Rebecca Lowe ’99 Handling NBC Summer Olympics Coverage
Rebecca Lowe ’99 will co-host her fourth Olympic Games for the NBC family of networks when the Summer Olympics begin the week of July 23 in Tokyo. Lowe, who is perhaps best known as the studio host for NBC’s broadcasts of Premier League soccer, previously anchored coverage of the Olympics for NBC and NBC Sports Network in 2014 (Sochi, Russia), 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and 2018 (Pyeongchang, South Korea). She will be the main NBC daytime host for the duration of the Games.
Lowe, a native of London, came to Mercersburg as an English-Speaking Union scholar after graduating from high school in England at age 17. She later majored in drama at the University of East Anglia and worked for the BBC, Setanta Sports, and ESPN UK before joining NBC in 2013. She has also covered the Kentucky Derby for the network in addition to the Premier League and the Olympics.
The Tokyo Games (which are still technically called the “2020 Summer Olympic Games”) were delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening ceremony is Friday, July 23, and the closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, August 8. Competition actually begins prior to the opening ceremony, with softball contests starting Tuesday, July 20 (U.S. time).
In addition to NBC and NBCSN, Olympic events can also be seen on USA Network, CNBC, the Olympic Channel, and the GOLF Channel, as well as the NBC streaming service Peacock.
Mercersburg has a long and illustrious Olympic history, having produced 54 Olympians (including 12 gold medalists) who have represented 15 different nations, including the United States. From 1908 to 2004 (with the lone exception of 1972), every Summer Olympics in which the U.S. competed featured at least one Mercersburg athlete.