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THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! 100 DAYS UNTIL THE SOCHI 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ON CBC/RADIO-CANADA

CBC announces its team of world-class broadcasters who have covered and/or competed in more than 180 Olympic Games and have won 30 Olympic medals

CBC/Radio-Canada's team of broadcasters will bring Canadians more hours of Olympic competition and coverage than ever before


Earlier today, CBC unveiled the network's broadcast team for the SOCHI 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES at a public event at the Toronto Broadcast Centre. It was a celebration of the 100-day countdown to the Opening Ceremony on February 7, 2014. Several members of the broadcast team were on hand for the announcement, including the event's hosts, CBC's Ron MacLean and Scott Russell, who introduced their fellow team members. The impressive lineup includes CBC television and radio and news personalities from across Canada, and well known Canadian athletes who will serve as analysts for their individual sports.

**Click here for a video preview of CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games**

Hubert T. Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, and Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president of CBC English Services, were on hand to officially kick off the network's 100-day countdown celebration and welcome the broadcast team.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the talented group of hosts, journalists, commentators and analysts we've assembled to bring the Olympic Games home to Canadians this February," said McEneaney. "As Canada's official broadcaster for Sochi 2014, CBC/Radio-Canada is covering the Olympic Games like never before. The breadth of knowledge and expertise of this incredible broadcast team plays a major part in allowing us to do just that."

CBC's all-star broadcast team has been to more than 180 Olympic Games combined either as broadcasters or competitors and have won 30 Olympic medals. This incredible wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge will translate into the world-class storytelling and coverage Canadians expect and value from an Olympic broadcast on CBC. The group consists of trusted CBC personalities known to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast, as well as regional CBC broadcasters from all across the country who are known and respected by their local audiences.

Diana Swain of CBC's The National pairs with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada's David Amber to host Olympic Morning from 6-10 a.m. ET (3-7 a.m. PT) followed by Russell as he hosts Olympic Daytime from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ET (7 a.m.-12 p.m. PT) every day throughout the Games. MacLean hosts Olympic Primetime in the evenings across the country: Ontario East from 7-11 p.m. ET / 8:30 NT, Manitoba / Saskatchewan (7-10 p.m. LOCAL), Alberta (6-10 p.m. LOCAL) and British Columbia (5-9 p.m. LOCAL) while Andi Petrillo from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada teams with CBC News Montreal's Andrew Chang to host Olympic Overnight in Pacific primetime from 12-6 a.m. ET (9 p.m.-3 a.m. PT). Together, this team will guide viewers through the events and storylines playing out each day. In addition, the Opening Ceremony on February 7 will be co-hosted by MacLean and The National's Peter Mansbridge from Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

CBC News keeps Canadians informed of breaking stories from Sochi and around the world on The National with host Peter Mansbridge, and CBC News Network with Heather Hiscox and Ian Hanomansing and their respective teams of reporters. CBC Radio will also be well represented in Sochi with Jian Ghomeshi traveling to Russia to host Q while Olympic Report airs each hour throughout the day across Canada with hosts Matt Galloway and Scott Regehr, with updates from CBC News reporters. The full CBC broadcast team is listed below.

With more events and more hours of competition than ever before, Canadians won't miss a minute of the action and excitement of the Games with coverage available on multiple platforms. CBC/Radio-Canada will provide access to live broadcasts, updates, news and more on TV, radio, online, on tablets and through mobile devices, allowing Canadians to access what they want when they want it, from anywhere in Canada.

To ensure Canadians can see every competition, CBC has partnered with TSN, TSN2, TSN Radio, Sportsnet and Sportsnet One,  to provide extended broadcast hours of CBC's coverage of the Olympic Winter Games. Further programming details and scheduling information will be made available closer to the start of Sochi 2014.

In addition to world-class storytelling and the best sport coverage available through CBC/Radio-Canada, Canadians can engage with the broadcasts throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games online in English at the newly redesigned cbc.ca/olympics, which officially launched earlier today. The website offers news, notes, results and analysis from pre-Olympic competitions around the world, featuring Canadian athletes as well as international competitors looking to make an impact in Sochi. Users will also find live streaming content during Sochi 2014 as well as informative and entertaining video content leading up to the Olympic Winter Games. Closer to the start of Sochi 2014, the website will also include an interactive programming schedule that will ensure viewers will know exactly when and how they can watch the competitions and programming that are of most interest to them.

