Yes, all the athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics currently being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are amazing, but there’s someone else who’s been making waves ever since the Opening Ceremonies began last Friday night: none other than Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. With her hilarious and infectiously excited live-tweeting of the games, people rallied around her to get her to Rio, and it appears NBC was listening because the network offered her an invitation to join them down south.
Fans will likely receive tweets in much of the same nature as Jones’ previous ones, but now she’ll be at the events in person — and how cool would it be if she got to interview some of the athletes?
As more and more people began to take notice of her tweets, NBC Sports’ Olympics executive producer Jim Bell reached out to her over Twitter with an invitation and luckily for all of us, she accepted! She will be joining the NBC team as a “contributor,” although it’s not clear exactly what she’ll be covering or doing, but it should be exciting nonetheless. She is expected to be in Rio by Friday.
Here are a few of her tweets from the games so far:
THATS HOW YOU DO IT!! pic.twitter.com/5qcjmGFDrN
THIS IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT PRIDE FOR YOUR COUNTRY!!! GO 2016 OLYMPICS!! pic.twitter.com/tLWQnHotzG
I would be so scared!! pic.twitter.com/bXFW63prZp
We gonna win everything I’m telling you!! I AM AMERICAN SPIRIT!! USA!! USA!! pic.twitter.com/RGAAKrnsga
This is not the first time Jones has gained attention for her tweets. Plenty of people love her live-tweeting of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which ended up turning into a segment on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor