Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Katie Couric Is Returning to NBC for the Winter Olympics

Katie Couric Is Returning to NBC for the Winter Olympics

It's notable that NBC chose to rehire Couric in place of Lauer, who allegedly used his position of power at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 to prey upon a staffer, which directly led to Lauer's firing.

And NBC unveiled a major surprise on Wednesday: Katie Couric will return to NBC to co-host the Opening Ceremony alongside first-time host Mike Tirico. However, Tirico has been preparing for the event for over a year, whereas Couric only just found out she'd be co-hosting.

Couric has handled the opening ceremony duties in the past during her years on "Today", as part of the program's Olympics coverage in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002 and Athens in 2004. As a result, the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, which will take place at 8 p.m. local time on February 9 at Pyeonchang Olympic Stadium in PyeongChang, South Korea, would air live in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the Eastern time zone at 6 a.m. local time.

This will be Tirico's first Opening Ceremony, which is a far cry from Couric's experience of three ceremonies.

"During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication and perseverance of athletes from around the world", Couric said in a statement to NBC Sports. "I'm also looking forward to working with Mike, who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to everything he does". He served as host for the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics, following his role as a Rio daytime host.

Ever since NBC began streaming the Olympics, one of the issues that had been sticking in the craw of viewers is that the Opening Ceremony was not streamed live.

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