If ever there were American royalty in the realm of athletics, sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross would reign queen. Standing with perfect posture at 5’8, packing the dictionary definition of “washboard abs,” the 5-time Olympic medalist (4 gold, 1 bronze) and 6-time world champion who was poised to defend her title in Rio, waved goodbye to her track career (and standing ovation of fans at Hayward Field) halfway through the ’16 Olympic trials following a series of grueling surgeries and ultimately a hamstring injury.
Resilience. Resolute. Fighter. These are the words most often used to describe Richards-Ross, words that now serve as the foundation for a string of projects in the next chapter of her career off the track. First up, tapping in as NBC’s designated track analyst and correspondent in Rio.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Originally from Monroe, North Carolina, Commander Mark McGinnis began his celebrated military career at the United States Naval Academy where he was a four-year member of the varsity football team. After graduating from the USNA in 1993 Commander McGinnis went on to achieve a decorated 17-year career defending his country as a U.S. Navy SEAL. During his time as a SEAL, Commander McGinnis held all manner of leadership positions in what is considered the most highly trained and dedicated force in the field of global special operations. Following his time in the service, Commander McGinnis moved into the public sector working as a regional sales director for a Fortune 500 medical company. Drawing on his experiences from the military, athletics, and the corporate world, he founded SEAL Leadership LLC , through which he advocates a message of communication, accountability, and teamwork to his many clients. Recognized as an expert in the field of leadership and team-building, Commander McGinnis’ experience allows him to lead his clients through the process of attaining a SEAL-like level of elite performance that is equal parts inspiring, captivating, and challenging.
A 7th generation Texan, Holly Mills-Gardner was catapulted into the spotlight after being crowned Miss Texas USA 1998 and 3rd runner-up in Miss USA, and she has proven to be a force in the entertainment industry ever since. As an actress, Holly has appeared in Emmy nominated television shows, music videos and blockbuster movies like Miss Congeniality. As a model and spokesperson, she has graced the cover of countless magazines, emceed hundreds of events and hosted entertainment TV shows on The CW, ESPN, NBC & CMT, just to name a few . She's currently the national spokesperson and guest host on QVC and HSN for GO SMiLE and she recently finished filming "Style Queens" airing on AMC & “Face Off” airing on Netflix. Whether she's interviewing pro athletes or A-list celebrities, Holly is a natural in front of the camera; talking Fashion, Family, Philanthropy, or Football. In the sporting world, she has hosted nationally televised shows for The Longhorn Network/ESPN and is currently sidelines as the LIVE"Game Day" Host for Texas Longhorn Football. She also hosted "Speed City" on ESPN & Yahoo Sports, covering Formula 1 and MotoGP and she’s currently filming a new outdoor sports & adventure show with her family, airing in January on the Pursuit Channel. In addition to her notoriety as a TV Personality & Miss Texas USA, Holly’s passion for giving back remains, helping raise more than $4 million for Texas charities in the last 2 years alone.