NBC Sports released its talent lineup for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, to be held next month in the Russian resort city. Bob Costas serves as the primetime and late-night host, and Al Michaels and Dan Patrick handle the brunt of daytime host duties on NBC Sports Net. British import Rebecca Lowe, who handles NBC’s Premier League soccer hosting duties, will serve as a host on NBCSN. NBC News anchor Lester Holt will handle daytime hosting duties on NBC.
There are no real surprises in the announcing lineups. Rangers’ radio voice Kenny Albert joins the usual NBC lineup of Doc Emrick and Dave Strader. Liam McHugh will serve as a hockey host, as will Kathryn Tappen, brought over from the NHL Network.
Giants’ radio voice Bob Papa will call action in Nordic combined and ski jumping, and MSG studio host Al Trautwig reprises his role in Nordic combined and cross-country skiing.
Terry Gannon will see plenty of air time as play-by-play man for figure skating and short-track speedskating. Tom Hammond will also have figure skating calls.
Matt Vasgersian, who has worked as a baseball studio host for MLB Network and Fox Sports, will call freestyle skiing.
NBC – Lester Holt (daytime); Bob Costas (primetime, late night); Al Michaels (weekend daytime); Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera (opening ceremony)
NBCSN – Rebecca Lowe (daytime); Al Michaels (afternoon); Dan Patrick (daytime)
Ato Boldon; Mary Carillo; Cris Collinsworth; Vladimir Pozner; Maria Sharapova
Tanith Belbin; Richard Engel; Willie Geist; Stephanie Gosk; Nastia Liukin; Jimmy Roberts (features); Dr. Nancy Snyderman; Brian Shactman
David Remnick (opening ceremony)
Alpine skiing – Play-by-Play: Dan Hicks; Analysts: Todd Brooker, Christin Cooper
Biathlon – Play-by-Play: Steve Schlanger; Analysts: Chad Salmela, Stacey Wooley; Reporter: Alex Flanagan
Bobsled, luge and skeleton – Play-by-Play: Leigh Diffey; Analysts: Duncan Kennedy (luge), John Morgan (bobsled), Bree Schaaf (skeleton); Reporter: Lewis Johnson
Cross country (Nordic) skiing – Play-by-Play: Al Trautwig; Analyst: Chad Samela; Reporter: Alex Flanagan
Curling – Host: Fred Roggin; Play-by-Play: Andrew Catalon, Jason Knapp; Analysts: John Benton, Pete Fenson; Reporter: Steve Sands
Figure skating – Play-by-Play: Terry Gannon, Tom Hammond; Analysts: Sandra Bezic, Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir, Tracy Wilson; Reporter: Andrea Joyce
Freestyle skiing – Play-by-Play: Matt Vasgersian; Analysts: Jonny Moseley, Luke Van Valin; Reporter: Carolyn Manno
Ice hockey – 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
Nordic combined – Play-by-Play: Bob Papa, Al Trautwig; Analysts: Jeff Hastings, Chad Samela; Reporter: Randy Moss
Ski jumping – Play-by-Play: Bob Papa; Analyst: Jeff Hastings; Reporter: Randy Moss
Snowboarding – Play-by-Play: To be determined; Analyst: Todd Richards; Reporter: Tina Dixon
Speed skating (long track) – Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson; Analyst: Dan Jansen; Reporter: Michele Tafoya
Speed skating (short track) – Play-by-Play: Terry Gannon; Analyst: Apolo Anton Ohno; Reporter: Andrea Joyce