Phil Liggett, MBE, has worked as a television commentator since 1978, covering eight summer Olympic Games and four winter Olympic Games for the BBC, ITV, Nine Network, Seven Network, CBS and NBC.
Liggett is universally revered as "The Voice of Cycling" for his coverage of the Tour de France. He will head up Nine’s coverage of alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics alongside Steven Lee, a three-time Olympian for Australia, to call the slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super combined and Super G events.
In 1998, Liggett covered the Winter Games at Nagano for the Seven Network. At Lillehammer in 1994 he was voted best commentator of the Winter Games by The Sydney Morning Herald and The New York Times.
As well as the Olympics, Liggett has worked on six Commonwealth Games since 1986. He also hosted the television coverage of the Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic in Australia between 1988 and 2000 and was part of the TV team for the inaugural Tour of China in 1995.
In addition, he has hosted and reported on World Cup events including ski jumping, speed skating, triathlon and four-man sledding.
A legend in the cycling world, Liggett has worked on 37 Tours de France and is an honorary member and/or patron of cycling bodies from England to Canada and Australia. In 2002 he was appointed patron of the first internet cycling team, iTeamNova.com in Australia.
In 2003 Liggett finished third in a poll organised by Cycling Plus magazine to find the group or individual who has contributed most to cycling. That year he was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Sports Personality and presented with a lifetime achievement award by the USA bicycle industry.
Liggett, who trained as a journalist in Fleet Street in 1967, has worked for The Guardian, The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. He was the international editor of Cycle Sport magazine (1997-2003) and has written several books, including The Tour de France 1988 and 1989, The Complete Book of Performance Cycling, and The Fastest Man on Two Wheels – an insight to Chris Boardman. In 2005 he co-authored The Tour de France for Dummies.
Liggett originally started out as a zookeeper at Chester Zoo and then trained as an accountant before moving to Belgium to try his luck as a full-time cyclist.
In 2007 he was given a lifetime achievement award by the US Hall of Fame.