POSTED: March 5th 2009

Al Michaels returns to NBC Olympic coverage

John Madden, Al Michaels, Fred Gaudelli / Image: NBC Photo Mitchell Haaseth
John Madden, Al Michaels, Fred Gaudelli / Image: NBC Photo Mitchell Haaseth

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Emmy Award winning announcer Al Michaels whose memorable “Do you believe in miracles? YES!" call at the Lake Placid Olympics will return to host NBC's live weekend and weekday daytime coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The announcement was made today via conference call by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports and Olympics and marks Michaels first Olympic broadcast in 22 years.

"To say I am thrilled to have Al host our weekend and weekday daytime coverage is an understatement," said Ebersol.  "Since joining NBC to do Sunday Night Football in 2006 Al and I have discussed him doing other events here.  After the Pro Bowl in Tampa last month we discussed it again and he said he would love to host an Olympics for the first time.  I immediately offered him this role."

"I've loved the Olympics since childhood and to have a chance to be a part of the coverage again, especially on the 30th anniversary of the Lake Placid Games, will be a thrill," said Michaels. "I am very excited about the opportunity to work another Olympic Games."

Ebersol also commented on the upcoming marketing of the TV rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, “The IOC will delay the bidding as they are waiting for a healthier economic future.”

“I certainly don’t see it in any immediate future and perhaps they’ll wait till after the decision for the 2016 games is made in the first 10 days of October” he confirmed. 

Michaels is best known for his calling of the USA men's hockey team's surprise victory over the USSR that Sports Illustrated voted as the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. Later Disney produced the acclaimed film “Miracle” in 2004 on the story of the gold medal final.

Michaels previously had called for NBC the gold medal match between the USSR and Czechoslovakia at the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo. He also did commentary for biathlon, speed skating, ski jumping and cross-country skiing and was a member of the small nine announcer team that NBC had working on the Sapporo Games in 1972.

Al Michaels / Image: NBC

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