Thanks to NBC Sports' public relations website, we have the announcing teams for the sports which you will see from Sochi starting next month. We have sports from curling to hockey to speed skating all listed here. Some of the names might be familiar to you. Others may be totally foreign. We'll do our best to introduce everyone to you.
The names are listed below:
2014 NBCUNIVERSAL OLYMPICS ON-AIR TALENT LINEUP
Lester Holt (Daytime)
Bob Costas (Primetime & Late Night)
Al Michaels (Weekend Daytime)
Matt Lauer & Meredith Viera (Opening Ceremony)
Awful Announcing's take: Lester Holt is actually an Olympic veteran having been a host for MSNBC during the 2004 Athens Games and a SportsDesk reporter starting in 2006 in Turin. Costas has been hosting the Olympics dating back to 1988 in Seoul, South Korea and Michaels got his big break when he called the Miracle on Ice in 1980.
The big surprise is the return of Viera this year. She and Lauer were widely criticized for their poor performance during the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.
Rebecca Lowe (Daytime)
Al Michaels (Afternoon)
Dan Patrick (Daytime)
Awful Announcing's Take: It appears Rebecca Lowe has the slot that would have gone to Michelle Beadle. Lowe, who has been a wonderful host on NBCSN's English Premier League coverage, should do well on her first Olympic assignment.
Dan Patrick will be on his third Olympic assignment for NBC and second Winter Games.
CORRESPONDENTS & SPORTSDESK REPORTERS
Awful Announcing's Take: Old school readers may remember Pozner's appearances on Nightline representing the old Soviet Union's point of view. This will be Boldon's first Winter Olympics assignment. Collinsworth is back on the Olympics after taking London off. Carillo's features can be hit or miss. The wild card will be Sharapova who will working in front of the camera for the first time.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman
Awful Announcing's Take: Engel, Gosk and Dr. Snyderman come over from NBC News to report on any breaking news. Belbin is a former Olympic ice dancer. Liukin comes over from the gymnastics field. We already know about Sal's battle with Bob Costas.
David Remnick (Opening Ceremony Contributor & Commentator)
Awful Announcing's Take: Remnick is a former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post and current editor of The New Yorker. His experiences living in Russia will be utilized not only during the Opening Ceremony but throughout the Games.
Awful Announcing's Take: A multiple Emmy Award-winner, Roberts will be on his 15th Olympics. A talented writer and essayist, Roberts will provide his unique analysis on the events of the Sochi Games.
Play-by-Play: Dan Hicks
Analysts: Todd Brooker, Christin Cooper
Awful Announcing's Take: Brooker and Cooper return. Dan Hicks replaces the venerable Tim Ryan on the mountain moving over from Long Track Speed Skating.
Play-by-Play: Steve Schlanger
Analysts: Chad Salmela, Stacey Wooley
Reporter: Alex Flanagan
Awful Announcing's Take: Schlanger called multiple Olympics sports for NBC in London. He concentrates on one sport in Sochi. Salmela will analyze three sports in Sochi. Alex Flanagan will be at her third Olympics for NBC in Sochi.
Play-by-Play: Leigh Diffey
Analysts: Duncan Kennedy (Luge), John Morgan (Bobsled), Bree Schaaf (Skeleton)
Reporter: Lewis Johnson
Awful Announcing's Take: Diffey comes over from NBCSN's Formula 1 and IndyCar coverage to call the frozen track sports of the Winter Olympics.
Morgan has been on every Winter Olympics since 1984 in Sarajevo on ABC. He's one of three people on this on-air staff to have worked on the Olympics for ABC, CBS and NBC.
Kennedy will be on his fourth Olympics assignment for NBC.
Schaaf makes her NBC Olympics debut after competing in Vancouver in 2010.
Play-by-Play: Al Trautwig
Analyst: Chad Samela
Reporter: Alex Flanagan
Awful Announcing's Take: Al Trautwig is an Olympic veteran who will be on his 15th Games and 10th for NBC. Luckily for 2014 viewers, Trautwig will not have any crying Russian gymnasts to obsess over as he did in London in 2012.
Host: Fred Roggin
Play-by-Play: Andrew Catalon, Jason Knapp
Analysts: John Benton, Pete Fenson
Reporter: Trenni Kusnierek
Awful Announcing's Take: Curling became the darling of the 2010 Olympics and should be again in 2014. Andrew Catalon should do his usual bang-up job as he did back in Vancouver on curling. He'll share play-by-play duties with Jason Knapp.
Benton and Fenson both make their Olympic broadcasting debuts after competing in Vancouver.
Roggin who is the sports anchor for KNBC in Los Angeles is back to host to curling for the fourth straight Olympics for the Peacock.
This will be the first Olympics assignment for Trenni Kusnierek, formerly of MLB Network and currently of Comcast SportsNet New England.
Play-by-Play: Terry Gannon, Tom Hammond
Analysts: Sandra Bezic, Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, Tracy Wilson
Reporter: Andrea Joyce
Awful Announcing's Take: Hammond, Bezic, Hamilton, Wilson and Joyce will be back to call figure skating and they'll be seen on NBC's primetime coverage where the network will provide features and expanded coverage of the events from earlier in the day.
Gannon, Lipinski and Weir will call the figure skating live on NBCSN during the morning coverage.
Play-by-Play: Matt Vasgersian
Analysts: Jonny Moseley, Luke Van Valin
Reporter: Carolyn Manno
Awful Announcing's Take: This will be the third consecutive Winter Olympics for MLB Network host Vasgersian. He called ski jumping in 2006 and 2010. He gets a different sport in Sochi.
Moseley will be on his second Olympics for NBC. Van Valin is seen on NBC/NBCSN's coverage of the Winter Dew Tour.
Manno, a co-host of NBCSN's Sports Dash with Yahoo! Sports, in on her second consecutive Olympics assignment for the Peacock after making her debut in London.
Hosts: Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen
Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert, Mike Emrick, Dave Strader
Game Analysts: Brian Engblom, Pierre McGuire, Ed Olcyzk, Natalie Darwitz (women's), A.J. Mleczko (women's)
Studio Analysts: Keith Jones, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick
Awful Announcing's Take: NBC utilizes its well-known and venerable NHL on NBC crew for men's hockey. Mike Emrick, Eddie Olcyzk and Pierre McGuire are familiar to hockey fans and will be on their second consecutive Winter Olympics as an announcing team. Emrick will also call women's games as he did in Vancouver. This will be Doc's 7th Winter Olympics assignment.
Liam McHugh will be the main host for hockey. And, as first reported by our Steve Lepore, Kathryn Tappen comes over from NHL Network where she has done very good work as host of NHL Tonight.
On the women's side, A.J. Mleczko will be the main analyst and she'll be on her third Olympics for NBC. She'll be joined by Darwitz who is making her broadcasting debut. One negative of Mleczko, she has a tendency to talk over her partner and that can get old very fast.
Play-by-Play: Bob Papa, Al Trautwig
Analysts: Jeff Hastings, Chad Samela
Reporter: Randy Moss
Awful Announcing's Take: This will be the combination of Cross Country Skiing and Ski Jumping utilizing the announcers assigned to their respective sports.
Play-by-Play: Bob Papa
Analyst: Jeff Hastings
Reporter: Randy Moss
Awful Announcing's Take: Papa, the Voice of the New York Football Giants, returns for his 10th Olympics assignment for NBC. He'll handle ski jumping for the first time after being on Bobsled, Luge and Skeleton in 2006 and 2010.
Hastings will work his 8th consecutive Winter Olympics on television dating back to 1988 in Calgary when he began with ABC,
Moss, not be confused with the former wide receiver who's currently working for Fox, has worked on several sports for NBC, most notably horse racing, and can be seen on NFL Network.
Play-by-Play: Todd Harris
Analyst: Todd Richards
Reporter: Tina Dixon
Awful Announcing's Take: This should be the crew that has worked the Winter Dew Tour for NBC/NBCSN. It'll be Olympics #6 for Harris.
SPEED SKATING (LONG TRACK)
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Dan Jansen
Reporter: Steve Sands
Awful Announcing's Take: Robinson has been the Voice of Short Track Speedskating dating back to 1998 on CBS and moves to the long track taking over for Dan Hicks. This will be the 9th Olympics assignment for Robinson who also calls tennis for NBC and is the radio voice of the San Francisco 49ers.
Jansen who won the gold medal in the 1,000 meters in 1994 will be on his fifth consecutive Winter Olympics as Speed Skating analyst.
SPEED SKATING (SHORT TRACK)
Play-by-Play: Terry Gannon
Analyst: Apolo Anton Ohno
Reporter: Andrea Joyce
Awful Announcing's Take: Gannon will be on his second sport for Sochi on Short Track Speedskating. Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated Winter Olympian in history makes his analyst debut in Sochi. He worked for NBC in London as a SportsDesk reporter.
So there you have our takes on who will be working the Olympics for the networks of NBCUniversal next month.
It's difficult to listen to the female analyst for figure skating. She is constantly negative and picking the skaters' routines apart. I don't know if it's Sandra Bezic or Tracy Wilson, but we as a family would like to invite that turd to shut her offensive, flatulating mouth. I would turn down the volume on the tv but then we couldn't hear the music. Whoever the negative nelly is, she is detracting from the experience. If she knows so much let her get out there and do a better job. Please put her to work in the gulag.
@awfulannouncing Gannon and Hammond stink at figure skating. Blech.
