Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski's Sochi Popularity Lands Them Jobs as 2018 Winter Olympics Announcers

Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski’s Sochi Popularity Lands Them Jobs as 2018 Winter Olympics Announcers

Ratings for the 2016 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, unexpectedly struck gold with former Olympians Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi. The duo become known for their witty banter and back-and-forth dialogue. Not only did they became favorites on Instagram, but they were widely praised for their youthful energy, skating insights, and overall positive chemistry. Now, their one shot deal with NBC has turned into a multi-year contract to be part of the skating broadcast team through the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“Thrilled”. In a single word, both Weir, Lipinski, and Gannon are simply thrilled over the opportunity before them. Both ex-Olympians will join play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon for skating coverage. For his part, Weir looks forward to being a member of the NBC skating broadcast team for years to come. He believes that his contributions will help make figure skating a sport watched in livings rooms across the United States. For her part, Lipinski acknowledged that her Sochi Olympics gig was the opportunity of a lifetime. She too is thrilled to have the blessing extended through 2018. She hopes her contribution will be to educate the public on the sport of skating and introduce a new generation of youth to the sport. Gannon wryly commented that he will be needing new outfits just to keep up with the unpredictable fashion selections his new partners choose.

Both Weir and Lipinski were taken back by the positive audience reaction to their participation in Sochi. The duo are currently in Chicago today to help cover the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America event. It will be their official debut as part of the NBC skating broadcasting team. NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell pointed out that the decision to hire the two on a permanent basis made a lot of sense. After all, they were the breakout stars of NBC’s Sochi Olympic coverage.

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