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Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

  • Premiered: 
    February 19, 1960
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Winter version of Summer Olympics 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: Olympics

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Plot Synopsis

Held every four years, the Winter Olympic Games feature multiple sports held on snow or ice -- figure skating, short- and long-course speed skating, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, ice hockey, luge, skeleton, bobsledding, curling and others. The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. It wasn't until the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley that viewers in the United States were able to see dedicated daily coverage of the Games, when CBS broadcast 15 hours of coverage during 11 days of events, which included events presented live and on tape. For the 1964 Winter Olympics from Innsbruck, Austria, ABC showed 17.5 hours of coverage over 13 nights of programming with most events on the same day they were held, because the network flew tapes from "Austria to Frankfurt or Paris, then jetting them to New York." For the 1968 Winter Olympics, ABC sent $5 million for the production, providing 27 hours of programming, using many technological innovations, including stop-action instant replay and a helicopter that provided aerial pictures transmitted via satellite.
For the XXIV Olympic Winter Games (Beijing, China in 2022), NBCUniversal provides coverage of the Games from February 2-20, 2022. The Opening Ceremony will be presented on Friday, Feb. 4, live in the morning and again in primetime on NBC and Peacock. Similar to recent Winter Games, NBC's primetime Olympic coverage begins the night before the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 3. Coverage begins on Wednesday, Feb. 2, on USA Network and Peacock. NBCUniversal is presenting its 18th Olympic Games, 12th consecutive overall, and sixth straight Winter Games.

Mike Tirico serves as NBC Olympics' primetime host for the third time. He will also host Prime Plus late-night coverage for the first week. Craig Melvin will host TODAY from Beijing and will serve as NBC's on-site host over the middle weekend of the Games. Maria Taylor, who made her NBC Olympics debut in Tokyo, will host Prime Plus in the Games' second week. Rebecca Lowe will serve as the host of NBC's daytime coverage, marking her fifth assignment as an NBC Olympics host. Ahmed Fareed, Jimmy Roberts, Lindsay Czarniak and Jac Collinsworth will host coverage on USA Network, Carolyn Manno will host coverage on CNBC, and Kathryn Tappen will serve as a host in the second week of coverage.

Among the Olympians on Team NBC: three-time medalist, including gold in the downhill at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, Lindsey Vonn; 1998 Olympic figure skating gold medalist Tara Lipinski; S. Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White; bronze medalist figure skater Ashley Wagner; 1984 figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton; 1988 figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano; two-time alpine skiing Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety; 1998 moguls gold medalist Jonny Moseley; three-time Olympic snowboarding medalist Kelly Clark; 2014 bronze medalist in luge Erin Hamlin; gold-medal winning cross country skier Kikkan Randall; Kevin Martin, who skipped Team Canada to gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics; 2018 Olympic curling gold medalist Tyler George; two-time Olympic moguls medalist Hannah Kearney; two-time short track speed skating medalist Katherine Adamek; three-time ski jumping medalist Johnny Spillane; three-time speed skating medalist Joey Cheek, two-time snow cross gold medalist Seth Wescott, and 2010 Olympic bobsledder Bree Schaaf. Olympian hockey commentators include Monique Lamoureux-Morando, who won three Olympic medals, including a gold medal in 2018 with Team USA; two-time Team USA medalist AJ Mleczko; four-time Team USA medalist Angela Ruggiero; and 1984 Olympian Eddie Olczyk.

Learn more about the Beijing 2020 Winter Games here: