Over the past few years, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have done commentary for the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl and even National Dog Show.
But for two fabulous weeks in February, the two former Olympic figure skaters will be returning to their sequined roots and handling NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“The competition in South Korea will undoubtedly be the best the world has ever seen in figure skating,” says Lipinski, 35, a 1998 Olympic gold medalist. “I can’t wait to see what the most compelling sport in the Winter Games — sorry, I’m a little biased — will have to offer come February.”
Adds Weir, 33, a three-time U.S. figure skating champion who competed in the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games: “I’m so honored and excited to bring figure skating into American homes during the 2018 Olympics. . . . I can’t wait to get to PyeongChang and marvel at the performances of the skaters, who across all disciplines, are competing at heights I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. Get ready America, winter has come!”
The duo met in 2013 at a figure skating competition and have been besties ever since. Weir even served as Lipinski’s “bridesman” at her wedding to sports producer Todd Kapostasy in Charleston this past June.
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The two will join veteran play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, whom they first paired up with at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The threesome’s live figure skating coverage, which aired on NBCSN, helped set new weekday viewership records for the network. Months later, they were tapped to become NBC’s lead announcing team for the sport.
“There’s simply nothing like the Olympics — four years of dreaming, competing and preparing with the knowledge that it will all come down to one night, one jump, one spin,” says Gannon, who has covered three previous Olympics.
Weir and Lipinski won’t be the only former Olympians set to provide commentary on the skating competition in PyeongChang. Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton and silver medalist Tanith White will offer skating insights on Olympic Ice, NBCSN’s new live figure skating preview show.