Costas Passes Torch for Olympic Hosting

NBC’s Bob Costas is passing the torch for prime-time hosting of the Olympic Games to Mike Tirico starting with the next Winter Games in PyeongChong, South Korea starting one year from today on February 9, 2018.

The boyish-looking Costas, now 64, has hosted a record 11 Olympic Games including Summer and Winter Games in his 25-year career.

“I’m going to be like the rest of the country, watching Mike Tirico, who will be an able successor in Korea for the Winter Olympics beginning a year from today,” Costas said on the Today Show.

Tirico, who joined NBC last year and is 50 years old, was a studio host for last summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Both Costas and Tirico graduated from Syracuse University.

Costas plans to continue working for NBC Sports as a contributor.

Costas may have been best known for an eye infection during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia where he missed nearly a week of action.