Thursday, August 4th, 2016


Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira & Hoda Kotb Host from Maracana Stadium; Bob Costas Opens the Primetime Telecast

Michael Phelps Serves as Flag Bearer for U.S. Delegation

Show Also Features Reports from David Feherty, Michele Tafoya and Ros Gold-Onwude

RIO DE JANEIRO – August 4, 2016 – NBC Olympics presents coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Maracana Stadium tomorrow, Friday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, and Hoda Kotb serve as hosts, while Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host, opens the telecast on Friday night. Michele Tafoya and Ros Gold-Onwude report from Maracana Stadium.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympics history (22 medals), was selected by his teammates to serve as the flag bearer for the United States.

NBC Olympics correspondent David Feherty joins the show to discuss golf’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence and a portion of his interview with President Barack Obama will air. An extended interview will run on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive this Saturday morning and will be available via and

Rio 2016 marks Lauer’s fifth time working the primetime Opening Ceremony, and he is working his 11th Olympics for TODAY. Vieira works her third Opening Ceremony for NBC. Kotb, who worked four prior Olympics for NBC News, makes her debut on the Opening Ceremony.

Parade of Nations: The 2016 Rio Olympics will welcome approximately 11,000 athletes from 205 countries, plus a Refugee Olympic Team (refugee athletes who have fled their countries will be allowed to compete under the Olympic flag for the first time) and a team of athletes who will march under the Olympic flag as “Independent Olympic Athletes.” These are athletes whose countries don’t have National Olympic Committees.

In the Parade of Nations, the teams will enter Maracana Stadium in alphabetical order (the host language of 2016 Rio Olympics is Portuguese). According to Olympic tradition, Greece marches first and the host nation, Brazil, enters last.

NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony will be streamed on the NBC Sports app and on simultaneously with the local over-the-air telecast.

The networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will present an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Click here for more information.


Executive Producer – Jim Bell

Rio marks Bell’s third Olympics as Executive Producer. Bell has worked on every Olympic Games NBC has broadcast since 1992, with either NBC Sports or NBC News.

Director – Mike Sheehan

The 2016 Summer Games marks the fifth Olympic assignment for Sheehan, who is responsible for the direction of NBC’s primetime coverage in Rio. Sheehan also supervised the studio design for all of NBC Olympics’ sets in Rio.

Producers – Rebecca Chatman and Joe Gesue

Chatman is working her 10th Olympics for NBC, and serves as the Coordinating Producer for NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Rio Olympics.

Gesue is working his 10th Olympics for NBC, and serves as SVP of Production and Executive Editor for NBC Olympics’ coverage of Rio 2016.


A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

-RIO 2016-