NBC doubles extravaganza with Weir and Lipinski
NBC, the home to the American broadcast of the Olympic Games, promoted national skating veterans Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir to its Number One broadcast team for the Olympic figure skating, the Chicago Tribune reported last week.
Weir, a three-time U.S. champion, and Lipinski, the 1998 Nagano Olympics gold medalist, will join Terry Gannon in prime time.
This duo, that are recognized as much because of their wild outdoor fashion styles, drew crucial acclaim as well as high rating after they started to be the second ice skating experts through the Sochi Olympics in February.
Weir/Lipinski’s on-screen time went so well that they got a special stint as Kentucky Derby reporters, charged with talking about people’s outfits. Even though this is great news for the both legendary skaters, it seems to signify an end of a big era.
1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, who was a titan of skating on air for four Olympic cycles with NBC and an additional three with CBS, said he will no longer be broadcasting with NBC’s figure skating team.
“I was blessed to have that seat for seven Olympics,” Hamilton commented to the Chicago Tribune. “I always had the best interests of skating and the skaters at heart. I never wanted it to be about me, and I still don’t. I wish them great success.”
Hamilton’s TV partner Sandra Bezic also confirmed her departure from the first team.
“…Working with the NBC Sports, NBC Olympics family, Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton, Tracy Wilson & Andi Joyce has been a treasured experience. Wishing Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir the very best success…” Bezic wrote in Twitter.