NBC Lands Heavily Decorated Olympian for Winter Games LA Times
NBC has hired the country's most decorated athlete in the Winter Olympics to work as an analyst at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Los Angeles Times' Show Tracker reports that speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno will work on features and provide studio commentary during the Games, and will be joined by Al Michaels, who will host daytime coverage of the Games on weekdays and weekends.
Ohno is an eight-time Olympic medalist and two-time gold medal winner, having competed in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Michaels is known for his "Miracle on Ice" call at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, when the U.S. ice hockey team beat the Soviet team. Michaels said during the third period, "Do you believe in miracles?! Yes!," the story notes.
"We are excited to have two Olympic icons in their own right on board to play an integral role in our Sochi coverage,” Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics, said in a statement. “Al’s historical perspective and expertise will serve as a foundation for NBC Sports Group’s live daytime coverage, while Apolo will bring a fresh off-the-ice and pop culture perspective.”
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