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You are going to want to print this out because it is the complete guide to all of the broadcasters at the Winter Games and what events they will cover.

Bob Costas leads 84 NBC Olympics commentators – the most ever for a Winter Olympics – as NBCUniversal presents Sochi Olympic Winter Games coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA and NBCOlympics.com.

Matt Lauer, co-anchor of TODAY, and Meredith Vieira, special correspondent for TODAY, will host the Opening Ceremony on NBC on Friday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  Lauer and Vieira will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New Yorker editor David Remnick. Lauer and Vieira will be covering their respective eighth and fourth Olympics for NBC. Costas will anchor the ceremony from the International Broadcast Center.

With more Winter Olympic events than ever before, competition for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, will begin one day prior to the Opening Ceremony. As a result, NBC will begin its primetime coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, February 6, at 8 p.m. ET. This marks the first time NBC will air Olympic primetime coverage before the Opening Ceremony. The primetime broadcast on Feb. 6 is scheduled to include competition in snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), in which two-time gold medalist Shaun White is expected to compete in slopestyle’s Olympic debut; team figure skating, which is also in the Olympics for the first time; and women’s freestyle moguls.

The overall talent lineup features the return of many of the network’s signature Olympic hosts, play-by-play commentators and analysts with Olympic experience.

NBC Olympics commentator notes:

 

 

 

 

FOLLOWING IS A RUNDOWN OF NBC OLYMPICS’ ON-AIR & DIGITAL TEAM:

 

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OLYMPIC CORRESPONDENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTSDESK REPORTERS: NBC Olympics’ sportsdesk reporters will provide insights and news and contribute to The Olympic Zone – a 30-minute nightly show that airs on NBC affiliates. The reporters, all based in Sochi, include: Olympic silver medalist Tanith Belbin; special correspondent for NBC News Ben FogleTODAY and Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist; NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk; Olympic All-Around Gymnastics Champion Nastia Liukin; CNBC reporter Brian Shactman; health and medical expert Dr. Nancy Snyderman; and action sports commentator Sal Masekela.

GOLD ZONE: Beginning on February 8, Gold Zone, an exclusive video channel on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app, will offer more than 100 hours of whip-around coverage of the most popular live action from the Sochi Games. The channel, which will stream 7 a.m. -3 p.m. ET on most days, will allow verified viewers to experience multiple events, as they happen.

Gold Zone hosts Andrew Siciliano and Ryan Burr will provide context to what’s being streamed and will keep fans up-to-date as the action switches from event to event. To get up-to-the-minute updates on what is being featured on Gold Zone, fans can follow the dedicated twitter handle @NBC_GoldZone.

OLYMPIC ICE: Olympic Ice, a studio show available on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, will offer verified viewers a comprehensive review of all the figure skating news and highlights taking place each day during the Sochi Games. It will air at 5:30 p.m. ET on most days, from February 7-21. Russ Thaler will host the 30-minute show, and will be joined by analyst and 2002 Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Sarah Hughes.

OLYMPIC NEWS DESK UPDATES: Hosted by Julie DonaldsonOlympic News Desk updates will stream periodically throughout the day and unauthenticated on NBCOlympics.com. They will feature the most up-to-date news, competition and highlights, from the day’s events in Sochi.

Gold ZoneOlympic Ice and Olympic Desk Updates will all be produced at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

SPORT BY SPORT:

ALPINE SKIING: Dan Hicks, play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame Football and anchor of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning golf coverage and Olympic swimming, will serve as lead play-by-play commentator for alpine skiing. Olympian Todd Brooker will return to NBC Olympics as an alpine skiing analyst for the fourth time. Two-time Olympian and 1984 Olympic giant slalom silver medalist Christin Cooper returns as an alpine skiing analyst for her sixth Games. Former U.S. Ski Team downhill racer Steve Porino serves as an on-course reporter, his fourth assignment with NBC Olympics.

BIATHLON: Steve Schlanger will be the play-by-play announcer for NBC and NBCSN’s biathlon coverage. Schlanger’s broadcasting experience includes calling cycling, triathlon and open water play-by-play at the London Olympics, as well as various hockey and college basketball games for NBC Sports and events on Golf Channel. Former U.S. Biathlon Team member Chad Salmela returns for his fourth Games as a biathlon and cross-country analyst. Olympic biathlete Stacey Wooley will make her Olympic debut as a biathlon analyst. Alex Flanagan, reporter for NBC’s Football Night in Americaand Notre Dame Football, will be the reporter for both biathlon and cross-country skiing.

BOBSLED/LUGE/SKELETON: Leigh Diffey makes his NBC Olympics debut as the bobsled/luge/skeleton play-by-play commentator. Lewis Johnson, working his eighth Olympic Games for NBC, will be the reporter for all three disciplines. Working as analysts alongside Diffey will be former U.S. National Bobsled Team member John Morgan, who will be a bobsled analyst for his ninth consecutive Winter Olympics; three-time Olympian and World silver medalist Duncan Kennedy (luge); and 2010 Olympic bobsledder and former skeleton racer Bree Schaaf (skeleton).

