She takes the Olympic stage for the fourth time in her hosting career.
If you’ve missed seeing Katie Couric deliver the news since her daily talk show Katie was cancelled after the 2013-2014 season, you’re in for a special treat this winter. Couric will return to television to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony early this February.
This will be Couric’s fourth Olympics, and her first in 14 years. She previously co-hosted the Sydney and Athens summer Olympics, and the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games. On a conference call with the NBC Olympics Presidents and co-host Mike Tirico, Couric said she was able to take time off from producing a documentary series for National Geographic to head to PyeongChang, South Korea, where the winter games will be held. Couric said she’s eager to report the human-interest stories that can be told at the ceremonies. “[The Olympics are] really about athletic excellence and determination and resilience and all these personal human stories that connect us in a way that I think is sorely needed right now,” Couric said.
Couric’s co-host is sportscaster Mike Tirico. This is Tirico’s first time anchoring the opening ceremony—he takes over the position from Bob Costas, who hosted NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage for 24 years. Tirico expressed his gratitude on the call that he will be sharing his debut with someone who knows the ropes as well as Couric. “Everybody who has watched television over the last couple of decades knows that there is no one who brings more to a broadcast than Katie,” Tirico said. “[The opening ceremonies is] a little bit of sports and news and the geopolitical climate and fashion and culture and music and celebrating athletes’ great stories, and I can’t think of anyone better who has expertise in all of those areas than Katie.”
The Olympics Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET. NBC Universal will live-stream the ceremony on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as broadcast it on NBC, NBSN, and other NBC universal networks.