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Katie Couric, Mike Tirico to host Olympic Opening Ceremony


Katie Couric returns to NBC to co-host the PyeongChang Olympic Opening Ceremony with Mike Tirico on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Opening Ceremony will also stream live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app for the first time, beginning Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET with the event’s world feed and natural sound (no commentators).

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Couric co-hosted Olympic Opening Ceremony coverage at Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002 and Athens 2004. She also covered six Olympics on TODAY during her run as co-anchor from 1991-2006.

“During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication and perseverance of athletes from around the world,” Couric said in a press release. “The Opening Ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the international community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. There’s nothing quite like it.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Mike, who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to everything he does.”

Couric will contribute to NBC Olympics coverage in the days following the Opening Ceremony with commentary and Olympian interviews.

Tirico was previously announced as NBC Olympics’ primetime host, succeeding Bob Costas.

Joshua Cooper Ramo rejoins NBC’s Opening Ceremony coverage, too, after discussing culture and geo-political issues at the unforgettable Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony.

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Olympic Ice, live figure skating show, to air nightly during Olympics

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“Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota,” a live, hourlong figure skating show, will air nightly at 7 ET on NBCSN from Feb. 10-24 during the PyeongChang Winter Games.

The NBCSN show will precede live Olympic figure skating competition in primetime.

NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will also present a digital-exclusive version of “Olympic Ice” immediately following primetime coverage beginning Feb. 8, the first day of figure skating competition in PyeongChang.

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Liam McHugh and 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will host “Olympic Ice” from the NBC Olympics set in South Korea.

Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic champion, will serve as a special contributor. Tara LipinskiJohnny Weir and Andrea Joyce will also make special appearances.

Krista Voda will host the digital-exclusive version of “Olympic Ice” from NBC Sports’ International Broadcaster Center in Stamford, Ct.

She will be joined by 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, 2014 Olympic ice dance champion Charlie White and 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Ben Agosto.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to cover Super Bowl LII, Olympics for NBC

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will cover Super Bowl LII and the PyeongChang Olympics as a contributor for NBC.

Earnhardt will spend the first weekend in February covering the outdoor activities in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show (NBC, Feb. 4).

Then he will travel to South Korea for the Winter Games.

From NBC Sports PR:

“Earnhardt will travel to PyeongChang, where he will explore the culture, people, and traditions in South Korea, and experience Olympic competitions first hand. Earnhardt will visit the speed skating venue at Gangneung Ice Arena, and through the lens of a racer will view the speed, close contact, and tight turns on the short track speed skating oval, which so closely mirror Earnhardt’s racing days and nights at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Following a recent invite on social media from his new friends on the U.S. bobsled team, including U.S. bobsled team pilot Nick Cunningham, Earnhardt will also travel to Alpensia Sliding Center, where he will test the true speed of the bobsled track and live out his post-retirement dream of riding in an Olympic bobsled.”

Earnhardt, 43, retired last year after 19 NASCAR seasons, which included Daytona 500 wins in 2004 and 2014.

He is now a NASCAR on NBC analyst.

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