Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon named NBC’s lead figure skating announcers

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Two-time Olympian Johnny Weir, 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski and Terry Gannon were named NBC Sports Group’s new lead figure skating broadcast team, debuting with this weekend’s Skate America (Sunday, 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC).

Weir, Lipinski and Gannon earned acclaim for their commentary at the Sochi Winter Olympics as NBCSN’s live figure skating team.

“Johnny, Tara and Terry were breakout TV stars in Sochi,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “We’re excited that viewers will be treated to this team’s informative and entertaining commentary for many years to come, all while looking fabulous.”

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Scott Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic champion, will continue as a special contributor at big events, such as the U.S. Championships and the Winter Olympics. Hamilton has been with NBC since 2002.

Weir, Lipinski and Gannon replaced NBC’s previous lead figure skating team of Tom Hammond, Hamilton and Sandra Bezic.

“We thank Tom, Scott and Sandra for their many years of excellent work on Olympic figure skating,” Bell said. “They set the bar high. We are looking forward to hearing more of Tom’s signature track and field calls at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.”

Weir, Lipinski and Gannon will team with analyst Tracy Wilson and reporter Andrea Joyce for Skate America, the first of seven events in this season’s Grand Prix series.

“I am so honored to be a part of the NBC family and I hope to bring figure skating and the Olympics into America’s living rooms for many years to come,” Weir said. “I cannot wait to start a fresh new era of commentary and analysis that will entertain and inform. I love my sport and I can’t wait to go on more Olympic journeys with the marvelous athletes, seated next to all of you!”

“My goal is to continue educating, entertaining and bringing the incredible sport of figure skating to a new generation of fans,” Lipinski said. “It is an honor to be a part of an Olympics. I cannot wait to begin, and I’m lucky to have my talented co-pilots Johnny and Terry by my side.”

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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