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Summer Sanders to Report for NBC Scholastic Olympic Show

Apr 28, 2000

Two-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Summer Sanders will be the reporter for "Scholastic at the Olympic Games," NBC and Scholastic Inc. announced Tuesday.

Jim Lampley, the studio host of MSNBC's Olympic coverage and a veteran of 10 Olympic broadcasts, will serve as host of the show.

"I am excited to be back with the NBC Olympics team." Sanders said. "I think my experience as an Olympian in 1992, an analyst in 1996, and my experience with Nickelodeon, the NBA and WNBA have prepared me well for this new challenge. I am looking forward to reporting for 'Scholastic at the Olympic Games' and introducing young viewers to Australia and a new group of young Olympic stars."

"Scholastic at the Olympic Games," a weekday after-school television program geared to pre-teens, is scheduled to air weekdays September 18-25 from 3-5 p.m. ET, completing MSNBC's daily Olympic coverage from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. The show will include coverage of archery, baseball, basketball, beach and indoor volleyball, canoe/kayak, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis and water polo.

Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, winning two gold medals, one silver and a bronze. She became the youngest member of NBC's Olympic commentators when she was a swimming analyst and a sports desk reporter for the 1996 Games at the age of 23.

She currently hosts Nickelodeon's "Figure It Out" and is commissioner of the kids' network's new digital channel, "Nickelodeon Games & Sports." She is co-host of NBA "Inside Stuff" after joining the show as a special correspondent in 1997. She also is an NBC sideline reporter for WNBA games.

Sanders will file educational features on Olympic athletes and Australian culture from various locations in and around Sydney. "Summer has a natural rapport with kids," said David Neal, NBC Olympics coordinating producer. "Her experience as a young Olympian and gold medalist makes her the ideal choice for this new element of NBC's Olympic coverage. Summer's television experience, especially in TV for kids, is a great addition to 'Scholastic at the Olympic Games.' She has the unique ability to present educational material in an entertaining manner."

On September 28, the women's soccer gold medal match is scheduled for broadcast during the show's afternoon time slot. It will be one of 30 gold medal finals scheduled to appear on NBC Cable.