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2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games; Details of Channel Seven’s Coverage

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In 2000, the Seven Network accepted the honour of welcoming the world to Australia as the television network of the Olympic Games. Beijing is the next chapter in Seven’s journey.

This year Seven acknowledges a 66-year partnership with the Olympic Games.
Seven’s coverage in 1956 from Melbourne’s Olympic Stadium – three cameras being ferried between the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Swimming Pool to create six hours of live coverage each day – was dwarfed by the sheer level of technology associated with coverage of the Olympic Games in Sydney, drawing on more than 700 cameras and 70 outside broadcast units.

For Beijing, Seven has assembled a world-class Olympic Winter Games commentary team that will anchor an exhilarating 17 days of astonishing sporting feats on snow and ice.

There will be up to 20 dedicated channels across Seven and 7plus, all live, free and in HD.

While technology has undertaken a quantum leap, those early days of television and Seven’s coverage of the Melbourne Games are inextricably linked to the network’s future: our partnership with the Olympic Games, our passion for sport and an obligation to bring all Australians every angle, every moment of the greatest event in modern history.

The Olympic Winter Games are a commitment to excellence that invigorates Seven and we look forward to meeting the challenge of bringing the biggest event in winter sport to all Australians.

Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 live, free and in HD* starts 4 February on Seven and 7plus

The only place to see it all!

“Our team will win medals, the question is how many and which colour? Belle Brockhoff is in sensational form and Scotty James is coming off a year of wins in the half pipe, before an X Games win in Aspen on the weekend. One of our most exciting athletes, Jackie Narracott, just won a sliding medal in the skeleton. She broke the speed limit going head first down the mountain. Crazy stuff!”

– Hamish McLachlan

“I’m looking forward to every sport, but if I had to choose one I’d say aerial skiing will always be close to my heart. There’s not a lot of room for error with maximum thrill, air and wow factor! It’s the first Games in five I won’t be competing, so it’s a nice feeling to be able to support from the sidelines without the pressure… We have a super strong team, I think the most medal chances we’ve ever had, so I hope our athletes can put it all together on the day.”

– Lydia Lassila

A message from Lewis Martin, Head of Network Sport:

The Olympic Winter Games have long been the ultimate adrenaline-charged, death-defying spectacle in sport and television.

Australia heads to these Games with a talent-stacked team producing jumps and tricks never seen before in the history of winter sport – a mix of experience, young guns and unrivalled depth, with World Cup medallists across seven sports, three returning Olympic medallists and five world champions among them.
And who can go past the history-making debut of Australia’s first ever curling team Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt?

No one can take you inside this significant moment in history like the Seven Network. Our proud partnership with the Olympic Games stretches back to the advent of television in Australia 66 years ago. In every Summer and Winter edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games we have covered since, we have taken our audience to a new level of viewing experience, and this Olympic Winter Games will be no different.

Like Tokyo 2020, Australians can look forward to the country’s biggest broadcast and digital event. Once again, we will bring unrivalled expertise to our Olympic Winter Games coverage.

Much-loved and respected sports broadcasters Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi lead an incomparable Seven team whose experts include Australia’s two most decorated female aerial skiers, Jacqui Cooper and Lydia Lassila, and Olympic Winter cult legend Steven Bradbury.

As countries continue to navigate through the pandemic, the world’s greatest athletes from all corners of the globe will finally get their moments to shine over 17 unmissable days. Nothing comes close to the theatre and sheer adrenaline as years dedicated to one potential moment of glory culminate in a breathtaking mix of high-octane speed, danger, beauty and brilliance.

We will unashamedly get behind Team Australia with the rest of the country but will also share in the triumphs of the other nations competing as we celebrate the athletes’ extraordinary achievements.

The traditional and cult Olympic Winter sports we know and love – aerials, moguls, halfpipe, ice skating and bobsleigh to name a few – will be appointment viewing again. But an exhilarating new wave of sports, will make their Olympic Winter debuts in Beijing, including women’s monobob, freestyle skiing big air and mixed team ski jumping.

From the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony – and every thrill and spill in between – the only place you can witness all the heart-stopping action live and free is Seven, Australia’s Home of the Olympics.

Seven’s Winter Olympic Games

The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 are live and free on Seven and 7plus in what will be 2022’s biggest broadcast and digital event.

