The legendary Australian swimmer, pole vaulter and cyclist were among the expert commentators revealed by Nine on Wednesday evening, just under a year out from Paris 2024.
Nine’s initial cast of 18 expert commentators combine for a massive haul of Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, world titles and world records, as well as revered work behind the microphone and on TV.
They will form part of Nine’s broadcast team as viewers enjoy a smorgasbord of 32 sports and 329 events.
Leading Nine’s coverage will be many of Australia’s top TV presenters, including Karl Stefanovic, Sarah Abo, Eddie McGuire and James Bracey.
9News will also have a strong presence in Paris, led by Roz Kelly and Tony Jones, bringing viewers breaking news and the 6pm (AEST) bulletins.
Nine’s broadcast team will bring the Olympics and Paralympics to Australian viewers from the centre of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Meanwhile, Nine has also extended its relationship with Swimming Australia as the home of swimming.
The World Aquatics Championships in Doha in February, as well as the Australian Championships in April, and the Olympic and Paralympic trials in June, will all be broadcast live and free on Nine.
Nine’s expert commentators
- Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe, swimming expert
- Olympic gold medallist Giaan Rooney, swimming expert
- Australia’s most successful female Paralympian, Ellie Cole, swimming expert and Paralympic host
- Olympic gold medallist Steve Hooker, athletics expert
- Dual Olympian Dave Culbert, Olympics and Paralympics commentator
- Five-time Olympian and Australian Olympic flag-bearer Andrew Gaze, basketball expert
- Olympic gold medallist Scott McGrory, cycling commentator
- The voice of cycling, Phil Liggett
- Dual Olympian Kate Bates, cycling expert
- Tour de France winner and four-time Olympian Cadel Evans AM, cycling expert
- Wallabies great Drew Mitchell, rugby sevens expert
- Wallaroos star, Sera Naiqama, rugby sevens expert
- Six-time Olympian, triple gold medallist and Australian team flag-bearer James Tomkins, rowing expert
- Olympic gold medallist Kerri Pottharst OAM, beach volleyball expert
- Olympian and Hockeyroos great Georgie Parker, field hockey expert
- Dual Olympian and multiple world champion Caroline Buchanan, BMX racing expert
- Nitro Circus star and five-time X Games BMX gold medallist Ryan Williams, BMX freestyle expert
- Mitch Tomlinson, skateboard and BMX freestyle commentator