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After covering 9 Olympic games, top NBC horde Lester Holt reveals because America needs the Olympics right now


Lester Holt
This is NBC Nightly News
anchor Lester Holt’s ninth time covering the
Olympics.

NBC News/Joe
Scarnici


  • NBC Nightly News anchor Lester
    Holt has reported on The Olympics
    since the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter
    Games
    .
  • Holt says the games comparison politics and bring people
    together.

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt continued his run
of Olympic coverage with stating at
the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games
last week, his ninth eventuality to cover the games.

Holt, who began covering The Olympics at the 2002 Salt
Lake City Winter Games, feels the eventuality acts as a unifying force
for participants and viewers.

“Through 9 Olympics I’ve been in Olympics
when the US was in dispute in the center east, and there is
something about the Olympics that kind of transcends politics,”
Holt told Business Insider. “Frankly one of the reasons we look
brazen to it is it gives us a little bit of a break, not that we
don’t cover politics, but it gives us a possibility to concentration on
something that is truly unifying.”

The ability for the Olympics to bring people together seems
important, especially at a time when American politics is some-more divided
than ever.

Still, the games aren’t totally abandoned of politics. Over the
weekend there was domestic amour surrounding Vice President Mike Pence and
Kim Jong Un’s sister,
Kim Yo Jong, during the opening ceremony.

The two
sat in the same box but didn’t shake hands or acknowledge
any other. Pence didn’t have to lay in the same box, but
reportedly wanted to make a domestic point,
exhibiting 
solidarity with Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

And American figure skater Adam Rippon, who is the first
plainly happy contestant on the US Winter Olympics team, vocally turned
down a assembly with Pence, criticizing his record
on LGBTQ rights.

But Holt says altogether the feeling on the belligerent is
noticeably reduction domestic during the games, and it offers
reporters the eventuality to concentration on the athletes that make the
games possible.

“It’s a really good distraction,” Holt said. “But some-more than
a distraction, it’s good to see immature athletes, and not just
American athletes but kids from around the world, who work their
butts off year in and year out and they get this shot every four
years and if they’re propitious they come divided with a award and people
remember their names,” he said. “It’s just fun to be a part
of.”

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