The Olympics have us glued to our screens this year, whether we’re watching it from home or with a drink at the pub.
This year, the Olympics is presented by a star-studded cast of sports presenters.
And today’s is none other than Hazel Irvine, the Scottish sports presenter who has hosted everything from snooker, to golf, to the Olympics.
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In fact, this will be Hazel’s fourth stint on the Olympics – she previously presented the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, 2016 Rio Olympics, and the 2018 Winter Olympics.
But one thing fans of the presenter will know is that she likes to keep her private life very much away from the cameras. But there are a few things you might not know about the TV host.
Hazel Irvine is leading the BBC’s coverage alongside Gabby Logan, Clare Balding and Dan Walker
(Image: Brentwood Gazette)
Hazel was born in St Andrews in Scotland, and went on to study History of Art at university.
But she always had an eye for sports, and was a frequent at her university’s netball, golf and athletics sports teams.
The host said to the Mail in 2019: “As a child I spent my pocket money on stickers for an Olympics sticker book.”
She continued: “I had a very happy childhood doing sport and outdoors stuff. My dad, Bill, made this half-size snooker table for my brother and me as kids, and Mum crocheted the pockets!”
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But it wasn’t until 1988 that the 56-year-old began doing radio and TV, as a guest host on the 1988 Olympics and the 1990 World Cup.
In 2008, Hazel married her long-term boyfriend. It was unexpected to some, as at the age of 43 the two had been together many years, but it apparently just ‘felt like the right time’.
They had a private ceremony in Scotland for close family and friends, and had a child together in 2009, who is now 12.
The family used to live in Scotland, but more recently moved to London. We’re sure they are a very sporty family!