Australia’s strongest-ever Olympic Winter Team has been assembled, headlined by global sporting superstar and Olympic Bronze medallist Scotty James (snowboard halfpipe), world champions Laura Peel and Danielle Scott (women’s aerial) and Jakara Anthony (women’s moguls), with eight World Cup podiums this season alone, creating a perfect blizzard during the Australian summer.

There will be up to 20 dedicated Olympic channels across Seven and 7plus, all live, free and in HD, broadcasting more than 1600 hours of live content. Daily coverage will begin from midday AEDT on weekdays and 10.00am AEDT on weekends, until approximately 2.00am AEDT.

With Beijing in a favourable time zone for Australian viewers, the slope is carved perfectly for all Australians to enjoy every epic moment of the Games’ 17 days, with all the biggest events set to light up prime time.

It all kicks off two days before the Opening Ceremony, on Wednesday 2 February, when history will be made as Australia’s first curling team, Queenslander Tahli Gill and Victorian Dean Hewitt, take to the ice.

Viewers will wake up to all the latest Olympic highlights, news and exclusive athlete interviews each day with Australia’s #1 breakfast show Sunrise before Johanna Griggs, returning for her third Winter Olympic Games coverage, steers Seven’s broadcast from midday.

Legendary Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington and sport broadcaster Emma Freedman, both covering their first Winter Olympic Games for Seven, then take the reins each afternoon.

Following 7NEWS live at 6.00pm every night of the Olympic Winter Games, two of Australia’s best sports broadcasters, Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi, will take audiences on an exhilarating prime-time run of competition.

The Winter Games will be essential late-night viewing with only a three-hour time difference on the East Coast and as the night kicks on, esteemed broadcaster Basil Zempilas and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Georgie Parker will bring viewers all the thrills and spills.

A runaway hit during the Tokyo Games, Shinya returns with a new name: The Summer Chill. Hosted by Andy Maher with sporting royalty Andrew Gaze and Jacqui Cooper, the wintry edition will be seen on several nights across the 17 days of the Games.

All the weekend action will be covered from 10.00am AEDT with co-hosts Mel McLaughlin, Jason Richardson and Winter Olympic gold medallist Lydia Lassila live from Beijing.

Just 11 days after the Olympic Winter Games comes to an end, the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 begins. Full broadcast details of Seven’s coverage will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Sunrise is the place Australians will be able to see all the Olympic Winter Games highlights every morning. David Koch and Natalie Barr will be live to Mark Beretta at the centre of all the action in Beijing.

7NEWS, Australia’s official Olympic Winter Games news service, is the only network with unrestricted access to the Games and will have the biggest team on the ground in Beijing. 7NEWS sports anchor Mel McLaughlin and sports editor Matt Carmichael will lead a team of reporters, including Jacqui Felgate and David Woiwod, operating 24 hours a day from inside venues and alongside athletes, taking Australians to the heart of all the action.

And 7NEWS.com.au will be the #1 online destination for Olympic Winter Games news, updates and daily event schedules. The website will feature a dedicated hub for results and medal tallies, plus all the latest breaking news, exclusive content, in-depth features and the greatest stories from the Games.

“Dutchwoman Ireen Wust is attempting something never before seen at an Olympic Games, summer or winter. The 35-year-old is aiming to win an individual gold at five consecutive Games. If she can top the podium on night three in the 1500m speed skating, it will be one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time. And don’t forget Australia’s first curling team Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt… it’s honestly remarkable, a movie in the making!”

– Abbey Gelmi

“After the success of the Summer Games in Tokyo, the whole of Australia has Olympic fever! I can’t wait to watch an exciting team with so many medal chances with the rest of Australia, at a time when we need these feelgood stories most.”

– Jacqui Cooper

7plus: Your Olympic Winter Games Hub

Just like Tokyo 2020 on Seven, there will be one destination to watch every epic feat, every medal, every record and every inspiring moment from the Winter Games.

7plus is the only place to watch up to 20 channels of sport, see what’s on when, keep up to date with the medal tally, create a watchlist to follow your favourite events or catch up on highlights. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, the Olympic Winter Games are just one click away on your smart TV, mobile, tablet or computer.

Extending across Seven’s entire digital ecosystem including 7plus, 7NEWS. com.au and The West Australian, up to one billion minutes will be streamed across the 17-day period, with multiple modes of viewing: live, dedicated replay channels, event replays on demand, Winter Minis (compressed replays) and short-form highlights, interviews and athlete features.

