NBC has signed two Olympic medalists to be a part of its coverage of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The network announced that it will have speed skater Apolo Ohno and ice dancer Tanith White as part of the team. Ohno is the most decorated Winter Olympian in U.S. history with eight medals, including two gold, in short track speed skating. White is the winner of a silver medal in ice dancing.
Ohno and White will be reporters during coverage of the Summer Games, which begin Friday, Aug. 5. For Ohno, it’s his third time as part of the NBC coverage of an Olympics. White is on board for the second time after working the Sochi Games in 2014.
“Ohno and White will report at various venues and locations throughout the Games, and will contribute to features on a variety of platforms including ‘The Olympic Zone’ — a 30-minute nightly show that airs on NBC affiliates,” the network said in its announcement.
Said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics: “Apolo and Tanith have seamlessly made the transition from competing at an Olympics to reporting on the Olympics. They know how to take the audience inside the athlete’s experience and can explain details like the feeling of marching in the Opening Ceremony or living in the Olympic Village. And, what’s more, they both have really cool first names.”