Ever thought about moving from the stadium to the studio? It’s a popular career move for many former athletes…
Becoming a TV sports analyst or commentator is a popular career move for many former athletes. It’s a great way of staying close to your sport after retiring from competition, while also using the expertise and knowledge that you built up during your career. Here, we highlight some of the athletes who have already made a successful switch…
The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter won four Olympic medals during his career and has proved just as successful with a microphone in hand, working as an athletics analyst for major US broadcasters including NBC. The four-time Olympian has proved so popular, in fact, that Sports Illustrated recently named him as one of the best TV analysts of the year.
Canadian skeleton racer Jon Montgomery became a household name in his homeland by winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, and he has since used that popularity to move into broadcasting, hosting The Amazing Race Canada since 2013.
The Chinese track star, who won Olympic gold in the 110m hurdles in 2004, was forced to retire from competition due to injury in 2015. But in that same year, he made his debut as a commentator during the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Not content with winning 12 medals at the Olympic Winter Games during his career – including a record eight golds – the cross-country skiing star successfully moved into television as the co-host of the Norwegian travel show Gutta på tur (“The Boys on a Trip”). Alongside fellow Olympic legend Vegard Ulvang, renowned chef Arne Brimi and TV personality Arne Hjeltnes, Dæhlie presented the show from 1995 until 2002, with the quartet now set for a reunion series later this year.
The Australian swimmer won three Olympic medals during her career, including 4x100m medley relay gold in 2004, and has since enjoyed a varied broadcasting career, working as a weather presenter and hosting shows covering everything from health and travel to sport.
The multi-talented Canadian is the only athlete to have ever won multiple medals at both the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games, having competed in both road cycling and speed skating. The 44-year-old has proved to be equally adept as a broadcaster, covering the last three Games for Canadian television.
The 1998 Olympic figure skating champion worked as a commentator and analyst for NBC during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, alongside fellow former figure skater Johnny Weir. The duo proved so popular that they have since been seen presenting coverage of the Academy Awards and the Kentucky Derby, as well as the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
The British middle distance runner won Olympic silver in the 1,500m behind Seb Coe in 1984, in addition to world championship gold in 1983. Since retiring in 1994, he has worked as a commentator for the BBC, covering athletics and the Olympic Winter Games. His commentary has even caught the attention of Usain Bolt, who thanked Cram after winning gold in Rio, saying, “You are the best. You make me feel good when I watch the commentary.”