Giaid to see Matt Vasgersian bring his vast wealth of baseball knowledge to freestyle skiing. "He spins around like a Wakefield knuckler".
Sal Masekela is also a sportsdesk reporter btw (unless he gets fired for Costas tweets). Most likely doing snowboarding. Also, Brian Shactman and Stephanie Gosk are other NBC News transplants
I love John Morgan doing the bobsled announcing. He is so excited that I actually seek it out (every 4 years).
I guess you missed the announcement where NBCSN said they're showing virtually all of the figure skating live (not to mention some other events as well)
@MrPearceMath do we have a two hour delay tomorrow?
I wonder how CBS feels knowing that many of their basketball play-by-play personnel will be working for the Peacock during the Olympics and forcing them to pull their basketball announcers from other sources.
@pross7 There are different announcers depending on which network you're watching. The NBCSN female analyst is Tara Lipinski. Bezic, Wilson, and Nancy Kerrigan all are assisting on NBC's broadcast.
@kwatt @awfulannouncing Kwatt NBC normally has had Tom Hammond do PBP for Figure Skating and Terry Gannon is probably working as the 2nd PBP voice for Figure Skating because he used to work as the Figure Skating PBP man for ESPN and ABC.
@BeBreezyMan Ben Fogle and not Richard Engel will be a SportsDesk Reporter for NBC's Coverage of the Winter Olympics this year!
Did you read this sentence in the Figure Skating section? "Gannon, Lipinski and Weir will call the figure skating live on NBCSN during the morning coverage."
@aK_GetsBuckets define "we"
@DanielOrmsby Daniel the Pac-12 Network will most likely have to find a Replacement PBP man for Pac-12 Basketball while Ted Robinson is working the Winter Olympics for NBC too!!!
@DanielOrmsby Daniel CBS will probably have Kevin Harlan call games on the weekend of Saturday February 8th and 22nd, but he can't call a game for them on Saturday February 15th because he will be working NBA All-Star Saturday Night for TNT, But they do have Ian Eagle, Verne Lundquist, Tim Brando and Brian Anderson might call 1 or 2 games for CBS Sports for those 3 weekends, so does that mean you are talking about the CBS Sports Network than???
Like who? Referring to CBS or CBSSN?
Yes, and since he called that 1 game it meant he did 1 more hockey game than everyone else on ABC combined. So that's how he got the 1980 assignment and the Miracle on Ice.
@BeBreezyMan The Networks of NBC will have 81 people working their coverage of the Winter Olympics this year and Hockey Is the only Sport that doesn't have a Reporter for every game too!
@fangsbites Nancy Kerrigan will be a SportsDesk Reporter for Figure Skating during NBC"s coverage of the Winter Olympics too!!!
@MrPearceMath we, as in the student body
@CUbsfan Pac-12 Network has a plethora of announcers. Calabro is available when he isn't doing NBA on ESPN Radio games. Bernstein is available when he isn't doing CBS Sports Network games. Sunderland will be available when he isn't doing Longhorn Network games. Then you have those like Rich Cellini who have been used rarely this year but are always available for use by Pac-12 Networks. Replacing 1 announcer on a network that announced 8 play-by-play men and has used an additional 6 that weren't announced is nothing compared to replacing Catalon & Knapp on CBS Soprts Network when CBS itself has roughly 6 teams, which include Knapp and Catalon, and when CBS Sports Network itself has triple and quadruple header weekends.
@CUbsfan I'm specifically referring to Andrew Catalon & Jason Knapp. They are typically used as the #2 and #3 play-by-play men for CBS Sports Network, and they are also used for CBS games. When I refer to CBS Sports, I'm referring to CBS, CBS Sports Network, and CBS Sports Radio. The all fall under the CBS Sports umbrella of properties.
@chtvguy Natalie Darwitz will be the Studio Analyst for Women's Ice Hockey..
@aK_GetsBuckets well, we all have a 2-hr delay now. you realize this cold weather actually COSTS you 30 minutes tmro?
@CUbsfan True, but they also have Blaine Fowler. A little known fact is Blaine Fowler did do some play-by-play for Mtn. during games. He typically does analysis, but they have him available if needed.
@DanielOrmsby @CUbsfan Daniel I only brought that up because NBCSN will occasionally have Mike Corey and Ron Thompson work on Back-to-Back days, but they have Dalen Cuff as their analyst for Ivy League games and none of their other PBP man and analysts have worked on Back-to-Back days for them yet this year,so I personally think that they will have 2 crews and they will rotate each day. Also I figured that Kenny Rice would work as their #2 College Basketball PBP man during the network's of NBC's coverage of this year's Winter Olympics because Kenny Rice worked as a PBP man for 1 of the 4 Men's College Basketball games on NBC Sports Network last weekend too!!!
