Super Bowl XLIX

Thomas Bach

Watch Thomas Bach’s interview with Bob Costas

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach called Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid “very strong” in an interview with Bob Costas on the NBC Super Bowl XLIX pregame show Sunday.

“Bostonians are famous for their love for sport,” Bach said. “The colleges, the universities can serve as a great backdrop.”

Boston could face strong opposition from Paris, Berlin or Hamburg and (definitely) Rome in a 2017 IOC vote to choose the host city. The deadline for cities to file bids is September.

Boston faced some public resistance to the bid since chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Jan. 8.

“If there would be 100 percent support by now, we would be very suspicious,” Bach said. “We are in a democratic country here. You will never have 100 percent support. On the other hand, somebody who is asking a question is not necessarily against [the bid].”

Bach also spoke about the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be the first Games in South America and Bach’s first Summer Games since he was elected IOC president on Sept. 10, 2013.

“Maybe on the day of the Opening Ceremony, when we come to the stadium, we’ll still have the opportunity to thank some of the workers personally for the work they’re just doing to finish the stadium,” Bach said. “When we go out to the stands, we will be overwhelmed by the Brazilians’ hospitality, by their enthusiasm and love for sport.”

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Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir at Super Bowl Media Day (video)

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NBC figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir tried their hand at football reporting at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Later, Lipinski and Weir answered NFL trivia questions on “Access Hollywood.”

Check out more of Lipinski and Weir as part of NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX pregame coverage starting at noon ET on Sunday.

Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir join NBC’s Super Bowl team

Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski
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Tara and Johnny are going to the Super Bowl.

NBC figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be event reporters at the Super Bowl XLIX pregame show on NBC, offering their unique take on the big game and the events surrounding it.

NBC’s pregame coverage from Glendale, Ariz., starts at noon ET on Feb. 1.

Lipinski and Weir will be based at the Super Bowl XLIX Tailgate Party, the official NFL pregame party for VIP guests, interviewing celebrities and providing their own Super Bowl observations.

“Having six hours of pregame coverage allows us to not only surround every aspect of the game, but also to cover the Super Bowl as the unparalleled event that it is,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer for NBC Sports & NBCSN, and the producer of NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX pregame show. “We’re looking forward to Johnny and Tara bringing their fun perspective and style to the show.”

In addition to their figure skating work, Lipinski and Weir covered the Academy Awards red carpet and the Kentucky Derby last year.

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