FS1 Adds Kwan, Chelios To Sochi Broadcast Team; Chelios Also To Serve As NHL Analyst
FS1 is "staffing up" for the '14 Sochi Games, hiring former U.S. Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and Hockey HOFer-elect Chris Chelios "to serve as Olympic analysts," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Kwan and Chelios join "a roster that includes previous additions, Picabo Street and Andy Finch, who will work the Games onsite as well." The analysts "will focus on the sports in which they competed ... but they'll also be part of group discussions on general Olympic topics." Fox Sports Senior VP/News Rick Jaffe said that the Olympic analysts will do "features and interviews in addition to analysis for both Fox Sports 1 and FoxSports.com." Jaffe added that Chelios also will "be the NHL analyst" for FS1. Chelios will "work through the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will have an in-home camera when breaking news occurs" (SI.com, 8/4). Kwan said that she "has been encouraged" by FS1 to "report on sports outside the Olympics, as well, and is hoping to be involved in Fox's Super Bowl coverage" just before the Games. The AP's Barry Wilner notes Kwan is "hopeful of pairing up with Street on some assignments in Sochi" for Fox' TV nets, website and radio affiliates. Kwan "already plans to sit down" with Gold Medal-winning U.S. figure skater Evan Lysacek "as he attempts a comeback after missing the past three seasons, in part because of injuries." Interviews with U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White also are "in the works" (AP, 8/5).