if it disappeared, perhaps they are rethinking...hope hope hope
It all comes down to Hanyu's own choices, but I do find that the interpretation loses focus when I'm looking at an elaborate costume.
From the Johnny and Tara press release - http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/20...pics-in-sochi/
I'm quite sure multi-platform means online streaming (like Shannon Miller did of Gymnastics in 2012). Tanith's assignment to the "Olympic Zone" is for the 30-minute program some of the local affiliates do to cover local athletes from their regions. My local affiliate sends reporters every Olympics for their version of "Olympic Zone".Weir, the two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion who announced his retirement today, and Lipinski, the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games when she won in Nagano in 1998 at the age of 15, will serve as analysts for NBC Olympics’ multi-platform figure skating coverage.
Belbin, a silver medalist in ice dancing at the 2006 Torino Olympics, will serve as a reporter for NBC Olympics’ Sports Desk and will present features for The Olympic Zone, NBC Olympics’ 30-minute daily show for NBC affiliates covering all aspects of the Games.
And on Thursday when I searched the nbcsportsgrouppressbox site for confirmation that Hamilton/Bezic once again will be the broadcast analysts for the Olympics, I found no such confirmation.
(ETA, corrections: In both cases above, I meant Wednesday instead of Thursday.)
So ... just my wild speculation, but I wonder whether the Weir/Lipinski GP commentator roles are "auditions" of sorts for the Sochi broadcast roles.
The cynic in me wonders also whether NBC has clauses in its contracts with Hamilton and Bezic that allow the network to opt out of using them for the Sochi broadcasts (perhaps such clauses, if any, would require NBC to "buy out" of using them.)
Again, just my speculation.
(And yes, I had noted earlier that Belbin's role clearly is different from Weir/Lipinski's multi-platform coverage. Agree on that point.)
Did Shannon Miller serve as an analyst (instead of Schlegel) for NBC television broadcasts of gymnastic events leading up to 2012 London? (I don't know whether gymnastics has something comparable to the ISU GP season.)
Before and after attempting her comeback as a competitor, Nastia Liukin made some tv appearances as an NBC analyst (I don't remember for which competitions exactly), but I don't remember when/whether I saw/heard Miller on tv.
In any case, thx for your replies, AHB.
And my apologies ... I had my days mixed up ... I had posted my previous thoughts on Wednesday (not Thursday) -- the day that Weir appeared on the Today show.
2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ON NBC
Event / Rating / Share
Pairs Short Program. . 14.3. . 23
Pairs Free Skate. . 14.2. . 22
Men’s Short Program. . 12.2. . 19
Men’s Free Skate. . 14.5. . 24
Compulsory Dance. . . . . .13.4. . 23
Original Dance. . 13.2. . 21
Free Dance. . 12.5. . 20
Ladies Short Program. . 12.6. . 20
Ladies Free Skate. . 13.6. . 23
Based on the numbers alone, lots of interesting -- and non-intuitive -- comparisons here:
For example, the Ladies SP had a lower rating and lower share than the CD, OD, and Pairs SP events.
(I hope my question was clear. I was aware that Schlegel provided commentary for NBC for many years. Was wondering whether Miller was the tv analyst for NBC for any lesser events in the year or two immediately before 2012 London.)
Will try to stop repeating myself , but your answer fuels my curiosity whether it is possible that Lipinski and Weir are being groomed for The Big Show (i.e., Sochi tv broadcasts).