Westporters Will Be Prominent At Rio Olympics

Westport may not have any athletes competing at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

But our town will be represented, just the same.

In typical fashion, we’re all over the media — on camera, and behind the scenes.

Four Westport residents will play big roles as commentators.

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe hosts her 2nd Olympics for NBC, following her debut at Sochi in 2014. She’s well known as the 4-year host of NBC’s Premier League soccer coverage, including live pre- and post-match shows from the Stamford broadcast center.

Paul Burmeister will announce water polo. He’s an NFL studio host and play-by-play announcer. Right now he’s in Europe, covering the Tour de France.

Rob Simmelkjaer also heads to Rio, reprising his 2012 role as MSNBC studio host. MSNBC will carry men’s basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, water polo and more. Currently senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, he’s also a member of Westport’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Dave Briggs will be back in Stamford, making his Olympic debut hosting tennis on Bravo. He’s currently a host and anchor for NBC Sports Group, working on a wide range of sports including “NASCAR America” and NHL coverage.

Jeff Clachko — NBC Sports Group’s senior vice president for ad sales — will also be in Brazil.

If you’re going to Rio — for work or pleasure — please let us know. And if you’re headed there as an athlete, we really want to hear from you!

NBC Sports Group


4 responses to “Westporters Will Be Prominent At Rio Olympics

  1. Dorrie Barlow Thomas

    …and don’t forget Allison Perry Mayberry (SHS class of…maybe ’89?) she’s the Director of Major Gifts, Southwest Region of the US Olympic Committee. Woohoo! Go team Staples!!! 🙂

  2. Tyler Paul

    You also forgot longtime Westport resident John Miller, who is Chief Marketing Officer of NBC Olympics! http://www.adweek.com/news/television/nbc-olympics-cmo-herculean-task-marketing-games-172140

  3. Christina Scherwin

    I qualified my athlete this weekend for Rio in track and field and I am a local Westport coach (2xolympian myself and fairly new to the community, moving in from Eugene, Oregon). Though he isn’t local, I am 🙂 http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2016/07/former_oregon_ducks_javelin_th.html