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Bob Costas thinks you ‘should be able to drink a beer’ while competing in what Olympic sport?

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Sportscaster Bob Costas before the start of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Sportscaster Bob Costas before the start of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The veteran sportscaster, 61, will anchor 18 nights of coverage in Sochi, Russia.

What makes the Olympics unique?
They’re a combination of competition, travelogue, politics, cultural panorama, and personal drama.

Will you sleep much?
I don’t like to get less than six hours. Can I do stuff on two or three hours’ sleep? Yeah, but it catches up with you.

What headlines might emerge?
Security is a big question. And I think we’d be remiss not to note it if any openly gay athletes ascend to the medal podium or make a statement about the antigay laws.

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  • Are you a jock?
    When I was younger, I was very active. Now it’s mostly golf. I think I’m like a lot of middle-aged people. You go to the gym and you’re running on the treadmill or whatever you’re doing. But you’re not really playing games anymore.

    If you could compete in a winter event, what would it be?
    Curling, because I think you should be able to drink a beer while you’re competing for a gold medal.

    Online Extra:

    What past sportscasters does Bob Costas most admire—and who has he learned most from?
    The people I most admired were able to find the narrative thread that runs through a game or a playoff series or a season or a career. They had a good narrative sense that a game or event wasn’t just one play piled on top of another. I’m going to leave people out, but Jim McKay, Jack Whitaker, and Marty Glickman I loved when I was a kid growing up in New York, and Vin Scully and Jack Buck when I went to St. Louis right out of college. You got a sense that they had lived a life beyond sports, and they brought some of that to the booth with them.

    Who else do you admire covering sports today?
    Certainly Al Michaels today, and Bryant Gumbel. Real Sports, to me, is like the sports version of 60 Minutes. I admire Bryant, as well as Jon Frankel and Bernie Goldberg and all those correspondents on Real Sports. I admire what Bob Ley does on Outside the Lines. I admire all the HBO sports documentaries and the 30 for 30 series on ESPN. And when Frontline turns its attentions to sports, they recognize that that there are issues and stories connected to sports that go beyond the field. There’s no contradiction there. They’re both a part of it.

    Walter Scott
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