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CBC UNVEILS BROADCAST TEAM FOR BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Destination: Beijing! CBC, Canada’s Olympic Network, took another step on the road to Beijing today, announcing the broadcast team that will be providing Canadians with unprecedented coverage of BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES ON CBC.  In what is being recognized as one of the most anticipated and historically significant Olympic Games, CBC has enlisted more than 50 hosts, commentators, analysts and former Olympians (with a combined 18 Olympic medals among them) to provide the most informative, comprehensive and entertaining coverage of Beijing 2008 from August 8-24. Plus, in the weeks to come, CBC will announce details regarding its team of experienced news and entertainment reporters who will be providing special feature coverage from Beijing.

CBC’s coverage of BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES kicks off on Friday, August 8 at 7 a.m. ET as nine-time Gemini Award winner Ron MacLean hosts the Opening Ceremony from National Stadium in Beijing, alongside Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent of CBC News and twelve-time Gemini Award winner.  MacLean will also host CBC’s prime-time show, Olympic Prime (6 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT), while Ian Hanomansing will host Olympic Pacific Prime (9 p.m. to 12 a.m. PT / 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET). Scott Russell and Diana Swain team up to host Olympic Morning (6 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. PT).  (Please visit CBCSports.ca for broadcast schedule; more details surrounding CBC’s broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming weeks).

Scott Oake will host the highly anticipated athletics events from National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest”. Veteran play-by-play man Mark Lee will call the track and field events while three-time Canadian Olympic decathlete Michael Smith and former 5000m record-holder and three-time Olympian David Moorcroft provide analysis. Donovan Bailey, a two-time Olympic gold medallist (men’s 100 m and 4 x 100 m relay), and three-time Olympian Rosey Edeh (women’s 400 m hurdles) join the broadcast team as special analysts.

 

Oake will also go poolside at National Aquatics Center, nicknamed “The Water Cube”, to host all the aquatics action with play-by-play announcer Steve Armitage. Byron MacDonald, a 1972 Olympian (butterfly – 100m) and Head Coach of University of Toronto’s swim team joins Oake and Armitage to provide expert analysis of the swimming events. Sydney Olympics double medallist Anne Montminy will provide analysis of the diving events. Special analysts Mark Tewkesbury, a three-time Olympic medallist and Marianne Limpert, Olympic silver medallist at the 1996 Atlanta games, will report from poolside and in-studio.

Commentator Bruce Rainnie, and analysts Barney Williams, Olympic silver medallist in the coxless four at the 2004 Athens Games, and Scott Logan, former Canadian national canoe team member and twelve-time Canadian national champion, will provide coverage of the rowing and flatwater events.  Doug Dirks and Claudia Kerckhoff-Van Wijk, 1982 Bronze medallist in the whitewater kayaking event at the World Championships, team up for commentary and analysis, respectively, for whitewater kayaking. All rowing, flatwater and kayaking events will take place at Beijing’s Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park.

Three-time Gemini Award nominee Brenda Irving will host the gymnastics events from National Indoor Stadium and Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium. Former Olympian and member of the Canadian Gymnastics Hall of Fame Lori Strong-Ballard, and former Canadian national team rhythmic gymnastics coach BB Ignatova will provide analysis. 

Mark Connolly will call the mountain biking, track cycling and road cycling events alongside five-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes. Hughes is one of two CBC analysts to compete at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, winning medals in Atlanta (1996), Salt Lake City (2002) and Torino (2006).  For BMX event coverage, analyst Kevin O’Brien joins Connolly.  The Olympic cycling events will be held at four venues in Beijing: Laoshan Velodrome, Road Cycling Course, Laoshan Mountain Bike Course and Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) Venue.

Elliotte Friedman will be covering volleyball from Capital Indoor Stadium and Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground, with analysts Charles Parkinson and Erminia Russo, both former elite volleyball players. Basketball play-by-play man Paul Romanuk hits the hardcourt at Wukesong Indoor Stadium to call the international hoops action, while Jay Triano - former Canadian Men’s National Basketball team head coach and Toronto Raptors assistant coach – provides analysis.

Play-by-play man Nigel Reed and analyst Jason DeVos, Canadian national soccer team captain from 1999 to 2004, team up to call women’s soccer while Erin Paul reports from the pitch. Rob Snoek will provide commentary for field hockey at the Olympic Green Hockey Field with analyst Hari Kant, Canada’s 2000 Olympic Men's Field Hockey goaltender.

Jim Van Horne will be in the broadcast booth at Fengtai Sports Center Softball Field to call softball, alongside analyst Haley Wickenheiser, the second CBC analyst to compete at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Wickenheiser won medals in women’s ice hockey in Nagano (1998), Salt Lake City (2002) and Torino (2006), and was a member of the Canadian women’s softball team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.  Former Canadian national team infielder Warren Sawkiw joins Van Horne to call baseball.

 
Karen Clark Le Poole, 1996 Olympic Silver medallist, will break down the synchronized swimming events with commentator Karin Larsen. Three-time Paralympian Rob Snoek and former Canadian water polo head coach and two-time Olympian George Gross Jr. will provide analysis of the Olympic water polo matches.  

