NBC OLYMPICS ANNOUNCES COMMENTATORS FOR 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

 

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NBC OLYMPICS ANNOUNCES COMMENTATORS FOR 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

Press Release

February 27, 2018

Carolyn Manno to Host Paralympic Winter Games Coverage Across NBC and NBCSN

Chris Waddell, Most-Decorated Male Skier in U.S. Paralympic History, to Serve as Analyst

Coverage Begins on NBCSN with Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 9

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 27, 2018 NBC Olympics announced 12 commentators who will anchor its more than 250 hours of coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota from PyeongChang, South Korea. Paralympic coverage will air across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 9 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno returns for her third consecutive assignment as host of NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympic Games. Manno will be joined by 11 play-by-play commentators, analysts and reporters.

Play-by-play commentators Todd Harris, Jason Knapp and Steve Schlanger return for their third Paralympic Games and will call alpine skiing and snowboarding, sled hockey, biathlon and cross-country skiing, respectively. Chris Vosters, fresh off his first Olympic assignment, makes his Paralympic debut, serving as play-by-play commentator for coverage of wheelchair curling.

In addition, two Paralympians will make their debut as NBC Olympics analysts. Two-time Paralympic sled hockey gold medalist Taylor Lipsett will join Knapp for coverage of sled hockey, while three-time Paralympian and biathlete Kelly Underkofler will join Schlanger for biathlon and cross-country skiing.

13-time Paralympic medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member Chris Waddell (alpine skiing), as well as veteran snowboarding reporter Tina Dixon, and 2006 Olympic curling bronze medalist Pete Fenson will also serve as analysts.

Two-time Paralympian Mallory Weggemann and 2006 U.S. Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White make their debuts as Paralympic reporters along with Lewis Johnson, who will work his third-consecutive Paralympic Games for NBC Olympics.

NBC Olympics’ 2018 Paralympic Games competition coverage begins on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and culminates on Saturday, March 24 on NBC. On most days, NBCSN daytime programming will air from 2 – 5 p.m. ET.

NBC Olympics named Toyota the presenting sponsor of its 2018 Paralympic Winter Games coverage last month. This marks the first time NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympics will have a presenting sponsor. Toyota will also be the exclusive auto advertiser of NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games across the linear and digital networks of NBCUniversal. In addition, Toyota branding will be included within NBC Olympics’ extensive linear, digital and social media promotional campaigns.

The sponsorship coincides with the recent rollout of “Start Your Impossible” Toyota’s first-ever global campaign, which highlights real-life mobility stories of Olympic, and Paralympic athletes as well as people who demonstrate the value of humility, hard work and never giving up. See their stories of determination to challenge any impossible here.

Team Toyota is sponsoring seven U.S. athletes at the Paralympic Games: Stephanie Jallen, Alana Nichols and Danelle Unstead of U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing; Oksana Masters of U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing & Biathlon; Amy Purdy and Evan Strong of U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding; and Rico Roman of U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey.

SPORT-BY-SPORT RUNDOWN:

ALPINE SKIING:
Todd Harris, Play-by-Play
Chris Waddell, Analyst

SNOWBOARDING:
Todd Harris, Play-by-Play
Tina Dixon, Analyst

SLED HOCKEY:
Jason Knapp, Play-by-Play
Taylor Lipsett, Analyst

WHEELCHAIR CURLING:
Chris Vosters, Play-by-Play
Pete Fenson, Analyst

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING:
Steve Schlanger, Play-by-Play
Kelly Underkofler, Analyst

BIATHLON:
Steve Schlanger, Play-by-Play
Kelly Underkofler, Analyst

NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all six Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, wheelchair curling, cross-country skiing, and biathlon – spread across 10 days. The 250 hours of coverage includes 94 hours on television, which is NBC Olympics’ most ever for a Paralympic Winter Games, nearly doubling Sochi 2014 (50 hours). The 156 hours of streaming coverage will be available via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. [Note: OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app will also stream the Paralympic content that is televised on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA].

NBC Olympics will also work with Descriptive Video Works to provide video description services (VDS) for viewers with visual disabilities watching coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games on NBC and NBCSN.

Video description is the use of short verbal descriptions of action or key video scenes to add context to programing for individuals with a visual disability. Descriptive Video Works’ specialists, with years of sportscaster experience, will precisely and vividly describe key elements of NBC’s coverage of the Games and sports as they unfold. This narration provides a description of key visuals like actions, facial expressions, clothing, event locations and on-screen graphics. Toyota has 100% exclusive ownership position for the Closed Captioning and Visual Description.

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Fri., March 9 6 a.m. Opening Ceremony (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., March 9 7:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing – Men’s & Women’s
Downhill (LIVE)
Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Fri., March 9 11 p.m. Biathlon & Alpine Skiing (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., March 10 1 p.m. Biathlon & Alpine Skiing* NBC
Sat., March 10 7:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing – Men’s & Women’s Super-G (LIVE) Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Sat., March 10 10 p.m. Sled Hockey – U.S. vs. Japan, Wheelchair
Curling (LIVE)
NBCSN
Sun., March 11 9 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Standing/VI
20km Free (LIVE)
Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Sun., March 11 11:30 p.m. Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing Women's
Standing/VI 15km Free, Sled Hockey (LIVE)
NBCSN
Mon., March 12 Noon Sled Hockey – U.S. vs. Czech Republic,
Wheelchair Curling, Snowboarding (Encore)
NBCSN
Mon., March 12 9 p.m. Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Sled Hockey (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., March 13 2 p.m. Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Curling NBCSN
Tues., March 13 8:30 p.m. Wheelchair Curling (LIVE) Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Tues., March 13 Midnight Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Wheelchair
Curling (LIVE)
NBCSN
Wed., March 14 2 p.m. Sled Hockey Playoffs, Wheelchair Curling NBCSN
Wed., March 14 9 p.m. Wheelchair Curling (LIVE) Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Thurs., March 15 1 a.m. Alpine Skiing, Sled Hockey Semifinal (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., March 15 2 p.m. Sled Hockey Semifinal (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., March 15 9 p.m. Wheelchair Curling – Tiebreakers (LIVE) Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Fri., March 16 1 a.m. Snowboarding, Biathlon (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., March 16 7 p.m. Wheelchair Curling Semifinal,Biathlon, Alpine
Skiing, Sled Hockey – Bronze Medal Game (LIVE)
NBCSN
Sat., March 17 2 a.m. Wheelchair Curling – Gold Medal Game (LIVE) Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Sat., March 17 8:30 p.m. Cross-Country Skiing, Sled Hockey – Gold
Medal Game (LIVE), Wheelchair Curling –
Gold Medal Game
NBCSN
Sun., March 18 Noon Alpine Skiing – Women’s Giant Slalom,
Cross-Country Skiing – Open Relay
Olympic Channel:
Home of Team USA
Sun., March 18 4:30 p.m. Sled Hockey – Gold Medal Game (Encore) NBCSN
Sun., March 18 11:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony NBCSN
Sat., March 24 1 p.m. Highlight Show NBC

*All dates and times subject to change

ABOUT THE 2018 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 9-18, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea, with nearly 700 of the world’s finest Paralympic winter athletes competing for glory in 80 events across six different sports on snow and ice. Team USA will compete in each of the sports contested in PyeongChang with an estimated team of 70+ athletes.

-PYEONGCHANG 2018-

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