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NBC Olympics to have record 170 commentators for Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will have 170 commentators for the Rio Games, a record amount for a single Olympics.

The commentators will spread across NBC, NBCSN, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, USA Network, Telemundo, NBC Universo, the NBC Sports app, and NBCOlympics.com.

Bob Costas will host primetime for an 11th time. Al Michaels will host daytime on NBC, Ryan Seacrest will host late night, and Dan PatrickRebecca LoweCarolyn Manno and Liam McHugh will also serve as hosts.

TODAY’s Matt LauerMeredith Vieira and Hoda Kotb will host the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5.

The roster of 170 (some still to be announced) includes Olympians who won a combined 59 medals. The Olympian with the most medals is actually a Winter Olympian, eight-time short track speed skating medalist Apolo Ohno.

A list of commentators by sport:

Archery
Rick McKinney, Analyst*

Badminton
Jim Kozimor, Play-by-Play*
Charmaine Reid, Analyst*

Basketball
Marv Albert, Play-by-Play (Men’s)
Marc Zumoff, Play-by-Play (Women’s)
Doug Collins, Analyst (Men’s)
Ann Meyers, Analyst (Women’s)
Craig Sager, Reporter
Ros Gold-Onwude, Reporter
Mike Gorman, Play-by-Play*
David Feldman, Play-by-Play
Fran Fraschilla, Analyst (Men’s)*
Swin Cash, Analyst (Women’s)*

Beach Volleyball
Chris Marlowe, Play-by-Play
Jason Knapp, Play-by-Play
Kevin Wong, Analyst
Dain Blanton, Analyst
Kathryn Tappen, Reporter

Boxing
Kenny Rice, Play-by-Play*
B.J. Flores, Analyst*
Chris Mannix, Reporter

Canoeing (Flat Water)
Leigh Diffey, Play-by-Play
Eric Giddens, Analyst*

Canoeing (White Water)
Eric Giddens, Analyst

Cycling
Paul Sherwen, Play-by-Play
Christian Vande Velde, Analyst
Jamie Bestwick, Analyst (BMX/mountain bike)*
Steve Porino, Reporter

Diving
Ted Robinson, Play-by-Play
Cynthia Potter, Analyst
Laura Wilkinson, Analyst & Reporter
Kelli Stavast, Reporter

Equestrian
Randy Moss, Play-by-Play*
Melanie Smith-Taylor, Analyst*

Fencing
Jeff Bukantz, Analyst*

Field Hockey
Mike Corey, Play-by-Play*
AJ Mleczko, Analyst*

Golf
Terry Gannon, Play-by-Play
Steve Sands, Play-by-Play & Reporter
Johnny Miller, 18th Tower (Men’s)
Nick Faldo, 18th Tower (Men’s)
Annika Sorenstam, 18th Tower (Women’s)
Judy Rankin, 18th Tower (Women’s)
David Feherty, Outer Tower (Men’s)
Karen Stupples, Outer Tower (Women’s)
Tom Abbott, Reporter
Kay Cockerill, Reporter
Curt Byrum, Reporter
Peter Jacobsen, Reporter
Roger Maltbie, Reporter
Jerry Foltz, Reporter
Rich Lerner, Studio Host
Todd Lewis, Studio Host

Gymnastics
Al Trautwig, Play-by-play
Tim Daggett, Analyst
Nastia Liukin, Analyst
Andrea Joyce, Reporter

Handball
Chris Carrino, Play-by-Play*
Dawn Lewis, Analyst*

Volleyball
Paul Sunderland, Play-by-Play
Kevin Barnett, Analyst

Judo
Leo White, Analyst*

Modern Pentathlon
Eli Bremer, Analyst*

Rowing
Leigh Diffey, Play-by-Play
Mary Whipple, Analyst

Rugby
Bill Seward, Play-by-Play*
Brian Hightower, Analyst*
Tracy Wilson, Reporter

Sailing
Gary Jobson, Play-by-Play*
Randy Smyth, Analyst*

Shooting
Shari LeGate, Analyst*

Soccer
Arlo White, Play-by-Play
Kate Markgraf, Women’s Analyst
Sebastian Salazar, Reporter
Steve Bower, Play-by-Play*
Steve Cangialosi, Play-by-Play*
Mark Followill, Play-by-Play*
Robbie Earle, Analyst*
Stuart Holden, Analyst*
Kyle Martino, Analyst (Men’s)*
Robbie Mustoe, Analyst*
Danielle Slaton, Analyst (Women’s)*
Aly Wagner, Analyst (Women’s)*

