Man of Velocity: Diffey to name Olympic observe and discipline for NBC


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Leigh Diffey has been stereotyped because the pace man at NBC Sports activities. He’s the lead announcer for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 and most of his community assignments contain sports activities that go quick.

His subsequent gig has Diffey masking the quickest athletes on the earth. The 50-year-old Australian has been named play-by-play announcer of NBC Olympics’ observe and discipline protection for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Diffey takes over for Tom Hammond, who had referred to as Olympic athletics for the community from 1992 by means of 2016.

“They do not label me because the racing man or the pace man, however I’m,” Diffey instructed The Related Press on Tuesday. “Something that has to do with racing, I do, and I like that.”

The Tokyo Video games would be the fourth Olympics project for Diffey, who referred to as bobsled, skeleton, and luge at Sochi and PyeongChang, then picked up rowing in 2016 in Rio. Diffey has additionally referred to as observe and discipline occasions for NBC Sports activities since 2013 which have included the 2019 World Athletics Championships and U.S. nationals.

His full-time job with the community is the motorsports beat and Diffey does play-by-play for IndyCar, IMSA sports activities vehicles, MotoGP and Supercross. The Indy 500 on Sunday shall be Diffey’s third with NBC Sports activities, which is within the last 12 months of a three-year contract with IndyCar.

Protection of athletics is among the many hottest Olympic programming for NBC, which acquired a lift the final three Olympics from Usain Bolt, one of many best sprinters of all-time.

Diffey is predicting a breakout Olympics for the US workforce, which he believes “has such an ideal probability of possibly being the most effective workforce for the reason that Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson period.”

He could deal with his new Olympic highlight a lot as he does IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500, the race Diffey spends practically two weeks immersing himself in as he research the 33 vehicles within the discipline.

“I like the thrill of who does what when, who succeeds, who fails, who’s the shock story?” Diffey stated. “We have had it already this month of Might at Indy and it occurs in observe and discipline as nicely. I simply love the correlation.”


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