“I’m not 100 percent, that’s for sure, but if I waited until I was 100 percent, the Olympics would be over,” Costas said in a phone interview with the Today Show.
Matt Lauer covered for Costas on Tuesday night once the network realized Costas needed to rest his eyes. It was the first time since 1988 that Costas did not cover the games as prime time anchor for NBC.
Here's what Costas looked like just before Lauer took over for him.
— Buzzer on FOX (@BuzzeronFOX) February 11, 2014
Costas' return was greeted with enthusiasm and a some teasing on Twitter.
Keep your eye out for Bob Costas tonight http://t.co/0S2PMUDtSO
— TIME.com (@TIME) February 17, 2014
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 17, 2014
Olympics: Bob Costas To Return To Sochi NBC Coverage On Monday. We'll keep and eye out for you, Bob. http://t.co/vZS98Y64PW
— John Campbell (@whoisjohngalt) February 17, 2014
i'm not watching the olympics but some of these stills of bob costas hosting are amazing -- pic.twitter.com/ZWHjbgzPIj
— Tom Spurgeon (@comicsreporter) February 17, 2014
@PioneerPress a sight for sore eyes? Costas' eyes are getting more coverage than all the great olympic stories. sad.
— Mike Henderson (@mhenderson33) February 17, 2014
— Cameron (@Poet_Cameron) February 17, 2014
— Donald Taylor (@UnionDon) February 17, 2014
— Jenna (@siriuslyjenna) February 17, 2014
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