Couric, who spent 15 years as the co-host of NBC's "Today," will join Mike Tirico for the high-profile broadcast, which will kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9. Tirico will host the network's entire slate of Winter Olympics coverage, taking over the prestigious job from longtime NBC staple Bob Costas.
According to Jim Bell, president of production and programming for NBC Olympics, the task of hosting the opening ceremony is a "hard job," and Couric's previous experience covering the games for the network made her a natural fit to return to that gig once more.
"We have been eagerly awaiting Mike's first prime time Olympic hosting duties, and now, with Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way,'' Bell added in a press release.
"During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication and perseverance of athletes from around the world,'' Couric said in a press release. "There's nothing quite like it."
The Winter Olympics opening ceremony will air on tape delay during primetime on February 9 on NBC, and be available to stream live at 6 a.m. EST on NBCOlympics.com, and via the NBC Sports app.