By Amy Rosewater | Oct. 22, 2014, 6:49 p.m. (ET)
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir walk the red carpet during the United States Olympic Committee's Best of U.S. Awards at Warner Theatre on April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.

If you liked tuning into Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, you’re in luck.

The duo, along with play-by-play commentator Terry Gannon, has been named NBC Sports Group’s lead figure skating broadcast team. Lipinski and Weir, who became breakout stars by delivering bold commentary in addition to showcasing eccentric outfits, will be in the booth for Skate America this weekend as well as for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic champion, and Weir, a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Olympian, became hits by being — in the words of Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC Olympics —authentic, entertaining, fresh and fun.”

The secret to their success is that they have been honest in their remarks in addition to being entertaining. Not only can they tell fans the difference between an Axel and a Lutz, but they also can opine on the latest trend in shoes. Weir showed off a black and white pair on the “Today” show this morning in fact.

“We want to be real about what the sport is,” Lipinski said. “If you call it as you see it, that’s what the audience likes.”

“I cherish the opportunity to bring figure skating to the people,” Weir added. “You have to be real, and you have to be authentic.”

You also never know what might come out of their mouths.

When asked about their own broadcasting role models, Lipinski said she looked up to Dick Button and Scott Hamilton, both of whom are Olympic champions and longtime figure skating commentators.

Weir then chimed in, saying, “For me, it’s 100 percent Kim Kardashian.”

Truth be told, as skaters, the two did take a lot of what was said about them by Button and Hamilton very seriously, and they recognize the responsibility they have to the skaters they are talking about now.

“For me,” Lipinski said, “with Dick Button, I will be forever scarred for my layback. There was not one that he ever said he was OK.”

“(The broadcasters) have such an impact on the sport,” Lipinski said. “It’s almost like they’re your parents. You want to make them proud.”

Weir recalled Button likening him to a “gazelle” on the air, adding that he would really have to “out-do the doozies” that have been said about him.

“I would constantly take their criticism to heart,” Weir said.

Hamilton, meanwhile, had been a part of NBC’s lead team since 2002 and Bell said there will be plenty of work for the 1984 Olympic gold medalist. Bell predicted Hamilton would be part of Olympic coverage on a variety of NBC programming.

“We’ll be able to keep Scott very busy,” Bell said.

NBC was so thrilled with the public’s reaction to Lipinski and Weir in Sochi that the two were asked to be part of the network’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby. Although Lipinski said they were kind of “fish out of water” at the prestigious horse race, they enjoyed working a non-skating event. The two hope to do other such events but did not reveal any future plans.

“Certainly we have grand plans and big dreams,” Weir said. “But first things first, it’s figure skating.”

Amy Rosewater is a freelance writer and editor for She has covered five Olympic Games and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.