NEW YORK (AP) NBC's top pairs figure skating couple is in place: Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
After attracting attention for their rapport and fashion sense in an understudy role at the Sochi Olympics, Lipinski and Weir were promoted by NBC on Wednesday to its top figure skating broadcast team.
With figure skating the marquee sport during the Winter Games, the promotion will make the former Olympians two of TV's most visible personalities in 2018 in South Korea. They'll team with play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, starting their new role Sunday during NBC's telecast of the Skate America competition.
One of the premier events at the Winter Olympics, figure skating actually got its start at the 1908 Summer Games - 16 years before the IOC opted to hold a winter version of the Games. Some of the Olympics' most dramatic moments have come on the ice, and the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi will be the host of something truly original - the first Olympic team events. Much of the attention, though, will be on one of the most highly anticipated evenings of the Olympics, the ladies' free skate on Feb. 20, as Americans Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner try to steal gold from heavily favored Mao Asada of Japan.