NBC Announces Commentators For 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

By NBC Olympics | Feb. 27, 2018, 3:56 p.m. (ET)



STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Olympics announced 12 commentators who will anchor its more than 250 hours of coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota from PyeongChang, South Korea. Paralympic coverage will air across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 9 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno returns for her third consecutive assignment as host of NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympic Games. Manno will be joined by 11 play-by-play commentators, analysts and reporters.

Play-by-play commentators Todd Harris, Jason Knapp and Steve Schlanger return for their third Paralympic Games and will call alpine skiing and snowboarding, sled hockey, biathlon and cross-country skiing, respectively. Chris Vosters, fresh off his first Olympic assignment, makes his Paralympic debut, serving as play-by-play commentator for coverage of wheelchair curling.

In addition, two Paralympians will make their debut as NBC Olympics analysts. Two-time Paralympic sled hockey gold medalistTaylor Lipsettwill join Knapp for coverage of sled hockey, while three-time Paralympian and biathlete Kelly Underkoflerwill join Schlanger for biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Thirteen-time Paralympic medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member Chris Waddell (alpine skiing), as well as veteran snowboarding reporter Tina Dixon, and 2006 Olympic curling bronze medalist Pete Fenson will also serve as analysts.

Two-time Paralympian Mallory Weggemann and 2006 U.S. Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White make their debuts as Paralympic reporters along with Lewis Johnson, who will work his third-consecutive Paralympic Games for NBC Olympics.

NBC Olympics’ 2018 Paralympic Games competition coverage begins on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and culminates on Saturday, March 24 on NBC. On most days, NBCSN daytime programming will air from 2 – 5 p.m. ET.

NBC Olympics named Toyota the presenting sponsor of its 2018 Paralympic Winter Games coverage last month. This marks the first time NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympics will have a presenting sponsor. Toyota will also be the exclusive auto advertiser of NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games across the linear and digital networks of NBCUniversal. In addition, Toyota branding will be included within NBC Olympics’ extensive linear, digital and social media promotional campaigns.

The sponsorship coincides with the recent rollout of “Start Your Impossible” Toyota’s first-ever global campaign, which highlights real-life mobilitystories of Olympic, and Paralympic athletes as well as people who demonstrate the value of humility, hard work and never giving up. See their stories of determination to challenge any impossible here.

Team Toyota is sponsoring six U.S. athletes at the Paralympic Games:Stephanie Jallen and Danelle Umstead of U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing; Oksana Masters of U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing, Amy Purdy and Evan Strong of U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding; andRico Roman of U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey.

SPORT-BY-SPORT RUNDOWN:

ALPINE SKIING:
Todd Harris, Play-by-Play
Chris Waddell, Analyst

SNOWBOARDING:
Todd Harris, Play-by-Play
Tina Dixon, Analyst

SLED HOCKEY:
Jason Knapp, Play-by-Play
Taylor Lipsett, Analyst

WHEELCHAIR CURLING:
Chris Vosters, Play-by-Play
Pete Fenson, Analyst

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING:
Steve Schlanger, Play-by-Play
Kelly Underkofler, Analyst

BIATHLON:
Steve Schlanger, Play-by-Play
Kelly Underkofler, Analyst

NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all six Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, wheelchair curling, cross-country skiing, and biathlon – spread across 10 days. The 250 hours of coverage includes 94 hours on television, which is NBC Olympics’ most ever for a Paralympic Winter Games, nearly doubling Sochi 2014 (50 hours). The 156 hours of streaming coverage will be available via NBCSports.comand the NBC Sports app for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. [Note:OlympicChannel.comand the Olympic Channel app will also stream the Paralympic content that is televised on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA].

NBC Olympics will also work with Descriptive Video Works to provide video description services (VDS) for viewers with visual disabilities watching coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games on NBC and NBCSN.

Video description is the use of short verbal descriptions of action or key video scenes to add context to programing for individuals with a visual disability. Descriptive Video Works’ specialists, with years of sportscaster experience, will precisely and vividly describe key elements of NBC’s coverage of the Games and sports as they unfold. This narration provides a description of key visuals like actions, facial expressions, clothing, event locations and on-screen graphics. Toyota has 100% exclusive ownership position for the Closed Captioning and Visual Description.

