With fireworks shooting into the sky above Fisht Olympic Stadium and the ongoing Parade of Nations inside the 40,000-seat venue, the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Olympics is off to a colorful start.
Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones will serve as a reporter during NBC’s coverage of the Rio Games it was announced Wednesday.
The host of NBC primetime hit “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” Jones will travel to various venues over the course of the Games and contribute to features on a variety of platforms. He’ll also be a part of the Olympic Zone, which is a 30-minute nightly show set to air on NBC affiliates.
“Dhani is an engaging personality with a wide-range of experiences and interests – from professional athlete to primetime entertainment host to haberdashery and philanthropy. We’re excited to have him on our team in Rio,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.
Jones has worked on various shows since his 11-year career with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals came to an end in 2011. He hosted “Dhani Tackles the Globe” on Travel Channel, and is the current host of “Playbook 360” on Spike. He has also written a memoir, The Sportsman.
Jones’ colleague on “Spartan,” Kyle Martino, will be an NBC Olympics soccer analyst after serving in that role for NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage.