ESPN anchor Hannah Storm has covered the Olympics before-Rio marks her fifth time working the games-but never like this. For the first time in 37 years, ESPN moved its flagship newscast, SportsCenter, to the Olympics to essentially cover the story from just outside the venues, which host network NBC has the rights to.
“There’s nothing like an Olympics with the stories, the spectacle, the world coming together in one place, and the pride and the pressure of competing in what many cases is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Storm said when the network announced its plans for Rio.
Storm last covered the Olympics in 2002 as part of NBC’s Salt Lake City team. This year, Storm leads ESPN’s daily reports from Rio with a special show, SportsCenter Face to Face, each day at 10 a.m. ET. Storm works from a set located just across the street from Barra Olympic Park, the center stage for the Rio 2016 Games.
– Andy Hall (@AndyHallESPN) August 8, 2016
The show has featured a series of high profile one-on-one interviews with the stars of the games, including Team USA’s Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, and Allison Schmitt.
– Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) August 13, 2016
The sad news of announcing the sudden death of ESPN anchor John Saunders also fell to Storm, who emotionally delivered the news from the set in Rio. Many viewers immediately expressed their sympathies. Later on Twitter, she said, “Before we begin today’s show from Rio, wanted to thank you for your heartfelt messages. Really means a lot to me and our @espn family.”
Name: Hannah Storm
Country of Origin: United States
Occupation: ESPN anchor