With two of the biggest sporting events of the year happening at the same time — and on the same network — NBC’s Mike Tirico had what seemed like a difficult choice between working the Winter Olympics or the Super Bowl.
So he’s doing both.
In what the network is calling “an unprecedented hosting double,” Tirico will travel to Beijing to host NBC’s Olympic prime time show, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 3 and running through Thursday, Feb. 10.
The next day, he’ll fly 6,200 miles to Los Angeles and resume his Olympic hosting duties on Friday night from a special set outside SoFi Stadium, site of Super Bowl 56.
Tirico will continue his Olympic work on Saturday night, before hosting NBC’s five-hour pregame show on Super Bowl Sunday and then returning to anchor that night’s Olympic coverage.
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“It is a career highlight to host the biggest sports broadcast day any media company has ever undertaken,” Tirico said in a statement released by NBC. “The foundation of our Olympic and NFL productions are the incredible people behind the camera. It is their planning and excellence that make this possible. I have never been more excited for a work project and to quote the great Ernie Banks, ‘Let’s play 2!’”
Tirico has been the network’s prime time Olympics host since 2018. He has covered three Olympics for NBC and four Super Bowls during his time with ESPN/ABC.