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Michael Phelps joins NBC for Summer Olympics

Jun 18, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Michael Phelps waves to the crowd during the Medal Ceremony during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Michael Phelps waves to the crowd during the Medal Ceremony during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Despite retiring after the 2016 Olympics, the most decorated Olympian in history will still be on television when the 2020 Games, delayed by the pandemic for a year, start later this week.

Michael Phelps is joining NBC the Olympics. He will serve as a correspondent in Tokyo and broadcast select swim events.

Phelps first appeared on NBC last month at the United States Olympic swimming trials.

“From the moment he joined our team at Trials, Michael’s ability to provide insightful analysis, thoughtful commentary and tell entertaining stories was apparent,” NBC Olympics executive Molly Solomon said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him join us in Tokyo and our audience will benefit from hearing the perspective of the most decorated Olympian of all time.”

Phelps participated in five Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) as a swimmer for Team USA. He won 28 total medals and 23 golds, the most of any participant in history.

His eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics are the most golds ever won by one person at a single Olympics.

–Field Level Media