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.”
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.”