NBC announcer criticized for saying swimmer’s husband ‘responsible’ for gold medal

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On Saturday in Rio, Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu crushed the world record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley by more than two seconds on her way to winning a gold medal.

But, aside from the astounding athletic performance, a lot of the focus from people watching the United States was on NBC commentator Dan Hicks, who faced criticism for implying Hosszu’s success was due to her husband/coach, Shane Tusup. 

Speaking to the Associated Press, Hicks defended his call, saying, “with live TV, there are often times you look back and wished you had said things differently … It is impossible to tell Katinka’s story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane, and that’s what I was trying to do.” Read more…

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