 
Moving to the Ming Tomb Reservoir in northern Beijing, Karin Larsen will be joined by Canadian triathlon veteran Barrie Shepley to cover the triathlon.  Shepley coached the Canadian National Triathlon Team for ten years, including coaching Simon Whitfield to a Gold medal performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

 
Beijing’s Workers' Indoor Arena will host all the heavy-hitting boxing action with Vic Rauter and boxing guru Russ Anber calling the bouts. Commentator Nigel Reed will cover weightlifting with former Canadian Olympic weightlifter Aldo Roy, while Karin Larsen and Chris Wilson cover wrestling.  Jeff Marek will call the judo action, and Nigel Reed and Ontario team coach and taekwondo master Tino Dossantos will provide coverage of taekwondo.

 
Moving to equestrian events, Nancy Wetmore, along with former Canadian Olympic Horse Jumper Beth Underhill and Canadian FEI dressage judge, Cara Whitham, team up to call the action. Erin Paul also reports from the show ring.   Shifting from land to water, Peter Rusch and Fiona Kidd will cover all of the sailing action from Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.

CBC/Radio-Canada is the broadcast home to Beijing 2008 in Canada. This August CBC, Canada’s Olympic Network, will once again provide comprehensive, daily live Olympic Games coverage on CBC Television, bold, CBC Radio, CBC Newsworld and CBCSports.ca , ensuring that Canadians can experience the excitement of the Olympic Games when and where they want.

Olympic fans can visit the all-new CBCSports.ca/Olympics 24 hours a day, seven days a week leading up to and during the 2008 Olympic Games for comprehensive coverage, including breaking news, athlete blogs, in-depth reports, live and on-demand streaming, special features, including Beijing Bound—a unique look at China hosted by Ron MacLean, and more.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.  


BEIJING 2008 - THE OLYMPIC GAMES ON CBC

COMMENTATORS & ANALYSTS



Hosts
Ron MacLean - Olympic Prime/Opening Ceremony
Ian Hanomansing - Olympic Pacific Prime
Scott Russell – Olympic Morning
Diana Swain – Olympic Morning
Peter Mansbridge – Co-host Opening Ceremony

 

Athletics
Scott Oake – Host
Mark Lee – Play by Play
Michael Smith – Analyst
Dave Moorcroft – Analyst
Donovan Bailey – Special Guest Analyst
Rosey Edeh – Special Guest Analyst

 

Aquatics
Scott Oake – Host
Steve Armitage – Play by Play
Byron MacDonald – Analyst, Swimming
Mark Tewkesbury – Special Guest Analyst
Marianne Limpert – Special Guest Analyst
Anne Montminy – Analyst, Diving

 
Gymnastics
Brenda Irving – Commentator
Lori Strong-Ballard – Analyst, Artistic / Trampoline
BB Ignatova – Analyst, Rhythmic Gymnastics

 

Rowing / Canoe / Kayak
Bruce Rainnie – Commentator
Barney Williams – Analyst, Rowing
Scott Logan – Analyst, Canoe / Kayak

 

Canoe / Kayak-Slalom
Doug Dirks – Commentator
Claudia Kerckhoff-Van Wijk – Analyst

 

Volleyball
Elliotte Friedman – Commentator
Charles Parkinson – Analyst
Erminia Russo – Analyst, Beach Volleyball

 

Basketball
Paul Romanuk – Play-by-Play Commentator
Jay Triano – Analyst

 

Boxing
Vic Rauter – Commentator
Russ Anber – Analyst

 

Cycling
Mark Connolly – Commentator
Clara Hughes – Analyst, Track, Road, Mountain
Kevin O’Brien – Analyst, BMX

 

Baseball
Jim Van Horne – Play-by-Play Commentator
Warren Sawkiw – Analyst

 

Softball
Jim Van Horne – Play-by-Play Commentator
Hayley Wickenheiser – Analyst

 

Water Polo
Rob Snoek – Commentator
George Gross Jr. – Commentator

 

Synchronized Swimming
Karin Larsen – Commentator
Karen Clark Le Poole – Analyst

 

Hockey (Field Hockey)
Rob Snoek – Commentator
Hari Kant – Analyst

 

Triathlon
Karin Larsen – Commentator
Barrie Shepley – Analyst

 

Weightlifting
Nigel Reed – Commentator
Aldo Roy – Analyst

 

Wrestling
Karin Larsen – Commentator
Chris Wilson – Analyst

 

Football (Soccer)
Nigel Reed - Play-by-Play, Women’s
Jason De Vos – Analyst, Women’s
Erin Paul – Reporter, Women’s

 

Sailing
Peter Rusch – Play-by-Play Commentator
Fiona Kidd – Analyst

 

Equestrian
Nancy Wetmore – Commentator
Cara Whitham – Analyst, Dressage / Evening
Beth Underhill – Analyst, Jumping
Erin Paul – Reporter