Tara Lipinski Sochi commentary?

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  1. SkateBlades17

    SkateBlades17 New Member

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    I read that Tara Lipinski is going to be covering the Sochi Olympics for NBC. Is that true? Does anyone know who the NBC commentators will be?
  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  3. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Tara is definitely a much better alternative to Sandra Bezic. Is Scott Hamilton the other commentator or will he be replaced? By who?
  4. lahaa968

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    God no. Sandra is the best. She knows her stuff. Tara was the worst commentator since Peter Carruthers ... lots of useless chattering when you just want to watch people skate.
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I expect both Sandra Bezic and Scott Hamilton to be back for NBC. I think Bezic alluded to being in Sochi for the Olympics in her podcast interview with Pj Kwong.
  6. ChelleC

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    I can't imagine Scott and Sandra not commentating in Sochi. Maybe Tara could do interviews?
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    I never thought I'd say these words, but...I'd rather listen to Sandra. Tara's constant giggling gets on my nerves.
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    Neither Sandra nor Scott has made much of an effort to learn the COP, something that Tara has actually attempted to do in her commentary. If she can real in her chattering, she would do just fine. I've come to terms with the fact that we will never get Eurosport, BBC, or heck even CBC level commentators.
  9. BigB08822

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    I'll take anyone over Scott, please. I can't stand to hear him scream and grunt through another skaters final triple jump while he reminds us over and over how hard that is to do on tired legs at the end of a program.
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  10. my little pony

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    but they are buuuuuurning at that point in the program
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    To funny I could hear him saying the 'tired legs ' bit as soon as some mentioned his name!!!
  12. lahaa968

    lahaa968 Active Member

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    This! :scream::yikes::rofl: Please, find the off switch.
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    If Scott's doing it, I'll watch it elsewhere if possible.
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    I will take anyone except Sandra over Scott. She is the most biased commentator ever.
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    Tara vs Michelle again, after 16 years. :eek:
  17. Jarrett

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    I love Tara's commentating. Sandra and Scott need to hit the road.
  18. OliviaPug

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    Sandra and Scott. No. Tara? She's just alright. Can't they find someone who's actually GOOD? (Must be a lot harder than it seems ...)

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  19. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Possibly Tara will up her game for prime time television. I'm tired of commentators who refuse to learn COP or who haven't had competitive experience at the elite level in almost 30 years. We need someone who has had to compete in the post-figures world who understands the technical demands that has been required since 1990.
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    Tara is interesting. I loved her commentating the first year or two she started-- I thought she was a fresh voice, unbiased, an had some genuine insights. But the last couple seasons I have been unimpressed. She has been too casual, giggly, and not offering any insight. It's almost like she isn't putting any thought/preparation into it (I'm sure that isn't the case, but that is the impression she has left on me).

    Tara has the potential to be a great commentator, but for now I'd prefer Bezic.
  21. Vash01

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    I am sure Tara will up the ante in her commentating, for the Olympics- competitor that she is.

    I absolutely cannot stand the Scott-Sandra combination. I may have to mute my TV if they are the commentators, or try watching other countries- if I can get those on my computer. I am sick of Scott's screaming and Sandra's horribly biased opinions. As another poster pointed out, they never took the time to learn the COP. Tara will do a decent - not great- job, I think.
  22. OliviaPug

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    I don't believe there's been any word about Tara commentating for the Olympics. The OP was asking about it, but it doesn't appear that she will be -- at least not at this point. That could certainly change.

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    I wish wish wish they'd hire the Eurosport guys. They are awesome. In addition to having wonderful accents :) they don't gush excessively and they give helpful and concise commentary during the program. Also, they aren't overly biased a la Sandra and Scott. Anytime I can find a Eurosport YT video, that's the one I choose...
  24. my little pony

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    i much prefer them. and if someone would put the idea out there as way of cutting expenses, we might get lucky.
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    ITA. She used to be really good...but lately, I feel she has been "phoning it in" so to speak...so I am no longer excited at the thought of her taking over. She can no longer be considered a proper upgrade to Bezic unfortunately.
  26. VIETgrlTerifa

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    I'm sure that's exactly why NBC keeps them on. They like Scott's "personality" and NBC thinks (or probably knows) that the casual U.S. Olympic audience buys into Sandra's expertise. They want to create sensationalist stories to get people excited and talking about the skaters/results. They're not interested in a straight-laced figure skating competition, but a soap opera to attract audiences. The sad part is that in this competitive television environment, NBC may be right. They're not interested in education so much as entertainment. I guess they figure that even though those audiences don't necessarily carry over to Nationals and Worlds broadcasts every year, at least they'll get people interested during the Olympics. The way NBC probably sees it, those who will be interested in figure skating and become fans who may watch every year may do so in spite of (or because of) such commentary.
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  27. my little pony

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    ita, it's like the narrative created for a reality show
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    Scott is good for the casual Olympic fan. Some viewers don't think skating is difficult or even athletic, and Scott gets them to buy into the fact that the sport is actually challenging and that there's a lot of suspense/excitement as to whether or not skaters will land jumps. I think he's annoying, biased, and doesn't really care about educating the viewer, but I understand why NBC likes him so much.

    I'd love for someone to replace Sandra, but just like others have mentioned in this thread, I'm not sure Tara is the answer. I don't mind her commentary though, and it would be nice for NBC to use additional commentators in some capacity.
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    Over the years, I have mostly really liked Scott and Sandra's commentary but I do agree that they are not COP savvy. I would like some more recent champions to step into the booth. I like Tara and think she would really prepare and do well. I would love to see NBC pluck Tanith to commentate ice dance. Figure skating is not the same though without Dickie B....he will always be my favorite. Terry Gannon is also a total pro.
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    Unlike Scott and Sandra Tara does seem to know about the details of cop.
  31. my little pony

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    peter carruthers is actually much better at explaining ijs than he is interviewing people
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    They need to bring Terry Gannon! He's so much better than the usual toad NBC hires.
  33. RickInSanJose

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    In skating in particular, but in other sports as well, I just wish they'd get RID of sports commentators completely. I would much rather just sit back and watch and enjoy a routine, and listen to the music, without having to be distracted by someone TALKING, telling me what I'm already seeing.
  34. Tesla

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    Paul Wylie, please. No Tara.
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    Tara seems always to frame her commentary from her own personal perspective: how SHE felt when SHE skated. And I cringe every time she says "expecially"---and she says it pretty often.
  36. query5

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    tara is okay,

    i wouldn't mind it but i wondering if nbc is doing michelle vs tara thing
  37. Carolla5501

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    Well I guess I can watch on mute.

    I don't want an entire "when I skated" commentary, repeated references to her being the youngest gold medal winner ever and giggling
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  38. Sylvia

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    ^^^ The OP hasn't come back in here to inform us where he/she read this. Nothing has been confirmed yet.
  39. Coco

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    It would be fascinating to have Scott & Tara in the booth at the same time given their inevitably rocky history (due to Tara's tenure at SOI) and her clearly superior knowledge of COP.
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    Or doing an eeeeeasy double axel at the beginning, just to get her legs under her.