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UC Alum Returns from Eighth Olympics as Commentator and Prepares Return to Sochi for the 2014 Paralympic Games

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Lewis Johnson

Lewis Johnson, once a student-athlete at the University of Cincinnati, was an NBC commentator in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Johnson covered all the action from the Sanki Olympic Sliding Center as the Bobsled, Luge and Skeleton reporter. 2014 marked his eighth assignment as an NBC Olympic commentator. He will return to Sochi to cover the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games March 7 - 16 on NBC.

Johnson holds the 800 meters all-time record in men’s outdoor track and field at UC. During his college career, he qualified for the 1998 Olympic trials for the 800 meters event but was eliminated in the first round. Four years later, he qualified for the Olympic trials once again but this time made it to the semi-finals. 

Johnson’s love for sports did not stop there, he was hired by ABC Sports and later auditioned with NBC Sports as an analyst during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Not only has Johnson made a name for himself in Olympic commentating, but he has also been very prominent in other segments of broadcasting with ESPN, Turner Sports, CBS Sports and Westwood Sports. In 2012, Johnson was named “One of the best sideline reporters” by SportsIllustrated.com. He has covered NBA All-Star Games, NBA Finals, NCAA Men’s Division I, II, III Basketball Championships, NYC Marathon and 2013 IAAF World Champions in Moscow to name just a few.

Broadcasting is not Johnson’s only passion. During the 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastation, he took it upon himself to kick off a World Class Coat Drive. While leading this initiative, he was able to collect more than 600 coats, gloves and other clothing items to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in New York and New Jersey. In 2013, he was named a national Boys & Girls Clubs advocate.