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NBC Sports Promotes Two Athletes Who Earned Praise for Olympics Coverage

Oct 22, 2014  •  Post A Comment

After their analysis drew praise during the Winter Olympics earlier this year in Sochi, Russia, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, both former competitors in figure skating, have been promoted by NBC Sports Group.

The New York Times reports that the network named Weir and Lipinski as the lead team for figure skating.

“Tara and Johnny are a very authentic team,” Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC Olympics, told The Times. “They’re fun and fresh. They’re not afraid to offer strong opinions and come back and take a selfie on Instagram.”

The pair will provide prime-time analysis of figure skating during the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They will start in their new jobs on NBC’s Sunday broadcast of Skate America, the piece adds.

Their appointment means they are replacing Olympic champion Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic. Hamilton will become a special correspondent for major figure skating events such as the Olympics.

Ice dancing analyst Tracy Wilson will remain in her role, the story adds.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the Sochi Games

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