Olympics Announcer Mixes Up Phelps and Lochte During Face-Off, Calls Race for Lochte
CBC's Elliotte Friedman shouted: "Ryan Lochte is going to beat Michael Phelps!"
CBC announcer Elliotte Friedman couldn't stay in the right lane.
During Thursday night's highly anticipated 200-meter individual medley competition between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, Friedman mixed up the Team USA swimmers for his viewers in Canada.
When Phelps broke away during the race, Friedman mistook the most decorated Olympian for Lochte and began to call a different race.
"He has never ever beaten Michael Phelps in the Olympic Games, but Ryan Lochte is going for it!" he shouted, excitedly, adding, "Phelps doesn't look like he has this one in him."
As the race neared a close, Friedman exclaimed: "Ryan Lochte is going to beat Michael Phelps in the games! And Phelps might not even make the podium!"
During the final Olympic showdown between the two — as Phelps has said the Rio Games will be his last — Phelps went on to take gold, his 22nd overall. Collecting his fourth gold medal at Rio, the 31-year-old also became the first swimmer ever to win four consecutive golds in the same event.
Ahead of the Summer Games, Lochte also said Rio would be his last Olympics. But on Friday, after his disappointing showing, he told NBC's Today he "might be back" for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Once the race finished, Friedman quickly realized his error and issued an on-air apology.
"I apologize," he said. "I got my lanes mixed up."
He also took to Twitter to own up to the gaffe.
I'm sorry everyone. I blew it. No excuses— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 12, 2016
Friedman's slip was relatively harmless, given some of the other global NBC Olympic commentators who have been called out on social media for sexist and offensive comments during the games.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that South Korean, Russian and French media all have come under fire for inappropriate remarks. In Russia, coverage has been dominated by the ongoing doping scandal, in which more than 100 athletes were banned amid evidence of an elaborate state-sponsored doping program, and in South Korea, sexist commentary is so common that one Twitter user has taken to archiving the remarks.