The broadcast will feature a consistent experience across multiple platforms allowing Australians to stream across any device of their choosing. Other 7plus new and improved features include:

• Watchlist and Destination Sport Pages: The Watchlist gives users the ability to add their favourite sports to an easily discoverable watchlist, while Destination Sport Pages allow users to find, save and stream all their favourite live, catch-up or short-form content.

• Continue Watching: Signed-in users can watch a full sport replay and pick up where they left off via the continue watching carousel located on their home screen.

• Captions: Live and VOD (including multilingual): To provide the ultimate accessible viewing experience for all our users, it’s important to provide captioning to ensure as many users as possible can watch their favourite sports, events and highlights.

• Chromecast and Airplay: The 7plus app will allow users to either Chromecast or Airplay content to their Chromecast or Airplay compatible device. This allows users to stream Beijing 2022 on 7plus no matter the age of their television device.

• 7Interactive: A select, scaled range of devices have been enabled with Freeze Frame ads that appear as an overlay whenever a user pauses the content.

• CTV Enhancement: Enhanced streaming experience across CTVs to improve discoverability of content and best-in-class streaming.

• Live Channel Navigation: Streamlined, simplified live channel navigation on Web.

• Schedules: Detailed competition schedule, live results page and medal tally.

Stream every sport on 7plus live, free and in HD*

Up to 20 live channels, replays, minis and much more

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Seven’s Olympic Winter Games Host and Commentary Team

The Seven Network has assembled a world-class Olympic Winter commentary team which will anchor what will be 2022’s biggest broadcast and digital event.
Much-admired and respected sports broadcasters Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi lead Seven’s commentary team, which features some of Australia’s greatest Winter Olympians, who between them have racked up numerous Olympic Winter and World Cup gold medals, plus dozens of Games both as competitors and broadcasters.

Joining Hamish and Abbey will be Johanna Griggs, Matt Shirvington, Emma Freedman, Basil Zempilas and Georgie Parker.

Leading Seven’s contingent on the ground in Beijing, Mel McLaughlin, Jason Richardson and Mark Beretta will make sure audiences are kept up to date with all the latest news, colour and atmosphere of the Games. Joining them in Beijing will be Australia’s most decorated Olympic aerial skier Lydia Lassila, in her first broadcast of an Olympic Winter Games.

Seven’s commentary line-up includes Olympic aerial skier and 24-time World Cup winner Jacqui Cooper and gold medal hero Steven Bradbury, who steps into Seven’s commentary box to call the speedskating events 20 years after his incredible come-from-behind win at Salt Lake City 2002.

They will be joined by a host of Olympic greats including Katya Crema, David Culbert, Scott McGrory, Stephanie Prem, Michelle Steele and Jono Brauer, alongside decorated Australian athletes Mia Rennie, Ryan Tiene, Mitch Tomlinson, Luke Kneller, Michael Kennedy and Dirk Nannes.

Steve Hewitt, the father of inaugural Australian curling team member Dean Hewitt, will call the highly-anticipated mixed doubles curling event as his son and teammate Tahli Gill make history in Beijing.

Accomplished callers Alister Nicholson and Matt Hill round out Seven’s commentary team, while 7NEWS’ Matt Carmichael, Jacqui Felgate and David Woiwod report from the Games.

Seven’s commentary line-up also includes international callers and experts from the Olympic Host Broadcasting Service.

“The main event of the Games for me, the winter equivalent of the men’s 100m sprint final, is the men’s downhill. The downhill events are mind-blowing, and racers spend every fraction of a second on the edge of disaster. Glory in downhill is hard-earned.”

Mark Beretta

Channel 7 Hosts

Hamish McLachlan

Hamish is one of Australia’s best and most experienced broadcasters, having hosted and commentated on a wide range of sports including the Olympic Games, AFL, horse racing, tennis and Commonwealth Games. He will co-host Seven’s prime-time coverage of Beijing each night alongside Abbey Gelmi. Hamish boasts extraordinary Olympic Games knowledge and a passion and enthusiasm for all sporting disciplines.

Abbey Gelmi

Abbey has quickly become one of Seven’s most versatile hosts, having presented across the network’s Olympics, AFL, cricket, horse racing and Brownlow Medal coverage with poise, grace and infectious enthusiasm. As the granddaughter of Australian middle-distance great Herb Elliott, sport is in Abbey’s blood. Following her first Olympic Games coverage for Tokyo 2020, Abbey will return to Seven’s prime-time coverage of Beijing 2022 alongside Hamish McLachlan.

