ESPN International Welcomes 46 Olympians to Rio 2016 Coverage Team

ESPN International

ESPN International Welcomes 46 Olympians to Rio 2016 Coverage Team

Guest Commentators Will Contribute to More than 2,800 Hours of
Multiplatform Content in Latin America and the Caribbean

ESPN, an official broadcaster of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be joined by 46 Olympians in its 2,800 hours of comprehensive, multiplatform coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean. ESPN will transmit the 2016 Olympic Games to more than 60 million homes in the region, in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Olympians hail from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. and have won a combined total of 37 Olympic medals in 16 disciplines, including eight gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze. They will join ESPN’s expert on-air journalists to provide live analysis and commentary in 16 disciplines and participate in studio shows, bringing deep Olympic insight of the sports they represent.

“ESPN is very proud to announce the addition of the Olympians to our coverage,” said Tim Bunnell, senior vice president of ESPN International programming, production, marketing and advertising sales. “Their contributions are a great complement to the unmatched team of ESPN journalists covering the Games and essential in our efforts to deliver the most complete, customized coverage with exceptional production standards to fans around the world.”

The Olympians join a team of 50 ESPN International journalists and analysts—who combined have covered more than 10 Olympics—, other renowned athletes who will serve as special guests and more than 850 ESPN team members working globally on ESPN’s Olympic production and onsite operations.

ESPN’s production is organized into four editorially-unique groups to better serve the diversity of fans and maximize local relevancy. Television coverage includes two dedicated television networks in each region with 12+ hours of daily content, with simulcasts on ESPN Play and WatchESPN (Brazil). Live event coverage will be complemented by studio programming produced on location in Rio. ESPN Play will also make additional live and on-demand coverage available in Spanish-speaking Latin America 24-hours a day, including transmission of events from start to finish.

On the digital front, will complement the television coverage with daily news, updates, and immediate video reporting and results and ESPN’s social media channels will also feature special content with dedicated reporters onsite.

Live coverage from Rio begins August 1 at 8 a.m. EST with special lead-up programming which will last until the Opening Ceremony scheduled for Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. EST.

Infographic: 46 Olympians Join ESPN International’s Coverage of Rio 2016


Sport Name
Artistic Gymnastics Romina Plataroti Barcelona 1992
Basketball Fabricio Oberto Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004 (Gold), Beijing 2008 (Bronze)
Field Hockey Luciana Aymar Sydney 2000 (Silver), Athens 2004 (Bronze), Beijing 2008 (Bronze), London 2012 (Silver)
Magdalena Aicega Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 (Silver), Athens 2004 (Bronze), Beijing 2008 (Bronze)
Mercedes Margalot Sydney 2000 (Silver), Athens 2004 (Bronze), Beijing 2008 (Bronze)
Swimming Agustina de Giovanni Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Tennis Javier Frana Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 (Bronze), Atlanta 1996
Juan Ignacio Chela Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
Mariano Zabaleta Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
Volleyball Marcos Milinkovic Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
Artistic Gymnastics Camila Comin Athens 2004
Basketball Eduardo Agra Los Angeles 1984
Maria Paula “Magic Paula” Gonçalves Atlanta 1996 (Silver)
Wlamir Marques Rome 1960 (Bronze), Tokyo 1964 (Bronze)
Beach Volleyball Jackie Silva Atlanta 1996 (Gold)
José “Zé” Marco Melo Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 (Silver)
Boxing Servilio Oliveira Mexico 1968 (Bronze)
Fencing Marco Antonio Martins Sydney 2000
Judo Danielle Zangrando Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004  
Rogério Sampaio Barcelona 1992 (Gold)
Soccer Jose “Zé” Elias Atlanta 1996 (Bronze)
Juliana Cabral Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 (Silver)
Marlisa “Goleira Maravilha” Wahlbrink Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 (Silver)
Swimming Flavia Delaroli Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Table Tennis Lyanne Kosaka Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996
Taekwondo Diego Silva Athens 2004, London 2012
Tennis Fernando Meligeni Atlanta 1996
Volleyball Ana Moser Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 (Bronze)
Mauricio Lima Barcelona 1992 (Gold), Athens 2004
Athletics María Isabel Urrutia Seoul 1988
Soccer Faustino Asprilla Barcelona 1992
Jorge Bermúdez Barcelona 1992
Weightlifting María Isabel Urrutia Sydney 2000 (Gold)
Athletics Felix Sanchez Athens 2004 (Gold), Beijing 2008, London 2012 (Gold)
Athletics Jo Ankier Beijing 2008
Athletics Grace Jackson Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 (Silver), Barcelona 1992
Swimming Janelle Atkinson Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
Archery Aída Román  London 2012 (Silver)
Mariana Avitia Martínez London 2012 (Bronze)
Athletics Ana Guevara Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 (Silver)
Raúl González Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984 (Gold, Silver)
Cyclist Giussepina Grassi Beijing 2008
Swimming María Fernanda González Ramírez  Beijing 2008, London 2012
Rodrigo González Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992
Taekwondo Victor Estrada Sydney 2000 (Bronze)
Basketball Carlos Morales  Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996
Athletics Dwight Stones  Munich 1972 (Bronze), Montreal 1976 (Bronze)

Other Rio 2016 Guest Commentators include:
ARGENTINA – Diego Albanese (Rugby)
COLOMBIA – Carlos Valdés (Soccer)
MEXICO – Cynthia Valdez (Gymnastics) and Cristina Millan (Swimming)


Media contacts:
Ardi Dwornik, [email protected]
GabrielaNunez, [email protected]


Gabriela Nuñez

Gaby Nuñez is manager of communications for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Latin American. She joined ESPN in October 2010 and is based in the company’s New York City offices. In this role, Gaby is responsible for the creative development, strategy and overall publicity efforts for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Latin America. Gaby grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and later moved to the U.S. Prior to joining ESPN, Gaby worked a various PR agencies in Miami and Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. from Florida International University.
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