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Katie Couric to host NBC's primetime coverage of opening ceremony for XXIII Olympic Winter Games alongside Mike Tirico

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Wed, Jan 17th 2018 05:00 pm
Award-winning journalist Katie Couric returns to NBC to co-host the opening ceremony for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, it was announced Wednesday by Jim Bell, president, NBC Olympics production and programming. She will join host Mike Tirico in the booth at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony, which will air in primetime, Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Also joining NBC's opening ceremony coverage will be Joshua Cooper Ramo, Co-CEO of Kissinger Associates, who discussed culture and geo-political issues for NBC during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"It's beyond exciting to welcome Katie back to our Olympic booth. Katie has extensive Olympic experience, having anchored the 'Today' show at six previous games, and hosted the opening ceremony in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens," Bell said. "We have been eagerly awaiting Mike's first primetime Olympic hosting duties and, now, with Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way. I'm looking forward to both of them engaging with Joshua for his keen analysis, first shared with our viewers so memorably in Beijing in 2008. I have no doubt this compelling trio will capture both the significance and glory of the ceremony's signature moments."
"During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication and perseverance of athletes from around the world. The opening ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the international community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. There's nothing quite like it," Couric said. "I'm also looking forward to working with Mike, who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to everything he does."
Tirico works his first opening ceremony. He served as host for the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics, following his role as a Rio daytime host.
In the days following the opening ceremony, Couric will contribute to NBC's coverage, offering commentary and interviewing select Olympians. Previously at NBC, Couric had a decorated 15-year run as co-anchor of "Today" (1991-2006) after serving as NBC News' deputy Pentagon correspondent for three years. 

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