Social – Twitter: @abbey_gelmi; Instagram: abbeygelmi

Johanna Griggs

Joh represented Australia in swimming at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990, winning bronze in the 100m backstroke, before she went on to become one of the most popular television personalities on Australian screens. Joh has been part of Seven’s coverage of almost all major sporting events, including the Olympic Games, tennis, and horse racing, as well as hosting top-rating program Better Homes and Gardens. Joh will welcome viewers on air from midday AEDT Monday to Friday in what will be her third Olympic Winter Games coverage for Seven.

Social – Twitter: @JohGriggs7; Instagram: johgriggs7

Matt Shirvington

One of the greats of Australian track and field, Matt represented his country at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships. A key member of the 7NEWS, Sunrise and 7SPORT teams, Matt recently hosted the afternoon coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Seven. Matt will co-host afternoon events alongside Emma Freedman.

Social – Twitter: @mattshirvington; Instagram: mattshirvo

“These Olympics will make history for so many reasons, but none bigger than Australia’s first ever curling team. If Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt bring home a medal, it will be epic! They are the only curlers from anywhere in the world to qualify for the Winter Olympics from a country that doesn’t have a dedicated curling rink. They’ve worked so incredible hard and I cannot wait to watch them on the biggest stage.”

– Johanna Griggs

Emma Freedman

Emma is a popular television and radio presenter with extensive experience across a wide range of sports. She anchored Seven’s morning coverage on 7mate of Tokyo 2020 and is a regular host of Seven’s horse racing coverage, in addition to covering the Supercars Bathurst 1000 for Seven in 2021. Emma will co-host afternoon events each day alongside Matt Shirvington.

Social – Twitter: @emma_freedman ; Instagram: emma_freedman

Basil Zempilas

Basil has been a commentator for Seven’s Olympic Games coverage since 2000, including his famous call of Steven Bradbury’s unbelievable come-from-behind win and Australia’s first Winter Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002. Basil will again be a valued member of Seven’s commentary team when he hosts Seven’s Olympic Winter coverage from 11.30pm AEDT each night alongside Georgie Parker.

Social – Twitter: @BasilZempilas; Instagram: basil_zempilas

Georgie Parker

Georgie is a popular television presenter with experience across multiple sports, including Seven’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coverage and AFL. She is a former member of the Australian women’s hockey team, claiming a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2014. Georgie will round out Seven’s coverage of the Winter Games from 11.30pm AEDT each night alongside Basil Zempilas.

Social – Twitter: @GeorgieParker, Instagram: @Georgie_Parker19

Mel McLaughlin

Mel is a highly respected sports anchor and live-to-air broadcaster who has covered a host of major international sporting events, including both summer and winter Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, the FIFA World Cup, tennis and most recently the 2021-22 Ashes series. Mel will be joined by Jason Richardson and Lydia Lassila to steer viewers through all the action each weekend from 10am AEDT.

Social – Twitter: @Mel_Mclaughlin; Instagram: mel_mclaughlin

Jason Richardson

“Richo” is a Stawell Gift winner who has carved out an impressive broadcasting career with Seven. He has hosted and commentated on various events including the Australian Open tennis, the past two Olympic Games, Spring Racing Carnival, Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Social – Twitter: @JaseRicho; Instagram: jaserichardson7

Lydia Lassila

Since making her Olympic debut at Salt Lake City in 2002, Lydia has become one of Australia’s most successful female aerial skiers. Winning gold in 2010 and bronze four years later in Sochi, Lydia has enjoyed an incredibly successful career, becoming the first Australian woman to compete in five Winter Games. Beijing will mark Lydia’s first Olympic Winter Games as a member of Seven’s commentary team. She will co-host alongside Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson each weekend from 10am AEDT.

Social – Instagram: @lydialassila

Andy Maher

Describing himself as the “unfunny one” from The Front Bar and “least swashbuckling” member of Seven’s BBL commentary team, Andy is also a highly respected journalist and sports presenter on radio and television. Andy’s extensive media commitments cover a variety of sports, including AFL and cricket. Following his co-hosting success at Tokyo 2020 alongside Australian basketball legend, Andrew Gaze, Andy will return to Seven’s Olympic coverage for the Winter Games.

Social – Twitter: @AndyMaherDFA; Instagram: andymaherdfa

Jacqui Cooper

Jacqui’s record five world titles, 40 World Cup medals, 24 World Cup wins and three major World Championship medals puts her in a league of her own as the greatest aerial skier of all time, man or woman. Her best Olympic result was a fifth in Vancouver, when she beat the odds to reach the final after suffering a major hip injury seven months earlier. Jacqui will provide expert commentary for all of Seven’s aerials coverage as well as some snowboarding, while she will also join Andy Maher and Andrew Gaze on The Summer Chill.

