Maria Sharapova
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Tennis star carried flag for Russia at 2012 Games

She plays a warm-weather sport, but Maria Sharapova will be part of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi, Russia in February.

Sharapova, who carried the flag for her Russia at the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony in London, will be a correspondent offering insight on her native country’s first time hosting the winter games.

“Maria transcends sports as one of the world’s most recognizable stars,” NBC Olympics exec producer Jim Bell said. “Growing up in Sochi until she was 6 years old and with family and friends still living in the area, Maria will offer a unique and personal perspective on a place she knows so well.”

Sharapova is ranked fourth in the world among women’s tennis players and is one of 10 women to win every Grand Slam singles event in her career: Wimbledon (2004), U.S. Open (2006), Australian Open (2008) and French Open (2012). She also has more than 680,000 followers on Twitter.

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