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Posted Sunday 2/18/18 at 8:36PM EST
Adam Rippon changes his mind, decides not to join NBC
The bronze medal-winning U.S. figure skater has had a change of heart about becoming an NBC correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics, according to USA Today's Christine Brennan, who first reported that Rippon would be joining NBC. "After agreeing to an offer to work for NBC, Adam Rippon @Adaripp decided overnight that he would rather remain as an Olympian, source telling me," Brennan tweeted. "Didn’t want to relinquish his official Olympic standing, give up credential, move out of Team USA housing and miss closing ceremony." Rippon later confirmed his decision on NBCSN: “I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village. It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events."
Posted Sunday 2/18/18 at 7:29AM EST
NBC hires figure skater Adam Rippon for the rest of the Winter Olympics
The outspoken U.S. figure skater and bronze medalist, who has become one of the most well-known athletes at the PyeongChang Games, has been hired by NBC to work as a correspondent for the final week of the Winter Olympics. An NBC spokesperson tells USA Today he'll work on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media. Rippon, the first openly gay man to medal at the Winter Olympics, made headlines for criticizing Vice President Mike Pence over gay rights. Rippon has also said he wouldn't attend President Trump's ceremony honoring the Winter Olympians.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Olympic broadcasters need to have personality, zero chill and the ability to know when to shut up
Those are just three of the five things that make Olympic broadcasters great, according to Jen Chaney. The other two are expertise and the ability to match the mood of an event. Here is Chaney on the broadcasting quality of knowing when to shut up: "This matters because you can avoid saying things on live television that you’ll need to apologize for later, but even more importantly, it’s also a way to let a moment breathe. During Shaun White’s final gold-medal-winning halfpipe run earlier this week, the Todds (snowboarding commentators Todd Harris and Todd Richards) stopped talking as White prepared to go for his medal, letting the moment and the tension speak for itself. They did the same thing while White waited for his score to be announced. A good Olympics broadcaster can read a moment and understand when the best thing he or she can do is just get out of the way."
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- Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis deserved the redemption narrative NBC gave to Shaun White
- Olympians should get their medals immediately after the event
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Nathan Chen and Mikaela Shiffrin have forced NBC to throw out their Winter Olympics script
"What had been advertised as a medal march for U.S. Olympians Shiffrin and Chen became something else altogether on NBC’s broadcast and cable telecasts in the space of a few minutes Thursday night," says Phil Rosenthal. "Something else, as in: Hey, coming up Friday, Team USA’s Lindsey Vonn competes in the super-G! Hello, Adam Rippon! Whether it was nerves, norovirus or whatever, Chen and Shiffrin were humbled. So too, presumably, were those media folks who had jacked up what had seemed justifiable expectations under which they struggled to perform."
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Bob Costas participates in an oral history of his most memorable Olympics moment: Having pink eye at the 2014 Sochi games
"Counting the late night role that I had in Seoul in 1988, I did a dozen Olympics," says Costas. "And I’d like to think that my colleagues and I did a number of very worthwhile things. But I know that because this was so front and center, it’s probably the thing that people are going to remember the most. No one’s going to sit down and review hundreds of hours of tapes and go, 'You know, that was really a good thing he did with Michael Phelps.'"
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
NBC's official Winter Olympics policy is to mispronounce "PyeongChang"
NBC has been pronouncing the Winter Olympics host city as “Pyeong-Chayng," when it's supposed to be pronounced "Pyung-Chahng." Asked to respond, an NBC spokesperson told The Washington Post: “We heard a variety of ways to say PyeongChang during our preparation for the Games, and ultimately decided on the version in which the second syllable sounds like ‘twang.’ Although we have informed all of our commentators of this, with 2,400 hours of coverage and more than 80 on-air personalities, you may occasionally hear a slightly different pronunciation.”
