Olympics chat with NBC’s Mike Tirico: Trying to be Bob Costas ‘would be stupid’

Mike Tirico is taking over for Bob Costas as host of NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage. (Bill Sikes/Associated Press)

For 11 straight Summer and Winter Games — dating back to 1992 — Bob Costas served as the familiar and reliable face of the Olympics. But Costas is sitting out the PyeongChang Games and has passed the torch to Mike Tirico, who will serve as NBC’s prime-time host, starting with Friday’s Opening Ceremonies. Tirico joined the network in 2016 and was a daytime host of the Rio Games. He recently spoke with The Post about his new high-profile assignment.

The Post: It’s not like you’re a newcomer to this broadcasting game, but did you seek out Costas for any advice?

Tirico: There’s been a longtime friendship there. I don’t think that’s overstating it. And I can’t imagine this job changing hands more smoothly. Bob has been unbelievable in making himself available, if I have any questions. I know I can pick up the phone during the Games, and if I have a question, I know I’ll get an honest answer. Bob’s the all-time best. Bob set a standard for the amount of times he did this and the way he did it that likely won’t be matched ever again. So I’m not replacing him; I’m following

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/02/09/olympics-chat-with-nbcs-mike-tirico-trying-to-be-bob-costas-would-be-stupid/

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