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ATHENS 2004

Behind The Mike

August 08, 2004

NBC's Olympic announcers:

HOSTS

* Bob Costas returns for his sixth Olympics and fifth as prime-time host.

* Jim Lampley anchors NBC's daytime coverage as well as coverage on USA.

* Pat O'Brien is host of NBC's late-night coverage during the first week of competition. Athens is O'Brien's fifth Olympic broadcasting assignment. Dan Hicks, who is calling swimming in the first week, returns in the second week of the Games as NBC's late-night host, a role he handled at Salt Lake in 2002.

* Lester Holt, working his first Olympics, is sharing MSNBC host duties with O'Brien.

* Mary Carillo makes her debut as an Olympic studio host, splitting the Bravo anchor role with Inga Hammond.

* Fred Roggin anchors CNBC's coverage, his first Olympic host assignment.

* Jessi Losada and soccer announcer Andres Cantor, known for his signature GOOOAL! call, are co-hosts of Telemundo's Olympic coverage.

BY SPORT

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday August 11, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Olympic announcers -- A listing of television announcers for the Summer Olympics in Sunday's Athens 2004 section gave no source for the information. The source was NBC.

* GYMNASTICS: Play-by-play announcer Al Trautwig is again joined by Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett and Elfi Schlegel, who have provided analysis on NBC's Olympic gymnastics coverage since the 1992 Barcelona Games. Olympic veteran Andrea Joyce, who worked swimming in Sydney for NBC, joins the team as reporter.

* SWIMMING: Hicks has the call alongside analyst Rowdy Gaines, with newcomer Melissa Stark reporting.

* TRACK AND FIELD: Tom Hammond again calls track and field. Dwight Stones, Carol Lewis, Marty Liquori and Lewis Johnson return as analysts. New analysts include Larry Rawson (women's marathon) and Tom Feuer (walks). Bob Neumeier makes his Olympic debut as reporter.

* DIVING: Ted Robinson with Cynthia Potter.

* BASKETBALL: Mike Breen handles play-by-play in the men's and women's competitions, alongside analysts Doug Collins (men) and Ann Meyers (women). Collins, a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team, takes on his second Olympic broadcasting assignment. Meyers, who won silver as a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team in 1976, is working her third Olympics as a broadcaster. Craig Sager returns as reporter for the men's and women's competition.

* BOXING: Bob Papa and analyst Teddy Atlas call the fights. Kenny Rice, known for his work on NBC's coverage of horse racing, makes his Olympic debut as reporter.

* SOCCER: Veteran soccer play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera makes his Olympic debut, working alongside first-time Olympic analysts Marcelo Balboa (men's) and Lori Walker (women's).

* BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Chris Marlowe and Karch Kiraly. Heather Cox makes her Olympic debut as reporter.

* VOLLEYBALL: Jim Watson calls the matches with analyst Mike Dodd, who won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Both are on their second Olympic broadcast assignment.

* WATER POLO: Mike Emrick makes his Summer Olympics debut calling water polo alongside 2000 Olympian Julie Swail in her Olympic broadcast debut.

* BASEBALL: Matt Vasgersian, the San Diego Padres' television voice, makes his Olympic debut alongside returning analyst Joe Magrane, the former major league pitcher.

* SOFTBALL: Vasgersian has the call alongside first-time Olympic analyst Dot Richardson, the standout second baseman on the USA's gold medal-winning softball teams in Atlanta and Sydney.

HDTV CREWS

* COMMENTATORS: Coverage on NBC's HDTV affiliates include play-by-play announcers Matt Devlin (track and field, and diving), Craig Hummer (swimming and diving) and Paul Sunderland (gymnastics, basketball and diving). A longtime contributor to the NBA on NBC who is working his fifth Olympics for NBC, Sunderland won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic volleyball team.

* ANALYSTS: The HDTV lineup of analysts is highlighted by Shannon Miller (gymnastics) and Dara Torres (swimming). Miller, with seven Olympic medals in 1992 and 1996, is the most decorated American gymnast -- male or female -- in history. Torres, the first American swimmer to compete in four Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000), collected nine Olympic medals (four gold, one silver, four bronze.) Other HDTV analysts include Steve Jones (basketball), who for 12 years was a popular and highly regarded NBA analyst on NBC; Frank Zarnowski (track and field) and Steve Foley (diving).

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On the Web

For more Olympic coverage, including breaking news, results, updated medal counts, athlete profiles and photo galleries, go to latimes.com/olympics.

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