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Introducing CTV's Hosts for the 2010 Vancouver Games Opening Ceremony

Friday, February 12, 2010 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 5:35 PM, under , ,

North of the United States border is a little country called Canada. This country is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. People in the States know that Bob Costas will be hosting the Opening Ceremonies on NBC Sports. But NBC does not have the rights in Canada. That falls to CTV. So just who are the hosts for CTV tonight?

Brian Williams
Host, Olympic Prime Time on CTV;
Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

A decorated sports broadcaster for more than 30 years, Brian Williams will anchor CTV’s and TSN’s prime-time Olympic Games coverage, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the networks’ coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

In addition to his work on the Olympic Games, Williams is also heavily involved in the CFL on TSN broadcasts, conducting weekly interviews with key newsmakers in the Canadian Football League. Rounding out Williams’ all-encompassing role on CTV/TSN are play-by-play duties for the men’s and women’s Rogers Cup tennis tournaments each summer in Toronto and Montreal.

Considered the dean of Olympic Games broadcasting in Canada, Williams reported on his first Olympic Games at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 12 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games.

Williams’ respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast. He has won praise from critics and numerous accolades, including seven Gemini Awards and two Foster Hewitt Awards.

Williams is currently on the Governors Council at North York General Hospital in Toronto and a former member of the hospital’s Board of Directors. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Williams is also on the selection committee for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in Toronto and works with Special Olympics Canada. In 2006, Williams received an honourary Doctor of Humane Letters when he delivered the commencement address at his alma matter Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Born in Winnipeg, Williams began calling university basketball play-by-play in 1967. He started his professional career in radio with Toronto’s CHUM. After a year at CFRB Radio in Toronto, Williams joined CBLT and remained with CBC until his move to CTV/TSN in June, 2006.

Lloyd Robertson
Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Robertson is one of the most accomplished journalists in North America, guiding Canadians through historical events for more than 50 years. Robertson joined CTV in 1976 and is the chief anchor and senior editor of CTV News and the country’s most-watched newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson. Throughout his illustrious career, Robertson has covered such events as the Quebec Referendum, 9/11, Canadian and U.S. elections, political and economic summits, the 50th anniversary of D-Day, royal weddings, Expo ’86, state funerals, papal visits and the Olympic Games. Beloved by Canadians, Robertson, a three-time Gemini Award winner, was voted Canada’s most trusted news anchor by TV Guide readers 11 years in a row. Robertson is also a Member of the Order of Canada and was the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Catriona Le May Doan
Analyst, Long Track Speed Skating; Co-Host, Opening Ceremony
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

A two-time Olympic Games gold medallist in long track speed skating, Le May Doan stood atop the podium at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano and 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, winning gold in the 500m event. She is the only Canadian to ever repeat as a gold medallist in two consecutive Olympic Games. Le May Doan also took home the bronze from Nagano in the 1000m event. A five-time world champion, Le May Doan held the world record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the Olympic Games record in that event. A native of Saskatoon and now living in Calgary, Le May Doan dominated in the long track speed skating world throughout her career, setting 13 world records. For her accomplishments, she received the 2002 Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year, and was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Vancouver 2010 marks Le May Doan’s fourth Olympic Games as a broadcaster. Le May Doan is currently the associate director of the Calgary Olympic Oval, and has been active in Right to Play.

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