NBC’s Most Iconic Winter Olympics Moments


(WCMH) – The 2022 Winter Olympics begin Feb. 3 and NBC looks back on some of America’s most iconic athlete moments as well as the voices of the announcers who broadcast those historic victories.

The spot begins with a clip from the 1980 Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament held in Lake Placid, where the Soviet Union was heavily favored to win. In a dramatic upset, the United States defeated the Soviets 4–3 in a game that became known as “Miracle on Ice”. In the closing seconds of the game, legendary NBC announcer Al Michaels makes his famous plea: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”

Figure skater Sarah Hughes’ gold medal moment in 2002 in Salt Lake City is the second competition to be highlighted in the promotion. As the 16-year-old completes her routine, announcer Tony Hammond triumphantly proclaims, “Sarah Hughes just knocked the house down!”

Hughes’ victory came from behind after clinching fourth place after his short program. After a clean and emotional free skate, Hughes took the top step of the podium ahead of familiar names Michelle Kwan, who won bronze, and Sasha Cohen, who placed fourth overall. Russian Irina Slutskaya won silver.

The spot continues to step forward in Olympic history with a clip of speed skater Apolo Ohno cruising to the finish line at the 2006 Games in Turin, as an announcer declared: “And that’s gold for Ohno!”

Ohno’s segment is followed by a clip of alpine skier Lindsey Vonn racing down a hill in victory at the 2010 games, with the announcer’s celebratory words, “Lindsey Vonn leading!”

Vonn became the first American to win an Olympic downhill gold medal that year in Vancouver.

Next up is cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, who came from outside to win at PyeongChang in 2018. In a hoarse screech, an announcer shouts, “Here comes Diggins! followed by “Oh, what a moment!”

Along with teammate Kikkan Randall, Diggins won the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in cross-country skiing in the women’s team sprint in 2018.

Then, Diggins’ victory celebration dissolves to a white screen with the words ‘experience story’, which transitions to alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s gold medal in PyeongChang and a second clip of Shiffrin holding up triumphantly an American flag, as Dan Hicks is heard saying, “Gold for Mikaela Shiffrin.”

The last two shots showing an athlete are those of snowboarder Shaun White in PyeongChang. White takes major airs on the halfpipe, then in another shot, raises his board and cheers for gold as the announcer, using dramatic pauses, declares, “Shaun White takes gold! “


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