SI.com reports the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian, will offer commentary during coverage of the opening ceremony February 7 and also contribute to NBC News in other select spots.
On why he’s adding his voice to the Olympic games, Remnick cited an 18th century writer/philosopher turning down an invitation… to an orgy.
Asked why he decided to join NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Games next February, David Remnick recalled a famous Voltaire quote about turning down an invitation to an orgy, having attended one the previous night for the first time.
“You know the expression once a philosopher, twice a pervert?” said Remnick, in a phone interview on Saturday. “I think in life you ought to try something once if it is honest work and does not interfere with your main job.”
Bell thinks Remnick will bring value to the news surrounding the Olympics.