100-Day Countdown: CBC Announces Sochi 2014 Olympic Details

sochi cbcYesterday marked one hundred days until the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. CBC has been broadcasting the Olympics on and off for the past sixty years and this marks their return after last broadcasting the 2008 Summer Olympics. CBC won the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics from the Bell/Rogers consortium, who CBC will sub-licence some events to, with more details on that coming next year.

It begins with the opening ceremony on February 7, hosted by Ron MacLean and Peter Mansbridge. Over the two weeks, CBC’s feature programming and hosts will be:
• Olympic Morning — 6am–10am ET / 3am–7am PT   — David Amber (HNIC) and Diana Swain (The National)
• Olympic Daytime — 10am–3pm ET / 7am–12pm PT — Scott Russell (HNIC)
• Olympic Primetime — 7pm–11pm local time except 6pm–10pm AB / 5pm–9pm BC — Ron MacLean (HNIC)
• Olympic Overnight — 12am–6am ET / 9pm–3am PT — Andi Petrillo (HNIC) and Andrew Chang (CBC News Montreal)

Here is the full list of broadcasters and announcers:

Studio Broadcast Team (International Broadcast Centre):

• David Amber – co-host, Olympic Morning
• Andrew Chang – co-host, Olympic Overnight
• Ron MacLean – host, Olympic Primetime
• Andi Petrillo – co-host, Olympic Overnight
• Scott Russell – host, Olympic Daytime
• Diana Swain – co-host, Olympic Morning

Sport Specialists:

• Kerrin Lee-Gartner – analyst
• Scott Oake – commentator

• Mike Harris – analyst
• Joan McCusker – analyst
• Bruce Rainnie – commentator

Figure Skating:
• Kurt Browning – analyst
• Brenda Irving – commentator
• Carol Lane – analyst

• Jeff Bean – analyst
• Jennifer Heil – analyst, moguls
• Mitch Peacock – commentator

Ice Hockey:
• Jennifer Botterill – analyst, women’s
• Cassie Campbell-Pascall – analyst, men’s and women’s
• Don Cherry – analyst, men’s
• Elliotte Friedman – reporter, men’s
• Glenn Healy – analyst, men’s
• Kelly Hrudey – analyst, men’s
• Jim Hughson – commentator, men’s
• Mark Lee – commentator, men’s and women’s
• Ron MacLean – host
• Craig Simpson – analyst, men’s

• Rob Keith – analyst, ski jumping
• Karin Larsen – commentator, cross country and Nordic combined
• Jack Sasseville – analyst, cross country and Nordic combined
• Beckie Scott – analyst, cross country and biathlon

• Jeff Christie – analyst, luge
• Mark Connolly – commentator
• Helen Upperton – analyst, bobsleigh and skeleton

• Craig McMorris, analyst
• Rob Snoek, commentator

Speed Skating:
• Steve Armitage – commentator
• Kristina Groves – analyst, long track speed skating

Special Studio Analysts:
• Jennifer Heil – Two-time Olympian, two-time Olympic medalist in freestyle mogul skiing
• Clara Hughes – Six-time Olympian, six-time Olympic medalist
• Rosie MacLennan – Two-time Olympian, 2012 Olympic gold medalist in trampoline
• Kelly VanderBeek – 2006 Olympian in alpine skiing
• Adam van Koeverden – Three-time Olympian, four-time Olympic medalist in kayak

• Carly Agro – reporter, Mountain Cluster
• Doug Gelevan – reporter, Mountain Cluster
• Colleen Jones – reporter, Coastal Cluster
• Sonali Karnick – reporter, Coastal Cluster

CBC News and CBC Radio:
• Peter Armstrong – reporter, radio and reporter, CBC News Network/The National
• Adrienne Arsenault – reporter, The National
• Nahlah Ayed – reporter, The National
• David Common – host/reporter, radio and reporter, CBC News Network/The National
• Matt Galloway – host, Morning Olympic Report
• Jian Ghomeshi – host, Q
• Ian Hanomansing – host, CBC News Network
• Heather Hiscox – host, CBC News Network
• Peter Mansbridge – chief anchor, The National
• Nick Purdon – reporter, radio and reporter, CBC News Network/The National
• Scott Regehr – host, Afternoon Olympic Report and reporter, CBC News Network

11 thoughts on “100-Day Countdown: CBC Announces Sochi 2014 Olympic Details

  1. Is the whole day going to be spent on the Olympics, except about 5 hours each day?

  2. Don Cherry will be in Sochi for CBC at the Olympics

  3. You can NEVER go wrong hearing this AMAZING theme song. That is the truth. :)

  4. That is an amazing theme song for sure, I hope CBC doesn’t buy the rights to I Believe from CTV or whoever owns those rights. Also, I don’t want to hear “Socialympics” at all during their Olympic coverage. What I didn’t like about CTV’s coverage of London was that they spent too much time on the social media than showing live sport coverage.


    • The CBC will be using their classic Olympic theme. I wouldn’t worry about them buying the rights to “I Believe”. They will probably spend some time talking about social media as the person who did those segments on CTV in 2012 is now at the CBC. My guess (and hope) is that the CBC will mainly focus on showing live event coverage than discussing social media.

    • Talking about social media is probably going to be a staple of big sports broadcasts for a long time. It drive popularity on Twitter, which in turn drives more potential viewers to broadcasts when they see the topics trending. Even if its annoying, its sensible business.

  5. Please stick with Kurt Browning, Brenda Irving and Tracey Wilson as commentators for figure skating

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