Tom Jones / TampaBay.com: Best of the Olympics — The Olympics have only just begun, but there’s no doubt about the best part of NBC’s coverage. It’s the figure skating analyst team of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. Intelligent, charismatic, honest, unafraid, funny. Everything about this duo is completely mesmerizing. It’s rare in sports broadcasting when the announcing team, as opposed to the athletes, is the best reason to watch an event. I’m far from a figure skating fan, but figure skating has become must-see TV because of Lipinski and Weir.
The key to the two is they completely understand their audience, and therefore don’t speak over anyone’s heads with a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo. They will tell viewers exactly what they are watching, and aren’t afraid to be critical when a skater messes up, but they aren’t nasty about it.
NBC has struck gold with these two.
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