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Shoma Uno, Javier Fernandez Highlight NBC Sports’ 2017 Grand Prix France Coverage

NBC Sports: This weekend, NBC Sports Group presents 15 hours of coverage of Grand Prix France (Internationaux de France) from Grenoble, France, including 13.5 hours of live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. The event is the fifth competition in the 2017 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

NBCSN presents coverage of the event this Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 p.m. ET.  Andrea Joyce calls the NBCSN show, alongside 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir.

2017 world silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan and Javier Fernandez of Spain, who has won two of the last three world titles, highlight the men’s international skaters, while 2017 world junior champion Vincent Zhou and 2015 Skate America champion Max Aaron represent the U.S. men’s contingent.

2017 world silver medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada and 2017 world junior champion Alina Zagitova of Russia highlight the ladies’ event. 2014 Olympian Polina Edmunds will make her Grand Prix season debut as the lone American in the ladies’ competition.

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Please note that NBCSN is NOT the same channel as NBC. Check local listings for coverage in your area.

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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Return to NBC in Primetime for Winter Olympics Figure Skating Coverage

Awful AnnouncingJohnny Weir and Tara Lipinski were the breakout broadcasting sensations of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and NBC wisely promoted them to the network’s top announcing team on figure skating. To no surprise, Weir and Lipinski will be back in the broadcast booth alongside play-by-play Terry Gannon for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Four years ago, as NBCSN’s No. 2 figure skating announcing team, the Gannon-Weir-Lipinski trio boosted the network to the 10 best weekday ratings in its history. Viewers weren’t just engaged by Weir and Lipinski’s enthusiastic commentary and humor, but the two were also a sensation on Instagram with their around-the-town and behind-the-scenes photos and videos.

“It’s an extreme privilege to craft the stories of the incredible athletes while enlightening and entertaining our audiences while we all enjoy a sport that has meant so much to my life,” said Weir. “I can’t wait to get to PyeongChang and marvel at the performances of the skaters who across all disciplines, are competing at heights I never thought I’d see in my lifetime.”

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 55: The Award-Winning Podcast

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss their victory at the Cynopsis Media Awards for best podcast. Next, they talk about their trip to Denver; Johnny talks about his flight and Tara discusses her McDonald’s experience. Then, they finish off with #FanKorner.

Subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on Art19 (below) or iTunes.

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Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir Lead NBC Olympic Primetime Figure Skating Team

NBC Olympic Talk:  Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will make their NBC Olympic primetime figure skating analyst debuts in PyeongChang.

Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic champion, and Weir, a two-time Olympian, will join longtime skating broadcast host Terry Gannon in the booth in February.

The trio teamed up for NBCSN figure skating coverage in Sochi, their first Olympics together.

They helped the network post the 10 best weekday daytime audiences in its history and were named NBC Sports’ lead figure skating team later in 2014. Gannon, Lipinski and Weir have also called U.S. and world championships and Grand Prix figure skating events the last three years.

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BFF’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir to Call Primetime Olympic Figure Skating for NBC

People: Over the past few years, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have done commentary for the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl and even National Dog Show.

But for two fabulous weeks in February, the two former Olympic figure skaters will be returning to their sequined roots and handling NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Says Weir, 33, a three-time U.S. figure skating champion who competed in the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games: “I’m so honored and excited to bring figure skating into American homes during the 2018 Olympics. . . . I can’t wait to get to PyeongChang and marvel at the performances of the skaters, who across all disciplines, are competing at heights I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. Get ready America, winter has come!”

The two will join veteran play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, whom they first paired up with at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The threesome’s live figure skating coverage, which aired on NBCSN, helped set new weekday viewership records for the network. Months later, they were tapped to become NBC’s lead announcing team for the sport.

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Primetime from PyeongChang: Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski & Terry Gannon to Call Olympic Figure Skating on NBC

NBC Sports: Play-by-play commentator Terry Gannon, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, and three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir will handle NBC’s primetime figure skating coverage during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Gannon, Lipinski, and Weir received critical acclaim for their commentary on NBCSN’s live figure skating coverage at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which helped the network post the 10 best weekday daytime audiences in its history. Later that year, they were named NBC Sports Group’s lead figure skating announce team.

“I am so honored and excited to bring figure skating into American homes during the 2018 Olympics. It’s an extreme privilege to craft the stories of the incredible athletes while enlightening and entertaining our audiences while we all enjoy a sport that has meant so much to my life. I can’t wait to get to PyeongChang and marvel at the performances of the skaters who across all disciplines, are competing at heights I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. Get ready America, winter has come!” – Johnny Weir

NBC Sports Group’s skating coverage continues this Sunday, Nov. 19 (10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) with ISU Grand Prix France from Grenoble, France.

The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8, 2018, on the networks of NBCUniversal.

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Olympian Johnny Weir Among the Celebs at America’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017

WDIV / Click On Detroit: America’s Thanksgiving Parade is always a spectacle, and for 2017 the celebrities are joining in on the fun.

This year’s lineup includes: Nashville recording artist and Michigan native Frankie Ballard, Emmy award-winning producer and drummer Karriem Riggins, star of Disney Channel’s “K.C. Undercover” Trinitee Stokes, and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir.

Liam Fennecken of the Tony-nominated Broadway Musical, “School of Rock” will kick-off the live WDIV broadcast with a special performance, compliments of Broadway in Detroit.

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Legendary Johnny Weir to Perform at Bryant Park Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1

Time Out New York: Over the next couple of weeks, the prettiest Christmas trees in New York will be lit for the holiday season. Many of the best NYC parks and New York attractions host special lighting ceremonies. However, few are as exciting and magical as the affair hosted by the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.

As one of the most popular holiday markets in NYC, the Winter Village has big plans to make their tree-lighting ceremony (held on Friday, December 1) a smash. When you go, you’ll be dazzled by a theatrical ice-skating show starring World Champions and Olympian skaters Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Jeff Buttle. The legendary Johnny Weir will also hit the 17,000-square-foot rink. Festivities kick off at 6 pm.

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‘Tara and Johnny’ Wins Best Podcast in Cynopsis Media Awards

Cynopsis Media: The sold out, 5th annual Cynopsis Digital Model D Awards took place today at ThreeSixty in TriBeca New York. Hosted by Oilver Trevena, the lunchtime event was a “who’s who” of digital, with great comedic relief from Trevena and guest presenters The Gregory Brothers, Cathy Kelley (WWE), and Randy Rainbow.

In the media industry, digital is a dazzling disruptor that demands new technology, fresh formats, and a pioneering spirit. The winners and finalists in this year’s Cynopsis Digital Model D Awards exemplify just that, displaying excellence in online content and advertising.

Winner for Best Podcast/Audio Series: ‘Tara and Johnny: the Podcast’ with Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, NBC Sports Group.

Honorable mentions: The Daily, New York Times; The Kevin Durant Interviews, NBA.

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Listen and subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on Art19  or iTunes.

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 54: Weekend Adventures

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss their weekends: Tara talks about her events at the airport, and Johnny talks about events leading up to a night out with friends. Then, they talk about their favorite TV shows, and finish off with #FanKorner moments.

Subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on Art19 (below) or iTunes.

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