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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 11:37 GMT

Hazel Irvine

BBC Sport's Hazel Irvine is the regular presenter of Ski Sunday and has previously covered two Winter Olympics' in 1994 and 1998.

Hazel joined BBC Sport as a network programme presenter and sports news broadcaster in January 2000.

Her broadcasting career began in 1986 as a production assistant with Radio Clyde in Glasgow.

Her move into sport came a year later when she joined Scottish Television as a reporter.

She worked as a presenter on ITV's coverage of the 1988 Olympics and reported for the ITV Network on the 1990 World Cup Finals.

Hazel joined BBC Scotland in August 1990 as presenter of its Friday night sports preview programme Sportscene.

In 1992, she was part of the award-winning BBC team covering the Barcelona Olympics and, in the same year, was in Sweden for the European Football Championship as BBC Scotland's main reporter.

Breaking barriers

It was in this same year that she joined BBC Sport in London.

Aged 27, she presented Grandstand, becoming the youngest person ever to do so.

Since then she has presented Sunday Grandstand and regularly reports for Football Focus and last year she became the first woman to front the network version of Final Score.

In 2001, Hazel take over the presenting role for the BBC snooker coverage, along side John Parrott and Steve Davis.

Hazel first covered the Winter Olympics in 1994 when the Games were in Lillehammer, and then again in Nagano in 1998.

Between those Games she took over from David Vine as the regular presenter of BBC Two's Ski Sunday, a role that she still holds today.


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