The Olympic figure skaters and BFFs, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, are going to Rio announced NBC. The television network has hired them as culture correspondents and the plan is for them to cover the 2016 Summer Olympic games in August.
“We are going to bring our A-game!” Weir told PEOPLE magazine. “You can definitely expect some costuming and craziness.”
“We can’t wait, this is a dream come true for us,” adds Lipinski. “We aren’t giving technical analysis. Johnny and I will bring all of the amazing culture of the Olympics to viewers at home.”
The duo will cover the inside scoop on what it’s really like living in the Olympic village including what the athletes wear, eat and do in their off time.
“We’ll be floating around getting an inside look,” says Weir. “We’re also really excited to see some half naked athletes in the best form of their lives competing for gold medals!”
“Figure skating and gymnastics are closely related in a lot of ways,” she says. “Since I was a little girl I’ve watched gymnastics on television and it’s my favorite event in sports.”
Two years ago, the friends covered the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but being brought for the summer events is a happy surprise.
“We love our roles as figure skating analysts, but this new assignment will give us the ability to delve into all things Rio and hopefully bring the ‘Tara and Johnny’ perspective to the Summer Games,” says Lipinski.