Nordic Nation: Inside the booth with Chad Salmela and Kikkan Randall, NBC’s Olympic cross country ski analysts

Rachel PerkinsMarch 4, 2022

In this episode, we’ve got Chad Salmela and Kikkan Randall on to discuss the experience of calling the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, live from a booth in Stamford, CT. The duo worked as cross country analysts, alongside long-time NBC play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger. While Chad is a veteran in the role, this was Kikkan’s first Olympics inside the booth.

Kikkan Randall snaps a selfie with Chad Salmela and the NBC production crew during the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. (Courtesy photo)

During the call, Kikkan and Chad field a variety of questions on their experience – everything from staying fresh while calling races in the middle of the night for two weeks straight, to maintaining professional composure while watching your former teammates and long-time friends win Olympic medals – or come up short – and even, why are you suddenly pronouncing the Norwegian distance champion’s name “You-haug”? 

Full of insights and laughs, this conversation was a treat, and it’s clear that both Chad and Kikkan are deeply invested in growing and serving the cross country ski community in the US.

Thanks for listening, and thanks to this week’s podcast sponsors Boulder Nordic Sport and New Moon Ski & Bike

Kikkan Randall and Chad Salmela discuss their experience as NBC’s cross country ski analysts during the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. (Courtesy photo)

Rachel Perkins

Rachel is an endurance sport enthusiast based in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. You can find her cruising around on skinny skis, running in the mountains with her pup, or chasing her toddler (born Oct. 2018). Instagram: @bachrunner4646

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