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Olympics Update: Meredith Vieira Becomes the First Female Host of NBC’s Olympics Coverage


And it only took an eye infection so bad that an anchor became temporarily blind. Bob Costas, NBC’s long time host of their prime time Olympics coverage, has unfortunately come down with a pretty extreme eye infection just in time for the beginning of this year’s games. As long as he could still read notes and sit in a bright room, he was game to continue the job, but for the past three days, Matt Lauer has filled in. The Olympics and The Today Show make a pretty demanding schedule for Lauer, so starting tonight, NBC anchor Meredith Vieira will be filling in until Costas can make it back from sick leave. This will make her the first woman to ever host NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage solo.

But that’s not the only thing that’s happened since our last Olympics update:

(photo credit to Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters/Reuters)

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  • Margaret

    I loved the end of that Daily Show segment. It was such a downer and then that wonderful woman quoted Angel and Jason hugged her. Made me feel a little more hopeful about Russia.

  • Shhhh

    Man! What a questionable call in the US-Canada game Wednesday morning. Yeah, Jessie Vetter shouldn’t have mishandled the puck so badly, but the whistle had blown.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    Woot Carina Vogt!!!! Stellar jump!

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful hug!

  • Travis

    David Letterman had NBC beat for years then. I loved when he sent his mom to cover Nagano.

  • Mark Matson

    Women’s ski jumping is interesting because they actually jump slightly further than the men. Given that, I don’t understand why it took so long. (Perhaps the men didn’t want to be embarrassed.)

  • Mark Matson

    It was mostly depressing, though. Also, what’s up with the lack of “Sr. Gay” jokes?

  • Troy Lenze

    The Daily Show doesn’t usually make me misty-eyed, but that did.

  • Mark Brown

    I’m insufficiently American to watch the clip. What was the quote?

  • Stealthfire

    http://lighttothelight.tumblr.com/post/76517777452/a-russian-woman-quotes-angel-as-inspiration-for

    “If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do,” from “Epiphany”. Apparently she’s a poster on Whedonesque too!