Maria Sharapova will trade her tennis racquet for a microphone during the Winter Olympics next February in Sochi, her hometown.
“As an Olympian it’s means so much to me for this year’s Olympic Games to be hosted in my hometown of Sochi,” Sharapova, a silver medalist for Russia in singles the 2012 London Olympics, told Forbes. “Sochi has such rich culture and history, that I’m looking forward to sharing that with the world through being a part of the NBC family.”
Sharapova, who was born in Siberia, lived in Sochi until she was 6, then left for the U.S.
“Maria transcends sports as one of the world’s most recognizable stars,” Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics, told Forbes. “Growing up in Sochi until she was six years old and with family and friends still living in the area, Maria will offer a unique and personal perspective on a place she knows so well.”