NBC Olympics’ daytime figure skating telecast team of Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and Terry Gannon will host coverage of the Sochi Olympic Games figure skating gala tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
The team of Weir, Lipinski and Gannon has been the surprise hit of this years games for NBC Sports. A number of younger viewers like my niece Allison and her husband Hershel like the lighter style of analysis provided by the trio. You will see the personality that has won then so many fans in Sochi.
If you have not seen Weir, Lipinski and Gannon in action this should be a great showcase for them. They can focus of the fun on the ice and not have to worry any judging issues.
Saturday’s gala will begin with the carving of the Olympic rings into the ice to honor Russian figure skating icon Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin, the country’s first ever Olympic champion, who won the special figures event at the 1908 Olympic Games in London. The figure skating gala is the final figure skating event of the Sochi Games and is the last opportunity to see the world’s best skaters perform in Sochi.
Viewers will see the world’s best figure skaters, including the top six finishers from both the men’s and ladies’ individual events, as well as the top five couples from the pairs and ice dancing events, the 2014 Sochi Games figure skating gala will air during NBC’s prime-time coverage between 8 – 11 p.m. ET.
The line-up will include: ladies’ gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova (RUS), silver medalist Yuna Kim (KOR), bronze medalist Carolina Kostner (ITA), and Gracie Gold (USA), who finished fourth. Men’s gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), silver medalist Patrick Chan (CAN), and bronze medalist Denis Ten (KAZ) will also participate. In addition, ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White (USA) and pairs skating gold medalists Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov will skate.
What else will you see in prime-time?
The slalom gold medal final in men’s alpine skiing where Ted Ligety looks to earn his second medal at the Sochi Games. Ligety became the first American man to win gold in the giant slalom event on Wednesday. Also highlighted in the prime-time show is the four-man bobsled, in which Steve Holcomb, who led Team USA to gold in the four-man bobsled in 2010 will compete in the event. Holcomb and teammate Steve Langton enter the four-man competition after winning bronze in the two-man bobsled in Sochi. Also in prime-time is the team pursuit event in both men’s and women’s speed skating.
Weir, Lipinski and Gannon go prime-time for NBC by James Williams