Rebecca Lowe has earned plenty of praise for her studio work with NBC Sports’ English Premier League soccer broadcasts.
Her fast-rising career now takes another step forward. She’s just been named live weekday and weekend host of the network’s Winter Olympics coverage.
What makes this “06880″-worthy is that when she heads to Sochi in February, it will be from Westport. The British-born sportscaster and her husband — former English professional soccer player and coach Paul Buckle — moved near downtown last spring.
Lowe told Sports Illustrated she was “floored” to be chosen for Russia.
I wasn’t expecting it. It is very easy to pigeonhole people and I think being a female back in the UK, I was pigeonholed as one of the females who does football (soccer) only. It’s very difficult to show people that you can actually do other things …. I’d like the opportunity to say maybe I’m not just all about soccer, even as much as I love the sport. Fingers crossed, I’m hoping I can show that.
SI’s Richard Deitsch notes, “Last year she became the first woman to front the FA Cup Final for a U.K audience. She has been remarkably good in her first three months on air in the States.”
Lowe told SI:
I come in with an open brain and an appetite to learn. My head will be in the books and I am not somebody who does something in life not fully prepared. My Dad [Chris Lowe, a longtime BBC presenter] always said you can never over-prepare enough. I will let this become my world.
Speaking of her father: He visited Lowe this fall. Together, they attended a Staples High School soccer match.
Call it a busman’s and buswoman’s holiday.