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
NBC turned its Winter Olympics snowboarding coverage into the Shaun White show
The now three-time Winter Olympics gold medalist is "a scintillating performer, and a remarkably clutch one," says Josh Levin and Justin Peters. But NBC tried to portray him with a "bogus" "triumph-over-adversity tale" that failed to mention the sexual assault lawsuit he settled and his unpopularity with fellow snowboarders. "NBC’s coverage of White demonstrates it’s incapable of acknowledging that the greatest athletes can sometimes be the biggest jerks," says Levin and Peters. "The network likes to portray its American Olympic heroes as cuddly, wholesome, and likable, even when they’re nothing of the sort. As a storyline, 'Shaun White: Greatest Snowboarder Ever' pales in comparison to 'Shaun White: Greatest Snowboarder Ever and a Super Nice Guy.' NBC needed us to want White to win—to see his victory as an unambiguous triumph."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
Bob Costas says he's fine watching the Winter Olympics at home: "I’m interested, but I’m not obsessed"
"I’m seeing a good portion of it," Costas says of being home watching the Olympics for the first time in decades. He adds: “My attitude is I have had a wonderful ride and so many wonderful things to look back on and so many great things have happened and great friendships and collaborations, so when things take another turn in another direction, that’s just the way it goes."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Leslie Jones has become the "anti-announcer" of the Winter Olympics
The SNL star's tweets are being called the best thing about the Winter Olympics, and she has yet to even arrive in South Korea. The Huffington Post says Jones has "upped her game" this year, after her celebrated stint as a social-media commentator at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. "Ms. Jones has emerged as the Olympics’ anti-announcer, funny and often salty, especially when it comes to the fashion, which, at its best, can be daring, and, its worst, well, she has her views," says Laura M. Holson. Jones' Twitter commentary has become like a real-time version of E!'s Fashion Police. “She’s not a fashion expert, and she is not holding herself out to be,” says Melissa Rivers, former host of Fashion Police. “She takes all the haughtiness out of it.”
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Why hasn't NBC mentioned the sexual harassment allegations against Shaun White?
The two-time Winter Olympics gold medalist snowboarder has had a "road to redemption" storyline" in Pyeongchang, but there has been no mention so far of the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by his band's former drummer. According to Slate, "NBC declined to answer a series of questions about whether it was aware of the allegations against White, whether the network planned to mention the allegations or settlement on air, or whether it would ask White about the claims in an interview."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
NBC: We did not fire Opening Ceremony analyst who offended Koreans
Asia expert Joshua Cooper Ramo was only hired to analyze the Opening Ceremony, so his job with the PyeongChang Games is over, NBC said in disputing widespread reports that he was fired. NBC had to apologize for Ramo for saying, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." ALSO: Sunday's ratings were below the first Sunday of the past two Winter Olympics.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"
NBC dumped analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo after he offended South Koreans by saying during the Opening Ceremony, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation." NBC also apologized for his comment. "If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games," says Michael McCarthy. "Over three days of coverage, the Peacock network has been busy apologizing, or trying to explain on-air gaffes and profanity by analysts and athletes, a tape delay for the first U.S gold medal and a 'wardrobe malfunction' that rekindled network nightmares of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl."
- About 28.3 million watched the Opening Ceremony, down from 31.7 million for the Sochi Olympics
- Watch the 23 minutes that NBC edited out of the Opening Ceremony
- NBC turned the Opening Ceremony into a dull social studies report
- There was something "lyrical and occasionally irresistible at the core" of the Opening Ceremony
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
NBC hopes to avoid another Olympics Opening Ceremony backlash with livestreaming and fewer commercial breaks
Viewers can start livestreaming the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m PT on Friday without commentary and with what NBC Sports describes as “the event’s natural sound." The livestream will feature advertising. The Katie Couric and Mike Tirico-hosted telecast kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with 30% fewer commercials than the Rio Summer Olympics. It was the social media outrage from Rio that prompted the change.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:09PM EST
NBC teams with Intel to stream some Winter Olympics events in virtual reality
The Opening Ceremony will be among 30 events that can be watched as 360-degree broadcasts.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Snapchat to show live video of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage
The social media app is launching a tool that will let TV networks put snippets of live broadcasts directly into Snapchat. The new tool will be launched on Saturday to coincide with the Winter Olympic games. ALSO: Uber passengers to be treated with Olympic highlights.