-games infrastructure for NBC‘s coverage of the consecutive Olympic Games beginning with the 2000 Sydney Games and continuing through the 2020 Olympic Games. Mazza joined NBC in 1994 as Director of Engineering and led the technical design, building and operation of NBC‘s International Broadcast Center for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. This involved developing extensive new technology and systems for the ―Virtual IBC,‖ which allowed part of the broadcast center to be located in New York and part in Atlanta. Other notable NBC Olympic engineering achievements: The Sydney 2000 Games marked the first appearance of some very innovative new transportable broadcast equipment systems. This re-useable infrastructure will make its seventh appearance during the London Olympics; The Salt Lake City 2002 Games marked the beginning of NBC‘s limited HD coverage of the games; The Athens 2004 Games marked a threefold increase in the number of hours of coverage and the number of network platforms; The NBC‘s Olympic facilities were partially converted to HD for the Torino 2006 Winter Games, and converted in full for the Beijing 2008 Summer Games; and the Beijing Summer Games also required an elaborate technical set-up between the New York and Beijing in order to allow the cable production to be done from the at-home operations from famed Studio 8H in New York, along with the debut of the Highlights Factory, which debuted new media content for a variety of at-the-time new distribution platforms. Since beginning his career in 1978, David Mazza has worked in the broadcast production community in many disciplines including engineering design, project management, technical director and director. Prior to his role with NBC Olympics, Mazza worked on many other system design/build projects, including: DirecTV in Castle Rock, Co., The Monitor Channel in Boston, Mass., and many other projects involving both production, post-production and remote facilities. Mazza also worked in the fields of sound reinforcement, stage lighting, electronics repair, computer programming and electronic sports timing. Mazza‘s technical work has spanned the worlds of sports, entertainment, and news working on projects such as Wimbledon from 1982 through 1994; several Super Bowls; Championship Boxing on HBO; NHL‘s Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals from 1985 through 1993; the MTV Video Music Awards; and 11 Olympic Games. During this period Mazza earned many awards including 18 Emmys for the Olympics from 1984 through 2010, several Monitor, ACE, and BDA awards. Mazza was awarded the 2006 GE Edison Award for technical innovation.
President, Golf Channel Mike McCarley was named President, Golf Channel on February 2, 2011. He oversees NBCUniversal‘s portfolio of golf assets including Golf Channel, currently the fastest growing network on U.S. television, Golf Channel on NBC, GolfChannel.com and GolfNow and other businesses. Golf Channel is available in 85 million homes in the U.S. and more than 120 million homes in 83 countries worldwide. In 2011, its first year as part of the NBC Sports Group, Golf Channel delivered its most-watched year in its 17-year history. McCarley played a key role in the NBC Sports Group‘s television rights negotiations with the PGA TOUR, resulting in NBC extending its partnership and expanded Golf Channel opportunities through 2021. Golf Channel has achieved numerous business milestones and increased viewership across all dayparts with McCarley at the helm. Prior to his current role overseeing golf for the NBC Sports Group, McCarley served as Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Promotions, NBC Sports & Olympics since August 2008. He created the award-winning ―Sunday Night is Football Night‖ campaign and was the architect of NBC Sports‘ highly successful ―Big Event Strategy,‖ which marshals all NBCUniversal assets to make the audiences for the biggest events in sports even bigger. McCarley, an Emmy Award-winner, helped set two Guinness World Records and has won multiple ProMax Awards for Olympic and NFL campaigns. He joined NBC in February 2000 as the Communications Director for NBC‘s Olympic division; was promoted to Director, Marketing and Communications in 2003; was promoted to Vice President in 2004 and in 2006 added oversight of all NBC Sports Advertising and Promotions. Prior to NBC, McCarley worked with USA Triathlon in association with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Dallas Mavericks and the University of Arizona. A native of Memphis, Tenn., and graduate of the University of Arizona, McCarley resides in the Orlando area with his wife and two children.
President, Programming NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network Jon Miller was promoted to President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) on February 2, 2011. He oversees programming and is prominently involved in sales for both networks. Previously, Miller served as Executive Vice President, NBC Sports since November 2006. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. Miller, who is credited for co-creating the NHL Winter Classic – an event that the New York Times said ―has stolen New Years Day‖ – oversees nearly 8,000 hours of yearly programming on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network including the Triple Crown and its surrounding horse racing coverage, the NHL, French Open, Notre Dame Football, MLS, Tour de France and IndyCar. Miller, who has been with NBC for more than three decades, is also responsible for original programming on the NBC Sports Network and has been integral in creating programs such as NBC SportsTalk and NFL Turning Point. An innovative and resourceful leader, Miller created the successful NBC Sports Ventures unit, which generates income from non-traditional revenue streams and does not rely merely on advertising as the sole source of income. The unit acquires and develops new and existing sports properties, and is actively involved in the organization, marketing and promotion of the events. Properties under that umbrella include the highly successful American Century Golf Championship, the ADT Golf Skills Challenge, the Dew Action Sports Tour and the USA Rugby 7‘s World Series and Collegiate Championships. Successful events/shows he has created include the late night hit, ―Poker After Dark;‖ the Emmy Award-winning ―Mike‘d Up;‖ the ―National Heads-Up Poker Championship;‖ the ―U.S. Army All-American Bowl;‖ the ―Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge;‖ and the ―National Dog Show,‖ which has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition. Prior to his current role, Miller served as Vice President, Program Planning and Development, NBC Sports, starting in 1988. He was previously an account executive in the NBC Sports sales department. He has been with NBC since October 1978, beginning his career as an account executive at WRC-TV, the NBC television station in Washington, D.C. Miller, who was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, Md., graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor‘s degree in business administration. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Jeff and Robby, and live in Demarest, N.J.
Chief Marketing Officer, NBCUniversal Television Group Head, NBC Sports Agency John Miller was named head of the new NBC Sports Agency in January 2011 and remains Chief Marketing Officer for the NBCUniversal Television Group, which he has led since May 2004; previously he served as President of the NBC Agency since 1999. Miller oversees all cross company promotion opportunities and marketing initiatives for NBCUniversal. In that capacity Miller chairs the NBCUniversal Marketing Council, which includes marketing heads from every NBCUniversal Business. In addition Miller heads the NBC Sports Agency – modeled after the successful The NBC Agency – that Miller co-founded and led from 1999-2010 – focuses on marketing and branding the NBC Sports Group assets including the newly-integrated Comcast properties (Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS), SportsNets), and serves as an agency for NBC Sports‘ growing list of partners and advertisers, who use NBC Sports as a marketing resource. The NBC Sports Agency has recently produced campaigns for partners such as the PGA TOUR and NHL. ―The NBC Agency‖ was the industry‘s first full-service advertising agency comprised of an award-winning in-house unit that quickly established itself as one of the country‘s top creative commercial firms. An Emmy winner and PROMAX Hall of Fame member, Miller was the longtime head of advertising and promotion for NBC and Co-President of The NBC Agency. In that position, he and his longtime partner and Co-President, Vince Manze, oversaw the television industry‘s first full-service advertising agency—an award-winning in-house unit that quickly established itself as one of the country‘s top creative commercial firms. He previously served as President, Advertising & Promotion, NBC, since June 1999. Under Miller‘s direction, the NBC Agency built on the NBC Advertising & Promotion Department‘s long tradition of being a television industry leader and trendsetter with innovative marketing, promotion and branding concepts, and campaigns. For the past several seasons, NBC has been the most successful network in terms of building viewer awareness and interest in its new programs. Miller has also overseen the creation of successful franchise campaigns, such as the now ubiquitous ―Must See TV,‖ and helped to develop and strengthen the network‘s brand identity. Miller has been honored by his peers on many occasions. In 1991, he was inducted into the PROMAX Hall of Fame, the international association of electronic media marketing professionals that also named Miller and Manze the Marketing Team of the Year in 1995. They also honored Miller as the Promotion Executive of the Year in 1996. In 1999, Miller, Manze and their NBC colleagues received a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Commercial for an advertisement promoting the Internet portal service Snap.com. The spot also received the World‘s Best Commercial award from the IBA. Just recently, Miller was also honored with a Campaigns of Distinction award by the Promax&BDA organization in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Miller has been named four times as Entertainment Marketer of the Year.
Miller joined NBC in August 1982 as Vice President, Affiliate Promotion Services, West Coast. He was promoted to Vice President, Advertising and Promotion, NBC Entertainment, in September 1984; Vice President, Advertising & Promotion, in August 1986; Senior Vice President, NBC Entertainment, in March 1989; Executive Vice President, Marketing, NBC-TV, in January 1990; Executive Vice President, Advertising & Promotion and Daytime & Children‘s Programs, NBC Entertainment, in July 1991; and Executive Vice President, Advertising & Promotion and Event Programming, in May 1993. Miller began his career in freelance productions in 1972. A year later, he joined WMAQ-TV, the NBC television station in Chicago, and became promotion manager at WBBM-TV in Chicago in 1978. In March 1980, he was named Director, Affiliate Promotion Services, CBS-TV, West Coast, and moved to New York in July 1981 to become Director, Advertising and Promotion, CBS News. A native of Chicago, Miller graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Sharon, have four sons.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NBCSports.com Kevin Monaghan was named Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NBCSports.com in May 2012, and he oversees the day-to-day management of the NBCSports.com property, manages traffic partnerships and supports digital relationships with our league partners. He was named Senior Vice President, Business Development for NBC Sports & Olympics in November 2007 and added the title of Managing Director of NBC Sports Digital Media in April 2007. He reports to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. Monaghan served as Vice President, Business Development, NBC Sports from 1999-2007 and was instrumental in creation of NBC Sports Ventures, the business development unit for NBC Sports where he was responsible for creation, acquisition and financial oversight of NBC Sports owned-and-operated programming and various other growth initiatives. Since the inception of NBC Sports Ventures, Monaghan has played a key role in both the creation and management of many new sports properties including NBC‘s joint venture with MTV around Alli (The Alliance of Action Sports) and the Dew Tour and Winter Dew Tours, the American Century Championships and the National Dog Show Presented by Purina among others. He was also responsible for the creation of NBC Sports equity ventures with Golf.com and Streetball Partners, Inc. that resulted in successful sales. Monaghan has also been instrumental in NBC Sports and Olympics Internet strategy where he concentrated on business development including mergers and acquisitions and strategic partnerships including the innovative partnership with Mike Florio and Larry Mazza on ProFootballTalk.com. Monaghan led NBC Sports‘ successful 2006 acquisition of Fantasy Sports leader Rotoworld/AllStar Stats and was instrumental in creating NBCOlympics.com, the No. 1 destination on the web for Olympic fans. He has worked in various business development, management and production roles on every NBCOlympics.com project since 1996 when he directed and created NBC‘s first-ever Internet coverage of an Olympics. Prior to assuming his current post, Monaghan served as NBC Sports Director of Media Relations. Monaghan supervised the publicity and promotion of NBC‘s sports properties including NBC‘s coverage of Major League Baseball, the NFL, Wimbledon, World Cup soccer, professional boxing and golf. Additionally, Monaghan managed the NBC media relations campaign for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Monaghan earned a bachelor‘s degree from Manhattan College. He resides in Upper Montclair, N.J., with his wife and four children.
Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Executive Producer & Senior Vice President, Productions & Operations, Golf Channel Nine-time Emmy Award-winner Molly Solomon was named Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Production and Operations for Golf Channel on February 29, 2012; she also serves as Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics, through the 2012 London Games. In London, Solomon will produce the Opening Ceremony and primetime show broadcasts from London, and will continue to work on future Games for NBC Olympics. Solomon became the first woman to serve as executive producer for a national sports network and reports directly to Mike McCarley, President, Golf Channel. As Executive Producer, Solomon oversees all aspects of production for programming on Golf Channel, including tournament coverage, news, original productions and operations. She works out of the Golf Channel‘s Orlando Studios. Prior to her role at Golf Channel, Solomon served as the Coordinating Producer for NBC Olympics and was involved in every facet of production and planning, including program development, operational planning, and the hiring and assigning of on-air talent and production staff for numerous Olympic Games. During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Solomon oversaw all NBC Olympics cable programming, Olympic news assignment desk and produced the network‘s figure skating coverage. In 2008 for the Beijing Olympics, Solomon was responsible for more than 500 hours of Olympic programming across the NBC Universal family of cable networks – CNBC, MSNBC, USA and Oxygen. She also produced the network‘s acclaimed daytime and weekend coverage. Solomon won a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio & Television for her Beijing work. NBC‘s coverage of the 2008 Olympics‘ Opening Ceremony also was honored with a prestigious Peabody Award, and Solomon was one of the producers on that Primetime program. She was named ―Woman of the Year‖ by WISE (Women in Sports Events) in 2008 and following the Athens Olympics, the SportsBusiness Journal named Solomon one of its ―40 Under 40.‖ In 2001, Solomon was named one of six of cable television‘s ―Women to Watch‖ by Cablevision. She has been nominated for 21 Sports Emmys, winning nine in her NBC career. During the 2004 Games, Solomon oversaw 415.5 hours of Olympic coverage (the vast majority of which was live) scheduled for MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and USA. In response to her expert eye for selecting on-air talent for the Athens Games, The Wall Street Journal noted, ―Kudos to Molly
Solomon, NBC‘s cable queen, for (among many things) finding enough expert commentators to commentate on sports that had never been commentated on before.‖ Solomon began her NBC career in 1990 as one of two Olympic researchers for NBC‘s Emmy Award-winning coverage of the Barcelona Games in 1992. In that role, she compiled event, biographical and historical information on virtually every competitor and country involved in the Barcelona Games, resulting in an eight-volume manual. She then served as a writer and information assistant to Bob Costas during NBC‘s primetime coverage in Barcelona. Between her Olympic assignments, Solomon has been involved with many NBC Sports productions. She has served as the Studio Show Producer during USA Network‘s coverage of the US Open and NBC‘s Late Night Wimbledon show. Other assignments have included serving as the Co-Producer of the NBA on NBC studio show for two years and as the Coordinating Producer of the network‘s WNBA coverage. She also worked extensively on NBC Sports‘ golf production for six years (1993-99), which produced one of her nine Emmy Awards. A Phi Beta Kappa member, Solomon graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University‘s School of Foreign Service in 1990, with a B.S. in international politics. Solomon resides in Southport, Conn. with her husband Geoff Russell, the editor of Golf World Magazine. Molly and Geoff are parents to triplets (Jonathan, Alexandra and Madeleine).
Executive Vice President, Sales & Sales Marketing, NBC Sports Group Seth Winter was promoted to Executive Vice President, Sales & Sales Marketing on March 12, 2012, after serving as Senior Vice President in the same capacity for six years. Winter oversees marketplace sales and sales marketing strategy for many NBC Sports Group assets, including NBC Olympics, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel and their respective digital assets. He is responsible for sales and sales marketing for many of sports‘ most prestigious events, including the Summer and Winter Olympics, Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America, the NHL, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, PGA TOUR, U.S. Open, Ryder Cup, MLS, Tour de France, and French Open, among others. As a result of the NBC Sports Group‘s 10-year media rights partnership with the NHL that was signed in April 2011, Winter also oversees a unique, groundbreaking sales venture that streamlines national U.S. NHL media sales. All national NHL platforms -- NBC, NBC Sports Network, NBCSports.com, NHL Network, NHL mobile, and all official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com -- are sold by Winter‘s sales team. A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of ad sales experience, Winter supervises a 30person sales department, which recently set all-time sales records for both the 2012 London Olympics and Super Bowl XLVI (2012). Promoted to SVP in October of 2006, Winter‘s tenure at NBC began in 2000 when he was hired as Vice President, Sales for MSNBC. He then moved to Vice President, Sales for NBC News Networks (2001-04) followed by Vice President, Digital Sales for all of NBC Universal (200406). Prior to NBC (1999-2000), Winter was Vice President and General Manager of WRBW-TV in Orlando, a then-UPN affiliate. From 1980-99, Winter worked in various capacities at WOR-TV in New York, including Local, National and General Sales Manager. He was an account executive at WDCA-TV in Washington, D.C., from 1978-80. Winter graduated from Georgetown University in 1976 with a bachelor‘s degree in government and theology. He is active in the school‘s college admissions, interviewing prospective students. A native of New York City, Winter currently resides in Mountainside, N.J., with his wife Susan. The couple has three sons: Jesse, Jamie and Max.
President, Research and Media Development, NBCUniversal Alan Wurtzel is the President of Research and Media Development for NBC Universal. He is responsible for the planning, development and analysis of all audience, program, and marketing research for the NBC Television Network, the news and information cable networks MSNBC and CNBC, and their various digital properties. Wurtzel also leads the company‘s Broadcast Standards & Practices Department, which oversees program content and advertising and commercial clearance for the network. He joined NBC Universal in May 1999. Throughout his tenure, Wurtzel has led numerous research initiatives for the company, including measuring the effectiveness of television ads viewed on a DVR, exploring the buying power of the growing AlphaBoomer population and launching the TAMi, or Total Audience Measurement Index, a compilation of data designed to measure the total exposure to any one program across multiple media platforms. Wurtzel has also conducted extensive research around the Beijing, Vancouver and upcoming London Olympics, taking advantage of the unique scope and duration of the games to explore new methods of single source measurement and gain unprecedented insight into consumer crossplatform behavior. Additionally, Wurtzel helped spearhead the creation of the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM), a group of leading US television content providers, media agencies and advertisers who joined forces in 2009 to help promote research innovation and explore new ways to measure audiences across traditional and new media. Prior to joining NBC Universal, Wurtzel spent 21 years at ABC in a variety of managerial positions, including the role of senior vice president, Media Development, Brand Management and Research. Prior to that, he served for five and a half years as senior vice president, news magazine and long form programming for ABC News. Before joining ABC, Mr. Wurtzel taught at the University of Georgia and at Queens College, City University of New York. He authored many articles for both academic journals and consumer publications and is the author of the textbook Television Production. He was named a ―Media Maven‖ by Advertising Age in 2009 for his work with cross-platform measurement and was selected by Mediaweek as one of the ―Most Influential Executives Shaping the Future of Media‖ in 2007. Wurtzel holds a Ph.D in mass communications from New York University. He and his wife, Susan, and their two daughters, Joanna and Caroline, reside in New York.
President, NBC Olympics President, Operations, Strategy, NBC Sports Group Gary Zenkel was named President, NBC Olympics, and Operations, Strategy, NBC Sports Group in May 2012. He was promoted to this role after serving as President, NBC Olympics since November 2005. Before this, he served as Executive Vice President, NBC Olympics since July 2001. Zenkel oversees all aspects of the NBC Olympics business unit, including new media initiatives, strategic business alliances, marketing and promotion, technical and non-technical operations, and leads the NBC Sports Group‘s Olympic business across all platforms while overseeing NBCOlympics.com. Zenkel played a vital role in NBCUniversal‘s successful bid for all U.S. media rights to both the 2010-2012 Olympic Games, the 2014-2020 Olympic Games and Spanish-language network Telemundo‘s exclusive Spanish-language U.S. media rights to the FIFA World Cup® Soccer from 2015 through 2022. He developed the concept of including an International Olympic Committee TOP sponsorship from General Electric as part of the 2012-2012 and 2014-2020 bids. Zenkel also led NBC‘s interests in acquiring a significant interest in Universal Sports. Zenkel was integral in creating NBCOlympics.com and partnering with NBC affiliated stations to offer extensive, localized coverage of Olympic stories about hometown athletes in its "Olympic Zone," a strategic initiative of NBC and NBC affiliates designed to increase traffic and revenue for both entities. Beginning in 1997, Zenkel served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, NBC Olympics. Previously, Zenkel served as Vice President, NBC Sports and Executive Assistant to Dick Ebersol from 1994-97. For NBC‘s coverage of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Zenkel was in charge of Olympic negotiations and business development. Zenkel joined NBC Sports in 1990 as Director of Sports Contract Negotiation and played a major role in NBC‘s acquisition, contract negotiations, and/or renewal of the French Open, Olympics, Major League Baseball, Notre Dame football, PGA Tour, U.S. Golf Association championships and Ryder Cup. Prior to joining NBC Sports, Zenkel was a corporate associate with Cahill, Gordon and Reindel, a New York City-based law firm. Zenkel graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 and from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. He was a two-year letterman on the Wolverines golf team. Zenkel lives in Larchmont, N.Y., with his wife Suzanne, son Billy and daughter Caroline.
NBC Primetime Host Bob Costas will serve as primetime host during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. London will be Costas‘ tenth for NBC Sports and his ninth as primetime host. After serving as late night host in 1988 from Seoul, Costas has won acclaim and Emmy Awards each year for his work as primetime host from Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino, Beijing and Vancouver. Costas, who has the longest tenure of the network‘s sports announcers, joined NBC in 1980. He has handled a wide array of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting. The 23-time Emmy Award winner is one of the most respected and honored broadcasters of his generation. In 2005, Costas was named host of NBC‘s ―Football Night in America,‖ an exclusive and complete look at each Sunday in the NFL. ―Football Night in America‖ encompasses more than four hours of NFL coverage, including a primetime pre-game show and the premier primetime game of the week ―NBC‘s Sunday Night NFL Football‖. Costas also cohosts NBC‘s coverage of the U.S. Open, The Players Championship, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Costas first worked on NBC‘s coverage of Major League Baseball, the NFL and college basketball. From 1982-89, Costas teamed with analyst Tony Kubek on MLB "Game-of-theWeek" telecasts, forming one of baseball's most popular broadcast teams. During that time, he served as the play-by-play commentator for "Game of the Week" assignments and coverage of the American League Championship Series in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989. He also hosted AllStar Game pre-game shows in those same years and World Series pre-games in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988. Under the umbrella of The Baseball Network, Costas handled play-by-play chores for the 1994 All-Star Game and called 1995 Division Series and ALCS games on NBC. That year, he also called his first World Series on television, teaming with analysts Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker on Games 2, 3 and 6. The trio of Costas, Uecker and Morgan again joined in 1997 for NBC‘s exclusive coverage of the World Series, marking Costas‘ first start-to-finish coverage of the Fall Classic. The 1998 ALCS, 1999 NLCS, 1999 World Series and 2000 ALCS showcased the duo of Costas and Morgan. Costas and Morgan also called the 2000 Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Atlanta. From 1984-92, Costas hosted NBC's NFL pre-game show, "NFL on NBC." In 1996, he returned to the NFL pre-game, contributing commentaries and interviews. He also hosted the pre-game shows for Super Bowls XX, XXIII and XXVII. From 1990-91 through the 1995-96 NBA season, Costas served as the host of "NBA Showtime," NBC Sports' pro basketball pre-game show. In November 1997, he moved from the studio to courtside to work as NBC‘s top play-byplay man for ―NBA on NBC‖ game telecasts. Costas‘ call of Michael Jordan‘s game-winning shot at the buzzer in the deciding Game Six of the 1998 NBA Finals between Chicago and Utah was one of sportscasting‘s most memorable calls of the modern era. After three seasons as the lead ―NBA on NBC‖ play-by-play voice – the last two and a half with acclaimed analyst Doug
Collins – Costas volunteered to hand the NBA mike back over to the NBA‘s signature voice, Marv Albert, for the 2000-01 season. Costas also originated the popular "Costas Coast-to-Coast" nationally syndicated Sunday night sports radio talk show, which ran from 1988 to 1996. From August 1988 through January 1994, he hosted his own Emmy Award-winning late-night interview television show, "Later with Bob Costas," on NBC. In 1994, Costas expanded his broadcasting duties at NBC. He contributed segments to a variety of NBC News programs, including the primetime newsmagazine, "Dateline." On occasion he still provides special interviews for NBC News‘ ―Today.‖ Costas began his broadcasting career in 1974 at WSYR-TV and Radio in Syracuse, N.Y. He later joined KMOX Radio in St. Louis, working as play-by-play voice of the ABA Spirits of St. Louis. He also called play-by-play for one season of Chicago Bulls road-game telecasts. He then went on to handle regional NFL and NBA assignments for CBS Sports while acting as the radio voice of University of Missouri basketball from 1976 to 1981. In April 2000, Costas‘ book, Fair Ball: A Fan‘s Case for Baseball made The New York Times Best Seller list. Net proceeds from the book were donated to B.A.T – Baseball Assistance Team, which provides financial assistance to those members of the baseball family in need. Costas has won Emmy Awards as ―Outstanding Sports Personality/Host‖ in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He won his first Emmy for play-by-play work on his call of the 1997 World Series; and won Emmys for writing in 1988 and 1995. The latter award was for his moving tribute to the late Mickey Mantle on ―NBC Nightly News.‖ In addition to his 23 Sports Emmy Awards, Costas‘ interview program "Later with Bob Costas" won the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series. Costas has also been honored as ―Sportscaster of the Year‖ by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record eight times. He won first in 1985, when at 33 years-old he became the youngest person to win the award. He added awards in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997 and 2000. In March 2000, Costas was named ―Favorite Sportscaster‖ at the TV Guide Awards, based on balloting by readers of TV Guide magazine. One of television‘s most gifted interviewers, Costas won acclaim as host of HBO‘s ―On The Record,‖ a weekly show on which Costas interviewed luminaries from the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics. He also hosted ―CostasNOW,‖ on HBO, a monthly one-hour sports magazine program. Costas also hosted HBO‘s ―Inside the NFL‖ from 2002-08. Costas‘ combination of wit and intelligence have made him a popular guest on the talk show circuit from his memorable play-by-play call of elevator races on ―Late Night with David Letterman‖ to his current appearances on ―The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,‖ and ―Late Night with Conan O‘Brien.‖ Costas attended Syracuse University.
