Winter Olympics: NBC Adds Adam Rippon, But Struggles With Broadcast Gaffes

Deadline | 2/18/2018 | Bruce Haring
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Men’s figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay brozne medalist who has kept up one of the highest profiles at the Winter Olympics, will be a correspondent for NBC for the remainder of the games.

Rippon will be featured on television, digital platforms and social media, according to NBC spokesman Greg Hughes, who spoke to USA Today about the move.

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The outspoken Rippon first made news when he criticized Vice President Mike Pence in mid-January. Pence fired back, leading to Rippon’s rise as a gay youth spokesperson. Rippon, along with skier Lindsey Vonn, have declared they will not join other US athletes at the White House in a post-Olympic celebration.

NBC’s Rippon announcement was one of its few bright moments, as broadcasting gaffes continue to mount in its coverage.

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Sports analyst Dan Hicks was the most recent victim, declaring the wrong winner of Friday’s women’s Super-G ski event.

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic beat Austria’s Anna Veith in the competition for the gold medal, nipping Veith with a stunning run as the last skier down the hill in the event. Ledecka was ranked No. 43 in the world and given no chance to beat Veith.

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Rather than wait for the results, Hicks declared, “Four straight Olympic golds in the women’s super G for the skiing powerhouse of Austria. I just about can’t believe it!” NBC then cut away, and never really admitted its wrong call. Yesterday, Hicks and fellow sportscaster Bode Miller...
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