January 6, 1999

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio State head wrestling coach Russ Hellickson has signed a contract with NBC Sports to do play-by-play for the wrestling events at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Hellickson has now been a part of the wrestling broadcast team for the past five Olympics.

%^$”It’s a real honor to work the Olympic Games for NBC Sports,” Hellickson said. “As a competitor, the Olympics were special to me. Covering these great athletes for television is another great thrill.”

%^$Hellickson’s Olympic broadcasting career began in 1984 as the wrestling color commentator for the Los Angeles Summer Games, aired on ABC. Four years later, NBC sought Hellickson’s services doing play-by-play for the summer games in Seoul, South Korea. The network asked him back in that same capacity for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

%^$Hellickson is not the only member of his family who has worked in the Olympics. His wife, Nancy, has been a researcher for each of the Games Hellickson has worked.

%^$”I have always dreamed of going to Australia,” Hellickson added. “This gives me the perfect reason to go.”