NBC Weekdays/Weekend Host Emmy Award winner Al Michaels, one of the most renowned broadcasters of all-time and whose legendary ―Do you believe in miracles? YES!‖ call at the Lake Placid Olympics 30 years ago stands as the most famous call in sports television history, will serve as host of NBC‘s live weekday and weekend daytime coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Michaels served in the same role for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Michaels will host more than 50 hours of live weekend and weekday daytime coverage from London. Michaels, the commentator called ―TV‘s best play-by-play announcer‖ by the Associated Press, recently completed his sixth season as the voice of ―NBC Sunday Night Football.‖ He received critical acclaim for his call of Super Bowl XLVI on NBC in February, the most viewed program in U.S. television history. One of television's most respected journalists, Michaels has covered more major sports events than any sportscaster, including 19 years as the play-by-play voice of ―Monday Night Football.‖ He is the only commentator to call the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and host the Stanley Cup Final for network television. Among his many accolades, Michaels has captured six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-play (1986, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2007 and 2008) and has three times (1980, 1983 and 1986) received the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; he was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1998. Michaels was named Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the American Sportscasters Association, and, in 1991, he was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review. Michaels garnered his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1980, the year he made his memorable call, ―Do you believe in miracles? Yes!‖ of the U.S. men‘s hockey team's dramatic upset victory over the USSR at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. His reputation for Olympic acumen grew with his coverage of figure skating and hockey at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, and all track and field, in addition to road cycling, at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. He also covered hockey during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. Regarded as one of the best baseball announcers of all time, Michaels was ABC's lead baseball play-by-play announcer during the network's coverage of Major League Baseball. He has also earned praise as a journalist and became just the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series. Michaels currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. @NBCSportsPR
NBC Weekdays/Weekend Host Dan Patrick, regarded as one of the most accomplished, popular and versatile commentators in sports media today, will serve as host of NBC‘s live weekday and weekend daytime coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Patrick served in the same role for NBC during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Patrick co-hosts NBC's Football Night in America NFL studio show, along with host Bob Costas, analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and reporters Peter King and Mike Florio. Football Night is the most-watched NFL studio show on television, drawing a record 8.9 million viewers in 2011. ―Patrick is a superb anchor with a keen sense of sports and pop culture,‖ writes the Baltimore Sun. Since joining Football Night in 2008, Patrick has also hosted or worked on numerous other events for NBC Sports, including the Stanley Cup Final, the PLAYERS Championship, and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In addition to his work for NBC Sports, Patrick is currently a columnist at Sports Illustrated and contributes to SI.com. He also hosts the critically-acclaimed nationally syndicated radio program, The Dan Patrick Show, which is simulcast as a television program distributed nationally through DirecTV Sports Networks. Patrick was an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter from 1989 to 2006. While at ESPN, he also reported from major events including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and Final Four. He hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio from 1999 to August of 2007 and wrote for ESPN The Magazine's most popular page that featured interviews with athletes. In 2000, Patrick released a book entitled "Outtakes," based on the magazine column. Prior to working with ESPN, Patrick was a sports anchor and reporter for CNN from 1983 to 1989. In 1998, he received a Sports Emmy Award in the Studio Host category. In 2000, Patrick was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, making him just the second cable commentator to receive the honor. He received a CableACE Award in 1997 for his work on SportsCenter. In 2011 and 2012, Patrick was nominated for a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host – for his work with Football Night and DirecTV. Patrick received a B.A. in broadcasting from the University of Dayton. @NBCSportsPR
NBC Late Night Show Host Olympic Correspondent Mary Carillo will serve as late night show host and Olympic correspondent for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Carillo served in the same role for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. London marks Carillo‘s 11th Olympic assignment and eighth with NBC. At the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Carillo hosted ―Olympic Ice,‖ a daily figure skating show on USA Network. At the 2004 Athens Games, Carillo earned critical praise in her debut as a fulltime Olympic host on Bravo‘s coverage in addition to anchoring USA Network‘s live, Grand Slam-style coverage of the tennis gold medal finals. During NBC‘s coverage of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games, Carillo served as the reporter at Utah Olympic Park, where she covered the bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions. Her comment that men‘s doubles luge is ―like a bar bet gone bad‖ was recognized as ―line of the year‖ in many sports television columns. In addition, Carillo‘s work co-hosting the 2002 Closing Ceremony alongside Dan Hicks earned her critical acclaim. Carillo served as a tennis analyst in both Sydney (2000) and Atlanta (1996) and as the skiing reporter for CBS‘ coverage in Nagano (1998), Lillehammer (1994) and Albertville (1992). She made her NBC broadcast debut as an analyst for the 1996 Family Circle Magazine Cup tennis event. In 2003, Carillo joined NBC as an analyst on the network‘s French Open and Wimbledon coverage, teaming with analyst John McEnroe and play-by-play commentator Ted Robinson. Carillo‘s candid and insightful commentary has earned her accolades throughout the industry, including the distinction of being called ―the sport‘s top analyst‖ by Sports Illustrated. Carillo has worked as a tennis analyst for ESPN since 2003, and for CBS since 1986. She has also been a correspondent on HBO‘s ―Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel‖ since 1997. Carillo worked as both a host and analyst on Turner Sports‘ coverage of Wimbledon from 2000-02 and on HBO‘s Wimbledon coverage from 1996-99. Prior to ESPN, she worked for USA Network (1980-87), PBS (1981-86) and Madison Square Garden Network (1981-88). Carillo has received two coveted Peabody Awards, one of television‘s highest honors, one for work on the HBO documentary "Billie Jean King, Portrait of a Pioneer" and the other for co-writing with Frank DeFord the HBO documentary ―Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sport.‖ Carillo was named ―Best Commentator‖ by Tennis Magazine (1988-91), ―Best Commentator‖ by World Tennis Magazine (1986) and ―Broadcaster of the Year‖ by the WTA (1981 and 1985). She has co-written two books—Tennis My Way with Martina Navratilova and Rick Elstein's Tennis Kinetics. Carillo played on the professional tennis tour from 1977-80. Teaming with McEnroe, whom she grew up with, Carillo won the 1977 French Open mixed doubles title. She was a doubles runnerup at the U.S. Clay Court Championships and doubles quarterfinalist at the US Open in 1977. A native of Queens, N.Y., Carillo lives in Naples, Fla. @NBCSportsPR
NBC Sports Network Host Access Hollywood Correspondent Michelle Beadle makes her Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as NBC Sports Network host and Access Hollywood correspondent. Beadle joined NBCUniversal in May this year from ESPN where she most recently served as cohost of the studio show SportsNation on ESPN2, appeared on 1050 ESPN New York as the New York SportsCenter anchor for ESPN Radio‘s The Michael Kay Show and co-hosted Winners Bracket for ESPN Sports Saturday on ABC. Prior to ESPN, Beadle worked on-air for YES Network, where she served as the pre- and postgame reporter for New Jersey Nets basketball telecasts, and as a studio anchor, reporter and host on shows such as the Emmy Award-winning Ultimate Road Trip; SportsLife NYC; and Yankees on Deck. In addition to her work at YES, Beadle was hired in 2007 by People magazine and People.com, where she hosted the online feature ―What You Missed over the Weekend,‖ and served as a Red Carpet reporter for the Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, SAG Awards and the Tony Awards. Beadle hosted the Major League Baseball Production‘s magazine show Cathedrals of the Game, and was a feature reporter for the NFL Films syndicated program NFL Under the Helmet. Beadle previously was a primary host and anchor for College Sports Television (CSTV), where she co-hosted the network‘s flagship program, The #1 College Sports Show, in addition to CSTV pre- and post-game sports shows and specials. Also, she hosted the Animal Planet series Animal Planet Report; co-hosted the Travel Channel‘s Beach Week series; hosted the Discovery Channel reality series Get Packing and the network‘s one-hour specials Inside Orlando‘s Resorts and Outrageous Room Service; and hosted I Want Your Job, an original series on the Fine Living Network. @MichelleDBeadle
NBC Sports Network Host Liam McHugh, one of the emerging voices in sports television today, continues to add to his rapidly growing workload at NBC and the NBC Sports Network by making his debut as studio host at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. In 2011, McHugh demonstrated his talent and versatility by hosting numerous studio shows and live events for nearly every major sporting event that aired on VERSUS, since re-branded as the NBC Sports Network. He began the year and continues to serve as the host of NHL Live, the network‘s pre- and post-game studio show that airs before and after every NHL telecast. He also contributed to NBC‘s Stanley Cup coverage, hosting Games 1 and 2 for the network, and continues to conduct intermission reports for the network‘s NHL coverage. He was also a part of NBC and the NBC Sports Network by contributing to NBC Sports‘ Super Bowl XLVI pre-game coverage as a reporter. ―Our confidence in Liam is exemplified by the volume and quality of work we continue to give him regardless of the platform or sport,‖ said Sam Flood, Executive Producer for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. ―He‘s curious, intelligent and not afraid to mix it up on the air with the analysts, which ultimately benefits the viewer.‖ In the summer of 2011, McHugh stepped into the role of host, alongside seasoned professionals, for the network‘s live daily coverage of the Tour de France. In the fall, he contributed to the NBC Sports Network‘s college football coverage as the host of the newly created College Football Talk, a weekly wrap up show. Additionally, he served each week as the host for the network‘s studio show before and after Mountain West game coverage. McHugh began his career as a reporter for Newsday in New York. In 2004, he stepped in front of the camera for the first time as a Sports Anchor for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., and then served as the Sports Anchor for KOKH in Oklahoma City from 2007-2009 before joining VERSUS in 2010. McHugh was also a contributing writer and reporter for ESPN the Magazine for four years. McHugh is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and earned a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the Samuel I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. @liam_mchugh
Host, Way Too Early with Willie Geist Co-host, Morning Joe Willie Geist is host of MSNBC‘s Way too Early with Willie Geist (weekdays 5:30a-6:00a) and co-host of the Morning Joe (weekdays 6:00-9:00a). Geist also hosts Zeitgeist, the popular satirical video blog on msnbc.com. Geist joined MSNBC in 2005 as a senior producer of The Situation with Tucker Carlson. During the show‘s development, producers decided Geist‘s newsroom banter with Carlson ought to be part of the show. Geist spent the last segment of "The Situation" (later called "Tucker") reporting and offering his unique spin on the day‘s news. Geist came to MSNBC from the world of sports television. He was a producer and writer for the critically-acclaimed sports debate show I, hosted by Max Kellerman on Fox Sports Net. Before that, Geist gave up a promising post-graduate career of liquor delivery to enter journalism as an editor and producer for CNN/Sports Illustrated, a 24-hour sports network based in Atlanta. He later became a field producer and reporter for CNN Sports, where he covered The Super Bowl, The NCAA Final Four, The Masters and The United States Lawnmower Racing circuit. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller American Freak Show and the co-author of Loaded! Geist graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he was a contributing editor of The Vanderbilt Hustler, a school newspaper that is not nearly as kinky as it sounds. Geist lives in New York City with his wife and their two children. He is proficient in Microsoft Word. @WillieGeist1
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MSNBC Host Kelly Tilghman will make her Olympic debut as host of MSNBC‘s coverage for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Currently, Tilghman is a member of Golf Channel‘s original cast and one of the network‘s most versatile anchors. Tilghman serves as show host for the network‘s PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour coverage and play-by-play host for the network‘s PGA TOUR broadcasts. She also co-anchors Golf Channel‘s signature news program, Golf Central, as well as Live From telecasts from golf‘s major events. Over the course of her Golf Channel career, she has hosted numerous shows and specials, including Sprint Post Game, Academy Live and Grey Goose 19th Hole, and has served as an on-course reporter for the network‘s live tournaments team. In 2007, she became the first full-time female play-by-play commentator in the history of the PGA TOUR when Golf Channel embarked on its 15-year contract as the TOUR‘s exclusive cable home. Tilghman was the play-by-play voice for EA Sports‘ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR video game from 2008-11, and for three consecutive years (2006-08), she caddied for Arnold Palmer at the Par-3 Contest at the Masters. Tilghman grew up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her family owned and operated a golf course for 22 years. She earned a scholarship to play on the Duke University women‘s golf team, where she won the 1990 Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. From 1992-96, Tilghman played professional golf in Australia, Europe and Asia, and served as a teaching and touring pro. @KellyTilghmanGC
CNBC Boxing Host Fred Roggin is one of the few local NBC sportscasters who also work for the NBC Sports during the Olympic Games. Roggin will participate in his sixth Olympic Games and serve as a studio host for boxing during the London Games. On the local level, Roggin has covered every Olympics since 1984. Roggin is an award-winning weekday sports anchor for NBC4, NBC's owned-and- operated station in Los Angeles. Roggin‘s sports reports are featured each week day on NBC4‘s News. He joined the station in December 1980. In addition to anchoring NBC4‘s weekday sports news, Roggin is the host of the Emmynominated The Filter with Fred Roggin, a half-hour program he created. The Filter is a fastpaced news show that examines the top stories of the week with a touch of irreverent observation and flair. The program airs on NBC4's digital channel and can also be seen on the weekends on NBC4. A versatile talent and executive producer, Roggin created and hosts The Challenge, NBC4's multi-platform half-hour post-game show, which airs following Sunday Night Football. Roggin was also the creator and executive producer of NBC4‘s automotive show Whipnotic, which aired on Channel 4. Additionally, he was the executive producer and host of NBC4's coverage of the Los Angeles Marathon for a number of years. The leading sports anchor in Southern California, Roggin has garnered 30 local Emmy Awards, 22 Golden Mike Awards, three prestigious Associated Press Awards and numerous Press Club Awards for his sports segments, specials and series. In addition to NBC4, Roggin can be seen on NBC and MSNBC with the morning sports reports on Early Today and First Look. @FredNBCLA
Bravo Tennis Host Emmy-award winning reporter and anchor Pat O‘Brien will lend his talents as a tennis host at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. O‘Brien was a host during the 2000 Olympics for CNBC's coverage of the events in Sydney, Australia, marking the first-ever complete cable coverage of an Olympic Games. O'Brien also covered the 2002 and 2004 Olympic Games for NBC and led the coverage from Salt Lake City, Utah on MSNBC in 2002 and from Athens, Greece on both NBC and MSNBC in 2004. O‘Brien currently hosts sports radio‘s weekday program Loose Cannons with Steve Hartman and Vic ―The Brick‖ Jacobs, having joined the network in August, 2010. O'Brien is widely known for his 16-year association with CBS Sports, where he worked from 1981 until 1997. While at CBS, he covered two Olympic Games, in addition to anchoring live coverage of the NCAA Basketball and Football Tournaments, the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA draft and the NBA Finals. Additionally, while at the network, he hosted the primetime variety show How'd They Do That? and acted as a pre-game host for a series of sporting events. O‘Brien was also a regular host on The NFL Today with Greg Gumbel, Terry Bradshaw and Leslie Visser. O‘Brien‘s long-standing relationship with CBS brought him back to their airwaves as host of the 2006 U.S. Open Tennis Championships on CBS Sports Network. Adding to his sports credentials, O‘Brien has a rich background in entertainment, having previously anchored both Access Hollywood and The Insider where he had the opportunity to interview figures from all facets of sports and entertainment. In addition to being an outstanding broadcaster, O'Brien is an accomplished writer. He has written a regular sports column for the New York Daily News, monthly columns for Inside Sports and Live! Magazines, and guest columns for The Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide. In 1998, his first book, Talkin' Sports: A BS-er's Guide, was published by Villard. His second book, a memoir co-authored with biographer Andrew Morton, is set to be released next spring by St. Martin's Press. O‘Brien is also well-known for his distinct voice, having previously filled in as host on American Top 40 and American Top 20. He also did voice work in an episode of the Twilight Zone, as well as recently hosting a special POB hour on ―100.3 The Sound‖ in Los Angeles. In the 1970‘s, O‘Brien was an anchor and reporter on WMAQ-TV in Chicago, moving to KNXTTV (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles, but his legendary career actually began when he was a Production Assistant on The Huntley-Brinkley Report. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, and also studied international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. @POBPATOBRIEN
Olympic Correspondent Bela Karolyi, the gymnastics coaching legend, is one of the most recognized personalities in the sport and has trained world-renowned gymnasts for the eight Olympics. Karolyi will join NBC for the second time as a primetime correspondent for NBC‘s broadcast of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, having lent his talent to the network in 2008 for the Beijing Olympic Games. Karolyi‘s innovative coaching efforts have produced 28 Olympians, nine Olympic champions, 15 world champions, 12 European medalists and six U.S. national champions in 40 years of coaching in both his native Romania and the United States. Karolyi began his illustrious career coaching for the Romanian national team starting in the early 1960's, bringing the Romanian women's gymnastics team into the international spotlight. He has also transformed gymnastics, a sport traditionally performed by women in their 20‘s or later, by developing promising young gymnasts and training them from an early age. On his team was Nadia Comaneci, a young gymnast who astounded the world by achieving the first perfect scores at the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976. The following years, Karolyi‘s coaching efforts helped the Romanian National Team to win repeated European and World Championship titles. He was the head coach of the Romanian team at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. However, during the boycotted Olympic Games, Karolyi clashed with the Soviet organizers and International Federation officials regarding biased judging. Upon returning to his homeland, the Romanian Communist Party officials qualified his involvement with the judging controversy as offensive against the first ―Communist‖ Olympic Games. In 1981, he brought the Romanian team to the United States for an exhibition tour, but decided to remain in the United States and requested political asylum. With Karolyi coaching in the United States, the American gymnastics program began to reflect his dynamic approach. Many observers have gone so far as to say that the increased competitiveness of American‘s female gymnasts vis a vis gymnasts from Romania and the former Soviet Union, who have traditionally dominated the sport, is largely attributable to Karolyi. As Sporting News once said, ―Since leaving Romania 11 years ago, Bela Karolyi has been almost solely responsible for raising the level of women‘s gymnastics in the United States from mediocre to elite.‖ Karolyi coached four U.S. Olympic teams from 1984 to 1996 and served as the national team coordinator for the 2000 USA Olympic Gymnastics Team In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Karolyi‘s first American Olympics, his students Mary Lou Retton and Julianne McNamara both won Olympic gold medals, American firsts. Retton became the darling of the 1984 Olympic Games, winning the prestigious All-Around. In 1991, Karolyi‘s coaching efforts helped Kim Zmeskal become the very first U.S. All-Around World Champion
for USA. In 1996, Karolyi‘s ―magnificent seven,‖ captured the Olympic gold in the Women's Team Competition in a dynamic, captivating and dramatic final. Through a courageous final performance, Kerri Strug, though injured, still performed a vault and anchored the gold for Team USA. In 2000, Karolyi was asked by the USA Gymnastics Federation to develop and introduce a new preparation system for the national team. He named the new system The Semi-Centralized American National Team Training Program, which produced an unprecedented level of overall success for Team USA in the following years. In 1997, Karolyi was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame and Texas Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to coaching, Karolyi co-authored Mary Lou: Creating an Olympic Champion, with John Powers and Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Ten years later, Karolyi wrote a personal memoir, ―Feel No Fear: the Power, Passion, and Politics of a Life in Gymnastics‖ with Nancy Ann Richardson. Karolyi and his wife Martha reside at their 2,000-acre ranch outside of Houston. They have three daughters, Andrea, Julia and Kristina. During the summer, Bela and Martha train over 3,000 gymnasts at their famous Karolyi‘s Gymnastics Summer Camp. The ranch is also designated as the USA National Team Training Center. @NBCSportsPR
Olympic Correspondent John McEnroe will be an integral part of NBC‘s primetime Olympic coverage by bringing his unique and irreverent commentary to the London Summer Games. McEnroe joined NBC in April 1992 as an analyst on NBC Sports‘ Wimbledon broadcasts and later that year made his debut with NBC‘s French Open telecast. Notorious for his on-court demeanor and the now famous quote, ―You cannot be serious!,‖ McEnroe has consistently stunned the tennis world. He quickly became ranked number one in the world early in his career and dominated tennis in the eighties, winning three Wimbledon and four U.S. Open titles. McEnroe began his professional tennis career in 1978, and for more than 20 years was one of the top-ranked players on the men's professional tennis circuit. In 1979, he won his first Grand Slam title at that year's U.S. Open. Including that win, McEnroe has won 77 career singles titles, including seven Grand Slams (Wimbledon in 1984, ‗83, ‘81 and the U.S. Open in 1984, ‘81, ‘80 and 1979). McEnroe was ranked No. 1 in the world four straight times, from 1981 through 1984 and also helped lead the United States to Davis Cup championships in 1982, ‘81 and 1979. In July 1999, McEnroe was honored for his outstanding career when he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. McEnroe has also managed a very successful broadcasting career, having earned his first Sports Emmy nomination in 1998 for his outspoken analysis. He currently serves as an analyst for USA Network's coverage of the U.S. Open and has offered his insights and unique style to a variety of television networks, including CBS, ESPN, EuroSport, BBC and The Tennis Channel. McEnroe also still competes on the men's professional tennis circuit. McEnroe has expanded his life beyond the tennis court to include both author and actor. His memoir, You Cannot Be Serious, debuted on the New York Times nonfiction best seller list at #1 in 2001, and was also ranked #1 on UK best seller lists. McEnroe currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, pop star Patty Smyth, and their children. @NBCSportsPR
