NBC promoting Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its top figure skating broadcasting team

NBC is promoting Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its top figure skating broadcasting team.

The network said Wednesday that the two former Olympians and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon will take over the role starting with this week's Skate America. They replace Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic and Tom Hammond. Hamilton will remain a special contributor for NBC.

Weir and Lipinski became an instant sensation during last winter's Sochi Games when they called live daytime broadcasts with Gannon on cable channel NBCSN in a new coverage approach by the network. Hamilton, Bezic and Hammond handled the tape-delayed prime-time telecast on NBC.

The next Winter Olympics are in 2018 in South Korea.