Last week, NBC announced its coverage plans for the Winter Olympics, now less than a month away in Turin, Italy. On the list of assignments for different sports, it's interesting to note (as Vin Scully would say - and as Jon Miller would say when imitating Vin Scully) the former athletes from other sports with very specific Olympic jobs.
Some are long on the road to sportscasting careers that don't depend anymore on the expertise of their competitive careers, but let's take a look:
Tim Daggett (gymnastics): ski jumping.
Lewis Johnson (track and field): alpine skiing.
Carol Lewis (track and field): bobsled, skeleton.
Elfi Schlegel (gymnastics): curling.
Dwight Stones (track and field): cross country skiing.
Jim Lampley will be NBC's daytime and late-night host, marking his 13th Olympics and breaking a tie with Jim McKay for most Olympics worked by a television broadcaster.
Lampley's Olympic longevity kind of sneaked up on me. Maybe because he has been in a subordinate role, Lampley's presence doesn't have the "Mr. Olympics" feel that McKay's had.
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