Social – Instagram: @jacquicooperski

Andrew Gaze

An Australian basketball legend, Andrew led the Boomers at five Olympic Games and was the Australian flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000. After joining Seven’s broadcast team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Andrew will return to Seven’s Olympic coverage alongside Andy Maher and Olympic aerial skier, Jacqui Cooper.

Social – Twitter: @AndrewGaze10; Instagram: andrewgaze10

Mark Beretta

Mark, or “Beretts” as he’s more affectionately known, is one of Australia’s best known and most admired sports commentators. He has covered almost every major Australian and international sporting event in an incredible career spanning three decades, including every Summer and Winter Olympic Games Seven has covered since 1996, the AFL, Australian Open tennis and Supercars. For the past 18 years, Mark has been a much-loved member of Australia’s #1 breakfast show, Sunrise, keeping viewers up to date with all the latest sport headlines from Australia and around the world, while he is also a 10-time Australian water ski champion.

Social – Twitter: @MarkBeretta; Instagram: @markberetta

“I think we could be in for our best-ever medal haul! Jakara Anthony, Tess Coady and Scotty James are my picks for new silverware. Our moguls team is incredibly strong. Matt Graham will be on the comeback trail after a recent collarbone injury. I’m so pumped for these guys who ooze talent, class and determination.”

– Emma Freedman

Commentators

Alister Nicholson

Alister has become one of Australian sport’s most recognisable voices over the past decade as an ABC Grandstand commentator on cricket and AFL football. While he has been a popular member of Seven’s BBL commentary team in recent years, his broadcasting experience extends to the NRL, A-League, Commonwealth Games, Australia’s major golf tournaments and the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. For Beijing 2022, he will be calling the moguls, aerials and skeleton.

Social – Twitter: @AlisterNicho

Dirk Nannes

Dirk was a freestyle skier before embarking on his cricket career that saw him represent Australia. He competed in mogul events at two FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups and has more recently been part of Seven’s Olympic coverage for PyeongChang 2018. Dirk returns to the commentary team to call the men’s and women’s moguls and big air events in Beijing.

Social – Twitter: @dirk_nannes

David Culbert

A long jump finalist at the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992 and two-time silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games, Dave has established himself as a renowned Olympic Games broadcaster and will provide commentary for freestyle skiing, snowboarding and bobsleigh.

Social – Twitter: @Culbert_Report; Instagram: culbert_report

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy will provide expert commentary on Australia’s Winter Games’ campaign. A former World Cup moguls’ skier and now CEO of Snow Australia, “Kenno” has been involved in high performance since Salt Lake City 2002 and worked with Alisa Camplin on her historic first ever snow gold medal for Australia. Michael returns to Seven’s coverage following his insightful contributions in PyeongChang 2018.

Katya Crema

Katya represented Australia as an alpine and ski cross skier at the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, along with various World Championships, World Cups and the Winter X-Games. Kat will be providing expert commentary on the ski cross.

Social – Twitter: @KatyaCrema, Instagram: @katyacrema

Luke Kneller

Growing up in Jindabyne NSW on the slopes of Perisher and Thredbo, Luke has been involved in the snow industry from an early age. He competed on an international level in slopestyle and halfpipe until 17, where he was fortunate enough to follow the Winter Games around the world. After high school, Luke traded his skis for a camera, to pursue his passion in media and film production. Luke was a member of Seven’s commentary team for PyeongChang 2018 and will return to commentate the slopestyle and women’s half pipe.

Social – Instagram: @luke_kneller

Mia Rennie

Shortly after Mia learned to walk, she was given her first pair of skis. By 16, Mia became Australia’s youngest female skier to compete at a Freeski World Cup in 2019. Despite suffering a broken collar bone, a torn ACL and a broken nose, Mia competed at the Youth Olympics Games in 2020 with just four days’ skiing under her belt. While she recovers from another knee injury sustained in 2021, Mia will share her slopestyle knowledge as part of Seven’s commentary team.

Social – Instagram: @miffrennie

Mitchell Tomlinson

Mitchell has been heavily involved in the action sports world since he was 14. For the past six years, he has been a presenter on the Vans Park Series Tour, in addition to commentating on skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding competitions around the globe, including the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games for the Seven Network. Mitchell will commentate on the halfpipe and slopestyle events.