Olympic Correspondent Ryan Seacrest recently entered into a groundbreaking agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air, broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! Networks. Seacrest serves as a special correspondent for NBC News' TODAY and contributes to NBC primetime news, and produces and contributes to NBC entertainment programming. Seacrest will also contribute to NBC's primetime coverage of the Olympics, beginning with the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Seacrest holds preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, nationally syndicated radio and local radio as both a producer and on-air host. He is celebrated internationally as host of the top-rated primetime talent showcase American Idol. Seacrest serves as Managing Editor of E! News, and contributes and produces editorial content and high-profile celebrity interviews. He also hosts and produces E!'s Live from the Red Carpet signature events. Seacrest serves as an executive producer and hosts Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. He has been nominated for an Emmy® award in the "Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program" category for his work on American Idol, and has also hosted the live network broadcast of the Emmy® awards show. On radio, Seacrest is host of "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," his market-topping #1 nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time radio show for Clear Channel's 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show. In 2006, Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP), which has since become a television production powerhouse. RSP produces the hit series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," the highest-rated show on the E! network and the spin-offs Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. RSP also produced the Emmy Award-winning ABC reality series "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution." RSP also produces Melissa and Tye for CMT, Shah's of Sunset, for Bravo, and Married to Jonas, which will premiere on August 19th on E!. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Seacrest's professional career in broadcasting began at the age of 16 when he applied for an internship at one of Atlanta's top radio stations, WSTR-STAR 94. While working at STAR 94 he finished high school and went on to attend the University of Georgia where he majored in Journalism. Seacrest currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. @RyanSeacrest
Shaun White will serve as an Olympic correspondent during NBC‘s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. In addition to owning the Olympic men‘s snowboarding half pipe crown and multiple Winter X Games snowboard super pipe medals, White has also claimed numerous skateboard vert titles at the X Games. White skates in the summer and snowboards in the winter, leaving him roughly six months to compete and practice the individual sports each year. White didn't win his first X Games title until 2007 or his first Olympics until 2008, but he is widely regarded as one of the best skateboard vert and snowboard half pipe competitors of all time and has the hardware to prove it. White first started skateboarding after following his older brother, Jesse, to the nearby Encinitas YMCA. After White took up snowboarding at the age of six, his mother ordered him to slow down by telling him he could only snowboard backwards, a skill that would eventually help further his career. At the age of seven, Shaun started entering amateur skateboard and snowboard competitions. After winning almost every competition he entered, White quickly became sponsored by Burton and turned pro when he was just 13-years-old. White has parlayed his snowboarding and skateboarding talents into movie spots (Friends with Benefits), frequent TV appearances, best-selling video games and a line of home accessories with Target. He has the most gold and overall medals in Winter X Games history and added a secondstraight Winter Olympics snowboard half pipe gold medal to his collection in 2010. Prior to joining the NBC Olympics broadcast team, White served as a Skateboard analyst for NBC‘s coverage of the Dew Tour. White has also served as an analyst for ESPN during the networks coverage of the Summer X Games. @Shaun_White
Daytime Correspondent Jimmy Roberts will serve as a daytime correspondent for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, his seventh Olympics assignment with NBC. In his 25-year career in sports broadcasting, Roberts has covered just about every major sporting event including 14 Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NBA Finals, Wimbledon, and of course, golf. He launched his career at ABC Sports as a writer and producer for Howard Cosell. In 1988, he joined ESPN as a SportsCenter feature reporter, traveling the globe to cover sports news. Since 2000, he‘s been a part of the NBC Sports broadcast team, contributing essays and interviews to NBC‘s golf coverage as well as the Olympics, hosting the Notre Dame Football Halftime Studio and anchoring Wimbledon. The winner of 13 Sports Emmy Awards, (including citations for feature reporting, journalism, writing, and individual achievement) and a Golf Writer‘s Association of America Award, Roberts also writes a column for Metropolitan Golfer Magazine, and even had a role in the movie Tin Cup, playing himself. Breaking the Slump, his first book, was published by Harper Collins in 2009. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio/television and film from the University of Maryland in 1979. Roberts and his wife Sandra live in New York with their three sons. @JimmyRobertsNBC
Boxing Analyst When it comes to boxing experts, NBC scores a knockout with the colorful Teddy Atlas. He made his NBC Sports debut at the 2000 Olympic Boxing Trials and has continued his role since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A rough-and-tumble teenager from the streets of Staten Island, N.Y., Atlas befriended the legendary Cus D'Amato in 1976, whereupon the famous trainer took the young firebrand under his wing. A one-time regional Golden Gloves champion who never turned pro because of back problems, Atlas would eventually follow in his mentor's footsteps. Atlas trained Mike Tyson, heavyweight champion Michael Moorer and many other world title holders. Atlas turned to broadcasting in the early 1980s, providing commentary for Sports Channel, ABC, ESPN and the Westwood One radio network. Besides providing analysis for ESPN, Atlas has been a consultant on numerous boxing movies including ―Triumph of the Spirit‖, ―Only in America, the Don King Story‖, ―Play it to the Bone‖ and ―Gloria‖. Atlas is a published author, having written Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring- a Son‘s Struggle to Become a Man. The book made it to the New York Times Preferred Book List. He has also served as a special assistant coach for the NY Jets football team, providing boxing lessons to improve hand and foot speed and motivational speaking. Atlas received the Sam Taub Award from the Boxing Writers of America for Broadcaster of the Year in 2002 and the Trainer of the Year award in 1994. He lives in Staten Island, N.Y., with his wife Elaine and their two children, Nicole and Teddy. He also operates the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Memorial Foundation, named in honor of his late father, which has raised more than $3 million dollars for needy families since 1997. The Foundation also runs a food pantry that feeds 250 families a week. @NBCSportsPR
Soccer Analyst Marcelo Balboa, a 1988 Olympian and one of the most accomplished players in MLS and U.S. Soccer history, made his NBC Sports broadcasting debut as the men‘s Olympic soccer analyst at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Balboa joined NBC again in 2008 as a soccer analyst for the Beijing Games and will serve as a soccer analyst for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. During his 14-year international career, the former Colorado Rapids (1996 – 2001) and MetroStars (2002) defender was one of the first three Americans to play in three World Cups ('90, '94 and '98) and the first player to reach 100 caps in U.S. soccer history. Balboa‘s MLS accolades include being named five-time All-Star team member (1996 – 2000), team and defensive MVP in 1997, team captain in 1999 and was awarded the MLS Goal of the Year in 2000. Balboa is in the top 10 of most capped players worldwide with 129 appearances and played in five FIFA World All-Star matches. In 1988, Balboa played for the U.S. Olympic Team during the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and also played in the World University Games. Arguably, Balboa's finest moment in a U.S. jersey came in the 1997 qualifier against Costa Rica, where his assist set up Tab Ramos for the lone U.S. goal in a vital 1-0 win. Balboa transitioned from the field to the broadcasting booth in 2003, as HDNET‘s color analyst for MLS and international soccer games. Balboa has called games as the lead color analyst for ESPN‘s coverage of the Men‘s U.S. National Team and was the lead color analyst for ABC‘s coverage of World Cup soccer. Since 2000, Balboa has served as president of the Marcelo Balboa Mile High Soccer Camps, Inc., and in 2004 founded a non-profit company, the Iron Man Foundation. Active in the soccer industry, Balboa is an eight-year member of the U.S. Soccer Federation‘s Athlete Committee. In 2006, he became a member of the U.S. Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Balboa‘s career honors include 1992 and 1994 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, 1994 USA World Cup MVP, 1994 Player of the Year and he played in the 1995 FIFA World All-Star Game in Tokyo. In 2005, Balboa was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, and one year later, he was inducted into the USL Soccer Hall of Fame. Balboa attended San Diego State University, where he scored 12 goals and 13 assists as a twoyear defensive standout at SDSU. He was named All-American in 1988 and 1989, and two-time Far West Region All-American. Balboa and his wife, Cindi, reside in Superior, Colo., with their sons, Nicolas and Owen. @NBCSportsPR
Indoor Volleyball Analyst Two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett made his Olympic debut as an indoor volleyball analyst during NBC‘s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Barnett will serve in the same role for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. In Athens, during the 2004 Summer Olympics, Barnett helped lead the U.S. team to a fourth place finish. He started at outside hitter and was high scorer, netting 20 points in the quarterfinal come from behind thriller against host country Greece. In addition to his role with NBC on the 2012 and 2008 Olympics, Barnett‘s broadcasting credits include calling the FIVB World League matches on ESPN in 2007 and 2008. Barnett also served as an analyst for NBC‘s coverage of the 2007 Men's and Women's Volleyball World Cup. After retiring as a player in early 2006, Barnett returned to the National Team as a coaching consultant. He is currently assisting all levels, teaching National Team technique and terminology. In addition, Barnett also runs a series of traveling volleyball camps during the summer months. Prior to playing for the U.S. Olympic team, Barnett was a member of the national team for nine seasons, earning MVP honors in 1998. Barnett also played four seasons overseas for professional clubs in Belgium, Austria and Italy. Barnett attended college at Pepperdine University. Under the tutelage of 1988 Olympic Gold Medal Coach Marv Dunphy, he was a two time All-American. In 1995, Barnett was named Junior College Player of the Year at Pierce Junior College. His other accolades include USA Volleyball Athlete of the Year for 2004 and a nomination for USOC Athlete of the Year in 2004. @NBCSportsPR
Track & Field Analyst Ato Bolden will serve as a Track and Field analyst for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The four-time Olympic medalist made his debut as an Olympic track and field analyst during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Only two other men in history, Frankie Fredericks of Namibia and Carl Lewis, have won as many Olympic individual event sprint medals as Boldon. In 1992, Boldon represented Trinidad and Tobago at 100m and 200m in the Barcelona Olympics That same year, he won the 100m and 200m titles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in Seoul, South Korea, becoming the first double sprint champion in World Junior Championships history. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bolden placed third in the 100m and 200m events. And at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Bolden won a silver medal in the 100m and a bronze in the 200m. He retired shortly after the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he helped lead his country's 4x100m relay team to their first-ever Olympic 4x100m relay final. Boldon served as an analyst for BBC‘s coverage of the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain. He also served as a sideline reporter for the BBC‘s coverage of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in 2000. In 2005, Boldon served as a commentator for CBS‘s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. And in 2007, Boldon joined NBC as an analyst for the U.S. National Championships. That same year he also served as an analyst for the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Bolden wrote, produced and directed the film ―Once In A Lifetime: Bolden in Bahrain‖. The documentary chronicled his voyage with fellow Trinidad and Tobago fans to the Kingdom of Bahrain, as the Trinidad and Tobago soccer team became the smallest country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. @AtoBoldon
Soccer Play-by-Play Steve Cangialosi will serve as a soccer play-by-play commentator for NBC during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Cangialosi served in the same role during the 2008 Games in Beijing. Cangialosi currently serves as the play-by-play commentator for the New Jersey Devils and host of New Jersey Devils hockey on MSG Plus. In addition, he also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the New York Red Bulls on MSG. Cangialosi began his 25-year broadcasting career in 1984 as an announcer for SportsPhone. Three years later, he moved to WNEW Radio. Cangialosi worked for ESPN Radio from 1997 to 2000 as a talk show host and sportscaster. During that time, Cangialosi also served as host of NY1's late-night sports program "New York Sports on 1". Cangialosi joined MSG in 2000, as the weekend anchor of the Regional Sports Report New York Edition, now known as MSG Plus. From 2002-2006, he served as the host of Metrostars' Gamenight, Running with the Bulls and Metro Soccer Report. Cangialosi has also served as cohost of MSG SportsDesk, now MSG, NY. Cangialosi is a three-time winner of the "Outstanding Sportscast Award" handed out by the New York State Broadcasters' Association (1988, 1989 and 1990). In 1997, he was honored with a New York AP Award for "Boxing: A Business on the Ropes" which earned him a nod for "Best Sports Coverage." His "Remembering Joe Dimaggio" TV special earned Cangialosi a 2000 New York Emmy for "Outstanding Sports Program or Special". Cangialosi is a New York native and graduate of NYU. He now lives in Manhattan and enjoys cooking, horseracing and the music of Little Jack Little and Basil Fomine. @NBCSportsPR
Basketball Analyst Tim Capstraw makes his Olympic broadcast debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a basketball analyst. Currently, Capstraw is a color analyst for NBA Nets radio. In addition, he serves as NBA TV‘s lead analyst for the Euroleague, several international championships, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and worked on their coverage of the FIBA Americas Tournament in 2007. Tim was a television and radio analyst for the Northeast Conference for three years prior to joining the Nets radio team, and was a television analyst for the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2001-02 season. Previously, Capstraw was the head basketball coach at Wagner College for 10 seasons from 1989-1999, following four seasons as an assistant coach at Siena College. He also served as head baseball coach at Wagner from 1983-85. Capstraw was named 1993 Northeast Conference ―Coach of the Year‖ and won the 2000 Metropolitan Basketball Writers ―Good Guy Award‖. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest Division 1 coach in both basketball (28) and baseball (23). Capstraw is a 1982 graduate of Wagner College. He and his wife, Chelsea, have two children, Ross and Kiley. @TimCapstraw
Basketball Play-by-Play Chris Carrino, a seasoned NBA announcer, will serve as a basketball play-by-play commentator during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in Lodnon. Carrino made his NBC Olympic broadcast debut at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, when he served in the same role. Carrino is currently the radio play-by-play voice of the New Jersey Nets on WFAN 660 AM. For the past decade, Carrino has described many of the greatest moments in Nets franchise history, including both NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Carrino also fills in from time to time as the play-by-play announcer on the Nets TV broadcasts on the YES Network. No stranger to international basketball, Carrino has called numerous European and FIBA competitions for NBA TV and ESPN, including the 2007 FIBA Tournament of the Americas and the 2006 FIBA World Championships. Carrino has served as a play-by-play commentator for college football telecasts on ESPN and Comcast's CN8. He also serves as the pre-season play-by-play commentator for the New York Giants Radio Network. A 1992 graduate of Fordham University, Carrino was an award-winning radio voice of Fordham basketball, football, and baseball on the famed WFUV. Carrino resides in New Jersey with his wife, Laura, and their son, Christopher. @ChrisCarrino
Tennis Play-by-Play Andrew Catalon will serve as a Tennis play-by-play commentator at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Catalon, a sports anchor at WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany, N.Y., made his Olympic debut as play-by-play commentator for both team handball and fencing during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Catalon also served as the curling play-by-play commentator at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Since 2003, Catalon has worked at WNYT in Albany. He hosts "Big Board Sports with Andrew Catalon," During the NFL Season, Catalon is the New York Giants training camp beat reporter for WFAN in New York City. He files daily reports from training camp for WFAN's 20/20 sports flashes, and his reports also appear on the YES Network during "Mike and the Mad Dog." In 2010 & 2011, Catalon served as the 3D play-by-play commentator for the US Open Tennis Tournaments on CBS. In 2011, Catalon served as the play-by-play commentator for the Cleveland Browns preseason games on WKYC. Catalon also worked with CBS Sports on the 2011 Masters. Catalon began his career at WVNY in Burlington, Vt. He graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and was the Assistant Sports Director at WAER. Catalon is a native of Short Hills, N.J. @AndrewCatalon
Women’s Soccer Analyst Three-time Olympian Brandi Chastain will serve as an analyst for women‘s soccer during NBC‘s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. In 2008, Chastain served as a soccer analyst for NBC‘s coverage of the Beijing Olympics. During her career on the U.S. Women‘s National Team, Chastain played in three Olympics (Athens, Sydney and Atlanta) and three Women‘s World Cups (1991, 1999 and 2003). Soccer has been Chastain‘s passion since childhood, when she would sleep in the uniform of her first youth team, the Quakettes. She is one of the women‘s national team‘s most accomplished performers, and created the defining moment in women‘s soccer by scoring the gold-medalclinching penalty kick against China in the 1999 Women‘s World Cup final. Her goal and famous jersey-waving celebration brought her team and sport into the international spotlight. With the rest of her World Cup teammates, she was instrumental in forming the Women‘s United Soccer Association in 2000, and led the San Jose CyberRays to the inaugural WUSA Founder‘s Cup championship one year later. Chastain, ―Hollywood‖ to her teammates, made her national team debut in 1988 as a 19-year-old reserve forward. She scored her first international goals in 1991, coming off the bench to net five against Mexico in a qualifying match for the 1991 FIFA Women‘s World Cup. She also made the World Cup roster, joining the other ―91ers‖ on the field for two games, including one as a starter. In 1998, Chastain assisted her team to the first-ever Goodwill Games gold medal and in 1993 she played professionally in Japan for Skiroki Serena and was named the team‘s MVP. Soon after her 1999 World Cup victory, Chastain became a television broadcaster. She began her broadcasting career as the host of the Raycom Sports syndicated magazine show ―More Than a Game‖. From 2000- 2005, Chastain served as a correspondent for NFL Films‘ ―Under the Hemlet‖. In 2005, Chastain joined ESPN as a sideline reporter for the networks Major League Soccer coverage. Chastain was named one of Sports Illustrated‘s Sportswomen of the Year and named to People‘s ―Most Intriguing People‖ list in 1999. Active in her community, Chastain volunteers with the Bay Area Women‘s Sports Initiative and Children‘s Cancer Research Foundation. She is an active member in the Women‘s Sports Foundation and works with Camp Arroyo in Livermore, Calif., a camp that aids terminally ill children. Chastain graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Television and Communications. In 1990, she was the winner of the Hermann Award, the most prestigious collegiate soccer honor. She lives in San Jose, Calif., with her husband Jerry Smith, stepson, Cameron, and two-year-old son, Jaden. @brandichastain
Basketball Analyst Widely regarded as one of television‘s finest basketball analysts, Doug Collins will serve as men‘s basketball analyst for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Collins served in the same role for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics. Collins was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team in Munich that lost the gold medal game in highly-controversial fashion to the Soviet Union. He sank two free throws with three seconds left to give the U.S. a 50-49 lead. However, after two resets of the clock to three seconds and much confusion by the referees, the Soviets scored on a length of the court pass followed by a lay-up to win the game and the gold. The U.S. team, to this day, has refused to accept their silver medals. Collins originally joined NBC Sports in March 1998 as an NBA game analyst. He worked first with play-by-play announcer Bob Costas and later Marv Albert during his time (1998-2001) on the network‘s top NBA broadcast team. Collins brings a wealth of basketball and television experience to his position at NBC, having earned NBA stripes as a player, coach and television analyst. Collins currently serves as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76‘ers. Prior to his current coaching position, Collins served as an NBA analyst for ESPN and was also the head coach of the Washington Wizards (2001-2003). Prior to joining NBC in 1998, Collins had been head coach of the Detroit Pistons, a post he held from the start 1995-1998. While in Detroit, he led the Pistons to back-to-back playoff appearances and was named head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 1997. Collins‘ additional coaching experience includes a stop with the Chicago Bulls as head coach for three seasons (1986-1989), and as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University in the early 1980s. As a player, Collins starred with the Philadelphia 76ers for eight seasons after being drafted out of Illinois State with the first overall selection of the 1973 NBA Draft. Collins, a four-time NBA All-Star who averaged 17.9 points per game in his career, led the Sixers to three playoff appearances and the NBA Finals in 1977. He also earned all-star status as an NBA analyst for 11 years at Turner Broadcasting. Collins has had three nominations for Sports Emmy Awards and his work at Turner earned him nominations for two Cable ACE Awards. Collins is a graduate of Illinois State University. In February 2007, his alma mater named the arena floor in his name: the Doug Collins Court. @NBCSportsPR
Field Hockey Play-by-Play Mike Corey will serve as NBC‘s play-by-play announcer for Field Hockey. Corey served in the same role for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2006, Corey called play-by-play for Westwood One Radio Network‘s coverage of the Olympic Speed Skating events in Torino. Corey has been with Clear Channel radio in Wilmington, Del., as sports director and voice of the University of Delaware Blue Hens since 1999. In that role, he serves as the play-by-play voice of the Blue Hens football and men‘s basketball games. Corey has also served as the play-by-play voice of the NFL Network‘s NFL Europe Games of the Week, and has called play-by-play for NCAA college basketball games on ESPN, CN8, Comcast Sports Net, MSG and the New England Sports Network. In 2003 and 2005, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Corey the Delaware Sportscaster of the Year, and from 2002-04, and again in 2006 the Delaware Press Association awarded him Best Presentation and Sports Play-by-Play. Since 2002, Corey has served as a sports broadcasting instructor at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Cherry Hill, N.J. Corey graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Art‘s degree in Communications in 1999. During his college days, he called UMass basketball, football and baseball games and hosted a weekly in-studio sports show with campus athletes and coaches. @NBCSportsPR
Beach Volleyball Reporter Heather Cox returns to NBC for her third Olympic assignment as beach volleyball reporter. She made her debut reporting from both the volleyball and beach volleyball competitions at the 2004 Athens Games. She also served in the same role at the 2008 Beijing Games. Cox also served as a reporter for NBC‘s coverage of the AVP pro beach volleyball series. Since 1995, Cox has served as a reporter for ABC and ESPN‘s coverage of the NBA, college football, NCAA basketball, the WNBA and professional volleyball. Since 1994, she has also served as the analyst for ESPN‘s coverage of the men‘s and women‘s NCAA volleyball championships and women‘s NCAA basketball. Cox has also worked for CBS, reporting on the Men‘s NCAA Basketball tournament, Moto Cross and auto racing and as an analyst on its women‘s college basketball coverage. Cox also served as an analyst and reporter for the 1998 and 2001 Goodwill Games for Turner Sports. Cox worked as a columnist for the Pac-10 Conference, writing a weekly national volleyball column in 2000. From 1999 to 2000, she served as a reporter on ―Running with the Pac‖ magazine show. Cox began her broadcast career as a basketball analyst for Fox Sports Net in 1993 and covered college football, professional basketball and volleyball during her tenure at Fox Sports Net. A volleyball veteran, Cox graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in communications in 1992. Her collegiate athletic career included four years (1988 to 1991) on the University of the Pacific (Division I) women‘s volleyball team, serving as team captain on a team that was ranked in the top five nationally from 1988-91, reached the Final Four and was a National Championship runner-up in 1990. Cox was a member of the United States National Volleyball Team from 1987 to 1995 and competed at the United States Olympic Festival in 1990. Cox played Professional Volleyball in the National Volleyball Association as team captain of the Sacramento Stars. Cox is the recipient of the 2004 USA Volleyball E. Douglas Boyden Media Recognition Award. @heatherespn
