With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo just around the corner, NBC is continuing to fill positions for commentary and analyst roles. And the latest names that they’ve added to their ranks are some good ones.
NBC announced this week that they are adding four more Olympic correspondents to their coverage in Tokyo. Pro skating legend Tony Hawk, MSNBC data analyst Steve Kornacki, gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir are all joining the network for their Olympic coverage.
Tony Hawk is one of the most iconic athletes in the world (even if no one recognizes him anymore). His influence in pro skating is unrivaled and his Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series has sold millions of copies worldwide.
Tara Lipinski won gold in Ladies Singles at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Prior to that, she won gold at the 1997 World Figure Skating Championships in Lausanne and back-to-back gold medals at the Grand Prix Final in 1997 and 1998.
Johnny Weir was a two-time Olympic figure skater but never won a medal at the Olympics. However, he won numerous titles and medals in other major skating tournaments around the world. Over the past decade, he has worked as an NBC analyst as well as an LGBTQ activist.
But Steve Kornacki might be the most recognizable figure despite having no sports experience of his own. He rose to national prominence during the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election as MSNBC’s top data analyst.
Kornacki became so popular that NBC gave him a role on their Sunday Night Football and Kentucky Derby coverage too. He received critical acclaim for his work there too.
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) June 10, 2021
All four of them will be joining the star-studded NBC cast for the Summer Olympics in just a few weeks.
Which of these four new additions are you looking forward to seeing the most?