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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!

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Rebecca Lowe Gets The Olympic Call

Rebecca Lowe has earned plenty of praise for her studio work with NBC Sports’ English Premier League soccer broadcasts.

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

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.

Two Westporters in the NBC Sports soccer studio. Rebecca Lowe is joined by Staples Class of 1999 graduate -- and former US national team player -- Kyle Martino.

Two Westporters in the NBC Sports soccer studio. Rebecca Lowe is joined by Staples Class of 1999 graduate — and former US national team player — Kyle Martino.