Tuesday, June 8th, 2021


McHugh (Fifth NBC Olympics Assignment) & Tappen (Fourth NBC Olympics Assignment) Continue Their Roles as Hosts of NBC Sports’ Stanley Cup Playoffs

 Fareed To Serve as an NBC Olympics Host for Third Time 

The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is Friday, July 23 on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 8, 2021 – NBC Sports commentators Ahmed Fareed, Liam McHugh, and Kathryn Tappen will serve as NBC Olympics’ hosts on USA Network for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, it was announced today. For complete information about USA Network’s coverage click here. The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is Friday, July 23 on NBC.

“We are excited to have veteran NBC Olympics voices in Ahmed, Liam, and Kathryn, anchoring our coverage on USA Network this summer,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer of NBC Olympics production.

Following is a look at NBC Olympics’ USA Network hosts for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics:

Ahmed Fareed will handle his third assignment for NBC Olympics, hosting coverage on USA Network from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Previously, Fareed anchored daytime NBCSN coverage during PyeongChang 2018, and made his NBC Olympics debut as a USA Network host for Rio 2016.  He also served as a co-host of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Fareed is a host and reporter for Triple Crown horse racing, rugby, and Premier League.

Liam McHugh will serve as an NBC Olympics host for the fifth time this summer, and will be based in NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford. For PyeongChang 2018, he hosted NBCSN primetime and late night, while also anchoring the daily Olympic Ice figure skating preview show. Previously, McHugh was a studio host in Rio in 2016, hosted Olympic hockey coverage at the 2014 Sochi Games, and served as an anchor of NBCSN’s coverage during London 2012. McHugh serves as a host for the NHL on NBC, which is in second-round coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the past three seasons, McHugh has served as co-host of Football Night in America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports.

Kathryn Tappen, in her fourth NBC Olympics assignment, will host coverage on USA Network from Tokyo. Previously, she served as a hockey host for PyeongChang 2018 and Sochi 2014, and was the beach volleyball reporter at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Tappen serves as a host of NBC Sports’ NHL coverage, which continues this spring and summer with the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the networks of NBCUniversal. She also works as a reporter on NBC Sports’ coverage of Notre Dame Football. During the 2020 NFL season, Tappen served as the sideline reporter for two NBC Sunday Night Football games as well as an NFL Wild Card Playoff Game.

For a complete archive of Tokyo Olympics press releases, click here.


A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. NBC Olympics is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. NBC Olympics also produces thousands of hours of Olympic sports programming throughout the year, which is presented on NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms.