SMAP member Masahiro Nakai, 37, will serve as the main commentator on TBS during coverage of the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, the network announced this week. Nakai has held the position since the 2004 Athens Olympics, and the singer laughed that he had "an inkling of a suspicion" that he would be chosen this time around as well.
Mogul skier Aiko Uemura, figure skaters Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada, and speed skater Miho Takagi are all expected to come home with the gold, and Nakai predicted that, "Mao-chan and Takagi will be able to turn all the pressure on them into power."
TBS said it will send Nakai to the East Coast of the U.S. for four days from Friday to document figure skater Miki Ando.
Nakai's assistant during the Olympic broadcast will be "NEWS23" sports news announcer Erina Masuda. Nakai has done previous Olympic coverage on-location, but his busy schedule will keep him in the studio this time around.© Japan Today