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Thursday, May 12th, 2016
ARLO WHITE, KATE MARKGRAF & SEBASTIAN SALAZAR TO CALL TEAM USA WOMEN’S SOCCER & WOMEN’S GOLD MEDAL GAME FOR NBC OLYMPICS IN RIO
White & Markgraf Return After Calling Soccer for 2012 London Olympics
White to Call Swansea City v. Manchester City This Sunday, May 15 at 10 AM ET on NBC’s Premier League “Championship Sunday” Coverage
Team USA Women’s Soccer Kicks Off Wednesday, August 3
2016 Rio Olympic Games Begin Friday, August 5 on the Networks of NBCUniversal
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 12, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White returns to the Olympics to call Team USA women’s soccer in Rio, alongside analyst and two-time U.S. women’s soccer Olympic gold medalist Kate Markgraf. White and Markgraf, working their second Olympics for NBC, will be joined by CSN Mid-Atlantic reporter Sebastian Salazar, who makes his Olympic debut. NBCUniversal’s coverage of Team USA Women’s soccer begins Wednesday, August 3. The Opening Ceremony for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is Friday, August 5.
White also handled play-by-play at the 2012 London Olympics, where he called Team USA’s gold medal-winning soccer match against Japan. At the time, the match was the most-watched event ever on NBCSN, averaging 4.35 million viewers.
“Arlo has delighted viewers with his excellent coverage of the Premier League for the past three seasons, and we’re excited to have Kate and Sebastian join him in Rio,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.
White has served as lead Premier League play-by-play since NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage kicked off in 2013. White joined NBC in 2012 as the lead voice for MLS and U.S. National Team games for NBC Sports Group. Prior to joining NBC, White was the play-by-play voice of the Seattle Sounders FC of MLS on television and radio, which included all MLS games, U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League games. He previously spent nine years with BBC Radio Sport in England. This Sunday at 10 a.m. ET, White will close out the 2015-16 Premier League season as NBC Sports Group presents 10 matches on 10 networks of NBCUniversal.
Markgraf is an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s U.S. Women’s National Team coverage, recently serving as an analyst for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying soccer tournament. She served as a soccer analyst for NBC Sports Group during the 2012 London Olympics. Markgraf has also contributed to FOX, ESPN and Big Ten Network’s soccer coverage. On the field, she was as a defender on the U.S. National Team from 1998-2010, earning two Olympic gold medals and a silver medal. In addition, Markgraf was a part of the USWNT that won the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Salazar currently serves as an anchor and reporter at CSN Mid-Atlantic, and has contributed to NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage. He also recently served as an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying soccer tournament. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Salazar rejoined CSN Mid-Atlantic in 2014 after spending two years as an anchor and reporter for CSN Houston.
THE OLYMPICS BEGIN FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016
About NBC Olympics
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