Social – Instagram: mitchelljtomlinson

Scott McGrory

An outstanding Australian cyclist and sport broadcaster, Scott won gold in the Madison at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 in one of the most remarkable stories every told. His accomplishment alongside Brett Aitken is legendary and he will be ready to carry that knowledge and emotion into his speedskating commentary for Beijing 2022.

Social – Instagram: @scottmcgrory

“I recruited both Laura Peel and Danielle Scott into aerial skiing when they were teenagers and I was the world number one at the time. From the moment I met them, I knew the legacy of aerial skiing in Australia was safe, strong and in very good hands. To have the privilege to commentate the event that I recruited them for, gives me goosebumps. Australia is going to fall in love with these two.”

– Jacqui Cooper

Steven Bradbury

Arguably Australia’s most iconic moment in Olympic Winter Games history, Steven Bradbury claimed Australia’s first ever Olympic Winter gold medal in an unbelievable win in the men’s speedskating at Salt Lake City 2002. Now a motivational speaker, the four-time Olympian will join Seven’s coverage to provide commentary across speedskating and short track.

Social – Twitter: @stevebradbury73, Instagram: @stevenbradburyofficial

Matt Hill

Matt is a leading Australian race caller and sport broadcaster. Recognised throughout the industry for his flair, commitment and accuracy, he has honed his art over many years calling a myriad of sports from horse racing to greyhound racing, tennis, AFL, the Olympic Games and more. Matt will call the short track and alpine skiing.

Ryan Tiene

One of Australia’s best backcountry snowboarders, Ryan established himself as one of the world’s premier snowboarding talents when he reached global pro status in 2010. Competing professionally from the age of 15, Ryan has slowed on competitive snowboarding and is now sharing his knowledge of the sport with younger generations. Ryan will take part in Seven’s coverage of the slopestyle, halfpipe and big air events.

Social – Instagram: @ryantiene

Steph Prem

Steph is a five-time Australian champion snowboarder and was the only female to represent Australia in snowboard cross at Vancouver 2010. Throughout Seven’s Olympic Winter coverage, Steph will commentate snowboard cross and the parallel giant slalom.

Social – Twitter: @steff_snow, Instagram: @stephieprem

Jono Brauer

Jono is a dual Olympian, having competed for Australia in alpine skiing events in Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010. His best results were seen on the big stage at the 2006 World Cup in Chamonix, where he finished 14th in the alpine skiing combined. Brauer enjoyed a successful international career from 1997 until 2010, when he called time on his career at the end of his last race in Vancouver. Jono will call alpine skiing sessions.

Social – Instagram: @jonobrauer

Michelle Steele

One of Australia’s best skeleton athletes, Michelle was the first woman to represent Australia in the Olympic skeleton event at the Torino Games in 2006. Making her World Cup debut in 2005, just 13 weeks after trying the sport, Michelle claimed a silver medal at the Nagano World Cup in 2017 and became the first Australian to take home a World Cup skeleton medal. Michelle joins Seven’s coverage, calling the men’s and women’s skeleton, and women’s monobob events.

Steve Hewitt

Father of Dean Hewitt – one half of Australia’s inaugural Olympic curling team – Steve represented Australia at the Albertville Olympics in 1992, when it was a demonstration sport. He will call Seven’s coverage of curling alongside Andy Maher, as he watches his son Dean and teammate Tahli Gill make history as the first Australian curling team to compete at the Winter Games.

“If you haven’t heard of Laura Peel you will after these Games. Our Gold medal hopeful in the aerials who is landing tricks no women has ever done before. She recently landed one of the highest-scoring jumps of all time. Near perfection. Go Laura!”

– Katya Crema

“It’s hard to go past the halfpipe. The progression of this event every four years is incredible. This year’s Winter Olympics could pose the closest men’s halfpipe competition in recent times, with the young Japanese men; Yuto Totsuka and Ayumu Hirano, the legend Shaun White and Australia’s own Scotty James and Valentino Guseli, we’re in for a spectacular show.”

– Matthew Carmichael

“You don’t want to miss the monobod – the single person, female-only bobsled race. The entire field has been evened out with all bobsleds made identical, wealthier nations will no longer have an advantage here making it much more exciting. It’s fast and dangerous, like so many of the other winter sports, and I can’t wait to watch highly-ranked Aussie Bree Walker vie for a medal!”

– Georgie Parker