NBC adding Weir, Lipinski to Derby


NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski are bringing their sense of style to the Kentucky Derby.

NBC said Tuesday the announcing team will comment on the fashion and party scene at horse racing's signature event next week. Their addition reflects how the Derby has become one of the most female-friendly televised sports events of the year. Last year's race was the second most-watched Kentucky Derby in 25 years; 51 percent of the viewers were women.

Weir and Lipinski were rookie announcers covering figure skating at the Olympics. They attracted attention, particularly for Weir's colorful sense of style. They subsequently commented on fashion coverage at the Academy Awards for "Access Hollywood."

The Derby will also mark the NBC debut of Josh Elliott, formerly of ABC's "Good Morning America."

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