Viewers can also connect with the broadcast using Twitter in English @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics) and at facebook.com/cbcolympics, and in French at ici.radio-canada.ca/olympiques, on Twitter at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques) and on Facebook at facebook.com/radiocanada.sports.

CBC/Radio-Canada also introduced two interactive initiatives today, designed to get Canadians in the Olympic spirit and increase the connection with and support for Canadian athletes via social media. The #OurAthlete initiative encourages Canadians to tweet inspirational messages to Olympic hopefuls, and to share how they are getting into the spirit of the Games via Twitter and Instagram using #OurAthlete.

The second initiative, called 'Hoist the Flag,' gives Canadians the opportunity to take a patriotic photo of themselves holding a Canadian flag in front of a Sochi 2014 backdrop that they then can share socially. Each CBC centre across the country will give Canadians the chance to 'Hoist the Flag' at community events leading up to and throughout the Olympic Games in February.

CBC/Radio Canada's full English-language broadcast team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is as follows:

Studio Broadcast Team (International Broadcast Centre):
David Amber - co-host, Olympic Morning
Andrew Chang - co-host, Olympic Overnight
Ron MacLean - host, Olympic Primetime
Andi Petrillo - co-host, Olympic Overnight
Scott Russell - host, Olympic Daytime
Diana Swain - co-host, Olympic Morning

Sport Specialists:
Alpine:
Kerrin Lee-Gartner - analyst
Scott Oake - commentator

Curling:
Mike Harris - analyst
Joan McCusker - analyst
Bruce Rainnie - commentator

Figure Skating:
Kurt Browning - analyst
Brenda Irving - commentator
Carol Lane - analyst

Freestyle:
Jeff Bean - analyst
Jennifer Heil - analyst, moguls
Mitch Peacock - commentator

Ice Hockey:
Jennifer Botterill - analyst, women's
Cassie Campbell-Pascall - analyst, men's and women's
Don Cherry - analyst, men's
Elliotte Friedman - reporter, men's
Glenn Healy - analyst, men's
Kelly Hrudey - analyst, men's
Jim Hughson - commentator, men's
Mark Lee - commentator, men's and women's
Ron MacLean - host
Craig Simpson - analyst, men's

Nordic:
Rob Keith - analyst, ski jumping
Karin Larsen - commentator, cross country and Nordic combined
Jack Sasseville - analyst, cross country and Nordic combined
Beckie Scott - analyst, cross country

Sliding:
Jeff Christie - analyst, luge
Mark Connolly - commentator
Helen Upperton - analyst, bobsleigh and skeleton

Snowboard:
Craig McMorris, analyst
Rob Snoek, commentator

Speed Skating:
Steve Armitage - commentator
Kristina Groves - analyst

Special Studio Analysts:
Jennifer Heil - Two-time Olympian, two-time Olympic medalist in freestyle mogul skiing
Clara Hughes - Six-time Olympian, six-time Olympic medalist
Rosie MacLennan - Two-time Olympian, 2012 Olympic gold medalist in trampoline
Kelly VanderBeek - 2006 Olympian in alpine skiing
Adam van Koeverden - Three-time Olympian, four-time Olympic medalist in kayak

Reporters:
Carly Agro - reporter, Mountain Cluster
Doug Gelevan - reporter, Mountain Cluster
Colleen Jones - reporter, Coastal Cluster
Sonali Karnick - reporter, Coastal Cluster

CBC News and CBC Radio:
Peter Armstrong - reporter, radio and reporter, CBC News Network/The National
Adrienne Arsenault - reporter, The National
Nahlah Ayed - reporter, The National
David Common - host/reporter, radio and reporter, CBC News Network/The National
Matt Galloway - host, Morning Olympic Report
Jian Ghomeshi - host, Q
Ian Hanomansing - host, CBC News Network
Heather Hiscox - host, CBC News Network
Peter Mansbridge - chief anchor, The National
Nick Purdon - reporter, radio and reporter, CBC News Network/The National
Scott Regehr - host, Afternoon Olympic Report and reporter, CBC News Network

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
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Renee Weekes, senior publicist, CBC
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