Mary Carillo: Olympics Commentator

August 14, 2008

Mary Carillo is a former tennis champion and current sports commentator. She’s been a hit covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.

Mary Carillo is overing the Olympic Games in Beijing for NBC. She has given colorful coverage of not only the athletic competitions but also of the culture in Beijing. She looks like she is genuinely enjoying herself. She has tasted the local foods, including scorpions on a stick and tried to woo some of her co-workers into doing the same, much to their chagrin.

She’s a tad irreverent and has a sense of humor which is a welcomed relief from some of the more stilted and glossy coverage of past Olympics. Of course, some people don’t like her less than stern faced reporting. Some say she’s trivializing and infantilizing China. I say those people need to lighten up a little, sit back and relax. They are taking the whole thing way too seriously.

Mary Carillo was born March 15, 1957 in Queens, New York. She is 51-years-old. She lives in Naples, Florida with her two children and splits her time with a place in Greenwich Villiage, New York.

Carillo played professional women’s tennis from 1977 until 1980. She retired in March 1980 after suffering a knee injury. She and John McEnroe are childhood friends and won the French Open together in mixed doubles in 1977. The team also made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Also that that year, Carillo made the double quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.

Since retiring from professional tennis she started working as a reporter with CBS Sports’ covering the U.S Open Tennis Championships. She became a regular with CBS in 1986 as a tennis analyst. She then joined NBC Sports to cover broadcasts of the French Open and Wimbledon. She has also worked for USA and ESPN. She has worked for NBC’s Olympic coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics and won awards for her coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

She co-wrote a book with Martina Navratilova, Tennis My Way and another one with Rich Elstein, Tennis Kinetics.

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10 Responses to “Mary Carillo: Olympics Commentator”

  1. 1
    Risemoon Says:

    Is Mary Carillo lesbian? Not my type but bidar says yes.

  2. 2
    Hazel Says:

    Mary Carillo gay? I’ve heard that before and I’ve seen her featured in some gay and lesbian articles.

  3. 3
    Melissa Says:

    Is she transgender?

  4. 4
    isabel Says:

    Mary Carillo is awful. I can lighten up all I want to, but that won’t change the fact that Mary Carillo grates on my nerves. When she comes on the screen, I change the channel.

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    cwb Says:

    Mary Carillo – lightweight, trivializes the Chinese culture. I do not care if she is a lesbian but I do care that she is what is a perfect example of all that is wrong with American journalism. All style and NO SUBSTANCE.

  6. 6
    thats a man baby Says:

    Dude, She has an adams apple, wth???? Bi? Thats a man baby!!

  7. 7
    What's up with M. Carillo Says:

    I really would like an answer as to whether Mary Carillo is/was a man or what?! Her voice does NOT sound like a woman’s voice, i dont care how much steroids she’s had. She sounds like a man and has an adam’s apple like a man, so is she/he a man turned woman?

  8. 8
    Brian M du Toit Says:


    Mary, you presented excellent coverage of issues in Beijing and surroundings

    The final morning you visited the newly erected monument of Eric Liddell. Please tell me the location


  9. 9
    What's up with M. Carillo Says:

    well no one has an answer for me on the Carillo question i posted earlier, so i will go with my gut and say that she is a man. some people say she has children, but that means nothing nowadays, look at the couple that was recently on oprah; the little oriental “man” and significant other, but the “man” was pregnant and recently gave birth. so don’t preach to me about having children, almost anyone can find ways to have children nowadays.

    i just want Carillo to come out of the closet and tell us all that he was once a man, turned woman. simple. is it so difficult and if it is then maybe it wasn’t the right thing to do to change gender.

  10. 10
    Reality Check Says:

    Mary Carillo has a 10 inch dick.