Immediately following the Team USA Athlete Celebration, NBC’s Willie Geist will host the USOC’s inaugural Best of U.S. Awards Show supported by USG, which will honor outstanding U.S. performances from the Sochi Games. More than 1,000 members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family are expected to attend the live taping at Warner Theatre [on April 2nd].
More than 200 members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams are confirmed to attend the live taping, including Olympic nominees Sage Kotsenburg; Noelle Pikus-Pace; Mikaela Shiffrin; the USA-1 men’s bobsled team; and men’s slopestyle skiing podium sweepers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper. Paralympic nominees who will be in attendance include Tatyana McFadden, Evan Strong and the entire gold-medal winning U.S. sled hockey team.
In total, 57 athletes earned nominations in eight award categories – including Best Male/Female Olympian, Best Male/Female Paralympian, Team of the Olympic/Paralympic Games and Moment of the Olympic/Paralympic Games. Additional categories include Fan of the Games and the USG Building Dreams Award, which honors an individual who has gone above and beyond in his/her support of Team USA athletes. Winners in each of the 10 categories will be revealed during the live taping.
Athlete and celebrity presenters include Olympic champions Evan Lysacek, Bode Miller, Aly Raisman, and Jennie Finch, along with Paralympic champions April Holmes and Chris Waddell. Four-time Olympic ice hockey medalist Julie Chu and San Francisco 49ers All-Pro (and 2014 Curling team honorary captain) Vernon Davis will also present awards during the broadcast. Figure skaters and commentators Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will serve as red carpet and backstage correspondents.