Yamaguchi to Be ‘Today’ Correspondent in Sochi

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Kristi Yamaguchi took to the ice with students from Emerson Elementary School in Burbank in December.

Kristi Yamaguchi took to the ice with students from Emerson Elementary School in Burbank in December.

NBC has announced that Olympic champion figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Evan Lysacek will serve as special correspondents for “Today” in Sochi, joining Lindsey Vonn, who will be a U.S.-based correspondent.

Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, called off a bid to defend his title on Dec. 10, citing a lingering hip injury. He has not competed since the 2010 Olympics and has said he wants to continue skating when healthy.

Lysacek and Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic champion, join a star-studded group of figure skaters contributing to NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics, which begin Feb. 6.

That list also includes two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, two-time Olympian Johnny Weir, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Tanith Belbin, and 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes.

The 1992 Winter Olympics were Yamaguchi’s first and last as a competitor, but she has continued her involvement with the Olympics in various capacities, including goodwill ambassador.

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