The time has come for Bob Costas to move the torch to Mike Tirico and a brand new era of Olympic hosts.
Costas introduced Thursday on “The TODAY Display” he’s stepping down from his position as host of NBC’s primetime protection of the Olympic Video games. Tirico will take over the placement Costas held for over a quarter-century.
“I’m going to be like the remainder of the rustic, staring at Mike Tirico, who can be an in a position successor in Korea for the Wintry weather Olympics a 12 months from now,” Costas mentioned, in step with USA TODAY’s Erik Brady.
After serving as late-night host within the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Costas has fronted NBC’s prime-time protection for the reason that 1992 Barcelona Video games. He lined 11 Wintry weather and Summer time Olympics in totals, and his 27 Emmy Awards are essentially the most in sports activities broadcasting historical past.
“Bob has lengthy been the gold-standard of Olympic hosts,” NBC Olympics govt manufacturer Jim Bell mentioned in a observation, in step with TODAY’s Scott Stump. “We thank him for his unequalled paintings at the signature occasion in sports activities tv, and we’re extremely joyful to have Mike, with many years of big-event enjoy, on our workforce and excited to step in.”
Costas, 65, will stay with NBC Sports activities in some other capability.
Tirico used to be the sunlight hours host for NBC’s protection of the 2014 Rio Olympics. The 50-year-old is easily ready to think the placement of any person he “grew up idolizing,” beginning with the 2018 Wintry weather Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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