AI-generated Al Michaels broadcaster voice set to handle Paris Olympics recaps

As the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris approach, a high-profile speaker will lend his voice to coverage of the Games.

But longtime NFL broadcaster Al Michaels won’t be doing the heavy lifting.

An AI-generated version of Michaels’ voice will be used for Olympic recaps, NBC announced. Michaels’ AI-powered voice will narrate key Olympic videos for the company’s streaming platform.

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December 29, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee: Amazon Prime sportscaster Al Michaels walks onto the field before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Fans will be able to customize highlights based on their personal preferences and watch key moments from specific sports. The innovative tool built into your Daily Olympic Roundup on Peacock will feature highlight packages of up to 10 minutes.

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The “first-of-its-kind, personalized experience” is expected to offer millions of possible customizations, NBCUniversal said in a press release.

Michaels said that while he was initially skeptical, he quickly warmed to the idea of ​​having an AI-powered version of his voice deliver sports highlights.

December 21, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Amazon Prime Thursday Night Football Al Michaels play-by-play during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints at SoFi Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

“When I was approached about this, I was skeptical, but definitely curious,” Michaels said. “Then I saw a demo detailing what they had in mind. I said, ‘I’m in.’

Michaels has worked during the Olympics in the past. He called the game the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States national ice hockey team shocked the USSR in the 1980 Olympics.

Broadcaster Al Michaels looks on before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

In the final minutes of the game, Michaels delivered the iconic line: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” which remains cemented in US Olympic lore.

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Michaels joined NBC Sports in 2006 and became the lead announcer for Sunday Night Football. He began calling games for Amazon Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football in 2022. The upcoming 2024 season will mark Michaels’ record 40th year as a prime-time NFL play-by-play announcer .

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