Olympics 2014: Meredith Vieira to fill in for Bob Costas as first solo woman host ever

meredith-vieira-winter-olympics-gi.jpgWhile Bob Costas continues to recover from that nasty eye infection he's got, a new host will fill in for him during primetime Winter Olympics coverage on Friday night (Feb. 14), making history in the process.

Meredith Vieira is set to lead the coverage in Costas' stead, becoming the first woman in U.S. television history to act as solo host of prime-time Olympics programming, NBC Sports announced on Friday.

So, what's on tap for Vieira, who's been in Sochi as a special correspondent for NBC after cohosting the opening ceremony coverage, as she hosts? The night's highlights will include medals being awarded in men's figure skating, finals in Alpine skiing's men's super-combined, women's freestyle skiing (aerials), and women's skeleton.

Costas has been on medical leave since Tuesday, when Matt Lauer stepped in as replacement. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, the veteran sportscaster said he hopes to be back to work for the second half of the games.
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