The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be the thirteenth for Gemini Award-winner Mark Lee as a member of the CBC broadcast team. One of the most recognizable voices in Canadian sports broadcasting, Lee is well-known for his years as a play-by-play announcer for various CBC athletics broadcasts and Hockey Night in Canada and will provide commentary for athletics and synchronized diving in Rio.
Many fans remember Lee affectionately as the voice of the CFL ON CBC. He also called Usain Bolt's milestone world record runs at both the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and World Championships.
Lee has reported on a variety of sports in his career, including women's hockey, figure skating, beach and indoor volleyball and cycling. In 2001, he reported on the International Olympic Committee bribery scandal in a documentary on The National Magazine and in 2008 he interviewed Victor Conte regarding the doping scandal plaguing sports, particularly track and field. Lee also called three Grey Cup Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 - the highlight being the memorable 2005 overtime championship between Montreal and Edmonton. He was also the play-by-play commentator for women's hockey at Sochi 2014, including Team Canada's dramatic come-from-behind overtime victory over the USA in the gold medal game. The broadcast won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Sports Event.
Born in Calgary, the Carleton University graduate got his start in radio at CKOY-CKBY FM while attaining his degree in journalism. He then headed to Montreal as a news anchor at CFCF radio in Montreal. Lee moved on to become a national sports reporter at CBC Radio in Toronto, where he hosted the acclaimed sports magazine series, The Inside Track. Lee's documentary reporting earned him two Actra Awards as Best Sportscaster.
Lee's television breakthrough came in 1991 when he was assigned to follow Michael Smith, the defending Commonwealth Games decathlon champion. In 1994, he won a Gemini Award for The Spirit of the Game, a three-part documentary on hockey. He won another Gemini in 2010 for his play-by-play of track and field.