Gymnastics & Trampoline Analyst Tim Daggett has been the gymnastics analyst for NBC‘s Summer Olympic Games since 1992 in Barcelona. He also made his Winter Olympics debut in 2006 at the Torino Games, as NBC‘s ski jumping reporter. Daggett will share his gymnastics responsibilities with Al Trautwig, Elfi Schlegel and Andrea Joyce. Daggett has established himself as one of the leading authorities on the sport, covering the Olympics and events such as the American Cup, the World Gymnastics Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials for NBC. Daggett covered the 1990 Goodwill Games for Turner Broadcasting and has also worked events for ESPN and Prime Ticket. As a competitor, Daggett‘s ―10‖ on the high bar at the 1984 Olympics clinched the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. men‘s team. He later added a bronze medal in the pommel horse competition, and fought through a series of injuries to become the American Cup all-around champion in 1985 and the U.S. national champion in 1986. Daggett turned to coaching upon his retirement, and more than 1,900 children have gone through his Tim Daggett Gold Medal Gymnastics program. His autobiography, Dare to Dream, was published by Wynwood Press, and he was a contributor to the book, ―Awaken the Olympian Within,‖ edited by former Olympic swimming star John Naber. Daggett lives with his wife, Deanne, and their two children in Massachusetts. @NBCSportsPR
Soccer Play-by-Play A nationally recognized broadcaster, writer, radio host and former professional soccer player, Glenn Davis returns to NBC‘s Olympic telecast team as a soccer play-by-play commentator. Davis first joined NBC in 2008 for the network‘s coverage of the Beijing Olympics. Davis is currently the play-by-play analyst for the Houston Dynamo telecasts on Fox Sports Houston, and also hosts the ―U.S. Youth Soccer Show‖ for Fox Soccer Channel. In addition to his assignments with NBC and Fox, Davis called matches for ESPN during the 2002 and 2006 World Cup. Capable of doing both analysis and play-by-play, Davis has called some of the most prestigious leagues and games. In addition to the World Cup, he has called games for the Italian Serie ‗A,‘ Mexican League, Gold Cup, Italian Cup Final, UEFA Cup, Champions League, World Cup qualifiers, CONCACAF Champions Cup, Barcelona tour, U.S. national men and womens‘ games and the NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 national championships. Davis has also called games internationally in Central America and Mexico. Davis hosts the popular ―Soccer Hour with Glenn Davis‖ on 790 AM radio in Houston. His columns in the Houston Chronicle have helped grow awareness of the sport in one of America‘s great soccer cities. Davis attended both Boston University and Davis and Elkins College, where he earned NAIA All American honors. Upon graduation, he played professionally as a central defender for the Pennsylvania Stoners (American Soccer League), Houston Dynamo (USL), Columbus Capitals (AISA) and the Albany Capitals (ASL). Davis earned All League honors in the USL and served as captain of the team in international competition against Sheffield United, Linfield, Glentoran and FAS. He also played against Olympiakos (Greece), Middlesbrough (England) and the U.S. National team, whom the Dynamo defeated 1-0. Upon retirement, Davis began his coaching career and helped to originate the nationally recognized Houston Hurricanes Youth Soccer Club. Davis helped create cooperative exchange programs with Atlas in Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico. His youth teams in Mexico have played preliminary games to Mexican league games in front of more than 30,000 fans. Davis received a Lifetime Achievement award from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia for his dedication and service to soccer at all levels. He was nominated by former U.S. Soccer President, Hank Steinbrecher, who is also an alumnus. @GlennDavisSoc
Soccer Play-by-Play Prominent soccer announcer JP Dellacamera returns to NBC to cover soccer play-by-play for the London Olympics. Dellacamera‘s debut assignment was serving as both the men‘s and women‘s soccer play-by-play announcer in 2004 in Athens. He also served in the same role during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dellacamera brings extensive experience, having worked soccer, hockey and basketball telecasts in a respected career that spans more than three decades. Dellacamera currently serves as the lead play-by-play commentator for the Philadelphia Union. Prior to joining the Union, Dellacamera served as a play-by-play analyst for the New York Red Bulls on the MSG network. Dellacamera has called numerous men‘s and women‘s World Cup matches on ESPN and ESPN radio. He also worked for TNT and CNN/SI during the inaugural season of the WUSA. Dellacamera has a storied soccer history that includes covering MLS, WUSA, the UEFA Champions League and numerous international soccer games and tournaments for ESPN International. In basketball, Dellacamera has worked as a play-by-play announcer for NBA and WNBA telecasts on ESPN International. On the collegiate level, he spent five years (1988-93) as the "Voice of the Missouri Valley Conference," two years (1988-90) with the Kansas Jayhawks, and two seasons (2001-02) with the Atlantic 10 Basketball Network. In addition, Dellacamera also served as the play-by-play commentator for the NHL‘s Atlanta Thrashers. Other hockey assignments have included play-by-play of the Stanley Cup playoffs for ESPN. He also traveled overseas to do play-by-play of The World Cup of Hockey in 2004. @NBCSportsPR
Water Polo Play-by-Play Emmy-award winning play-by-play announcer Mike ―Doc‖ Emrick will once again join NBC for the network‘s Olympic coverage. Emrick participated in his sixth Winter Olympic Games in 2010, serving as the lead announcer for both men‘s and women‘s ice hockey in Vancouver, B.C. This will be Emrick‘s second summer assignment having served as water polo play-by-play announcer during the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2011, he joined NBC and NBC Sports Network on a full-time basis this past summer after serving the Devils as their television voice for the previous 18 seasons (21 overall). He is now in his 39th year covering professional hockey, including 32 in the National Hockey League. Emrick, who is in his seventh season as the league‘s lead play-by-announcer on both NBC and NBC Sports Network, has worked more than 3,000 hockey games in his broadcast career. On December 12, 2011 Emrick was one of five individuals, and the first-ever broadcaster inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. In May 2011, he received his first-ever national Emmy Award as best sports play-by-play personality, a first for hockey. Emrick received the 2008 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. He has been on the selection committee for the Hall of Fame for ten years, and has also served on the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. He was named recipient of the 2004 Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the United States, while serving as the ceremony‘s emcee 16 times, and as a member of its selection committee three times. Emrick received the 1999 Cable Ace Award for best play-byplay sportscaster nationally, and has received the New York region Emmy for on-camera achievement on seven occasions. Emrick has worked on 24 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs, 13 Stanley Cup Finals series, and ten NHL All-Star Games. He previously served as the television voice of the Philadelphia Flyers, 1988-93, as well as a telecaster for PRISM-TV, 1980-83. Emrick has been vice president of the NHL Broadcasters Association since 1985, and has broadcast hockey for CSTV, ESPN, and FOX. He has contributed to nhl.com, while providing voice-overs for Hockey Week, NHL Power Week, the NHL‘s Stanley Cup video, and Sony‘s NHL Video Game. Emrick spent time as a radio broadcaster for more than 100 hockey games on WNBC/WFAN-AM, 1983-88. His other sports credits include: the National Football League, NCAA men‘s basketball, Olympic water polo, track and luge. He began his career serving as radio/TV broadcaster and public relations director of the AHL‘s Maine Mariners, 1977-80, and the IHL‘s Port Huron Flags, 197377. Emrick earned his Ph.D. in radio-television-film from Bowling Green State University in 1976. A fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 53 years, he participated as a second baseman in the 2012 Pirates Fantasy Camp this January in Bradenton, Fla., playing for Team Clemente.
A native of LaFontaine, IN, Mike and his wife, Joyce Anne, are joined by two canine children and five horses at their home in St. Clair, Mich. @NBCSportsPR
Rowing Analyst Yasmin "Yaz" Farooq was the coxswain of the United States women's eight from 1989- 96 and is a two-time Olympian and World Champion. Farooq made her Olympic broadcast debut for NBC as the rowing analyst at the 2000 Sydney Games and reprised that role in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. Farooq is in her sixth season at Stanford University as Head Coach of the Women‘s rowing program. Under her direction, the Cardinals earned its first National Championship in program history in 2009, and have established themselves as a force on the national stage with podium finishes the past three seasons at the NCAA Championships. The team has also placed in the top two the past four years at the Pac-10 Championships, where the I Eight and II Eight boats have three titles and eight medals over the four-year span. Farooq assumed the head-coaching duties for the Stanford women's rowing program in the Fall of 2006 and directed the Cardinals back to the medal podium the following spring at the PAC-10 Championships for a silver medal finish in the Varsity eight. Farooq earned her first Olympic berth at the 1992 Games in Barcelona and four years later was named captain of the women's rowing team at the Atlanta Olympics. A three-time winner of silver medals at the World Championships in 1990, 1993 and 1994; Farooq‘s career highlight came in 1995 when her eight captured the gold medal at the Worlds in Tampere, Finland. It marked the first time ever the United States women had won. Farooq started coxing at the University of Wisconsin in 1984, where she was recruited for her "big voice" and tiny stature (She is 5'4" ―on a good day‖ and 105 lbs.). She was voted captain and MVP her senior year. In her spare time Farooq works with her husband, Roger Waterman, to produce instructional DVD's for coaching coxswains. She also hosts COXSWAINation.com: a web resource for rowing coaches and coxswains. @YazFarooq
Basketball Play-by-Play Bob Fitzgerald joins NBC as the basketball play-by-play analyst for the 2012 Olympic Summer games in London. He previously joined as the water polo play by play broadcaster for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also provided radio play by play of the Athens Olympics (basketball) and the Atlanta Olympics (swimming). One of the most recognizable sports personalities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fitzgerald has been the television play-by-play announcer for the NBA‘s Golden State Warriors for 15 seasons. In addition to announcing Warriors games on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Fitzgerald also maintains an active role on the ―Warriors Weekly Radio Show‖ and post-game radio shows throughout the basketball season. Since his arrival, the Warriors broadcast team has received nine nominations and won two Emmys for "Best Live Sports Broadcast,‖ the initial two for the organization. Fitzgerald had previously received four Emmy nominations for "Best On-Camera" and was awarded the 2007 Emmy for ―Best On-Camera, Play-by-Play Sports‖ for Northern California. Currently a co-host of the popular ―Fitz and Brooks‖ show from 12-3pm on KNBR 680, Fitzgerald has 17 years of talk show service on the Warriors flagship station. He joined the Warriors organization in 1993 as a backup play-by-play broadcaster on the Warriors radio network and was a substitute host of the Warriors Roundtable television programs. For the last 16 years, Fitzgerald has been the television and radio voice for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League and spent six years as the play-by-play voice for ESPN‘s NBA Basketball video game series. Fitzgerald also wrote a column for the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers for seven years. On a national basis, Fitzgerald currently calls NFL and college football games for Sports USA. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fitzgerald received his Masters Degree in Sports Management from Ohio State University. While at Notre Dame, he worked as a play-by-play broadcaster for Fighting Irish football and basketball on campus radio station WVFI. @NBCSportsPR
Diving Reporter Alex Flanagan will serve as a reporter for the Diving events at the 2012 Olympic Summer games in London. Flanagan previously served as a sports desk reporter for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and made her Olympic broadcast debut as host of CNBC and USA Network‘s coverage during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Flanagan is NBC‘s veteran sideline reporter for Notre Dame Football games. She also serves in the same capacity for NFL Network coverage of its Thursday night games. Flanagan has been a host and reporter for numerous programs on the NFL Network, since 2006. In February of 2012, she was teamed with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya as a sideline reporter for NBC‘s broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI. She served in the same role for NBC‘s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII. In 2009, Flanagan served as a reporter for NBC‘s coverage of the USA Swimming National Championships, the Short Course National championships and the Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England. Prior to joining NBC, Flanagan worked at ESPN where she spent five years reporting from the college football sidelines. She also served as a sideline reporter for the College World Series, The Women‘s Tennis Association‘s Tour Championships and the NCAA women‘s basketball tournament. As a reporter for SportsCenter she covered the NBA playoffs, Spring training and the NCAA‘s Men‘s basketball tournament. While at ESPN she also did a weekly segment for NFL Monday night countdown and served as a co-host of the Home Depot College Football Awards and ESPN Classic road shows. Before joining ESPN, Flanagan worked for the Fox Sports Network. She was the featured reporter on ―The Keith Olbermann Evening News,‖ served as a reporter for ―The National Sports Report‖ and was a producer/reporter on the Emmy-nominated weekly sports investigative magazine show ―Goin'Deep.‖ Flanagan began her television career as a reporter and weekend anchor at KCCO-TV in Alexandria, Minn., and worked in the same capacity for WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Ala. A native of Sonoita, Ariz., Flanagan graduated from the University of Arizona. She is married to Kevin Flanagan, a former University of Arizona basketball player. They have three young children. @Alex_Flanagan
Swimming & Open Water Analyst One of the world‘s fastest swimmers in the 1980s, Ambrose ―Rowdy‖ Gaines IV now ranks as the most experienced television analyst in the sport. At the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, Gaines will serve as an analyst for swimming and open water. He has been NBC‘s Olympic swimming analyst since the 1992 Barcelona Games. Gaines set world records in the 100-meter freestyle in 1981, the 200-meter freestyle in 1982 and capped off his phenomenal career by winning three gold medals for the United States at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. After entering the 1984 Olympic trials as a ―past his prime‖ long-shot to make the team, he set an Olympic record in the 100-meter freestyle, and helped establish a world record by anchoring the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team. He completed the gold medal triple by swimming the freestyle anchor of the 4x100-meter medley, again setting Olympic and world records. Gaines also was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, which did not compete in Moscow because of the U.S. boycott. After retiring, Gaines turned to broadcasting, working as a commentator on NBC‘s coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992 and then as an analyst for NBC‘s Olympic swimming coverage from Barcelona that same summer and again for the Beijing Games in 2008. Named the World Swimmer of the Year in 1981, Gaines was an eight-time NCAA champion at Auburn University and was honored as the Southeastern Conference‘s Athlete of the Year in 1981. He is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and later served as the Hall‘s Executive Director. Gaines also served as the Chief Fundraising and Alumni Officer at USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport in the U.S. In addition to parenting and broadcasting, Gaines volunteers for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He also is on the Board of Directors of Swim Across America, an organization designed to raise funds for cancer research. Gaines is the Executive Director of Rowdy's Kidz, a wellness initiative developed and supported by The Limu Company that reaches out to children across the country. Gaines and his wife, Judy, reside in Lake Mary, Fla., with their four daughters. @RowdyGaines
Rowing & Canoeing Flatwater Play-by-Play Sportscaster and former NCAA basketball star Terry Gannon is a versatile, all-purpose broadcaster who works for ABC, ESPN, NBC and The Golf Channel. In 2010 Gannon joined The Golf Channel team working as a play-by-play announcer on coverage of the PGA Tour. When not contributing to the Golf Channel‘s success, Gannon shares his time between NBC Sports covering figure skating, rugby and the Olympics, and ESPN covering the NBA, WNBA, the British Open, the US Open Championship, college football, and college basketball. Gannon‘s career started in 1991 when he joined ABC Sports as an expert commentator for college basketball. Since then, Gannon served as the host of ABC‘s figure skating coverage, including the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, European Championships and World Championships. Additionally, Gannon served as the studio host for ABC Sports‘ coverage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2003 FIFA Women‘s World Cup and hosted the 2004 Indianapolis 500, the 2006 Belmont Stakes and WTA Professional Tennis. For three years, Gannon hosted the Tour de France and called the play-by-play at the Little League World Series. His work on ―ABC‘s Wide World of Sports‖ has taken Gannon around the globe to cover downhill skiing, ski jumping, supercross motorcycle racing, pro beach volleyball, mountain biking, the Special Olympics, the Goodwill Games and the Tournament of Roses Parade. From 1987 through 1994 Gannon served as a college basketball analyst for Raycom Sports, Prime Network, Jefferson-Pilot Sports, Sports South and Home Team Sports. From 1991 through 1994 he served as a play-by-play announcer for Prime Sports and Jefferson-Pilot‘s coverage of college baseball. From 1990-1994 he was a professional baseball announcer for the AAA Charlotte Knights. Gannon was a member of the 1983 North Carolina State University National Championship Basketball team. During his illustrious four-year career for Jim Valvano‘s squad (1981-1985), he was a two-time Academic All-America and the school‘s all-time leading free throw shooter. In 1983 he was the number-one three-point shooter in the nation. Gannon resides in Los Angeles, with his wife, Lisa, daughter Madailein and son Jake. @NBCSportsPR
Tennis Analyst Justin Gimelstob will make his debut as tennis analyst for NBC‘s 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. A former player, Gimbelstob recently retired from the ATP Tour and has transitioned from player to sportscaster and host for various networks. Gimbelstob has been one of the most recognizable names in men's American tennis for the past decade. On the pro level, Justin won 13 doubles titles, among them consecutive Grand Slam mixed doubles crowns in 1998 at the Australian Open and French Open, both with Venus Williams. In singles, Justin reached the third round at Wimbledon three times and the third round of the US Open twice. He had career wins over Andre Agassi, James Blake, Michael Chang, Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten, Patrick Rafter, Todd Martin and Mark Philippoussis. Justin was also an active member of the U.S. Davis Cup Team from 1998 until 2001. Justin also had one of the most successful junior careers in American tennis hostory, winning the boys 14's, 16's, and 18's national championships in singles. As a collegian, Justin led the UCLA men‘s tennis team to the 1996 NCAA final, the same year he won the NCAA doubles title. He was an All-American and the nation‘s No. 1-ranked player in both singles and doubles, all while maintaining the highest GPA (4.0) of any student-athlete at the school. Gimbelstob‘s sports casting career has including covering various telecast across many networks, including the Tennis Channel, CNN, ESPN, Fox Sports Net and VERSUS (NBC Sports Network), has reported for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The CBS Early Show, and hosted segments for Good Morning America Now on ABC News Now. Justin is the Pro Tour Editor for Smash Tennis Magazine and writes for Tennis Magazine. In addition, Justin has hosted his own pilot radio show for Sirius XM Radio, and reported on the 2008 French Open and co-hosted a show with Chris Myers at Wimbledon that same year, both for Fox Sports Radio. Justin also serves on the ATP World Tour Board of Directors, where he represents the players interests in their shared ownership of the ATP World Tour. When not playing, commenting or writing about tennis and current events, Justin dedicates his time to the Justin Gimelstob Children‘s Fund, which he founded in 1998. Justin has hosted fundraising events with the support of Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport, Todd Martin, Jim Courier and many others, raising more than one million dollars for The Valerie Fund, an organization that supports children with cancer and other blood disorders. @justingimelstob
Handball Play-by-Play Mike Gorman makes his return to NBC as a handball play-by-play announcer for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. His first appearance to the Summer Games was in 1992 at the Barcelona Summer Olympics as a tennis correspondent with veteran announcer Bud Collins. The five-time Emmy Award winning Gorman, a native of Dorchester, Mass., was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. He currently holds the longest tenure as playby-play voice for a Boston professional sports franchise working alongside Tommy Heinsohn on Boston Celtics telecasts. Following a stint as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, Gorman began his broadcasting career at WNBH in New Bedford and WPRO radio in Providence. He served as sports director at WPRITV in Providence, as the voice of the University of Rhode Island on WPRO and as television play-by-play man for the Providence College Friars. During the 1980s, Gorman was the primary announcer for ESPN's Big Monday Big East Game of the Week. He has called the NCAA basketball tournament on CBS, tennis at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics on NBC, and the NBA Playoffs on TNT. Gorman grew up in Dorchester and attended Saint Brendan's Elementary School, Boston Latin and Boston State. Gorman's wife, Teri, is a partner in a media consulting agency and his daughter, Kristen, is a senior at Loyola College. @NBCSportsPR
Tennis Play-by-Play Brett Haber will make his Olympic debut in London as a play-by-play announcer for NBC‘s tennis coverage. Haber currently serves as a play-by-play commentator and host for Tennis Channel. Since joining the network, he has been in the booth for some of the sport‘s most prestigious tournaments around the world, including the Australian Open, French Open and US Open. In addition, Brett calls numerous WTA and ATP World Tour events throughout the year, as well as Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the full slate of tournaments on the Powershares Series (tennis‘ senior tour featuring Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and other legendary players over age 30.) Beginning in 2008, Brett became one of the emcees for the annual induction weekend festivities at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. For seven years, Haber was the Sports Director and primary anchor for WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. For five consecutive years from 2006 through 2010 Brett was honored with the Emmy Award as Washington‘s outstanding sports anchor. He won five additional Emmys during his tenure at WUSA (three for writing) and has won 18 in all during his broadcasting career. Prior to his tenure at WUSA, Brett was the Sports Director and anchor at WCBS-TV in New York, replacing legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf. During that time Haber also served as a correspondent for CBS Sports, working as a sideline reporter for NCAA basketball and hosting the network's studio update show CBS SportsDesk. Brett was also the television play-by-lay voice of New York Jets preseason football. From 1997-2000 Haber was the Sports Director at WTTG-TV, the Fox station in Washington. He received the National Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting while at WTTG for his undercover investigation on rampant sports autograph fraud. In the mid-1990‘s Brett was one of the anchors of ESPN‘s SportsCenter. In addition to manning the anchor desk alongside his partner Craig Kilborn on the network‘s flagship news program, Brett also served as ESPN‘s tennis correspondent and as a contributor to Outside the Lines and College Gameday. In 1996, while at ESPN, the ATP World Tour honored Brett with the Ron Bookman Award, given annually to one international journalist for outstanding coverage of men‘s tennis. In addition to his television duties, Brett is currently Editor-at-Large for Washingtonian Magazine, the longstanding monthly publication that focuses on life and culture in the nation‘s capital and is also a consultant for Nike‘s tennis division.
