Tennis: Sharapova to work for NBC at Sochi Olympics

AP, Wednesday 13 Nov 2013

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will work for NBC during its Winter Olympics coverage in her childhood home of Sochi

Maria Sharapova
Tennis player Maria Sharapova (Photo: Reuters)

The four-time Grand Slam champion lived in Sochi until she was 6 and still has family and friends in the area. She was Russia's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she won a silver medal.

NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell says that Sharapova ''transcends sports as one of the world's most recognizable stars.'' He adds that ''Maria will offer a unique and personal perspective on a place she knows so well.''

The opening ceremony in Sochi is Feb. 7.

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