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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Tanith Belbin to join NBC Olympics in Sochi

by jmaloni


Wed, Oct 23rd 2013 12:35 pm

Two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, and 2006 ice dance silver medalist Tanith Belbin will join NBC Olympics for its Winter Games coverage in Sochi, Russia, it was announced today.

Weir, the two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion who announced his retirement today, and Lipinski, the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games when she won in Nagano in 1998 at the age of 15, will serve as analysts for NBC Olympics' multiplatform figure skating coverage.

Belbin, a silver medalist in ice dancing at the 2006 Torino Olympics, will serve as a reporter for NBC Olympics' Sports Desk and will present features for "The Olympic Zone," NBC Olympics' 30-minute daily show for NBC affiliates covering all aspects of the Games.

"Johnny, Tara and Tanith have entertained judges and fans alike with their skill, style and charisma," said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics. "We're confident those same characteristics will entertain Olympic viewers this February."

Weir and Lipinski will appear on NBC this Sunday at 4 p.m. alongside Terry Gannon on the network's telecast of the 2013 Skate Canada International, which features performances from the men's and ladies' free skate competitions.

Weir announced his retirement and that he is joining NBC Olympics on "Today" this morning. Click the link to watch the segment: http://www.today.com/video/today/53351157#53351157

The Olympics begin Feb. 6, 2014.

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