CROSS-COUNTRY: Al Trautwig returns to NBC for his 10th Olympic assignment with the network and 15th Olympics overall, as the cross-country skiing play-by-play announcer. In addition to his work on biathlon, Chad Salmela will work as the analyst, and Alex Flanagan will be the reporter at cross-country. Trautwig and Salmela will also cover the cross-country phase of Nordic combined.  

CURLING: Andrew Catalon returns as curling play-by-play announcer in his third Olympic assignment and second consecutive Winter Games. Jason Knapp will also handle play-by-play duties at curling for his second NBC Olympic assignment, having called wrestling during the London Games. John Benton will make his Olympic broadcasting debut for NBC in Sochi after serving as the lead for the U.S. Olympic Curling Team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Pete Fenson, the 2006 bronze medalist for Team USA, also joins the NBC Olympic broadcast team as a curling analyst. Trenni Kusnierek, a sports anchor for CSN New England, rounds out the group as the curling reporter.

Fred Roggin will reprise his role as curling studio host for his third consecutive Winter Olympics and eighth overall NBC Olympics assignment.

FIGURE SKATING: Tom Hammond, working his 11th Olympics, will be the figure skating play-by-play commentator on NBC. Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist and member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, returns as an analyst for his sixth Olympic broadcast assignment. Working alongside Hamilton on NBC are analysts Sandra Bezic, a 1972 Olympian and five-time Canadian pairs champion, and Tracy Wilson, who was part of the first Canadian ice dance duo to earn an Olympic medal in 1988. Andrea Joyce, who returns for her eighth Olympic assignment with NBC, will serve as a figure skating and short track speed skating reporter.

Terry Gannon, who calls figure skating, college basketball and golf for NBC and events on Golf Channel, will handle figure skating play-by-play on NBCSN alongside analysts Johnny Weir, a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion,and Tara Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic gold medalist.

Nancy Kerrigan, a two-time Olympic medalist, will serve as a figure skating commentator for NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage, including on NBC and NBCSN.  In addition, she will appear on numerous NBCUniversal shows and properties including TODAYAccess Hollywood and E!

FREESTYLE SKIING: Matt Vasgersian will call play-by-play for freestyle skiing in his third consecutive Winter Olympics assignment, alongside 1998 Olympic moguls gold medalist Jonny Moseley and NBC Sports Group’s Dew Tour analyst and former professional freeskier Luke Van ValinCarolyn Manno, co-host of NBCSN’s SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports, will report from the venue.

HOCKEY: NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning lead NHL voice Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will call play-by-play, his seventh Olympic assignment. Veteran NHL broadcaster Dave Strader will also call play-by-play, reprising his role from the 2006 Torino Olympics. In addition, Kenny Albert will serve as a hockey play-by-play commentator, his fourth consecutive Winter Olympics in that role.

Analysts for NBC Olympics’ hockey coverage include: former NHL player, coach and U.S. Olympian (1984) Eddie Olczyk; Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire, his third straight Winter Olympics; and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst and former NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup champion Brian Engblom, making his Olympic debut. Olympic hockey gold medalist AJ Mleczko returns for her third Olympic assignment as the women’s hockey game analyst.

Liam McHugh, anchor of NBCSN’s NHL LiveFNIA Coach’s Clicker, and Notre Dame Football Countdown to Kickoff, and NHL Network’s Kathryn Tappen will host the hockey studio coverage. The studio analysts for men’s hockey come from NBC Sports Group’s NHL Live team, featuring: Olympic silver medalist and two-time Olympian Jeremy Roenick; analyst and former NHL player, coach and GM Mike Milbury; and former NHL player and lead color commentator for CSN Philadelphia’s coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers, Keith Jones. Former Team USA Women’s Hockey captain and three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz will work as the women’s hockey studio analyst.

SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING: In addition to calling figure skating, Terry Gannon will handle play-by-play for short track speed skating. Gannon is joined by analyst Apolo Ohno, the most-decorated Winter Olympian in U.S. history. Ohno returns to NBC after serving as a reporter at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In addition to figure skating, Andrea Joycewill also be the reporter for short track speed skating.

 

SKI JUMPING: Bob Papa, who has announced a variety of sports for NBC Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, will voice men’s and women’s ski jumping. Papa will be joined by veteran ski jumping analyst Jeff Hastings, who reprises this role for the third consecutive Winter Olympics. NBC Sports Group’s thoroughbred racing analyst Randy Moss will serve as a ski jumping reporter, his second Olympics assignment. Women’s ski jumping makes its debut on the Olympic program at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Papa, Hastings and Moss will cover the ski jumping phase of Nordic combined.

 

SNOWBOARDING: Todd Harris will return for his fourth consecutive Winter Games, serving as the play-by-play announcer for men’s and women’s snowboarding, which includes halfpipe, slopestyle, snowboard cross, parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. U.S. Olympian and World Snowboarding Champion Todd Richards, and veteran snowboarding reporterTina Dixon, make their third appearances as an analyst and reporter, respectively.

 

SPEED SKATING:  Ted Robinson, at his ninth Olympics overall and eighth for NBC, will be the speed skating play-by-play commentator. Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen reprises his role as speed skating analyst for the fifth consecutive Winter Olympics. Steve Sands, who serves as an anchor, reporter and interviewer for NBC and Golf Channel’s golf coverage, will be the speed skating reporter in Sochi.