@CUbsfan Then no, he won't pick up basketball. I tried double checking to see if Gannon was listed on the Olympic announcer list before saying he'd likely pick up some games. Rice will likely be the #2 man during the Olympics then, but it depends on NBCSN. If they really wanted to, since they don't have any double header days, they could have just 1 crew and have them do each game. Likely they'll have 2 and rotate each day, but they don't have to if they don't choose to.
@DanielOrmsby @CUbsfan okay cool thanks for that information Daniel, especially since I didn't know that Mike Corey was listed as the #1 College Basketball announcer for NBCSN at their press website and are you sure that Terry Gannon will be picking up some assignments for NBCSN's coverage of College Basketball, especially since he is working as 1 of 2 PBP man for Figure Skating for he Network's of NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics too!!!
@CUbsfan Not necessarily. NBCSN only has 6 collegiate games scheduled while the Olympics are going on. They have no double headers and occur on consecutive nights (Wed, Thurs then Mon- Thurs). They'll determine the announcers based on the league. Mike Corey will likely be the main play-by-play man for basketball while the olympics go on, and you can expect Terry Gannon to pick up some assignments as well. Corey is actually listed as the #1 college basketball announcer for NBCSN at their Press website.
@CUbsfan Bernstein typically calls 2 games a week for ESPN- Thursday & Sunday. Sometimes he'll do a Tuesday game as well. Whenever ESPN doesn't use him, he's doing games for Pac-12 Network. A lot of times he'll do a Pac-12 game on Saturday for Pac-12 Network or a WCC game on Comcast and then follow it up with an ESPN game on Sunday. He has also done 2 games for TheW.tv this season. I meant ESPN when I said Bernstein is available when he isn't doing CBS Sports games. My bad there.
@CUbsfan I'm getting mad at Livefyre. I actually had responded and told you that Catalon did all the US matches with Benton on the men's side and Fenson on the women's side. That means Benton did 9 matches and Fenson did 9 matches.
Knapp actually called all the International matches and also called a secondary match when the US matches were going on with Martin. That gives Knapp 22 matches. Martin then did the tiebreaker with Catalon (his 19th match), giving him 23 matches. Because the men's semi's and the womens' semi's occurred simultaneously, then each team got one more broadcast on the men's and women's side. That gives Catalon 21, Knapp 24, Martin 25, Benton 10, and Fenson 10. Benton then called all the bronze and gold matches with Catalon. So in the end, the actual count is Catalon called 25, Knapp called 24, Martin called 25, Benton called 14, and Fenson called 10.
@DanielOrmsby Daniel never mind, I just found out that John Benton was the Main Curling Analyst, Kevin Martin was a Studio Analyst for the Women's and Men's Semifinals, Bronze and Gold Medal game too!
@DanielOrmsby Daniel it sounds like that Andrew Catalon was the main Curling PBP man and that Jason Knapp only did the PBP for some matches, do you know how many matches that NBC used John Benson, Pete Benson and Kevin Martin as Analysts for Curling during this year's Winter Olympics?
@DanielOrmsby Oops I meant John Benton, Pete Fenson and Kevin Martin.
@chtvguy Jeremy Roenick joined Natalie Darwitz as a 2nd Studio Analyst for NBC's Live Coverage of the Women's Gold Medal Game between Canada VS USA yesterday morning, Kathryn Tappen was the Studio Host for NBCSN's coverage of the Women's Bronze Medal game yesterday and worked as a 2nd Studio Host for the Men's Tournament when there were 2 games going on at the same time and worked those games with Studio Analyst Keith Jones or Jeremy Roenick while Liam McHugh worked those games with Mike Milbury and either Keith Jones or Jeremy Roenick.
@chtvguy Vladimir Pozner is a Correspondent most nights during NBC's Late Night coverage.
@chtvguy Nastia Liukin has a Fresh Take on Russia presented by Subway every afternoon and Cris Collinsworth works as a Correspondent most nights during NBC's Primetime Coverage.
@chtvguy Luke Van Valin was also the Analyst for Freestyle Skiing's Halfpipe Competition this year too!
@chtvguy I have a correction to make, Jonny Mosely was the Analyst for most Competitions in Freestyle Skiing and Luke Van Valin worked Skicross with Todd Harris.
@chtvguy Bree Schaff was a Course Reporter for some of NBC's coverage of Bobsledding and Luge too!
@chtvguy Mike Emrick and Kenny Albert will be sharing PBP duties for Women's Ice Hockey and AJ Mleczko will be the Analyst.
@chtvguy Todd Brooker is the Analyst for Men's Alpine Skiing and the Postrace Interviewer for Women's Alpine Skiing, Christin Cooper is the Analyst for Women's Alpine Skiing and the Postrace Interviewer for Men's Alpine Skiing and Steve Porino is the Reporter for Alpine Skiing too!!!