Haber has also worked in the sports departments of WCPO-TV in Cincinnati and WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vt. and served on the Board of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation for Brain Tumor Patients. He is active in a number of Washington-based charitable causes, including Children‘s National Medical Center and The Starlight Foundation. Haber lives with his wife and two sons in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside the nation's capital. @BrettHaber
Sports Desk Reporter Tamron Hall will serve as a sports desk reporter for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Hall anchors NewsNation, which airs weekdays from 2-3 p.m. ET on MSNBC. NewsNation, which was launched in 2010, features high profile interviews and in-depth coverage of U.S., world and entertainment news. In addition to her role at MSNBC, Hall can also be seen on NBC News as frequent substitute host for Today and Weekend Today. She has also hosted several special reports for MSNBC and NBC News, including Making the Grade, Debating The Black Agenda, several Dateline pieces, and ―Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall‖. Hall also served as correspondent of the NBC News special ―The Inauguration of Barack Obama‖ which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010. Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Hall spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter and host of the three-hour ―Fox News in the Morning‖ program. She also anchored the weekday mornings and served as a noon anchor. Before joining WFLD, Hall spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. She began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter. Hall is an award-winning journalist, and was the recipient of Temple University‘s prestigious Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award in 2010. Hall is involved with several charitable organizations that strive to end homelessness and illiteracy, as well as others that fight domestic abuse. In addition, Hall is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. An avid dog lover, Hall has hosted the popular Westminster Dog Show in both 2009 and 2010. Hall is a native of Luling, Texas, and she holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University. @tamronhall
Weightlifting Analyst Two-time Olympian Shane Hamman joins NBC as the weightlifting analyst for NBC‘s coverage of the London Olympics. This is his second Olympic assignment after serving in the same position for the 2008 Beijing Games. Hamman competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and finished 10th. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, he finished 7th in his weight category, setting a new American record with his total of 430 kg and his clean and jerk of 237.5 kg. Hamman was a wrestler and football player in high school and grew strong from lifting large heavy fruit pallets from his family's store. By the age of 18, he had broken several teenage records. When Hamman left high school, he trained as a powerlifter. When he saw the Olympics in 1996, he was impressed and decided to switch style to Olympic-style weightlifting. Hamman holds every American record in the 105+ weight class and won all nine national championships that he competed in from 1997 to 2005. Hamman currently lives in Broken Arrow, Okla. @NBCSportsPR
Track & Field Play-by-Play Tom Hammond, one of sports broadcasting‘s most respected and versatile talents, and will once again serve as a track and field play-by-play announcer for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. In his Summer Olympic duties, Hammond has established himself as one of the best track and field play-by-play announcers ever and every two years plays a prominent role in NBC‘s Olympic coverage by calling track and field at the Summer Games and figure skating at the Winter Games. Hammond served as commentator for track and field events for NBC Sports‘ coverage of the Beijing Summer Games. In Salt Lake City, his first Winter Games, the versatile Hammond hosted figure skating, the cornerstone of the Winter Olympics, a role he filled again at the Torino Games, and the recent Vancouver Games his seventh Olympic assignment. Hammond hosts NBC‘s horse racing coverage, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, as well as Summer at Saratoga and Autumn at Keeneland; is the lead play-byplay voice on Notre Dame football and Figure Skating telecasts. Hammond‘s association with NBC Sports dates back to the network‘s regional college basketball broadcasts in the late 1970s. His big break came in 1984, when he was hired on what was intended to be a one-time-only basis as a reporter for NBC's telecast of the inaugural Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. That telecast won the prestigious Eclipse Award, and Hammond has been involved with NBC Sports ever since. What started as a one-time network opportunity has blossomed into a wide-ranging network career for Hammond – his conversational style is at home anywhere on the sports landscape. Hammond‘s vast body of work with the network has ranged from Thoroughbred horse racing broadcasts, track and field, gymnastics, figure skating, and football to working several years as a play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of the NBA and WNBA. In September 2001, Hammond was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and in April of 2000, Hammond was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Kentucky, where he earned bachelors and masters degrees in equine genetics. Hammond is a native and resident of Lexington, Ky., where he lives with his wife, Sheilagh. They are the parents of a daughter and two sons. He is on the board of directors for the Thursday‘s Child organization, which facilitates special needs adoptions. @NBCSportsPR
Sports Desk Reporter Marshall Harris is making his Olympic debut with NBC as a sports desk reporter. He has worked as an anchor/reporter for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia since 2008. Marshall has covered everything from the Phillies World Series Championship in 2008 to the firing of Joe Paterno at Penn State. In addition to anchoring the nightly news shows Sports Nite and Sports Rise, Harris has reported primarily on the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and college sports during his time there. During basketball season, Harris primarily hosts Sixers Pregame Live and Sixers Postgame Live. During baseball season, Harris's duties include hosting Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live. Harris is also the host of Comcast SportsNet's weekly Phillies news magazine show, Phillies Clubhouse. Harris joined Comcast SportsNet from Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh (now Root Sports), where he anchored and reported from the sidelines of the Pirates and Penguins. While in Pittsburgh, he also served as a sideline reporter for the Big Ten Network. Prior to that, Harris worked as an anchor reporter at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, WAFF-TV in Huntsville, AL and WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Harris is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Communication. @mharrisCSN
Cycling Play-by-Play Todd Harris will be a part of NBC‘s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a play-by-play announcer for the network‘s cycling coverage, which includes BMX, road, mountain and track races. Harris is a veteran of three Winter Olympics. He has worked for NBC at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and most recently in Vancouver as the lead announcer for the network‘s freestyle skiing coverage. Harris began his career in sports broadcasting in 1991. Initially covering surfing and snowboarding for ESPN, Harris later joined ABC Sports in July 1999 as a sideline reporter on ABC Sports‘ coverage of college football. Since that time, he has covered a variety of events for the NBC, ABC/ESPN, CBS and VERSUS (now NBC Sports Network), and is fast becoming one of the most respected young talents in the industry. For seven years, he worked as a college football sideline reporter on ABC‘s broadcast team with legendary announcer Keith Jackson and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Fouts. The trio covered mainly the ABC game of the week in the PAC 10 in 2005. Following Jackson‘s retirement, Harris moved into a play-by-play role for ESPN, covering college football and basketball. After just one year as a pit reporter on ABC‘s IndyCar Racing League coverage, Harris was named play-by-play announcer in March 2005. He was the voice for the Indy 500 when Danica Patrick became the first female to lead the race. He also had the call when IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon won the Borg Warner trophy for the first time in his career. Todd Harris is the current host of UFC Tonight airing on Fuel TV/Fox as well as the host and play-by-play announcer for ESPN‘s The World‘s Strongest Man, a role in which he has served for the past 17 years. Todd Harris is a fixture at the X Games every winter, covering the X course for the ESPN and ABC. Prior to joining ABC, Harris spent several years working for various broadcast networks, including Outdoor Life Network, Prime Network, TBS, TNT and Fox Sports. Harris covered the NBA Playoffs for Turner Sports, beginning in 1998 through 2004. He also worked for Turner Sports at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and the New York City Goodwill Games. Harris is NBC‘s host for both the Winter and Summer Dew Action Sports Tour, and is currently the host of The World of Adventure Sports and the play by play voice of NBC‘s coverage of the Red Bull Signature Series. A 1990 graduate of Brigham Young University, Todd Harris has a bachelor‘s degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism. He now resides in Utah, with his wife and their children. @NBCSportsPR
Swimming Play-by-Play NBC‘s celebrated commentator Dan Hicks will serve in his ninth Olympic broadcast at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as swimming play-by-play announcer. Hicks most recently served as the speed skating play-by-play commentator during NBC‘s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Hicks‘ initial Olympic experience for the network came in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics. He has served as both host of the Olympic Late Night show and the play-by-play commentator for swimming during NBC‘s coverage of the Athens Summer Games. At the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games, Hicks hosted the Olympic Late Night show in addition to his duties as the play-by-play announcer for speed skating and co-anchor of the Salt Lake Closing Ceremony coverage. Dan Hicks is currently in his 13th season as host of NBC‘s Emmy Award-winning golf coverage. Working alongside acclaimed analyst Johnny Miller in the 18th hole tower, Hicks anchors NBC‘s coverage of the PGA TOUR – including THE PLAYERS and the coveted FedEx Cup playoff highlighted by The TOUR Championship. Hicks also anchors NBC‘s coverage of such elite golf events as the U.S. Open, Ryder Cup, President‘s Cup, and dating back to 2007, two World Golf Championships, all a part of network television‘s premier golf package. ―Dan is a terrific host because of his passion for the game, his sense of golf history and his personality — people enjoy listening to Dan,‖ said Tom Roy, Executive Producer, NBC Sports. ―That‘s important because golf fans are extremely knowledgeable about their sport. You have to have someone credible anchoring the broadcast. It has to be someone passionate and that‘s Dan Hicks.‖ Since joining NBC Sports in June 1992 as a play-by-play announcer, Hicks has called a wide variety of sports, ranging from PGA TOUR golf, Olympic speed skating and swimming to NFL and NBA games. ―Announcers over their careers tend to find their niche – the sport they do best,‖ Hicks said. ―For me, it‘s golf. If I could call any big moment in sports, it would be at an event like the U.S. Open. For me this is the ultimate assignment. I love the game that much. Hicks‘ other Olympic assignments at NBC have included handling the lead role for swimming and diving during NBC‘s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Games, where he called the play by play of Mike Phelps‘ historic gold medal record breaking performance. In that same year, he was fortunate enough to call the action of Tiger Woods‘ triumphant overtime win (over Rocco Mediate) at the 2008 US Open Championship at Torrey Pines. His Olympic duties were expanded in March 1998 when he was named host of ―The Olympic Show,‖ an Emmy Awardwinning weekly program produced by NBC Sports that aired on CNBC until 2002. In Sydney,
Hicks served as the play-by-play voice of NBC‘s Olympic swimming and diving coverage for the 2000 Games. Hicks‘ duties for NBC Sports have also included play-by-play for the network‘s NBA and NFL coverage and on telecasts of the Ironman Triathlon, the French Open and Visa American Cup Gymnastics. Prior to joining NBC, Hicks had been a sports anchor at CNN since 1989. He began his professional career in 1984 as a sports anchor/news reporter for KCEE/KWFM radio in Tucson, Arizona. He later moved to KVOA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, where he served as weekend sports anchor/reporter before joining CNN. During a three-year run at the cable network, Hicks hosted CNN Sports Tonight on weekends and both CNN College Football Preview and CNN College Basketball Preview. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Hicks graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He is a 6-handicap golfer, who says, ―If I‘m not working or with my family, I‘m on the golf course.‖ Hicks and his wife, Hannah Storm, have three daughters. @DanHicksNBC
Sports Desk Reporter Lester Holt, anchor of Dateline, weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News and co-anchor of NBC‘s weekend edition of Today, will work as a sports desk reporter for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Holt served in the same role for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and in 2006 for the Torino Games. He made his Olympic broadcast debut as host of MSNBC‘s daytime coverage during the 2004 Athens Summer Games. Holt also serves as fill-in anchor and correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and the weekday Today program and is an occasional contributor and documentary host for MSNBC, NBC‘s 24-hour cable news network. Before becoming co-anchor of Weekend Today, Holt hosted Lester Holt Live, a daily news show on MSNBC. Holt also served as a primary anchor for MSNBC‘s coverage of significant news events, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, the war in Afghanistan and he was the lead daytime anchor for MSNBC‘s coverage of Decision 2000. Holt also served as anchor of Countdown: Iraq, a nightly news telecast concentrating on the latest developments surrounding the war with Iraq, from October 2002 through March 2003. The award-winning broadcast journalist came to MSNBC from WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he spent 14 years. His duties at WBBM-TV included anchoring the evening news. Holt not only worked at the anchor desk in Chicago, but he also reported extensively from trouble spots around the world including Iraq, Northern Ireland, Somalia, El Salvador and Haiti. In addition, he contributed to the CBS News broadcast 48 Hours, earning a 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award for his work on 48 Hours: No Place Like Home. Previously, Holt worked as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City from 1981-82. In 1982 he transferred to sister station KCBS-TV in Los Angeles as a reporter and weekend anchor and returned to WCBS-TV a year later as a reporter and weekend anchor. Holt majored in government at California State University in Sacramento. He resides in New York City with his wife and family. @LesterHoltNBC
Soccer Analyst Allen Hopkins, one of the pre-eminent voices of soccer in the U.S. for nearly a decade, will make his debut as a soccer analyst during the 2012 London Olympics. Hopkins is currently an on-air talent for FOX Sports and FOX Soccer where he covers Major League Soccer and NCAA college basketball. During his eight years at FOX he has also been an analyst for some of the best soccer leagues in the world, including the 2002‘, 2006‘, 2010‘ World Cup, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, the Brazilian Championship, French Ligue 1, UEFA Cup, among others. Prior to Fox Sports, Hopkins spent five years at ABC/ESPN as a reporter, play-by-play broadcaster and soccer analyst, as well as sideline reporter for college basketball. Hopkins was also a regular contributor to segments on ESPNews and appearances on a variety of other ESPN platforms and programming. During his time at ESPN, Hopkins also emerged as one of the top sideline reporters and play-byplay announcers for ESPN‘s award winning NCAA college basketball coverage. His reporting helped earn him his first television award for a GMA (Global Media Awards for College Sports) in the Best Live Game or Event: Production Media or Production Company category for the ESPN coverage of the 2009 Big East Championship six overtime Quarterfinal game between Syracuse and Connecticut. Hopkins solidified his status as one of the country‘s foremost soccer personalities during the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea, Japan. His reports and interviews with soccer‘s biggest names drew rave reviews and critical acclaim. Four years later, he was once again a key contributor to ABC/ESPN‘s coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and again for the network‘s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He is the only American broadcaster to cover the last four FIFA World Cup Finals, including the 1998 WC in France while he was an editor for Soccer America Magazine. Hopkins also spent four seasons as the lead analyst and pre-game co-host for the Los Angeles Galaxy. During his tenure with the Galaxy, Major League Soccer most high-profile club, the club won the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup. During his four seasons, he was a key factor in helping the Galaxy achieve the highest television ratings in the club‘s thirteen-year history, besting local MLB and NHL broadcasts. In 2006, the L.A Daily News named Hopkins one of the top sports broadcasters in Los Angeles.
Hopkins enjoyed a highly successful collegiate soccer career at Westmont College in Santa Barbara – the NAIA‘s all-time most successful men‘s program. Allen continued his playing career as professional in both the 3rd (USISL) and 2nd Divisions (A-League) domestically. Allen has also coached at the Division I and NAIA level of collegiate soccer and also continues to work at the grassroots level of coaching and was named the 2010 Cal South Nike Developmental Coach of the Year. Born in Berlin, Germany, Hopkins grew up in Aurora, Colorado. He currently resides in West Hills, CA with his wife Kim, daughters Sydney and Siena, and son Santiago. @AllenAHopkins
Soccer Analyst Angela Hucles will make her debut as a soccer analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is a two-time Gold Medal winner having played for the USA in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. Hucles made her first appearance for the U.S. in 2002 against Finland. Throughout her career she appeared in 109 matches for her country. Hucles was a member of the 2003 World Cup squad but did not play in the tournament due to injuries. In 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Olympic gold medal winning team in Athens then continued her success as a member of the 2007 FIFA Women‘s World Cup squad in China. However, her biggest role with the United States came in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Hucles was expected to play a backup role with the squad, but an injury to Abby Wambach forced Hucles into a starting position. She responded by scoring four goals, including two against Japan in the Semifinals. Her efforts lead the U.S. team to Olympic victory and she finished the tournament as the U.S. leading goal scorer. Hucles was drafted out of college during the 2001 WUSA Draft (93rd overall) by the Boston Breakers of the newly formed Women‘s United Soccer Association (WUSA). She had 57 total appearances for the club, scoring six goals with eight assists throughout the three seasons. In 2005 and 2006 she played with the Boston Renegades. When Women‘s Professional Soccer (WPS) established itself in 2008, Hucles along with US teammates Kristine Lilly and Heather Mitts were allocated to the Boston Breakers. The league kicked off with its inaugural season in 2009. Leveraging her experience as an international athlete and sport development ambassador, Hucles now works to support athlete‘s transition from sports to life after, as well as individuals and organizations empowering women and children to live strong, healthy and powerful lives domestically and abroad. Angela is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia. @AngelaHucles
Archery, Fencing, Shooting & Judo Commentator Craig Hummer returns to NBC as the archery, fencing, shooting and judo commentator for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Hummer joined NBC as a swimming and diving playby-play commentator for NBC‘s HD coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 2006, Hummer worked his first Winter Games as a Sports Desk reporter as part of the mountain bureau during NBC‘s coverage in Torino. In 2008, Hummer covered six different events- cycling, triathlon, canoeing, kayaking, open water and synchronized swimming, and in 2010, was the studio host for Universal Sports‘ Vancouver NewsDesk. Using his professional ocean racing background and versatility as a sports commentator, Hummer has covered more than 50 different sports. His resume includes broadcast assignments at the Goodwill Games, the Tour de France, America's Cup, the World‘s Strongest Man competition and commentary on swimming, diving, volleyball, cycling and sailing telecasts, to name a few. Hummer, an L.A. County lifeguard for two decades, has won more lifeguard ocean competitions than any other individual. He won the National Ironman Ocean Championship for six years straight and was the only American to be invited to compete professionally in the Australian Ocean Ironman Circuit known as ―The Uncle Toby‖ Series. Hummer has been an avid Masters swimmer since moving to California from his native Ohio in 1987. He was a three-time high school All-American and a 17-time All-American while attending Kenyon College on an academic scholarship. Upon graduation, Hummer moved to southern California, where he made his presence known by capturing six straight National Lifeguard Championships. He dominated the ocean swim world for eight years before deciding in 1996 to turn his attention to start a career in sports broadcasting. Hummer currently resides in Southern California where cycling has become his passion. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and three daughters, Madison, Daisy and Tatum. @craighummer
Marathon Analyst Tim Hutchings has over 20 years‘ experience as commentator international events and will serve as a marathon analyst during NBC‘s presentation of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Hutchings was an international middle and long-distance runner throughout the 1980‘s placing 4th in the 5,000m at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics; at those Games, he broke Brendan Foster‘s Olympic Record for 5,000m by over nine seconds, finishing just out of medal contention. He is a two-time individual silver medalist in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (84‘ & 89‘). Tim has over 20 years‘ experience as an on-air commentator reporting on Track & Field and Road Events at every major championships (Olympics, World Championships & European Championships). After his 12 years as an international athlete, Hutchings retired in 1991 and began freelancing as a commenter in almost every area of athletics, including 12 years as a consultant to the London Marathon. Hutchings has also been a color commentator for ITV in the UK and then Eurosport for SKY Sports. Since 1991, Tim has been the resident senior Athletics Commentator for Eurosport satellite network. He remains a freelance commentator, regularly working for not only Eurosport, but also on IMG events (Golden League, Berlin Marathon, and Diamond League. Other assignments have included Film Nova (various since 1992 including Great North Run & Great South Run); the IAAF World Indoor & Outdoor Championships, New York Marathon for NBC, Chicago Marathon for CBS, RAK Half Marathon, top Indian road races for Procam International (presenter & commentator at Mumbai Marathon, Bangalore 10K, Delhi Half Marathon). Since 2007, he has been Race Director of the Brighton Marathon and manages the office of the company he founded, The Grounded Events Company. Tim‘s core team of eight employees have between them staged three Brighton Marathons (201012), now widely acknowledged as the UK‘s No.2 marathon behind London. Hutchings lives in Brighton and Hove on the UK‘s south coast and is married with two teenage children. @NBCSportsPR
Marathon Talent Reporter Lewis Johnson will participate in his fifth Olympics as a talent reporter for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The former track star, who broke into broadcasting as a runner for ABC Sports and ESPN, has gone on to earn a series of coveted assignments since joining NBC Sports in 1999. Lewis most recent Olympic appearance was as an analyst/reporter for the 2008 Games in Beijing. Johnson has also served as the sideline reporter on NBC‘s coverage of Notre Dame football, as well as filed stories for Football Night in America. Previously, he was an NBA reporter and the reporter on the lead team for NBC‘s Arena Football League broadcasts. He also occasionally anchors the NBC Sports Update Desk. Johnson‘s current duties include various track & field coverage for both NBC and ESPN, as well as college football reporting for NBC Sports Network. For the 2002 Olympic Winter Games from Salt Lake City, Johnson served as a reporter for NBC‘s Special Features Unit, where his contributions included interviews during the Opening and Closing Ceremony coverage and a memorable feature on gold medal-winning U.S. speed skater Derek Parra‘s visit to Home Depot, where he worked while training. Johnson also reported from the bobsled venue, where history was made as Vonetta Flowers became the first AfricanAmerican athlete to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympics. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Johnson again was a mainstay during NBC‘s Track and Field coverage as an analyst in addition to his reporting duties from the diving competition. While Johnson won critical praise for his role as track and field analyst at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was his work on breaking news stories that demonstrated his abilities as a reporter. Johnson twice joined Bob Costas in the studio to report on breaking news: first when French sprinter Maria Jose-Perec mysteriously fled Australia; and again to report on U.S. shot-putter C.J. Hunter‘s pre-Games positive doping charge. His impressive work in Sydney led to a role as a courtside reporter for NBA on NBC telecasts. From 2000-02, Johnson joined the lead announce team for many telecasts, including NBC‘s coverage of the NBA All-Star Game and NBA Finals. Johnson, who is fluent in French, interviewed San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker in French during a 2002 NBA playoff telecast. After an All-American track career at the University of Cincinnati, Johnson competed professionally in Europe for seven years. He ranked in the Top 10 in the U.S. at 800 meters and competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992. He began transitioning into broadcasting
in 1993 when, to get a foot in the door, he worked as a runner for ABC Sports and ESPN. In 1995, Johnson made his network debut on ABC as the post-race interviewer for the network‘s coverage of the Track & Field World Championships in Sweden. Johnson was working as a stage manager for Turner Sports at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia when he got his first on-air break. He called the 10K race-walk event, which unexpectedly featured a classic finish with a Russian and the Spanish world record holder dueling to the tape. Johnson retired from track in 1995 to pursue a career in television full-time. He then worked for four years with ABC Sports as a college basketball and college football reporter, before beginning his relationship with NBC in 1999. Johnson is developing into a sought-after public speaker. He enjoys telling his story in hopes of inspiring others to discover and live their dreams. ―You have to dream big,‖ he says. ―I came from nowhere. Other people may look better than me on TV, they may have bigger names, but I promised myself early that no one would outwork me. I‘ve tried hard to ensure no one has.‖ @LewisJohnsonMG