Swimming
Dan Hicks, Play-by-Play
Rowdy Gaines, Analyst
Michele Tafoya, Reporter

Synchronized Swimming
Heather Olson, Analyst*

Table Tennis
Ari Wolfe, Play-by-Play*
Sean O’Neill, Play-by-Play*

Taekwondo
Pat Croce, Analyst*

Tennis
Dave Briggs, Host*
Brett Haber, Host*
Andrew Catalon, Play-by-Play*
Steve Weissman, Play-by-Play*
Paul Annacone, Analyst*
James Blake, Analyst*
Rennae Stubbs, Analyst*
Jon Wertheim, Studio Analyst*
Trenni Kusnierek, Reporter

Track and Field
Tom Hammond, Play-by-play
Todd Harris, Play-by-Play (field events)
Kenny Albert, Play-by-Play, NBCSN
Ato Boldon, Analyst
Craig Masback, Analyst
Tim Hutchings, Analyst
Lewis Johnson, Reporter
Chris Maddocks, Analyst* (race walks)

Triathlon
Al Trautwig, Play-by-Play
Julie Swail, Analyst
Steve Porino, Reporter

Water Polo
Paul Burmeister, Play-by-Play
Julie Swail, Analyst
Wolf Wigo, Analyst
Pierre McGuire, Reporter

Weightlifting
Ed Cohen, Play-by-Play*
Shane Hamman, Analyst*

Wrestling
Jason Knapp, Play-by-Play
John Smith, Analyst

Multiple Sports
Steve Schlanger, Play-by-Play*
Bill Doleman, Play-by-Play*
JB Long, Play-by-Play*

4K Ultra HD
Bill Spaulding, Play-by-Play*
Rich Burk, Play-by-Play*
Rob Vermillion, Track and Field Analyst*
Brendan Hansen, Swimming Analyst*
Brian Scalabrine, Basketball Analyst*

Hosts, Correspondents and Reporters:

Primetime
Bob Costas, NBC

Daytime
Al Michaels, NBC
Dan Patrick, NBC & NBCSN
Rebecca Lowe, NBC & NBCSN
Liam McHugh, NBCSN
Carolyn Manno, NBCSN

Late Night
Ryan Seacrest, Host

Correspondents
Mary Carillo
David Feherty
Bela Karolyi
Hoda Kotb
Tara Lipinski
Jimmy Roberts
Johnny Weir

Opening Ceremony
Matt Lauer
Meredith Vieira
Hoda Kotb

Reporters
Jac Collinsworth
Dalen Cuff
Alex Flanagan
Jill Martin
Craig Melvin
Apolo Ohno
Gadi Schwartz
Anne Thompson
Rutledge Wood

CNBC, MSNBC, USA
Ahmed Fareed, USA Network*
Fred Roggin, CNBC*
Rob Simmelkjaer, MSNBC*

Golf Channel
Notah Begay**
Ryan Burr**
Brandel Chamblee**
David Duval**
Jim Gallagher Jr.**
Paige Mackenzie**
Frank Nobilo**
Arron Oberholser**
Tim Rosaforte**
Kelly Tilghman**

NBC Sports Digital
Jenna Corrado* (Update Desk)
Julie Donaldson* (Update Desk)
Jonathan Horton, Gymnastics Analyst*
Andrew Siciliano, Host*
Jim Watson, Play-by-Play*
Tanith White, Host*
Samantha Peszek, Gymnastics Reporter
Jeremy Bloom, Reporter
Courtney Kupets, Gymnastics Analyst*

*Based at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
**Based at Golf Channel in Orlando, Fla.

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Russian skeleton stars banned from World Cups

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The two Russians who had their medals from the Sochi Olympics stripped because of doping have been barred from competing in World Cup races, at least temporarily.

It’s the latest sanction against Alexander Tretiyakov and Elena Nikitina, who had their medals — gold for Tretiyakov, bronze for Nikitina — taken away Wednesday after it was determined they were part of Russia’s state-sponsored doping program for Sochi.

They have already been banned from future Olympics and now may have no place to slide.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation handed down the suspensions Thursday, effective immediately.

Tretiyakov and Nikitina were both planning to compete in World Cup races at Whistler, B.C., this weekend.

In all, four Russians have been suspended by the IBSF.

Along with Tretiyakov and Nikitina, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsyna — who have been racing on the lesser-tier Intercontinental Cup Circuit this season — were also banned, just as they were by the IOC.

