NBC Gymnastics Commentators include Tim Daggett, Alan Trautwig, John Roethlisberger, Laurie Hernandez and Elfi Schlegel. Andrea Joyce is on the sidelines.
All these professionals play a crucial role in showcasing their narrating skills and building excitement around the gymnastics fans and viewers at home.
The Xfinity US Gymnastics Championships will begin on August 24, 2023 at the SAP Center in San Jose. This thrilling competition will last four days, wrapping up on Sunday, August 27th.
The tournament will be broadcast live on various national television networks like NBC Sports and CNBC, in addition to streaming services such as Peacock and the NBC Sports app.
Similar to its previous editions, the 2023 Gymnastics Championships is anticipated to be more competitive and the broadcasting panel is fully prepared to provide coverage.
NBC Gymnastics Announcers
The following individuals serve as the announcers for NBC Gymnastics:
- Terry Gannon
- Jason Knapp
- Don Criqui
Terry Gannon, Don Criqui and Jason Knapp adeptly assume the responsibility of play by play role for any gymnastics competition that airs on NBC Network.
Gannon, a native of Joliet, Illinois spent his entire career in the broadcasting field covering arrays of sports. His area of expertise is not only limited to gymnastics but he also possesses extensive knowledge in golf, baseball, soccer, and figure skating.
Gannon's passion for sports can be traced back to his college days when he was a basketball player at North Carolina State University.
After graduating from NC, Gannon embarked on his broadcasting job by calling different sports, mostly on cable TV. In 1991, he landed a job at AB,C where he started announcing for figure skating.
In 2010, he shifted his focus to golf on the Golf Channel. By 2016, Gannon was the main play-by-play for figure skating on NBC. Then in 2018, he initiated his career as one of Olympic Gymnastics announcers and fulfilled this role during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Besides, the 59-year-old sportscaster was a studio host for ABC during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Similarly, the former WBRE-TV sports director, Jason Knapp began his tenure at NBC in 2012. He first appeared on NBC Sports for the 2012 London Olympics, covering wrestling, shooting, and archery.
NBC Sports later employed Knapp as a curling commentator for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2021, he took on his fifth role as an NBC Olympics announcer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
On the other hand, Don Criqui has been working at NBC since 1979. Criqui has always been a prominent broadcaster in the American sports scene and is notable for his longevity.
Though he has covered gymnastics in recent times, he is more popular for his coverage of other sports, mainly football.
He boasts the distinction of being the longest-serving NFL broadcaster in American television history, providing commentary for NFL football for an impressive 47 seasons from 1967 to 2013.
NBC Gymnastics Analysts
NBC Gymnastics color analysts list comprises of:
- Nastia Liukin
- Elfi Schlegel
- Laurie Hernandez
A five-time Olympic medalist, Nastia Liukin joined NBC as an analyst in 2012. She makes use of her position during their coverage of gymnastics events for NBC Sports Group.
Additionally, during the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Liukin served as a special correspondent for NBC. The Russian-born former gymnast holds an Olympic gold medal for artistic individual all round which she won in 2008.
Liukin won the US national championship four times, two times as a senior and twice before turning professional. She also holds nine medals from the World Championships, seven of which she won in individual events.
This ties her with Shannon Miller, another famous gymnast, for having the third-highest number of medals from the World Championships among American gymnasts.
Nastia Liukin Olympic Medals
- Gold in all round in 2008 Beijing
- Three Sliver in Team, Uneven bars and Balance Team
- Bronze in the Floor exercise
Elfi Schlegel is another female broadcaster for NBC who toiled at the networking channel for two decades. Schlegel served as an NBC gymnastics analyst alongside Tim Daggett and Al Trautwig from 1992 until 2012.
Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the 59-year-old began practicing gymnastics at the age of seven.
Following her college graduation, Elfi started a journey in broadcasting. She first worked at CTV part-time. Then, in 1988, she went to Seoul, Korea, to cover the Summer Olympics on CBC. In 2012, NBC decided to replace Schlegel with Nastia Liukin.
NBC analyst Laurie Hernandez is another professional gymnast who is an Olympic gold medalist. After delivering a gold for USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Laurie headed to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but that time as a broadcaster for NBC.
NBC Gymnastics Reporters
- Andrea Joyce
American sports journalist Andrea Joyce has been fulfilling the duty as a sole gymnastics reporter for NBC since 2000.
She has reported on different sports events for NBC, like diving and swimming in Sydney in 2000, fast ice skating in Salt Lake City in 2002, gymnastics and diving in Athens in 2004, and figure skating and fast ice skating in Torino in 2006.
Moreover, Joyce was a reporter for NBA and WNBA on NBC broadcasts. At present, she covers gymnastics and figure skating for the network as well as anchoring the NBC Sports Update.
In addition, Joyce toiled as the field reporter for short track and figure skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics on NBC.
USA Championships TV Schedule
USA Gymnastics championship TV Schedule:
- August 24: Junior Men Day 1 | 8:00 PM ET | Peacock
- August 25: Junior Women Day 1 | 8:00 PM ET | Peacock
- August 26: Senior Men Day 1 | 10:30 AM ET | CNBC*
- August 26: Senior Women Day 1 | 4:30 PM ET | CNBC*
- August 26: Senior Men Day 2 | 7:00 PM ET | CNBC, Peacock
- August 27: Junior Men Day 2 | 12:00 PM ET | NBC*
- August 27: Senior Women Day 2 | 6:30 PM ET | Peacock
- August 27: Junior Women Day 2 | 7:00 PM ET | NBC*
The USA Gymnastics 2023 schedule starts with Junior Men Day 1 on August 24 which will be broadcast on Peacock.
NBC, CNBC, and Peacock are the leading broadcasting partners for the USA Gymnastics championship on TV, providing extensive coverage of the tournament and ensuring that fans can follow their favorite gymnasts.
With planning and strategic coordination, they have shared the US gymnastics championship schedule to ensure every aspect of the event is artfully showcased across their diverse networks.
For viewers' comfort, broadcasters decided to postpone the airing of tournament sessions that coincided with other sessions.
The Sr Men Day 1 event was actually on August 24 but due to a scheduling conflict, it was delayed for the August 26 telecast on CNBC.
Below is the list of the actual dates of event sessions that got delayed on TV:
|Senior Men Day 1||August 24, 8 PM ET|
|Senior Women Day 1||August 25, 8 PM ET|
|Junior Men Day 2||August 26, 1:30 PM ET|
|Junior Women Day 2||August 27, 1:30 PM ET|