Men’s Soccer Analyst Cobi Jones will make his debut with NBC as a men‘s soccer analyst for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Jones is a former Olympian who represented the USA as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Soccer Team. Jones, spent 15 seasons in the MLS (Major League Soccer) with the LA Galaxy, as both a player and coach. In 2012, Jones moved to the broadcast booth where he is color commentator for the team with Time Warner Sports. One of the foremost knowledgeable soccer minds in the country, Jones is often used by Fox Soccer Channel as an analyst covering U.S. Soccer and many international matches and studio shows. In January 2011, Jones became a bi-coastal soccer executive when it was announced that he would join the famed New York Cosmos as their Associate Director of Soccer, advising and overseeing the training and management of any and all players involved in the club‘s soccerspecific programs. In addition, he serves as an Ambassador for the club, acting as spokesperson and community liaison as the NY Cosmos look to become the 20th MLS Team. In March 2007, Jones announced that his 12th season of MLS would be the final campaign of his long and distinguished playing career, staying on with the Galaxy as an assistant coach beginning with the 2008 season. He was the assistant coach for the club for three seasons, helping guide the Galaxy to the 2009 MLS Cup Final. A 2011 US Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Jones is a two-time MLS Cup winner (2002 and 2005), with a storied international career with the US Men‘s National Soccer Team. He was a permanent fixture with the team from 1992- 2004, playing in three consecutive World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002). For his career, Jones amassed a record 164 caps for the Red, White and Blue, scoring 15 goals and adding 22 assists, which are the second most in National Team history. A native of Westlake Village, Calif., Jones played college soccer at UCLA, eventually leading the Bruins to the 1990 NCAA Championship. Jones, considered to be one of the best soccer players the United States has ever produced, works closely with youth soccer organizations around the country as an ambassador to Cal South (inducted in the Cal South Hall of Fame in 2009), AYSO, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, AmericaSCORES, Grassroot Soccer and will soon be launching his own foundation. Jones and his wife Kimberly have a one-year-old son Cayden and reside in Los Angeles. @CobiJones
Gymnastics Reporter Andrea Joyce will serve as the gymnastics reporter during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. This will be her seventh Olympics as a broadcaster with NBC. Joyce joined NBC in 2000 and has served as a reporter on a number of events for the network, including figure skating and short track speed skating reporter during the Vancouver Winter Games; gymnastics reporter and rhythmic gymnastics play-by-play commentator in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Games; figure skating and short track speed skating from Torino in 2006; gymnastics and diving from Athens in 2004; speed skating in Salt Lake City at the 2002 Winter Games; and diving and swimming in Sydney in 2000. She also served as the play-by-play commentator for rhythmic gymnastics in Athens. In Sydney, Joyce covered women‘s soccer and women‘s water polo, in addition to contributing to the Sports Desk. She served as a reporter during NBC‘s coverage of the 2000 Olympic Diving Trials and the 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials. She also served as a reporter for NBA on NBC and WNBA on NBC broadcasts. Joyce currently covers gymnastics and figure skating for NBC. Joyce debuted as a reporter at the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul for ESPN. She worked three Winter Games for CBS, serving as co-host of the weekend and Opening and Closing Ceremony coverage at the 1994 Lillehammer Games and the 1998 Nagano Games. Joyce served as co-host of the CBS‘ weekend coverage during the 1992 Albertville Games. Joyce also hosted CBS‘ early-round coverage of the 1991 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, College Football Today; CBS‘ college football studio show; the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Final Four and title-game broadcasts from 1991-94 and the 1990 Heisman Trophy Award show. During her nine years at CBS, she covered events ranging from the Final Four to the US Open Tennis Championship. A member of the Women‘s Sports Foundation, Joyce has covered a wide variety of sports, including figure skating, boxing and dog shows. The Olympics are what Joyce is best known for and closest to her heart. Anyone who saw her interview with the USA‘s Donna Weinbrecht after winning a freestyle skiing-moguls gold medal in 1992 will remember the moment when, midway through the interview, Weinbrecht‘s mother rushed up to her daughter and nearly knocked Joyce off the air. Her work in local television included a stint as the weekend sports anchor for WFAA-TV in Dallas in 1987 and as a news anchor and field reporter for KMGH-TV in Denver. Joyce is married to her husband Harry, and they have two sons. @NBCSportsPR
Badminton Analyst Steve Kearney will return to NBC as the badminton analyst for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London after his debut with the network in Beijing for the 2008 Games. Kearney was the Badminton Team Leader at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, 2003 Pan Am Games and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also was the Badminton Sports Competition Manager for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and assisted with the Para Olympic sport of Go Ball in Atlanta. Kearney also was the Sports Manager for the Native Indigenous Games in Denver, 2006 and managed the Badminton event. He has worked for National Senior Games since 1999 running the Badminton Competition as well as consultant on other sports operations. Mr. Kearney was a top ranked badminton doubles and mixed athlete and won the college men‘s doubles title and was part of the UCLA badminton team that won the Pac-10 title. From 1994 to 2008 he served as a Board Member for USA Badminton and was on the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors. He is the past President of USA Badminton and Past President of the Badminton Education Foundation Mr. Kearney currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife Catie and his son, Daniel. His daughter Sarah is a nurse and lives in Atlanta, Ga. @NBCSportsPR
Wrestling Play-by-Play Jason Knapp makes his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as wrestling play-by-play announcer. Knapp returns to NBC after working as Sports Director at NBC‘s Scranton affiliate, WBRE and play-by-play announcer for the World Series of Boxing on VERSUS (now NBC Sports Network). Knapp‘s wrestling play-by-play experience includes the Big 10 Championships, the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals, the NWCA All-Star Classic and the U.S. World Team Trials. Beyond wrestling, Knapp has called play-by-play for over 15 sports in his career including conference championship events in the Big 10, Big East, Atlantic 10 and Conference USA, over two dozen NCAA Championships and six different NCAA sports. Since 2003, Knapp has served as play-by-play announcer and host for CBS Sports Network, CBS College and CSTV. In this role, he has called action for wrestling, football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, baseball, rugby, water polo and swimming. Knapp‘s experience in broadcasting dates back to 1991 at Syracuse University where he worked as play-by-play announcer, color analyst and studio analyst of Syracuse University football and basketball. A native of Medford, N.J., Knapp is a graduate of Syracuse University‘s Broadcast Journalism program and resides in Clark Summit, Pa. @NBCSportsPR
Badminton Play-by-Play Jim ―Koz‖ Kozimor will serve his second consecutive summer Olympic Games for NBC as the play-by-play commentator in badminton for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Kozimor currently works for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and hosts the nightly sports talk-show Chronicle Live, as well as provides sportscasts for NBC Bay Area in the San Francisco Bay Area, and hosts various sports specials for the NBC affiliate. Among his duties with CSN are hosting pre-game and post-game shows for the Oakland Raiders, A's, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors, and anchoring SportsNet Central. For the past three seasons Kozimor has been the play-by-play announcer for MLS team the San Jose Earthquakes. Kozimor has worked on a variety of events for Comcast SportsNet as play-by-play announcer. He has called Pac-10 football, men‘s and women‘s basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and water polo, in addition to the Arena Football League, Major League Lacrosse, National Lacrosse League, Major Indoor Soccer League, World Team Tennis and the High School Football Game of the Week. He has provided play-by-play duties for Universal Sports on triathlon and luge events. Previously Kozimor had spent 19 seasons in the NBA, most recently with the Sacramento Kings, where he was the pre-game and postgame show host on television and radio for 12 seasons. Additionally, he worked as the back-up play-by-play announcer. Kozimor spent two years as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia 76ers and three seasons as a sideline reporter and fill-in play-by-play announcer for the Golden State Warriors. For two seasons he was a member of the Houston Rockets broadcast team. Kozimor was also a co-host of a sports talk show in Chicago at WMVP. He served a three-year stint as the play-by-play voice of the San Jose Jammers and La Crosse Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association. Kozimor also has spent time as a television play-by-play announcer for the NBA Summer Pro League, NCAA Division I football and basketball and Triple-A baseball. Kozimor began his broadcasting career in college at Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor‘s Degree in communications. A native of Chicago and a Cubs fan, he finished one Chicago Marathon and completed two triathlons. He resides in Danville, Calif., with his wife, Sandra, their eight-year-old daughter, Addison, and six-year-old twins, Ava and Sasha. @CSNKoz
Swimming Reporter Andrea Kremer will once again be one of the faces of NBC‘s Olympic coverage and will be at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Kremer will cover swimming and offer her insight and unparalleled story telling ability across all of the network‘s platforms. In 2008, Kremer was front and center during the coverage of Olympic icon Michael Phelps‘ dramatic pursuit of a record eight gold medals. Currently, Kremer serves as a reporter for NBC Sports and correspondent for HBO‘s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Among her many accolades, including two Emmy Awards, Kremer has been called ―the best TV interviewer in the business of covering the NFL‖ by the Los Angeles Times. In May of 2007, Kremer joined HBO‘s Emmy-Award winning program and contributed a host of critically acclaimed profiles and features. Among the most memorable interviews she has done at HBO include compelling one-on-ones with Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Barret Robbins, DeMaurice Smith, Bill Parcells, Joakim Noah and Jim and John Harbaugh. In March of 2011, she served as the correspondent for the show‘s special report on college football that made national headlines and garnered industry-wide praise for its in-depth reporting. For five seasons, she was the sideline and feature reporter for the Emmy Award-winning Sunday Night Football on NBC. She also periodically reported on football for the network‘s Today morning show. She also previously contributed to the NFL Network as a special correspondent and was one of the original columnists for NFL Magazine. Before joining NBC, Kremer was ESPN's Los Angeles-based correspondent, providing in-depth reports for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown among other studio shows. In 2005, Kremer received a PRISM Award for her ESPN story on Dexter Manley. Kremer has worked more than 20 Super Bowls. A versatile reporter, she has covered the NBA Finals and All-Star Game, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game and League Championship Series, college football bowl games, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, U.S. Olympic basketball trials and the PGA Championship. Kremer‘s forte is breaking news stories, and she has provided investigative pieces on social issues as they relate to sports, such as sexual assault and domestic violence. Kremer was cited as "Best Female" sportscaster in P.O.V. Magazine in a September 1997 poll and in 2001 was named one of the "Most Influential" moms in the country by Working Mother magazine.
Prior to joining ESPN, Kremer worked at NFL Films (1984-89), where she was a producer/director and on-air reporter for the nationally syndicated show This is the NFL. Kremer received an Emmy nomination in 1986 for writing and editing the critically acclaimed NFL Films special Autumn Ritual. She also produced several one-hour specials including the All-Pro Dream Team, All the Best, and Gift of Grab. While at NFL Films, Kremer served as a contributing reporter to the Philadelphia Eagles Pre-Game Show on WIP-AM in Philadelphia. Her first assignment at NFL Films was working on the HBO program, INSIDE THE NFL. Before joining NFL Films, Kremer was sports editor from 1982-84 of the Main Line Chronicle in Ardmore, Pa., the state's largest weekly newspaper. A Philadelphia native, Kremer graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. She is married with one son. @Andrea_Kremer
Shooting Analyst Following her debut as an Olympic analystfor NBC at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, twotime national champion and World Cup medalist Shari LeGate will once again serve as a shooting analyst. She was a member of the U.S. National Team for skeet for 12 years, winning numerous titles and medals. LeGate was the target sports analyst for ESPN's Great Outdoor Games and currently produces and hosts the ACUI Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships. LeGate stepped down from her leadership role in the Women's Shooting Sports Foundation after four years of service in 2001. That same year, LeGate was named ―Industry Person of the Year‖ by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence for creating the "A Day At The Range" firearm clinics, which introduced women to shooting. The former executive director of the Women‘s Shooting Sports Foundation, she is currently the spokesperson for the NSSF‘s Project ChildSafe and is a representative for the First Shots program. LeGate serves as contributing editor to Women & Guns magazine and is a founding partner for Shoot The Moon, a company that designs and manufactures hunting and shooting apparel. @NBCSportsPR
Basketball Analyst Lisa Leslie, one of the most recognized athletes in the WNBA and Team USA basketball, will make her debut as a basketball analyst for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leslie was a member of the gold-winning U.S. Olympic teams in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. She is the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. In 2001, Leslie was the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. That year, she also led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship. In 2002, she became the WNBA all-time leading scorer and was named MVP of the regular season for the second year in a row. She led the Los Angeles Sparks to back-to-back Championships. She would go on to win her third MVP trophy of the WNBA in 2006. Leslie is the first woman to slam-dunk in a professional game. Leslie joined the U.S. team in 2008 and won her fourth Olympic Gold Medal and then retired from the Olympics. In 2009, Leslie announced her retirement from the WNBA as she played her last season in front of her family, friends and fans. She became a commentator for ESPN in 2004, covering the NCAA Women‘s Tournament and has not looked back. She is now an in-studio sports analyst for ABC, Turner Sports and Fox Sports Net. In August 2011, Leslie became Co-Owner of the Los Angeles Sparks – a professional franchise in the WNBA. She also launched the Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy in collaboration with Recreation & Parks at the Westwood Complex. Leslie is also an author, and released her book, ―Don‘t Let the Lipstick Fool You.‖ In her own words, she points the spotlight onto her remarkable life off the court, where being a confident champion was not always simple. Leslie and her husband Michael are parents to Lauren and MJ. @LisaLeslie
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Handball Analyst Dawn Allinger Lewis returns to NBC for her second Olympic broadcast assignment as a handball analyst. Allinger Lewis was a 1996 Olympian as a member of the U.S. Handball Team that earned an eighth place finish in Atlanta. She is a five-time gold medal winner at the U.S. National Team Handball Championships. Allinger Lewis began playing handball in 1991 and tried out for the national team in 1993. She has since played in more than 111 international games and was a member of the 1995 Pan American gold medal team and the 1995 World Championship team. Allinger Lewis played professional handball from 1996-98 in Norway, where she also coached both handball and basketball. She received MVP honors at the 1994 and 1999 U.S. National Championships and was a member of the 1999 and 2003 Pan American teams that placed fourth. Allinger Lewis earned a basketball scholarship to Washington State, where she was selected to the WSU All-Decade Team, won Pac 10 All-Academic honors three times and led her team to the NCAA Tournament. After graduation, she received an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship and began working towards her master‘s in Athletic Administration while serving as an assistant basketball coach at Montana State University. Since 1996, Allinger Lewis has assumed a variety of roles for the U.S. Team Handball Federation, including serving as a board member, Vice President for Women, and assistant and interim head coach. Internationally, she is one of 10 International Handball Federation (IHF) Athlete Representatives. Allinger Lewis also serves as a member of the IHF Women's Working Group. The former Manager of Sport at the Utah Olympic Park, home of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games for bobsled, skeleton, luge and ski jumping and the freestyle training venue, Allinger Lewis has stayed connected as an associate producer for NBC during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Allinger Lewis now manages investment projects for D&M Holdings, serves as the Vice-Chair of the Bozeman Schools Foundation, is a member of the the U.S. Olympic Committee Legacy Scholarship Committee and is a Child Advancement Project Mentor for Thrive. Allinger Lewis‘ husband Mark, daughter Peyton and two chocolate labs—Bridger and Madison—reside in her hometown Bozeman, Mo. @NBCSportsPR
Race Walk Analyst Chris Maddocks, an international race walker for 23 years, will make his debut as a race walk analyst for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Maddocks was an international race walker for 23 years, and is the only man in British athletics to have competed in five Olympic Games, Los Angeles in 1984 through Sydney in 2000. Although not selected, he also qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics by winning an international 50km race in Poland. Now retired, he still holds a number of British road walking records. At the 2000 British Athletics Writers Awards Ceremony in London, he was presented with a special award for services to athletics. After his competitive retirement, Chris completed postgraduate bi-media studies at Leeds University. He has written freelance sports articles for a variety of publications and for nearly three decades he has also coached athletes of all standards, from novice to Olympic level. Chris now resides in England and is married to Fiona; they have one daughter Eleanor. @NBCSportsPR
Sports Desk Anchor Carolyn Manno joined the NBCUniversal family in August of 2009 and will be making her Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a sports desk anchor and reporter. She currently works as an anchor/reporter for Comcast SportsNet New England and as a contributor to csnne.com. While in Boston, Carolyn covered Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and NBA Finals appearances by the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and Celtics, in addition to the most epic collapse in Red Sox history in September 2011. A Florida native and graduate of University of Florida, Manno previously spent three years in South Bend, Ind., where she covered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Chicago Bears, Cubs and White Sox, Indianapolis Colts and the Indy 500. While there, she earned multiple first place awards from the Associated Press, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Journalism and an Indiana Spectrum Award for journalistic excellence. @carolynmanno
Beach Volleyball Play-by-Play Chris Marlowe is a veteran of six consecutive Olympic telecasts on NBC, and will once again call the action for the network‘s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Marlowe is currently the television play-by-play voice of the Nuggets on Altitude Sports and will begin his begins his eighth year in the fall. Prior to coming to Denver, Marlowe called Pac-10 basketball for FOX Sports Northwest and has handled play-by-play duties for FOX Sports West‘s coverage of USC games. Marlowe has called play-by-play for a variety of sports during his career, including basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, swimming, diving and gymnastics. Prior to his announcing career, Marlowe played both basketball and volleyball for San Diego State University. In 1976 and 1978 he was voted the Most Valuable Player by USA Volleyball. Marlowe‘s athletic career culminated as captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Volleyball team in 1984. The athletic honors continued with his induction into both the San Diego State Aztec Hall of Fame and the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1994. Marlowe resides in Denver, with his wife and two daughters. @NBCSportsPR
Basketball Analyst Donny Marshall makes his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a basketball analyst. Marshall has been with Comcast Sports Net New England as a co-host of Boston Celtics television broadcasts as well as a color analyst for Celtics games. He has contributed as a guest analyst on NBC Sports Talk. Marshall began playing basketball at the age of 15 and was part of the number two recruiting class in the country for the University of Connecticut in 1991. He went on to play four years at UConn and was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1995 NBA draft. During his six-year NBA career, Marshall made it to two consecutive NBA Finals with the New Jersey Nets. He retired from the league in 2003 to pursue a broadcasting career. Off the court, Marshall has cohosted pregame, halftime and postgame shows for NBCAA men‘s basketball tournament for CBS affiliate WFSB. He has also served as a basketball analyst for radio on WTIC and color analyst for ESPN college basketball, covering games for ESPN2 and ESPN. Marshall has a bachelor‘s degree in Business Management from the University of Connecticut. He serves on boards at the University of Connecticut, Windham Hospital and First Tee of Connecticut. He remains close to his alma mater and the men‘s basketball program, where he is a member of the UConn all-century team. @NBCSportsPR
Men’s Soccer Analyst Kyle Martino makes his Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as men‘s soccer analyst. He currently serves as the lead analyst for Major League Soccer and U.S. soccer on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Prior to joining NBC Sports Group, Martino was MLS game analyst and studio host from 20082010 for ESPN, where he served as international soccer game analyst and studio host. Martino also works as the MLS game analyst for Philadelphia Union on WPVI. Martino‘s soccer broadcasting career includes serving as the NCAA soccer analyst for CBS College Sports from 2007 to 2009, Soccer Talk Live host from 2010 to 2011, Fox soccer analyst 2008-2011, Fox soccer guest host for David Beckham‘s Soccer USA in 2007 and HDNet MLS analyst from 2006 to 2008. As a soccer player, Martino‘s received many awards, including a 2003 MLS All Star, 2002 MLS Rookie of the Year, 2001 ACC Player of the Year, 2000 Herman Trophy finalist and 1998-1999 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Between playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2006-2007 and the Columbus Crew from 2002-2006, Martino made 141 appearances on the field and scored 13 goals. On the international level, Martino was the on the men‘s national team for the United States from 2002-2005 with eight caps and one goal and played at the 2001 World Youth Championships. Martino currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with wife, Eva. @kylemartino
Middle and Long Distance Running Analyst Craig Masback is returning to NBC for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as an analyst on the middle and long distance running events (1500 meters, 3000m Steeplechase, 5000 meters, 10,000 meters and marathon). The London Games marks his fourth Olympic broadcast with NBC; he previously worked for NBC at the 1992 Barcelona Games, the 1996 Atlanta Games, and the 2008 Beijing Games, providing analysis for track and field events. From 1997 to 2008, Masback was the Chief Executive Officer of USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body for track and field, long distance running and race walking. Before USATF, Masback was a senior associate at Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, a law firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in communications and sports law. In addition, he has provided network television commentary on various track and field events for NBC, CBS, ESPN and ABC over a 30-year broadcasting career. Masback also co-founded Inclyne Sports, a New York-based sports marketing and sports television production company. As an athlete, Masback represented Team USA 10 times in international competition at the 1500 meters or mile distance. He was the 1980 U.S. indoor mile champion and is the former American record holder at 2,000 meters. Masback ran 30 sub-four-minute miles, including a best of 3:52.02. Masback has a bachelor‘s degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Yale Law School. He and his wife, Sarah, have a daughter, Grace, and a son, Britton. @NBCSportsPR
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Sports Desk Reporter Pierre McGuire will serve as a sports desk reporter at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. McGuire has previously covered hockey at three Olympic Games, including Vancouver 2010 where he served as the game analyst for the Men‘s Gold Medal game between Canada and the USA. He covered hockey at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City for TSN (Canada) and the 2006 Winter Games in Turin for NBC. Currently, McGuire is an NHL ‗Inside the Glass‘ analyst for NBC and NBC Sports Network allencompassing NHL coverage, offering a unique perspective and insight to the network‘s hockey telecasts. Previously he was the game analyst for TSN Canada‘s national NHL broadcasts. In addition to his work on TSN‘s NHL coverage, McGuire provided analysis for TSN‘s coverage of the IIHF World Junior Championship and NHL Entry Draft. As one of NHL‘s most passionate and knowledgeable analysts, McGuire won the 2008 Gemini Award for Best Game Analyst for his work on the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship: Gold Final. This marked the second consecutive Best Game Analyst Gemini Award for McGuire, who won the award in 2007 for his work on TSN‘s NHL broadcasts, including the NHL on TSN, which took home the 2007 Gemini Award for Best Sports Analysis or Commentary Program, Series or Segment. McGuire has also been selected eight times by The Hockey News as one of the game‘s 100 most powerful and influential people. McGuire joined TSN in 1999 as a guest analyst and soon after made his way into TSN‘s regular lineup on various hockey shows. McGuire joined TSN after a successful coaching and scouting career in the NHL, where he won two Stanley Cup championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins. McGuire began his broadcasting career in 1997 as a radio color commentator for the Montreal Canadiens. He served as an analyst on Habs This Week and also on pre-game shows for the Ottawa Senators. McGuire currently writes a hockey column for Sports Illustrated and previously wrote for the Pittsburgh Tribune. @NBCSportsPR
Archery Analyst Rick McKinney will make his Olympic broadcast debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as an archery analyst. A four-time Olympian, McKinney competed in the 1976 Montreal, 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games in archery. He won a silver medal in Los Angeles in the individual competition and another silver medal in the team competition in Seoul. McKinney‘s Olympic experience includes serving on the United States Olympic Committee as Executive Board Member (1985-1988), Coaches Education Committee (1989-1992) and Athlete‘s Advisory Council (1981-1988). McKinney is the only archer to achieve the U.S. Olympian Sportsman of the Year Award, which he received in 1983. His Olympic acclaim includes Olympian Male Archer of the Year in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1986 as well as the Olympia Award in 1984. McKinney‘s archery resume includes eight-time World Champion (three individual, five team), six-time silver medalist World Champion and 27-time National Champion. Along with his archery accomplishments, McKinney is the co-founding publisher of Archery Focus Magazine and has authored two books, Simple Art of Winning and The Confident Shot. He has served as the official archery journalist for the International Archery Federation at the 2000 Sydney Games as well as serving on the Member Competitor‘s Committee. McKinney has been a board member of the Archery Hall of Fame since 2011 and is president and owner of Carbon Tech, a manufacturer of archery products, since 1998. McKinney resides in Gilbert, Ariz. @NBCSportsPR