All four are expected to appeal, and the IBSF said they will be entitled to a hearing if that happens.

“Sport is all about who’s the best on that day and if anything compromises that, like the situations in Sochi, it taints everything and kind of undermines the fundamental belief in the system and the competition itself,” said USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele, also is a vice president with the IBSF. “This is kind of righting the ship.”

The IBSF’s decision is a strong one and is in stark contrast to one made by the International Ski Federation (FIS), which is allowing Russian cross-country skiers found guilty of doping in Sochi to compete in World Cup events this weekend.

FIS wants to see detailed reasons why the IOC disciplinary panel reached its decisions about the Russian athletes.

The IBSF isn’t waiting.

“I understand that it was a difference of culture and that the Russians don’t believe they did anything wrong,” U.S. skeleton veteran Katie Uhlaender said after the IOC decision to strip the medals and issue the Olympic bans was announced Wednesday. “But this was the only way to fix it.”

Uhlaender should be promoted to the bronze medal spot once Nikitina, as the IOC has ordered, surrenders what had been her bronze from Sochi.

Tretiyakov was the men’s gold medalist; the revised results for that event would have Latvia’s Martins Dukurs getting gold, Matt Antoine of the U.S. bumped up to silver and Latvia’s Tomass Dukurs, Martins’ brother, taking bronze.

Uhlaender, originally fourth, would be third behind gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold of Britain and silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S.

Sliders lauded the IOC for doing the right thing, though noted that racers like Uhlaender and Tomass Dukurs — even once they have medals in hand — will never be able to replicate the moment on a podium that they should have had in Sochi.

“Having the physical medal’s cool, but most of it in my opinion is the experience of everything that happens,” Antoine said. “That’s what you cherish the most.”

Not having the top Russians on the World Cup circuit figures to have a major impact on the points standings.

Nikitina leads after the first two races of the season, including a win last weekend in Park City, Utah.

Tretiyakov is fourth in the men’s standings, including a bronze at the season opener in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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Russian skiers banned from Olympics allowed to race World Cup opener

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GENEVA (AP) — Russian cross-country skiers found guilty of doping at the Sochi Olympics can compete in World Cup races this weekend because the International Ski Federation (FIS) has been unable to prosecute its own cases in time.

Six Russians, including two Sochi medalists, were retroactively disqualified from the Winter Games this month and banned from the Olympics for life by the IOC.

FIS previously blocked all six from competing with interim suspensions, but those expired on Oct. 31. The International Olympic Committee judging panel then reached its verdicts this month.

However, FIS said Thursday that its own judicial body lacks key IOC documents to process cases.

“Consequently, the FIS Doping Panel is obliged to wait until the IOC Disciplinary Commission reasoned decisions are submitted with details of the evidence relied on,” said the governing body, which is responsible for imposing competition bans.

“As a consequence the active athletes are eligible to compete in FIS including World Cup competitions for the time being,” FIS said.

The World Cup season for men and women begins Friday in Ruka, Finland, with sprint and long-distance racing.

Organizers had not published starting lists Thursday for the three-day meeting and it was unclear which of the six intend to start.

Alexander Legkov and Maxim Vylegzhanin both won multiple medals in Sochi but were stripped by the IOC. The others suspended by the IOC were Evgeny Belov, Alexei Petukhov, Yulia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova.

FIS said rules governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency meant it could not re-impose interim bans without “a specific allegation” plus evidence.

Attempting to assure cross-country skiers they will not be competing against doped rivals, FIS said an additional and independent testing program for Russians has been in operation since June and has taken about 250 blood and urine samples.

The three-man IOC disciplinary panel — chaired by Denis Oswald, a Swiss lawyer and member of the Olympic body’s executive board — has not issued detailed reasons for judgments in 10 cases from Sochi so far completed in cross-country skiing and skeleton.

Without positive doping tests, the panel used evidence of state-backed cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles in the Sochi laboratory first gathered last year by WADA investigator Richard McLaren.

At least 18 more Russian athletes are having their cases prosecuted in an ongoing series of hearings in Lausanne, Switzerland.

On Wednesday, the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said it would update “within the next days” action against four Russians, including the Sochi gold medalist Alexander Tretiyakov and bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.

Nikitina won a skeleton World Cup race last weekend in Park City, Utah — a result which may soon be overturned by the IBSF.

All the Russian athletes disqualified by the IOC can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

On Dec. 5, IOC President Thomas Bach will announce after a board meeting if the Russian team will be banned from the Olympics, which open Feb. 9 in PyeongChang.

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