Dan Hicks: No Other Sport Has “A More Eclectic Group of Personalities”

Above, you can watch as Dan Hicks and Michele Tafoya, two of the three member NBC swimming coverage team (the third is, of course, Rowdy Gaines) talk about the personalities of the top U.S. swimmers.

“There is no other sport that I’ve covered that has a more eclectic group of personalities and characters across the board,” said Hicks.

“I think what these swimmers understand is that they get a limited amount of time to tell their story, to promote their sport, and to talk about this. And so, they are great about just being accessible and talking to you as much as you want,” said Tafoya.

The NBC Swimming Olympic Broadcast schedule is posted below:

Sunday, June 26 6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M/W 400 IM; M 400 FR
Monday, June 27 6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FL, 400 FR; M 100 BR
Tuesday, June 28 7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M/W 100 BK; W 100 BR; M 200 FR
Wednesday, June 29 7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 200 FR, 200 IM; M 200 FL
Thursday, June 30 6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC M 100 FR, 200 BR; W 200 FL
Friday, July 1 6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FR, 200 BR; M 200 BK, 200 IM
Saturday, July 2 5 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape)
8 p.m. NBC W 200 BK, 800 FR; M 50 FR, 100 FL
Sunday, July 3 7 p.m. NBC W 50 FR, M 1500 FR

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5 years ago

I hope Rowdy Gaines has improved his commentating skills. His words come out in a jumbled, ADHD style, and he often says the same thing over and over. His voice rises to a scream.

Also, he often misses the key things happening in the races.

At the 2012 Olympics, the live stream swimming announcers were pretty good. It was Nicole Livingston of Australia, and a guy with an accent who was articulate and captured the excitement of the competition. You can hear them on some of the Youtube videos of the races.


Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

What! Rowdy Gaines is amazing,so much better than the annoying Australian announcers.

Reply to  Dcrabbe6
5 years ago

Opinions. I personally love both. But I think Dan and Rowdy are so interesting and knowledgeable.

Reply to  Dcrabbe6
5 years ago

I loved the livestream duo… 🙂

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