Men’s & Women’s Field Hockey Analyst Missy Meharg makes her Olympic broadcasting debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a field hockey analyst. Meharg returns to the Olympics after serving on the coaching staff at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. On the international field, she played as an attacker for the United States (1985-1991) in World Cup and Pan American Games while being named an Olympic Alternate for Seoul in1988. As head coach of the University of Maryland field hockey team since 1988, Meharg has led the Terrapins to seven NCAA Championship titles and won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship nine times. Her coaching accolades include nine-time NFHCA Division 1 National Coach of the Year, six-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, fifteen-time Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year and a career record of 432-106-9 (.798 winning percentage). Meharg has coached 5 Field Hockey Olympians. Along with her coaching duties at Maryland, Meharg administratively serves as a member of the Athletic Council, on the Committee of Student Affairs and Chairs the Coaches‘ Council within the Athletic Department. She was a member of President‘s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletes in 2011 and the Committee for selecting the Director of Athletes in 2010. As a lifetime member of USA Field Hockey, Meharg actively works with this NGB as a level (3) certified high performance coach and has been the director of junior national player evaluation and selection since 2010. As a teacher of the game, she is the author of seven field hockey instructional DVDs, published through Championship Productions. @NBCSportsPR
Soccer Analyst Shep Messing makes his second Olympic broadcasting appearance as a soccer analyst for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, repeating his role from the 2008 Beijing Games. Messing has been serving as an analyst for Red Bull New York (formerly known as the Metro Stars) broadcasts on MSG since 2001. He also serves as a contributor to the network‘s signature sports and entertainment show MSG NY, where he breaks down the latest news in the world of soccer. He also serves as an analyst for international soccer matches on ESPN, working as a color analyst for the network‘s coverage of the World Cup. Messing has more than 20 years of broadcasting experience, with his career beginning in 1986, calling the action during the World Cup in Mexico. Since then he has called the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea. Messing began his professional playing career as the netminder for the New York Cosmos, playing alongside world-renowned players Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and Georgio Chinaglia. Together, they led the Cosmos to victory in the 1977 Soccer Bowl. Following his stint with the Cosmos, Messing was the first player to sign with the Major Indoor Soccer League when he joined the New York Arrows in 1978. He spent six years with the New York Arrows, where he grabbed virtually every goalkeeping title and helped lead the team to the MISL Championship in each of the League‘s first four seasons. Messing‘s stellar collegiate and amateur career also included appearances with the U.S. team in the Pan American Games in 1971 and in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Messing was inducted into the New York Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. A graduate of Harvard University, he currently resides in Old Westbury, N.Y. Messing is the father of two children, Manda and Zach. @NBCSportsPR
Women’s Basketball Analyst Ann Meyers has been the women‘s basketball analyst since the network‘s coverage of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Meyers was promoted to president and general manager for the two-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury (2009, 2007) in 2007. She joined the Phoenix Mercury in 2006 as vice president. Meyers is also the vice president for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. She serves as an ambassador to the community and handles broadcasting responsibilities for both the Phoenix Suns and Mercury. Meyers has served as an analyst for NBC, ESPN, ABC, Fox Sports and CBS, providing commentary for men‘s and women‘s basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball since 1979. She‘s called games for the 1984 for ABC, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics and is also a frequent contributor to WNBA.com. Meyers basketball resume spans over four decades after becoming the first high school player ever to make a US National Team in 1974. She was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship from UCLA in basketball, where she was a four-time Kodak All-American, the first male or female to achieve that honor. Meyers also competed in volleyball and track and field. She was the first female to be named to the school‘s Athletic Hall of Fame. Meyers helped establish the U.S. as a women‘s basketball powerhouse in the 1970s. She earned a silver medal as part of the first women‘s US Olympic basketball team at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and won the 1975 Pan American Games and the 1979 World Championship. Meyers turned professional as the top overall draft pick of the Women‘s Basketball League in 1978, and she made history in 1979 as the first and only woman to tryout with a men‘s team when she was signed by the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. After being released by the Pacers, she provided color commentary for the Pacers broadcasts and was the first woman to broadcast an NBA game. In 1999, Meyers was inducted into the Women‘s Basketball Hall of Fame in Tennessee as part of its inaugural class. The following year at the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, she was recognized as one of the pioneers in women‘s basketball. Meyers also became a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Women‘s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. Last year, Meyers was one of three Americans, along with Bill Russell and Dean Smith, to be inducted into the first nomination of the FIBA Hall of Fame. In 2006, Meyers was awarded the Ronald Reagan Media Award from the United States Sports Academy. She graduated from UCLA in 1978 and now resides in southern California. @MeyersAnn
Synchronized Swimming, Canoe, White Water & Speed Walk Play-by-Play Randy Moss will make his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a synchronized swimming, canoe, white water and speed walk play-by-play announcer. He currently serves as a thoroughbred racing analyst for NBC and NBC Sports Network. Moss has also served as an analyst for ABC and ESPN racing coverage since 1999, and is a studio host and reporter for NFL Network. Prior to making television his occupation, Moss was a newspaper reporter, handicapper and columnist for 20 years, at the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Gazette. He landed his first media job at age 14, co-authoring a handicapping column for the Gazette as the youngest newspaper handicapper in the country. Five years later, he left pharmacy school to take a full-time job for the paper, which at the time was the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River. Moss has covered all but two runnings of the Kentucky Derby since 1980, spanning print and onair. He has worked racing telecasts from every major racetrack in North America, as well as tracks in Ireland, Dubai and Barbados. A native of Hot Springs, Ark., Moss currently resides in Minneapolis. @randy_moss_TV
Synchronized Swimming Analyst Heather Olson returns to NBC as a synchronized swimming analyst for to the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Olson made her Olympic broadcast debut in Beijing during the 2008 Games. She was a two-time U.S. Olympic team member in 1996 and 2000 and won a gold medal in 1996. She was honored as the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Athlete of the Year in both 1996 and 2000 and as Olympic Team Captain in 2000. She was also a four-year AAC Athlete Representative for the USOC. In 2005, she won the Ninetta Davis Athlete Representative Award for service as an Athlete's Representative. She is a member of the National Team Program committee and has been selected among the top coaches in the country to be a potential National Team coach. She also served as a 2004 USOC Summit Committee member alongside seven other Olympic Gold Medalists. In addition, Olson coached the U.S. Junior National team in the summer of 2008. As a former Stanford student-athlete and now as a coach, Olson has been instrumental in building Stanford into one of the top collegiate synchronized swimming programs in the nation. During her collegiate athletic career, Olson captained the Stanford squad in 1998 and led the Cardinal to it‘s first-ever NCAA Championship. She was a four-time U.S. Synchronized Swimming All-American (1994, 1995, 1996, 2000) and Collegiate All-American (1997, 1998). She also received the Stanford "Block S" Outstanding Athlete Award her junior year (1998). Olson assumed Stanford University synchronized swimming head coach responsibilities in 2001. In her time on The Farm, she has played a role in five of the six Cardinal national championships, as a student-athlete in 1998 and as a coach for four straight seasons from 200508. Olson has been honored with Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007, in addition to being named the 2007 U.S. Coach of the Year and in 2005 was inducted into the Synchro Hall of Fame and received the Esther Williams Creative Achievement Award. Olson and her husband, Erick, a firefighter/paramedic, have been married for 11 years. Their first child, Kemmerick Patrick Olson, was born in March 2009. They welcomed their second son, Logan, in September 2010. @NBCSportsPR
Table Tennis Analyst Two-time Olympian Sean O‘Neill, one of American table tennis‘ most respected athletes and coaches, returns to NBC for his fourth Olympic assignment and third with NBC as the tennis table analyst at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. O‘Neill made his Olympic debut as an NBC statistician and color commentator at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was a color commentator after competing at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. O‘Neill‘s additional broadcasting experience includes working with ESPN International as the color commentator at the 1995 World Championships for table tennis in Tianjin, China, and providing analysis for Oxygen for pre-Olympic women‘s doubles competition in 2000. From 1990 to 2000, he worked on multiple shows, providing color on the U.S. Open Championships for Prime Sports Network. As an athlete, O‘Neill was the first American male to ever qualify for table tennis at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and made his second appearance at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. His international championships include eight medals as a four-time U.S. Pan Am Games team member (two gold, five silver, one bronze) from 1983 to 1995 and five World Championships as a U.S. National Team member from 1985 to 1993. Domestically the championships continued, as O‘Neill was the five-time U.S. Men's Singles Champion, five-time U.S. Men's Doubles Champion, six-time U.S. Mixed Doubles Champion and 1990 North American Singles Champion. Beginning in 1998, O‘Neill transitioned his skills and prowess to serve as a table tennis coach. For seven years, he served as the coach of the University of Virginia‘s Table Tennis Club. During his last year there, in 2005, O‘Neill was awarded the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association Coach of the Year and USATT/USOC National Coach of the Year. That following year in 2006, he served as the U.S. Disabled Head Coach, where he brought his team to the World Championships, and also served as the USATT National Cadet Boys‘ Coach. O‘Neill is a 1995 graduate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information System. His championships garnered the title of USATT/USOC Male Table Tennis Athlete of the Year five times. In 1998, O‘Neill became a member of the George C. Marshall HS Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2007, he was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame as a Player. @NBCSportsPR
Boxing Blow-by-Blow Announcer Bob Papa will serve as boxing blow-by-blow announcer during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The versatile Bob Papa has been an announcer on a variety of sports for each of NBC‘s Olympic telecasts since the 1992 Barcelona Games. This will be his ninth Olympic assignment, all for NBC. Bob Papa served as the bobsled, luge and skeleton play-by-play commentator at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the boxing blow-by-blow announcer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and play-by-play commentator for bobsled, luge and skeleton at the 2006 Olympics in Torino. In 2004, he was the boxing blow-by-blow announcer at the Athens Olympic Games. Papa served as NBC‘s biathlon and cross-country play-by-play voice for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake. For the 2000 Sydney Games, Papa served as the water polo play-by-play commentator. He made his Olympic debut on NBC‘s coverage of boxing from the 1992 Games in Barcelona and repeated those duties from the 1996 Atlanta Games. A veteran boxing commentator, Papa is currently the blow-by-blow announcer for HBO's Boxing After Dark. He has called numerous pay-per-view bouts including the 1990 heavyweight championship between Evander Holyfield and Buster Douglas. From 1996-2003, he called boxing for ESPN's Friday Night Fights. He also handled the blow-by-blow announcing for NBC's Budweiser Boxing Series in 2003 and 2004. Papa has handled the US Olympic Boxing Trials and Boxoffs for NBC, in addition to calling fights for VERSUS (now NBC Sports Network) and Sportschannel America. Papa has handled numerous duties for NBC Sports Group since 1992. Recently, he started a new role with Golf Channel as 18th tower host and has worked two Champions Tour events and will be do a total of five PGA Tour events for Golf Channel this year alone. In 2007, he called the Notre Dame-Georgia Tech game for the network. Over the past four years he has called the famed Bayou Classic featuring Grambling State vs. Southern. Papa has also been the ―voice‖ for the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl featuring the nation‘s top college football recruits on NBC. For three seasons, he handled a full schedule of play-by-play for NBC‘s coverage of the AFL. From 2008-11, Papa was the play-by-play voice for NFL Network's Thursday Night Football. In addition, he has called the Senior Bowl and Insight Bowl for NFLN. Papa is also a part of NFL Network's Sunday GameDay pre-game show and continues to work with NFLN. Since 2004, Papa has hosted the ―Opening Drive‖ on Sirius NFL radio. He has called numerous NFL regular season and post season games as well as worked the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Since 1995, Papa has been the radio voice of the New York Giants. Prior to that, he served as the pre- and post-game Giants radio host dating back to 1988. Papa also hosts Giants GameDay, which airs on NBC New York as well as Giants Access Blue, which airs on UPN9. In addition, he handles the Giants preseason play-by-play on NBC New York.
In 1986, Papa graduated from Fordham University‘s College of Business, where he began his play-by-play skills at college radio station WFUV. After college, he worked under the guidance of legendary broadcaster Marty Glickman. Born in the Bronx and raised in Dumont, N.J., Papa lives with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons in the New York metropolitan area. @BobPapa_NFL
Sports Desk Reporter With experience as a basketball player, coach and analyst, Carolyn Peck makes her Olympic debut on NBC as a sports desk reporter. Originally from Tennessee, Peck was a two-time All-American and named Tennessee‘s Miss Basketball in 1987. She continued her basketball career at Vanderbilt University where she was a recipient of the inaugural Trailblazer of the Game Award and played professional basketball in Japan and Italy. In 1994 she began coaching and in 1999 she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Associated Press National Coach of the Year while coaching at Purdue. That same year she led Purdue to victory as NCAA Champions before becoming Head Coach of the WNBA‘s Orlando Miracle followed by Head Coach of the University of Florida from 2002-2007. In 2010, Peck was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. Now an analyst of college and professional basketball for ESPN, Peck resides in Florida. @CAROLYNPECK
Diving Analyst Cynthia Potter has been an analyst for NBC‘s Olympic coverage of diving since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. She also has lent her expertise to the network‘s coverage of the Olympic Trials in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, the 1995 World Cup of Diving, and the National Diving Championships As a competitor, Potter was a member of the 1972, 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Diving Teams, but did not compete in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the U.S. boycott. She did, however, win a bronze medal at the 1976 Games in Montreal. She was named World Diver of the Year three times (1970, 1971 and 1977) and captured a silver medal at the 1978 World Diving Championships. She also earned a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 1975. Potter still holds the women‘s record for career NCAA national diving championships, winning 28 titles — only Greg Louganis owns more. She was elected to the Indiana University Hall of Fame, was a finalist for the 1977 Sullivan Award, given to the nation‘s outstanding amateur athlete and was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1987. She was the women‘s head diving coach at Southern Methodist University from 1981-84. In 1984, she became head coach of the University of Arizona men‘s and women‘s diving programs. Potter was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1993, and men‘s Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1986. Married to sports television producer Peter Lasser since 1995, Potter lives in Atlanta, where she works as a substitute teacher, plays tennis, golf, and coaches diving. Potter also serves as an instructor at the U.S. Olympic Academy's annual leadership conference. "I love to teach," she said, ―and I think the best coaches are good teachers. That's my true passion." @NBCSportsPR
Diving & Tennis Play-by-Play The 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London marks Ted Robinson's eighth Olympics -- his seventh for NBC. Robinson joined NBC‘s Olympic coverage in 2000 as baseball play-by-play commentator at the Sydney Olympic Games. Since then, he has provided commentary for a variety of Olympic events: short track speed skating during the 2010, 2006 and 2002 Winter Games; diving play-by-play commentary during the 2008 Beijing Summer Games; diving, white water canoe and kayak play-by-play from Athens in 2004; and baseball play-by-play at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. During CBS‘s coverage of the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, Robinson called short track speed skating, snowboard giant slalom and freestyle skiing moguls and aerials. Robinson joined VERSUS, now NBC Sports Network, in 2011 as play-by-play voice of Pac-12 football. Robinson re-joined NBC in June 2000 as anchor of the network‘s tennis coverage and has since called each year‘s French Open and Wimbledon alongside John McEnroe. The 2000 French Open was his first tennis assignment for NBC after previously handling play-by-play on NBC‘s Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts from 1986-89. Robinson also calls a variety of sports for NBC during the year including swimming, diving and triathlon. Robinson anchors the French Open and US Open for the Tennis Channel and served as primetime host of the US Open on USA Network for 22 years, 16 alongside McEnroe. Robinson broadcast Major League Baseball for 23 years with the Minnesota Twins, Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants and New York Mets as well as post-season baseball for TBS and ESPN Radio. He was named the radio voice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2009. In his 30-year broadcast career, Robinson has handled college football and basketball play-byplay assignments, including two years as SportsChannel America‘s voice of Notre Dame football and basketball, lead play-by-play voice on Pac-10 basketball for Fox Sports Net and Pac-10 football for VERSUS where he also hosted College Football Central in 2008. He is in his 26th year broadcasting the NCAA Basketball Championship, five years for CBS and 21 on Westwood One Radio. A Rockville Centre, N.Y., native, Robinson lives in Atherton, Calif., with his wife Mary and two children, all graduates of the University of Notre Dame. @tedjrobinson
Equestrian Play-by-Play Few voices are as recognizable as that of sports announcer Tim Ryan. The 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London will be Ryan‘s tenth Olympics. He has made six consecutive appearances during the Winter Olympic Games as alpine skiing commentator – most recently at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Ryan also worked as NBC‘s equestrian voice at the Sydney and Athens Summer Games and as the rowing/canoeing commentator in Beijing. He has also called six World Alpine Ski Championships and four World Figure Skating Championships, as well as hosting the nationally syndicated "U.S. Olympic Gold" series. As a young reporter for Notre Dame's campus radio station, Ryan broadcast basketball and baseball before taking his first job as a news journalist for the Toronto Star. Ryan began his U.S. network television career with NBC in 1972 until 1977, and then spent 21 years at CBS Sports, returning to NBC in 1998. Ryan has called play-by-play of every major sport over the years: NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA football and basketball, including 17 NCAA Tournaments. At CBS, Ryan worked the US Open Tennis championships for 20 years, and five more as the lead commentator of that event's International telecasts. He has also hosted Wimbledon tennis coverage for NBC, and has called Grand Slam and other tennis events for ESPN. An award-winning boxing commentator, Ryan called more than 300 Championship matches on CBS and Top Rank pay-per-view, including the international radio broadcast of the historic AliFrazier heavyweight fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971. Ryan received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Sports Broadcaster" for his work on NBC's National Hockey league coverage in 1974, and was a commentator on CBS's production of the Ali-Spinks fight which won as "Outstanding Sports Special" in 1978. In 1986, he was voted winner of the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcast Journalism. In 2011 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for broadcasting, by the International Ski History Association, and was also the recipient of the annual International Ski Federation Journalism Award for 2011. An avid skier and tennis player, Ryan also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Alzheimer's Association. He is a former board member of the Wisdom Foundation, and more recently as a Commissioner of the Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery. Ryan and his wife Patricia live in Sun Valley Idaho and Mont-sur-Rolle Switzerland. @NBCSportsPR
Men’s & Women’s Basketball Reporter Craig Sager has been the men‘s and women‘s basketball reporter for NBC‘s Olympic coverage since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Sager previously worked for NBC as a reporter during the 1999 National League Championship Series and World Series. He also has filled in as a sideline reporter on NBC‘s coverage of Notre Dame football. For two decades Craig Sager has served as a respected courtside reporter for the NBA on TNT. This year, Sager was a Sports Reporter nominee for the 2012 Sports Emmy Awards. In addition to his work on Turner‘s NBA coverage, Sager served as the lead sideline reporter for the 2007 MLB Postseason on TBS. He has also served as a reporter for the network‘s coverage of golf, tennis and amateur sports. In 1999 he reported on TNT‘s coverage of the 1999 Tournament of the Americas Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sager served as the sideline reporter for the 50th annual Delchamps Senior Bowl and the 1998 Micron PC Bowl, formerly known as the Carquest Bowl. He previously hosted Atlanta Hawks telecasts for TBS Superstation, was a reporter on TNT‘s NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game shows and also a soccer reporter during the 1990 World Cup from Italy. Among his other assignments have been the 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 Goodwill Games for TBS. In addition, Sager hosted the weekly amateur sports series U.S. Olympic Gold, which aired Saturdays on TNT. Sager was honored with the George-area Emmy Awards for his work as co-host of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade from 1990-1995. Sager joined CNN in 1981, anchoring a variety of sports programs, including the network‘s Sports Tonight show, for which he won a CableAce Award in 1985. Sager is a native of Batavia, Ill., and earned a Bachelor‘s Degree from Northwestern University. He is married to Stacy and they have two children. @TNT_CraigSager
Cycling, Triathlon & Open Water Play-by-Play Steve Schlanger makes his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a cycling, triathlon and open water play-by-play announcer. Schlanger is an award-winning veteran broadcaster and one of the most versatile in the business. He has called play-by-play for close to 30 different sports in his career and for several national networks. Highlights include calling the British Open Golf and Australian Open Tennis for ESPN: hockey and college basketball for the NBC Sports Network; professional golf for Golf Channel; Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals; and a variety of NCAA sports for the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network. He has also done play-by-play on many different World Championship events for NBC‘s Universal Sports Network and served as a host and reporter for Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles. Schlanger has an extensive radio background serving as the sideline reporter and pregame host for St. Louis Rams Football and hosting national talk shows on both ESPN Radio and the Fox Sports Radio Network. Outside of sports, Steve Schlanger has hosted entertainment-oriented shows for VH1, Animal Planet, A&E and Discovery. He also operates a production company, which has produced various forms of sports and non-sports programming over the last several years. Schlanger resides in St. Louis, Mo., along with his wife and two kids. @SteveSchlanger
Gymnastics Analyst Elfi Schlegel, a native of Canada and experienced broadcaster in both her home country and in the U.S., has served as an NBC Olympic broadcaster since 1992. At the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, she will serve as gymnastics analyst, making it her 11th Olympics as a broadcaster. In 2000, 2004 and 2008, she served as analyst for both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and as a trampoline reporter in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. At the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Schlegel worked as the curling reporter. Schlegel won the gymnastics individual all-around gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton and was a member of Canada's victorious team at the Pan American Games in 1979. She also won a bronze medal in the vault at the World Cup in 1980. As a 12-year-old in 1976, Schlegel was too young to compete for a spot on the Canadian Gymnastics team, but was able to watch her idol, Nadia Comaneci, win a gold medal at the Montreal Games in 1976. Four years later, she qualified for the Canadian Olympic team, but was unable to compete at the 1980 Moscow Games because of the Olympic boycott, in which Canada took part. Schlegel attended the University of Florida, where she was a six-time All-American gymnast. In 1996, she was recognized as one of the school's "Women of Distinction," and a year later was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame. Schlegel began her broadcasting career as a part-time gymnastics commentator for CTV, moved to CBC for the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and has been with NBC since 1992. In addition to artistic gymnastics, she has covered skiing, curling and rhythmic gymnastics for NBC. Along with her TV work, Schlegel has written her 2nd addition of The Gymnastics Book, a beginner‘s guide into one of the most popular sports, and for 14 years has owned and operated Schlegel's Gymnastics Center outside Toronto with her sister, Andrea, a former national Canadian rhythmic gymnast. Schlegel lives in Toronto and is married to Olympic beach volleyball player and firefighter Marc Dunn. They have three children: Olivia, Cameron and Benjamin. @NBCSportsPR
Road and Track Cycling Analyst Paul Sherwen is an expert cycling analyst for much of NBC Sports Group‘s cycling programming on NBC and NBC Sports Network, and will once again provide commentary for the road and track cycling coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Sherwen first covered the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta and again in 2008 for the Beijing Games. Sherwen is one of the most well-known voices in cycling, providing analysis for NBC Sports Group‘s coverage of various events including the Tour de France. In 2012, Sherwen will call the epic three-week race for the 34th time. Prior to joining NBC Sports Network, Sherwen worked as a cycling commentator for ABC Sports‘ and ESPN‘s coverage of the Tour de France from 1991 to 2000, and served as a cycling analyst for the NBC production of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. As a professional cyclist, Sherwen was a two-time British National Cycling champion in 1986 and 1987, participated in the Tour de France seven times and raced in all major European tours and one-day classics. He has reported on cycling events all around the world. Since his retirement, he has continued his involvement in the cycling industry. Covering cycling for more than 150 days each year, he spends the remainder of his time at home in Uganda, Africa with his wife, Katherine, and two children. @PaulSherwen
NANCY L. SNYDERMAN, M.D.
