NBC sports exec talks Winter Olympics at museum

Sports fans, skiers, skaters, hockey players and families who are looking forward to watching the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on television will have the opportunity to go “Backstage at the Olympics with NBC” at the Fairfield Museum on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m. The first Museum After Dark event of 2018 will feature Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures and broadcaster Rob Simmelkjaer, who will talk about his experiences behind the scenes at the Olympics.

Westport resident Simmelkjaer will give guests a preview of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and talk about a variety of topics including the ins and outs of producing an event of this magnitude (and the challenges of a 14-hour time difference!) and how technology is changing the way people watch their favorite sports. He will also discuss how politics affects the games, from the security issues in South Korea to Russia’s stance on the doping scandals. There also will be time for Simmelkjaer to answer the audience’s burning questions about the Olympics.

Simmelkjaer’s talk ties into the Museum’s current Winter Wonderland exhibition, which features photographs and historic items such as skates, skis and sleds related to favorite winter activities in Fairfield and the surrounding area. The exhibition is on view in the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery and runs through Feb. 19.

Fairfield Museum Director of Programs Christine Jewell said “We are looking forward to celebrating the Winter 2018 Olympics with NBC sportscaster Rob Simmelkjaer. His insider perspective will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look of producing this huge event!” She noted that “everyone from tweens to adults will find his presentation fascinating and timely. We also hope guests will explore our Winter Wonderland exhibition while they are here.”

Museum After Dark begins with a reception and refreshments at 6. The presentation starts at 6:30. This month’s Museum After Dark event is free and open to the public. The Museum is located at 370 Beach Road. For more information call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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