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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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Olympian Tasha Schwikert says she is a Larry Nassar survivor, speaks out on Steve Penny

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Tasha Schwikert is at least the ninth Olympian to come forward as a Larry Nassar survivor.

“After months of grappling with the decision, I have decided to come forward as a victim of Larry Nassar,” was tweeted from the 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Schwikert’s account. “I want to join my former teammates and fellow survivors to help enact REAL change at @USAGym and @TeamUSA. #MeToo.

“I refuse to remain a victim. It is time for @USAGym and @TeamUSA to come clean and be held accountable for the toxic environment that enabled Nassar’s abuse. Only then will we see REAL change.”

Schwikert, now 33, was the youngest woman on the 2000 Olympic team across all sports, the U.S. all-around champion in 2001 and 2002, the 2003 World champion team captain and an alternate for the 2004 Olympic team.

Schwikert also said that ex-USA Gymnastics president and CEO Steve Penny pressed her to publicly support USA Gymnastics at the height of the Nassar scandal, according to ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

Penny was arrested Wednesday and indicted on charges he tampered with evidence in the Nassar sexual-assault investigation and on Thursday banned for life from USA Gymnastics. Penny’s lawyers said he is “confident that when all the facts are known it will be shown that he did nothing criminal.”

“Steve had always manipulated all of us, really, but I felt indebted to him,” Schwikert said on ABC. “Him and USA Gymnastics made me feel like if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be the person or the athlete who I was.”

She is at least the second member of the Sydney 2000 team to come forward as a Nassar survivor, joining Jamie Dantzscher, the first Olympian to do so in February 2017.

USA Gymnastics posted a statement from Schwikert on social media the night Dantzscher’s first interview aired, saying, “As a member of the national team from 1999-2004, I firmly believe USA Gymnastics always had my health and well-being top of mind. The program provided me with the resources and experiences that helped me achieve my goals.”

Penny resigned a month later.

Seven of the eight members of the 2012 or 2016 Olympic women’s artistic gymnastics teams have also come forward — Simone BilesGabby Douglas, Aly RaismanMcKayla MaroneyJordyn WieberKyla Ross and Madison Kocian. As have world championships team members among the hundreds of girls and women who said Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue can make it 10 straight at Skate America

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If Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue ever lacked motivation in the post-Olympic summer, they needed only scan their Montreal training ice.

They would spot France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the only ice dancers from the Olympic podium who return this season. Papadakis and Cizeron relegated the Americans to silver at March’s world championships, one month after Hubbell and Donohue were fourth in PyeongChang (the French took silver). They have trained under the same coaches in Quebec for three years.

They would also see Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, the third- and fourth-place finishers from January’s U.S. Championships. Those couples moved to the Montreal group in the spring. They are Hubbell and Donohue’s top threats to repeat as national champions in Detroit in three months, given U.S. silver medalists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are also taking a break.

Practicing next to rivals is often shunned in sports. It has elevated ice dance the last several years.

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White trained together in Michigan and split the Olympic gold and silver medals in 2010 and 2014.

When Virtue and Moir returned from a two-year break in 2016, they joined the Montreal group and went one-two with training partners Papadakis and Cizeron at every major competition through PyeongChang.

Hubbell and Donohue thrived last season, their third in Montreal, winning their first national title after six straight years of finishing third or fourth. They were in position for an Olympic medal, third after the short dance, but Donohue fell in the free dance (as he did at 2017 Worlds after they were third in the short).

Then at worlds in March, they delivered back-to-back podium-worthy performances on the global stage for the first time for that silver medal. They are the world No. 2 and the favorites at this weekend’s Skate America, with the French not in the field.

U.S. couples have won nine straight Skate Americas, more than the other three disciplines combined in the last decade.

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“Clearly this formula is working for them,” NBC Sports analyst and 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White said. “It has proven to work for many of the greatest teams in ice dance over the last few decades. … I cannot see a drawback.”

Hubbell and Donohue (and Papadakis and Cizeron) appear to agree.

They joked back and forth at a press conference after worlds in March. Asked how they would spend the offseason, Cizeron looked straight at Hubbell and Donohue and said, jokingly, “Our goal is to get drunk together as many times as we can.”

“As much as our own personal accomplishment is pretty incredible, being on the podium with training mates and having, literally, everyone from our training center skate the best programs of their season, all at the same competition, was pretty incredible,” Donohue said last week.

Hubbell and Donohue should breeze through Skate America in Everett, Wash. Nobody else from the top nine in PyeongChang is in the field. They’re the favorites next week at Skate Canada, too.

The first real test will be at December’s Grand Prix Final, where Papadakis and Cizeron should join them. Hubbell and Donohue never outscored the French in nine head-to-head competitions and were more than 10 points adrift at worlds.

“The French, where they left off last season, I think that they are still in a category on their own based on the last time we saw those two teams go up against each other,” White said. 

Hubbell said the world silver medal showed that they had tackled their demons, fear and history of errors. If the next goal is gold, they must conquer a much more visible foe, one they see every day on the ice.

“The podium at worlds,” Hubbell said, “was the moment I was able to leave that season behind me and go into the future.”

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