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.