Katie Couric to Co-Host NBC Olympics Opening Ceremony

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She is expected to join NBC sports anchor Mike Tirico.

NBC is pressing erstwhile Today show anchor Katie Couric into service to co-host the Opening Ceremonies with NBC Sports anchor Mike Tirico.

The announcement was made Wednesday, at the network's PyeongChang Winter Games press event at NBC headquarters in New York. 

Couric said executives at NBC Sports called her "a few weeks ago" about returning for the Opening Ceremonies. She has previously hosted Opening Ceremonies during Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake City and Athens. 

This will be Tirico's first Olympics; the anchor joined NBC in 2016 after a lengthy career at ESPN. He takes over as NBC Sports' primetime Olympics host from Bob Costas, who officially stepped down as the network's Olympic headliner last year. In 2014, for the Summer Olympics in Rio, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira co-hosted the Opening Ceremonies, which air in primetime on tape delay. Today co-host Savanna Guthrie was supposed to join Lauer and Vieira, but she pulled out due to her pregnancy at the time and concerns in South America about the mosquito born Zika virus. 

Tirico served as the daytime host for the Rio Games and also anchored the closing ceremonies. Couric will stay on to contribute to NBC’s Olympics coverage beyond the Opening Ceremonies.

For the first time, NBCUniversal will stream live an Olympics Opening Ceremony, with live coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea, beginning Friday, Feb. 9, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.