*All dates and times subject to change

   
March 9-10
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
6:00 AM Opening Ceremony NBCSN
7:30 PM Alpine Men's and Women's Downhill Olympic Channel
8:00 PM Biathlon Men's 7.5km & Women's 6km (Sitting) Stream via NBC Olympics
9:45 PM Biathlon Men's 7.5km & Women's 6km (Standing) Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM NBCSN: Biathlon, Alpine NBCSN
12:35 AM Wheelchair Curling: USA vs. South Korea Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 10-11
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
1:00 PM NBC: Day 1 Paralympic Coverage  NBC 
7:30 PM Olympic Channel: Alpine Men's & Women's Super-G Olympic Channel
7:30 PM Alpine Men's and Women's Super-G Stream via NBC Olympics
7:35 PM Wheelchair Curling: USA vs. Germany Stream via NBC Olympics
8:00 PM Cross-Country: Men's 15km, Women's 12km (sitting) Stream via NBC Olympics
10:00 PM NBCSN: Sled Hockey, Cross-Country, Curling, Alpine NBCSN
10:00 PM Sled Hockey: USA vs. Japan NBCSN
6:35 AM Wheelchair Curling: USA vs. Sweden Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 11-12
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
9:00 PM Olympic Channel: Cross-Country Olympic Channel
9:00 PM Cross-Country Men's 20km & Women's 15km (Standing/VI) Stream via NBC Olympics
9:30 PM Snowboarding Men's & Women's Snowboard Cross Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM Sled Hockey: USA vs. Czech Republic (Prelim) Stream via NBC Olympics
11:30 PM NBCSN: Snowboarding, Sled Hockey, Cross-Country NBCSN
1:35 AM Wheelchair Curling: Finland vs. USA (Round-Robin) Stream via NBC Olympics
6:35 AM Wheelchair Curling: Neutral Paralympic Athletes vs. USA (Round-Robin) Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 12-13
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
12:00 PM NBCSN: Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Curling NBCSN
8:30 PM Alpine Men's and Women's Combined (Super-G) Stream via NBC Olympics
9:00 PM NBCSN: Biathlon, Alpine, Sled Hockey NBCSN
9:00 PM Biathlon Men's 12.5km & Women's 10km (Sitting) Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM Sled Hockey: USA vs. South Korea (Prelim) Stream via NBC Olympics
11:30 PM Biathlon Men's 12.5km & Women's 10km (Standing) Stream via NBC Olympics
1:35 AM Wheelchair Curling: USA vs. China (Round-Robin) Stream via NBC Olympics
2:00 AM Alpine Men's and Women's Combined (Slalom) Stream via NBC Olympics
6:35 AM Wheelchair Curling: Canada vs. USA (Round-Robin) Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 13-14
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
2:00 PM NBCSN: Wheelchair Curling, Sled Hockey NBCSN
8:30 PM Olympic Channel: Wheelchair Curling Olympic Channel
8:30 PM Alpine Men's Slalom Run 1 Stream via NBC Olympics
8:35 PM Wheelchair Curling Round Robin, SUI vs. USA Stream via NBC Olympics
9:00 PM M/W Cross-country Sprint Qualification Rounds Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM M/W Cross-country Sprint Finals Stream via NBC Olympics
12:00 AM NBCSN: Alpine, Cross-Country NBCSN
1:00 AM Alpine Men's Slalom Run 2 Stream via NBC Olympics
1:35 AM Wheelchair Curling Round Robin, GBR vs. USA Stream via NBC Olympics
3:00 AM Sled Hockey Playoff 5th-8th Game 1 Stream via NBC Olympics
7:00 AM Sled Hockey Playoff 5th-8th Game 2 Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 14-15
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
2:00 PM NBCSN: Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Curling NBCSN
8:30 PM Alpine Women's Slalom Run 1 Stream via NBC Olympics
8:35 PM Wheelchair Curling Round Robin, USA vs. NOR Stream via NBC Olympics
9:00 PM Olympic Channel: Wheelchair Curling Olympic Channel
11:00 PM Sled Hockey Semifinal #1 NBCSN
11:30 PM Alpine Women's Slalom Run 2 Stream via NBC Olympics
1:00 AM NBCSN: Alpine, Sled Hockey NBCSN
6:35 AM Wheelchair Curling Round Robin, USA vs. SVK Stream via NBC Olympics
7:00 AM Sled Hockey Semifinal #2 Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 15-16
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
2:00 PM NBCSN: Sled Hockey NBCSN
8:35 PM Wheelchair Curling Tiebreak Matches Stream via NBC Olympics
9:00 PM Olympic Channel: Wheelchair Curling Olympic Channel
9:00 PM Biathlon Men's 15km, Women's 12.5km Sitting Stream via NBC Olympics
9:30 PM Snowboarding Men's, Women's Banked Slalom Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM Biathlon Men's 15km, Women's 12.5km Standing/VI Stream via NBC Olympics
1:00 AM NBCSN: Snowboarding, Biathlon NBCSN
2:35 AM Wheelchair Curling Semifinal Match #1 Stream via NBC Olympics
2:35 AM Wheelchair Curling Semifinal Match #2 Stream via NBC Olympics
3:00 AM Sled hockey 7th-8th Place Classification Game Stream via NBC Olympics
7:00 AM Sled hockey 5th-6th Place Classification Game Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 16-17
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
7:00 PM NBCSN: Wheelchair Curling, Biathlon, Sled Hockey, more NBCSN
8:30 PM Alpine Men's Giant Slalom Run 1 Stream via NBC Olympics
8:35 PM Wheelchair Curling Bronze Medal Final Stream via NBC Olympics
9:00 PM Cross-Country M 10km, W 7.5km Standing/VI Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM Sled Hockey Bronze Medal Final Stream via NBC Olympics
11:40 PM Cross-Country M 10km, W 7.5km Sitting Stream via NBC Olympics
1:00 AM Alpine Men's Giant Slalom Run 2 Stream via NBC Olympics
2:00 AM Olympic Channel: Wheelchair Curling Olympic Channel

 

March 17-18
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
8:30 PM NBCSN: Cross-Country, Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Curling NBCSN
8:30 PM Alpine Women's Giant Slalom Run 1 Stream via NBC Olympics
9:00 PM Cross-Country Mixed Relay Stream via NBC Olympics
10:00 PM Cross-country Open Relay Stream via NBC Olympics
11:00 PM Sled Hockey Gold Medal Final NBCSN
11:30 PM Alpine Women's Giant Slalom Run 2 Stream via NBC Olympics
7:00 AM Closing Ceremony Stream via NBC Olympics

 

March 18
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
12:00 PM Olympic Channel: Alpine, Cross-Country Olympic Channel
4:30 PM NBCSN: Sled Hockey NBCSN
11:30 PM Closing Ceremony NBCSN

 

March 24
Time (ET) Event TV / Stream
1:00 PM Paralympics Highlight Show NBC