Who’s Who at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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All eyes are on the 2014 Winter Olympics which are being held in Krasnodar Krai, Russia through February 23, 2014.  Where there are lights, cameras and action you will almost always find a slew of celebrities and famous A listers. But the Olympic Games are different not only because Russia is being boycotted by many heads of state and celebrity-types due to their anti-gay laws but because the games aren’t about celebrity but about the hardworking athletes who work hard everyday to get their one moment in time to shine.

So who made the trip and who went with them?  Here’s a who’s-who look at the celebrities, television stars and gold medal hopefuls at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Peter Dinklage

PeterDinklage announced that #winteriscoming

The NBC network guys and gals thought of a great way to broaden their audience for the 2014 Winter Olympics.  They decided to tap into the star power that is Peter Dinklage (of HBO’s Game of Thrones fame) to draw in some of the series’ massive following for the opening ceremony. They decided to tie in the fantasy game and the winter to cross-promote and market.

Mr. Dinklage narrated  the almost 7 minute opening tease which led into NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia.

The opening featured the history and culture of Russia, and it introduced several of the many athletes from around the world who will participating over the 17 days of the Games.

NBC

NBC’s Trusty Commentators are on hand to report the obvious and more. Here is the line up for this year’s games:

Lester Holt will commentate the daytime games.

Bob Costas gets the Primetime and Late night coverage gig.  He has been hosting Olympic game coverage since 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.

Al Michaels who got his big break when he called the ‘Miracle on Ice’ in 1980, will cover the daytime weekend events.

Matt Lauer & Meredith Viera might be the big surprise in this line up. These two covered the Opening ceremonies in Sochi.  Viera was a surprise to many viewers due to the fact that she was so widely criticized (along with Lauer) for her coverage of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

NBCSN

Rebecca Lowe replaced Michelle Beadle for the daytime coverage.

Al Michaels will provide afternoon coverage.

Dan Patrick on his third Olympic assignment will also commentate during the daytime games.

 

President Obama said it best:

The Olympic games are all about the many men and women athletes who gather from around the  world to represent their country and bring home the gold.

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