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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski now NBC's lead figure-skating broadcasters

NBC promotes Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski to its lead figure-skating broadcast team

Calling them "breakout stars" from the Sochi Winter Games, NBC Sports has promoted Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its lead broadcast team for figure skating.

The former Olympians will work with play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon.

“We’re excited that viewers will be treated to this team’s informative and entertaining commentary for many years to come, all while looking fabulous,” said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics.

The new team succeeds Tom Hammond, Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic.

"They set the bar high," Bell said.

Hamilton will remain with NBC as a special contributor and Hammond is scheduled to call track and field at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Weir has remained in the public eye since his skating career ended, appearing on a reality cable show, writing a newspaper column and designing his own fashion line.

"I cannot wait to start a fresh new era of commentary and analysis that will entertain and inform," he said. "I love my sport and I can’t wait to go on more Olympic journeys.”

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