Sports Desk Reporter Dr. Nancy Snyderman will make a return to the Olympics for a third time as a sports desk reporter for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, handling health and medical issues. Snyderman also served this role for NBC during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She joined NBC News as the Chief Medical Editor in September 2006. Her reports appear on Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams, MSNBC and MSNBC.com. Snyderman has reported on wide-ranging medical topics affecting both men and women and has traveled the world extensively, reporting from many of the world's most troubled areas. She is on faculty in the Department of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining NBC News, Snyderman served as Vice President, Consumer Education for the health care corporation Johnson & Johnson. There she led the independent educational initiative, Understanding Health, focusing on educating and informing the public about health and medicine. Before that, Snyderman served as the medical correspondent for ABC News for 17 years and was a contributor to 20/20, Primetime and Good Morning America. Prior to leaving ABC she was a frequent substitute co-host on Good Morning America. Snyderman attended medical school at the University of Nebraska and continued with residencies in Pediatrics and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the surgical staff at the University of Arkansas in 1983 and began her broadcasting career shortly after at KATV, the ABC affiliate, in Little Rock, Ark. Snyderman's medical work has been widely published in peer review journals and she is the recipient of numerous research grants from the American Cancer Society, the Kellogg Foundation, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She has received numerous awards for her broadcasting. She is the NY Times best-selling author of five books: Dr. Nancy Snyderman‘s Guide to Good Health for Women Over Forty, Necessary Journeys, Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence, Medical Myths That Can Kill You and Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat. In her personal time, Snyderman is an avid equestrian and hiker. @DrNancyNBCNEWS
Track & Field Analyst Three-time Olympian and former high jump world record holder, Dwight Stones, will serve as track and field analyst at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. London will be Stones‘ 11th Olympic Games and his tenth with NBC. The multi-talented Stones has been covering track meets for NBC since the late 1970s, and most recently serving as sports desk reporter for the 2010 Vancouver Games. Stones was also the track and field analyst for the 2008 Beijing Games, a cross-country skiing reporter from the 2006 Torino Winter Games and a track and field analyst from the 2004 Athens Games. During the 2002 Salt Lake Games, Stones took on his first Winter Games assignment as both the crosscountry skiing and biathlon reporter. Stones burst onto the national track and field scene in 1972 at the age of 18, when he placed first at the Olympic Trials as a UCLA freshman. As the youngest member of the Olympic team, he went on to win a bronze medal at the Munich Olympics later that year. He won another bronze at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. At the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials in Los Angeles, Stones shocked the track and field world by jumping 7 feet, 8 inches – a personal best and an American record – to qualify for his third Olympics. In Los Angeles, he finished fourth while serving as a commentator for ABC Sports. ―Making my third Olympic team is my greatest moment in the sport,‖ he said. Stones, who received a 1987 Vitalis Award for Sports Excellence, began high jumping in the fourth grade after watching Soviet Valery Brumel set a world record in a meet between the United States and the Soviet Union. Stones then built a high jump pit on his front lawn and started his career. He was ranked No. 1 in the world in the high jump from 1973-76, setting three world records during that period. He also set seven indoor world records during his career and was the U.S. National Champion 10 times. Stones was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1998. Stones is the former chair of the Heart and Soul Classic, an annual fundraising event for the American Heart Association, as his daughter survived open-heart surgery when she was four years old. Stones also has been involved with the Special Olympics for more than 20 years. Stones competed as a collegiate athlete at both UCLA and California State University, Long Beach. He lives in Orange County, Calif., with his wife, Lynda, and has two children. @NBCSportsPR
Basketball Play-by-Play Veteran NHL broadcaster Dave Strader joins NBC Sports Group‘s Olympic broadcast team for the second time at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a basketball play-by-play announcer. Strader has worked as a play-by-play announcer for NHL coverage during the 201112 season, including the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Strader was also part of NBC‘s broadcast for the 2006 Torino Olympics. Prior to joining NBC full time in 2011, Strader called games for the Phoenix Coyotes for four seasons after a two-year stint with the Florida Panthers. During that six-year span, Strader also called several national games on VERSUS (now NBC Sports Network) as well as games on NBC, including the 2009 Winter Classic from Wrigley Field. From 1996 through 2004, Strader served as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN/ABC. In addition to his work on NHL telecasts, Strader called play-by-play for more than 300 men's and women's college basketball, WNBA and NBDL games. Prior to joining ESPN, Strader spent 11 years as the television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings from 1985 to 1996. During his career, he also served as play-byplay announcer for select NHL regional telecasts on FOX. A native of upstate New York, Strader began his broadcasting career with the AHL Adirondack Red Wings calling radio play-by-play and working as the team's director of public relations from 1979 to 1985. He was twice honored by the New York Broadcasters Association for excellence in play-by-play broadcasting and earned the Ken McKenzie Award as the AHL's top PR professional in 1984. Strader was recently inducted into the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Strader earned a bachelor‘s degree in Communication Studies while working at the college radio station. During his senior year at UMass, Strader was the radio play-by-play voice of the Minutemen. He and his wife Colleen have three sons: Christopher and twins Casey and Trevor. @TheVoiceDS
Tennis Analyst Rennae Stubbs is making her Olympic broadcast debut at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London for NBC as a tennis analyst. Stubbs represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Athens, Sydney and Atlanta. Stubbs has worked as an analyst for various networks including ESPN, Tennis Channel and Channel 7 Australia. Stubbs played on the WTA Tour for over 20 years, winning 60 WTA Tour doubles titles including six Grand Slams, four doubles (Australian Open, U.S. Open, two Wimbledons) and two mixed doubles (Australian Open, U.S. Open). She is the longest serving player from any country in the history of the Fed Cup with more than 17 years of representation for her native Australia. She has lived in the United States for over 16 years and considers both Australia and the US her home. Stubbs loves red wine, skiing and surfing. @rennaestubbs
Indoor Volleyball Play-by-Play Paul Sunderland is the indoor volleyball play-by-play announcer for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Sunderland‘s previous NBC Olympic experience includes serving as volleyball play-by-play announcer in Beijing, basketball and volleyball play-by-play in Athens and indoor volleyball analyst in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. He has also worked on a number of NBC‘s gymnastics, track and field, and diving, skiing and snowboarding events since 1996. Sunderland was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. volleyball team at the 1984 Olympics, capping off a career where he won U.S. Player of the Year awards in 1977, 1979 and 1982. He also earned All-America honors at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After winning volleyball‘s top honors as a player, Sunderland has developed into one of the sport‘s top broadcasters. Sunderland has worked on NBC‘s college football telecasts as well as contributed to the SunAmerica Sports Update Desk. Sunderland has since anchored Prime Sports Press Box and College Football Today for the Prime Network and hosted The Lake Show, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ pre-game program in 1994. He also served as a pre-game host for the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers on Fox Sports Net from 1994-2002. Sunderland switched to broadcasting in 1985, where he worked as a play-by-play announcer for both the NBA on NBC and the WNBA on NBC. He was the second ever play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers, succeeding the legendary Chick Hearn, and for which he won two Emmy awards. Sunderland, who also played college basketball at Loyola Marymount, lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. @NBCSportsPR
Triathlon & Water Polo Analyst Julie Swail is the triathlon and water polo analyst for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Swail joined NBC for her first Olympic broadcasting assignment in 2004 as a water polo analyst in Athens. In 2008, she competed in triathlon at the Beijing Olympics. Swail was captain of the U.S. water polo team that earned the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Swail attended college at the University of California, San Diego and helped lead the Tritons to two national championships in her four years. She also was a four-year college All-American and named UCSD's Outstanding Female Athlete in 1995. Following college, she continued to train and travel with the national team and was named team captain in 1996. After the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, she moved to Irvine, Calif., where she coached at the University of California, Irvine from 2001 to 2003. After the Olympics, knowing that her water polo playing career was coming to an end, she began competing in triathlons. In the summer of 2002, Swail ventured to compete at the national championships in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, and then to the World Championships in Cancun, Mexico, where she became the amateur world champion. Swail coaches girl‘s water polo at Junipero Serra Catholic High School in San Juan, Capistrano, Calif. She has chosen to give back to the sport of water polo by training, coaching and encouraging young female athletes. Swail also has found an outlet for her competitive spirit in triathlon. @NBCSportsPR
Sports Desk Reporter Michele Tafoya will serve as a sports desk reporter for NBC during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Tafoya joined the NBC Sports Group this season as sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football, after more than a decade at ABC/ESPN where she saw her profile rise steadily since 2000 through a variety of on-air roles, most notably as a reporter for Monday Night Football and ESPN‘s NFL studio programs. After serving as the sideline reporter for ABC Sports‘ Monday Night Football for two seasons (2004-05), Tafoya joined ESPN‘s Monday Night Football in 2006. On Mondays throughout the NFL season, Tafoya provided regular updates on the participating MNF teams during multiple ESPN programs, including SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown, in addition to reporting during the games. On Christmas Day 2006, Tafoya combined her high-profile NFL and NBA responsibilities to complete a rare double, covering the Lakers-Heat broadcast in the afternoon on ABC, as well as the Jets-Dolphins MNF game that same evening on ESPN. A year later, she completed a similar feat, working the MNF season-finale in San Diego on Christmas Eve, followed by the NBA‘s Suns-Lakers Christmas Day game in Los Angeles on ABC. In the fall of 2008, Tafoya made the difficult decision to step down from her NBA reporter role to spend more time with her family. Tafoya also hosts The Michele Tafoya Show (3-6 p.m. CT) on WCCO News Radio 830 AM in Minneapolis-St. Paul where she lives. Prior to ABC/ESPN, Tafoya worked for CBS Sports from 1994-2000 as a game reporter and studio host for NFL, college football and college basketball telecasts. She also hosted CBS‘ NCAA Tournament selection show, Goodwill Games and U.S. Open coverage, as well as CBS‘s late-night Winter Olympics programs in 1998. She was also a WNBA commentator on Lifetime from 1997-99. Earlier in her career, Tafoya worked as a host and Minnesota Vikings sideline reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis (1994-98). During that time she also served as a Minnesota Timberwolves host and sideline reporter for the Midwest Sports Channel and playby-play commentator for Big Ten women's basketball and volleyball. She also spent three years at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis as a sports anchor and reporter from 1995 to 1998. A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Tafoya graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in broadcast journalism and earned her master‘s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. @TafoyaNBCSports
MELANIE SMITH TAYLOR
Equestrian Analyst Melanie Smith Taylor is an equestrian analyst for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. Her seventh assignment with NBC, Taylor has served as NBC‘s Olympic equestrian analyst since the 1938 Games in Seoul. She began riding at three years old and was a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team from 1975 until her retirement in 1987. At the Los Angeles Games in 1984, Taylor anchored the gold medal for the U.S. showjumping team, a first for an American team, with her mount Calypso. Taylor earned the American Grandprix Association‘s Lady Rider of the Year title in 1978 and was also named AGA‘s overall Rider of the Year. Her record that year convinced the AGA that women could perform on completely even terms with men, leading to a decision to discontinue the separate Lady Rider Award. To cap off that year, Melanie‘s mount Val de Loire was named AGA Horse of the Year. Taylor is only one of two riders to ever win the ―Triple Crown of Show Jumping‖ by winning the American Invitational, International Jumping Derby and the American Gold Cup; and the only person to win all three on the same horse, Calypso. A gold medalist at the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, Taylor was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Equestrian team, which was unable to compete due to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games. In 1982, she was the American Horseshow Association's ―Horsewoman of the Year,‖ winning the North American League to qualify for the World Cup in Sweden, which she eventually won, and was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Later in 1982, the U.S. Olympic Committee elected Taylor the top Sportswoman of the Year with Sportsman of the year, Greg Louganis. In 2007, the U.S. Equestrian Federation nominated Taylor and Mark Phillips for the 2007 USOC Coach of the Year Award. That same year, she was named the U.S. Equestrian Federation‘s Developmental Coach of the Year. A Tennessee native, Taylor and her late husband raised and trained thoroughbreds for polo, hunter/jumpers and pleasure on their Wildwood Farm in nearby Germantown. Taylor continues to be involved at all levels of the equestrian world, including judging, teaching nationally and coaching teams in international competition. Her book Riding with Life… from the Ground Up will be published this June and documents and connects the lessons she has learned from the greatest horsemen in her life. She also hopes to share the gift of horsemanship with future generations through her new clinic program, TaylorMade Horsemanship. @NBCSportsPR
Boxing Reporter Russ Thaler is making his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a boxing reporter. Prior to London, Thaler has been the host of NBC SportsTalk on NBC Sports Network and MLS on NBC Sports. Thaler worked as an anchor/reporter/host and Chief Digital Correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. joining Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic for its launch in 2001. Beginning as the network‘s first Washington Redskins beat reporter, Thaler eventually hosted each of the nightly news shows, SportsNet Central. In 2007, he became the original host of Washington Post Live, the network‘s nightly sports talk show, a position he would hold for the next two years. Thaler was the DC United beat reporter during his entire time at Comcast SportsNet MidAtlantic, and served as the sideline reporter for DC United games on CSN. His work also carried over to the NHL, where Thaler was the host of Washington Capitals Pre Game Live and Washington Capitals Post Game Live, occasionally serving as the rink-side reporter for Capitals broadcasts as well. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer covering soccer and basketball and worked as the public address announcer for the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis. Thaler joined Comcast SportsNet from Fox SportsNet, where he served as an anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he was a sports anchor and reporter for KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Neb., and WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio, where he was also the sports director. A native of Fair Lawn, N.J., Thaler is a graduate of Emory University, where he was a member of the school‘s nationally-ranked tennis team. He and his wife, Brooke, reside in Ridgefield, CT, with their three sons, Max, Nate and Will. @RussThaler
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 crosscountry 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. @NBCSportsPR
Weightlifting Play-by-Play Jim Watson will serve as a weightlifting play-by-play announcer for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, his third Olympic assignments for the network. Prior to London, Watson served as an indoor volleyball play-by-play announcer at Athens in 2004 and beach volleyball at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. A five-time Emmy Award winner, Watson has served as a full-time play-by-play announcer, anchor, reporter and host for NBC Sports, Universal Sports, Fox Sports Net, ESPN3, Time Warner and several other national and regional networks. Currently, Watson is a play-by-play announcer for several Pac-12 sports. During this school year alone, Watson has worked more than 30 conference events, including the Pac-12 Championships for football, basketball, swimming and gymnastics. In the past, he has also called Pac-12 baseball, volleyball, track & field, cross-country, tennis, golf, softball and soccer. In addition, Watson was the original host of Runnin‘ with the Pac for its first five seasons. Watson is also the pre-game and post-game host and reporter for Dodgers Live, the play-by-play announcer for the (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour and for the past five seasons, the playby-play announcer for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy. This spring Watson will call the World Championships for rowing. It will be the sixth World Championship sport on his resume, having previously worked the World Championships of Snowboard Cross, the World Championships of Beach Volleyball, the (team) Volleyball World Championships, as well as calling both the men‘s and women‘s competitions for the Water Polo World Championships. He was also at the microphone for the World Wrestling Championships, (both Greco-Roman and Freestyle). Watson has added his voice to football, basketball, baseball, beach volleyball, team volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, water polo, swimming, weightlifting, track & field, cross-country, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, softball, golf, tennis, motocross and rowing. In addition to his work on professional, Olympic and collegiate sports, Watson has also called the football & basketball high school State Championships in California, Oregon and Washington. Watson attended the University of Hawaii and the University of Southern California. He graduated from USC in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Information. He is married and currently lives in Santa Monica, Calif. @NBCSportsPR
Tennis Reporter Jon Wertheim makes his debut as a tennis announcer with NBC Sports Group‘s broadcast team at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Wertheim is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology four times (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009) as well as The Best American Crime Writing (2009). He is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times bestseller, Scorecasting—written with University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz—that uses economic principles to explain sports. Wertheim joined Sports Illustrated in 1996 and quickly became one of the magazine's most authoritative voices on tennis, the NBA, sports business and law and social issues. He has written some of the magazine's most memorable pieces. One of the chief investigative writers and reporters for Sports Illustrated, Wertheim has explored wide-ranging subject matters, from high school hazing to performance-enhancing drugs and steroids in sports. His weekly ―Tennis Mailbag‖ on SI.com is considered a must-read among tennis aficionados. He also speaks about sports business issues on college campuses and for corporate audiences. Wertheim is a 1993 graduate of Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He resides in New York City with his wife Ellie. They have a son and daughter. @jon_wertheim
Soccer Play-by-Play Arlo White will join NBC as soccer analyst at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. White made his initial Olympic broadcasting debut with BBC Radio at the 2004 Athens Games commenting on slalom, canoeing and archery as well as Amir Khan‘s fights, leading up to his win of the silver medal in boxing. White currently works as the lead voice for Major League Soccer on NBC Sports Network. In addition to fronting national coverage of the U.S. domestic league, he also announces U.S. National team games for NBC. White‘s broadcasting experience includes being the television and radio voice of the MLS Seattle Sounders FC in 2010, which consisted of all MLS games, U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League games. He also hosted the Sounders FC pre-game television show, producing online content and hosting the weekly Arlo White Show on 950KJR in Seattle. Prior to moving to the States, British-born White worked with BBC Radio Sport from 2001 to 2010, where he hosted the weekly soccer show The Monday Night Football Club and stood in for the flagship shows Sports Report and 5 Live Sport. He also was a commentator at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. From 2005 to 2009, White was the International Cricket Commentator for Test Match Special, called two Cricket World Cups and traveled all over the world covering the sport, including visits to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan and the Caribbean. White was also a sports reporter for the 5 Live Breakfast Show. @ArloWhite
LEO WHITE, JR.
Judo Analyst Leo White will make his Olympic broadcasting debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as judo analyst. White‘s Olympic resume includes representing the U.S. in judo at the 1984 and 1992 Games, 2008 Olympic Judo Team Leader, 1998 Olympic Team Athletes Advisory Council Representative and sitting on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors from 1992-2000. He was also on seven World Championship teams. A Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee and 7th Degree Black Belt, White serves as a senior director at Ignite Marketing, an instructor at Warren/Holyfield Memorial Boys and Girls Club judo program, Board of Director at United States Judo, Inc. and Coaching Director at USA Judo. White‘s judo achievements include: 4-time World Military Champion, 17-time United States National Champion and 4-time Pan American Games Medal Winner. He is a recipient of the Olympia Award, U.S. Military Athlete of the Year Award and Sullivan Award nominee. A native of Seaside, Calif. and retired U.S Army Captain, White is a graduate of Cumberland University and currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. @NBCSportsPR
Water Polo Analyst A three-time Olympian and former captain of the USA Water Polo Men's National Team, Wolf Wigo makes his return to the Olympics serving as a water polo analyst at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London for NBC, a role he also served in Beijing. Wigo was named director of water polo at the University of California – Santa Barbara in 2008, where he coaches the men‘s program. Prior to the expansion of his role, Wigo had served as head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo program since 2005. After stepping down from the head women‘s coaching position in 2011 Wigo finished with a 3 year record of 60-34. In 2006, UCSB men‘s water polo was ranked sixth in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association Coaches Poll, its best finish since 1994. For each of the past 6 seasons UCSB has been ranked in the top 7 of the final National poll. Wigo gained four years of experience outside the pool as an equity option trader with Cole Rossler Capital Management, working on the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange from 1997 to 2001. While he was working to further his coaching and business aspirations, Wigo concurrently established himself as one of the world's premier water polo players as an 11-year member of Team USA. In 1993, he joined the nation's elite squad and in 1996 became the first player hailing from east of the Rockies to make the U.S. Olympic water polo team since 1956. Wigo competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. After scoring a team-leading 16 goals during the 2000 games in Sydney, Wigo was named to the five-player All-World First Team by NBC and USA Water Polo, making him a finalist for World Water Polo Player of the Year. He completed his tenure with the national squad in 2004 by serving as Team USA's captain in Athens. Selected as USA Water Polo's Male Athlete of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2003, Wigo also helped the Americans win gold at the 1997 FINA World Championships. Wigo's collegiate career at Stanford University was nearly as distinguished. He earned AllAmerican honors four straight years and led the Cardinals to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1993 and 1994. As a senior captain, Wigo was named Stanford's Outstanding Male Senior Athlete and NCAA Player of the Year. The New York City native resides in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife, Barbara, daughters, Athena and Deveraux, and son Channing. @NBCSportsPR
Table Tennis Play-by-Play Ari Wolfe will make his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London calling table tennis. Wolfe is a play-by-play announcer. He currently calls games for the Universal Sports Network, NFL Network, Mountain Sports Network and the Minnesota Vikings. Wolfe has been broadcasting NFL games since 2003. In 2011, he completed his fifth season as the television play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Vikings preseason games. He has worked for the NFL Network since 2010 doing news updates, anchoring, reporting and play-byplay for the network‘s coverage of the Arena Football League. In addition, he called Philadelphia Eagles preseason broadcasts on the Eagles Television Network in 2005. From 2002-2007, Wolfe was a play-by-play announcer for NFL Europe games on Fox Sports and the NFL Network. Wolfe has been calling college football and basketball for the Mountain Sports Network since 2009. He was television play-by-play announcer for the University of Louisville football and basketball teams from 2005-2009. In 2005, Wolfe won his first Emmy Award for ―Outstanding Achievement in Play-by-Play‖ for his composite work at the University of Louisville. He also has extensive hosting experience from University of Louisville coach shows Courtside with Rick Pitino and Kickoff with Coach K from 2005 to 2008. In 2007, Wolfe called the action from the Madden Challenge, which was seen on Super Bowl Sunday on ESPN2. Wolfe earned a master‘s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California in 1997. A native of Madison, Wis., now living in Los Angeles, Wolfe graduated from Emory University in 1994. Off the field, Wolfe has worked as a long-time mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. @NBCSportsPR
Beach Volleyball Analyst Kevin Wong will be making his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. A beach volleyball Olympian, Wong was born and raised in Hawaii. He went as a walk on to play at UCLA where he developed into a 3 time All-American and helped his team win 2 NCAA championships in 1993 and 1995. He has competed on professional beach volleyball tours for the last 15 years, winning 10 tournaments both domestically and internationally. His list of victories includes two wins at the Manhattan Beach Open, known as the "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball" and the coveted individual title of King of the Beach in Las Vegas. Wong has been a perennial top 10 ranked player reaching the #1 mid-season ranking in his best year of 2001. Less than two years ago he was yet again crowned champion at The Hague, Netherlands. 2012 brings new challenges: broadcasting for NBC in London at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Event, and talent development as USA Volleyball‘s Hawaii Region High Performance Head Coach. In 2010 he started his Spike and Serve volleyball program, volunteering in public schools. After 3 months of twice a week sessions at Ala Wai Elementary he discovered a love for coaching and a love for kids. Spike and Serve currently works with over 200 a week in a combination of clinics, private lessons, and leagues. In 2012 Wong formed a partnership with 11 year NFL veteran Rich Miano to start Spike and Speed with the mission of offering professionally produced beach volleyball events for the youth of Hawaii. @NBCSportsPR
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