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Schlanger '89 Reflects on Olympics
Pictured: Steve Schlanger at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Steve Schlanger '89, an award-winning veteran broadcaster, has called play-by-play for nearly 30 different sports in his career and for several national networks. He recently made his Olympic debut with NBC at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London as a cycling, triathlon and open water play-by-play announcer.
“This was the most demanding yet also the most rewarding broadcasting experience I have ever had,” says Schlanger. “It required months of preparation and I was going full gas just about every day in London during the Olympics. Despite the busy schedule, the Olympics are the single biggest sporting event in the world, so the hectic pace was more than worth it.”
While Schlanger has worked at other Olympic Games for different networks, this was his first for NBC. He did play-by-play for all the men's and women's road cycling, time trials, triathlons, open water swimming and water polo. Altogether, it came to 21 shows in 16 days.
“My favorite part was calling the host nation of Great Britain's first-ever gold medal in road cycling history,” says Schalenger. “It was won by fan favorite Brad Wiggins who had just come off winning the Tour de France as well. There were hundreds of thousands of people out along the course, and it started and finished in front of one of Henry VIII's castles. The atmosphere was tremendous and you really felt like you were witnessing a genuinely unique moment in time.”
Schlanger says he also enjoyed seeing the Royal Family at many of the events, as well as the opportunity to meet the British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In addition to announcing at the Olympics, some of Schlanger’s career highlights include calling the British Open Golf and Australian Open Tennis for ESPN; hockey and college basketball for the NBC Sports Network; professional golf for Golf Channel; Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals; and a variety of NCAA sports for the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network. He also has an extensive radio background serving as the sideline reporter and pregame host for St. Louis Rams Football and hosting national talk shows on both ESPN Radio and the Fox Sports Radio Network.
Outside of sports, Steve Schlanger has hosted entertainment-oriented shows for VH1, Animal Planet, A&E and Discovery. He also operates a production company, which has produced various forms of sports and non-sports programming over the last several years.
Schlanger resides in St. Louis with his wife and two kids.
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