CBC unveils star-studded roster of commentators, analysts and reporters for English-language coverage of PyeongChang 2018

January 9, 2018, Toronto

Team of veteran broadcasters and world-class athletes accounts for more than 200 combined Olympic Games appearances as broadcasters and/or competitors

CBC, known for its award winning broadcasts of the Olympic Games, today announced an all-star line-up for PyeongChang 2018. The team of expert commentators, analysts and reporters will keep Canadian audiences engaged, informed and entertained as they experience the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 across all of CBC’s platforms.

“Canadians expect a world-class experience from CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the Olympic Games and part of that comes from the exceptional broadcasters who bring the competition to life through top-notch storytelling," said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, Olympics. "From award-winning broadcasters to medal-winning Olympians, the family of experts we have assembled for our coverage of PyeongChang 2018 is second to none and we look forward to sharing their expertise with our audiences.”

The broadcast team accounts for more than 200 combined Olympic Games appearances as athletes and broadcasters, with the athletes having tallied nearly 30 Olympic Games medals, more than 220 World Cup medals and more than 83 World Championship medals. Athletes spanning winter and summer sports will bring the unique perspective of individuals who have experienced the thrill, intensity and pressure of the Olympic Games first-hand. The group also includes veteran broadcasters from across the world of high-performance sport including the iconic Steve Armitagewho returns for his sixteenth Olympic Games broadcast.

Joining CBC’s five Olympic Games hosts are well-known names from the world of sport and broadcast including: two-time Olympic Games ice hockey gold medallist Cassie Campbell-Pascall; four-time world and national figure skating champion Kurt Browning; Olympic Games freestyle moguls champion (Torino 2006) and two-time medallist Jennifer Heil; 2010 skeleton gold medallist Jon Montgomery; Olympian and World Champion Perdita Felicien; and Canada’s only Olympic Games gold medal-winning alpine skier Kerrin Lee-Gartner, among many others (full list below).

Throughout the 19 total days of CBC’s coverage, the broadcast team announced today will appear across the network’s multi-platform channels including live streaming coverage online and via the upcoming CBC Olympics app, on CBC Radio as well as on primary broadcast partner TSN and on Sportsnet.

TSN and Sportsnet broadcast personalities will be part of the team bringing PyeongChang 2018 to Canadians. Special editions of Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will be part of CBC’s broadcasts during select games from the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments, as the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast schedule permits.

Live coverage of PyeongChang 2018 on CBC’s partner networks will be hosted by a team of seasoned broadcasters. On TSN, Nabil Karim, Kara Wagland and Cory Woron will share hosting duties while coverage on Sportsnet will be hosted by Brad Fay and Caroline Cameron, with Arash Madani reporting from Pyeongchang.

Additional details of CBC/Radio-Canada’s programming and broadcast plans for PyeongChang 2018 will be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, visit cbcsports.ca for the latest on the winter World Cup season and the top Canadian and international high-performance athletes.

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CBC’s broadcast team for English-language coverage of PyeongChang 2018


Scott Russell – Host, Olympic Games Primetime
Andi Petrillo – Co-Host, Olympic Games Morning
Alexandre Despatie – Co-Host, Olympic Games Morning
Kelly VanderBeek – Co-Host, Olympic Games Overnight
Craig McMorris – Co-Host, Olympic Games Overnight


Doug Dirks – Play-by-Play Commentator
Todd Brooker – Analyst
Kerrin Lee-Gartner – Analyst
Brian Stemmle – Reporter


Mark Connolly – Play-by-Play Commentator
Helen Upperton – Analyst
Karina LeBlanc – Reporter


Bruce Rainnie – Play-by-Play Commentator
Mike Harris – Analyst
Joan McCusker – Analyst
Colleen Jones – Reporter

Figure Skating

Brenda Irving – Play-by-Play Commentator
Kurt Browning – Analyst
Carol Lane – Analyst
Paul Martini – Reporter

Freestyle Skiing

Matt Cullen – Play-by-Play Commentator
Mike Atkinson – Analyst, Slopestyle
Deidra Dionne – Analyst, Freestyle Aerials
Jennifer Heil – Analyst, Moguls
Ashleigh McIvor – Analyst, Ski Cross
TJ Schiller – Analyst, Halfpipe

Ice Hockey

Kate Beirness – Host, Olympic Games Hockey
Chris Cuthbert – Play-by-Play Commentator
Mark Lee – Play-by-Play Commentator
Craig Button – Analyst
Cassie Campbell-Pascall – Analyst
Ray Ferraro – Analyst
P.J. Stock – Analyst
Alexei Yashin – Analyst
Rob Pizzo – Reporter
Cheryl Pounder – Reporter


Mark Connolly – Play-by-Play Commentator
Jeff Christie – Analyst
Karina LeBlanc – Reporter


Nigel Reed – Play-by-Play Commentator, Cross Country and Biathlon
Signa Butler – Play-by-Play Commentator, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined
Rob Keith – Analyst, Ski Jumping
Beckie Scott – Analyst, Cross Country
Justin Wadsworth – Analyst, Cross Country and Biathlon


Mark Connolly – Play-by-Play Commentator
Jon Montgomery – Analyst
Karina LeBlanc – Reporter


Rob Snoek – Play-by-Play Commentator
Adam Higgins – Analyst, Halfpipe
Mike Atkinson – Analyst, Parallel Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross and Halfpipe

Speed Skating

Steve Armitage – Play-by-Play Commentator, Long Track
Kristina Groves – Analyst, Long Track
Mitch Peacock – Play-by-Play Commentator, Short Track
Michael Gilday – Analyst, Short Track
Paul Martini – Reporter, Short Track


Gabriella Cook – Digital/Social Media
Jacqueline Doorey – Digital/Social Media
Anson Henry – Digital/Social Media
Devin Heroux – Digital/Social Media
Charlsie Agro – Various
Perdita Felicien – Various (Bokwang)
Karin Larsen – Various (Alpensia)
Adam van Koeverden – Various

CBC Radio

Scott Regher – Host, Olympic Games Report
Martina Fitzgerald – Host, Olympic Games Report
Jill Dempsey, Host, Olympic Games Report
Jamie Strashin –Reporter, Olympic Games Report

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