Gold medalist Heather Olson returns to NBC Sports Group’s Olympic coverage as a synchronized swimming analyst for to the 2016 Rio Games. Olson made her Olympic broadcast debut in Beijing during the 2008 Games and also covered the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.
Olson was a part of the 1996 team that won gold in Atlanta, and also served as team captain in 2000. Olson was honored as the U.S. synchronized swimming athlete of the year in both 1996 and 2000.
A four-year AAC athlete representative for the USOC, she won the Ninetta Davis Athlete Representative Award for her service in 2005. She is a member of the National Team program committee and was selected among the top coaches in the country to be a potential National Team coach. She also served as a 2004 USOC Summit Committee member alongside seven other Olympic gold medalists. In addition, Olson coached the U.S. Junior National team in the summer of 2008.
Olson currently serves as the head coach for Stanford University’s synchronized swim team, and has been instrumental in building the Cardinal into one of the top collegiate synchronized swimming programs in the nation. During her collegiate athletic career, Olson captained the team in 1998 and led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Championship.
Olson is a three-time Collegiate Coach of the Year (2005-07), and was named the 2007 U.S. Coach of the Year. In 2005, she was inducted into the Synchro Hall of Fame and received the Esther Williams Creative Achievement Award.
Olson and her husband, Erick, have two kids, Kemmerick and Logan.