Al Trautwig rejoins USA Sports for the 2004 US Open Tennis Championships as studio host. This year marks Trautwig's third stint with USA after calling play-by-play along with Barry MacKay and Mary Carillo during the Network's 25+ hours of coverage during its first US Open Tennis Championship in 1984. Trautwig came back to USA in 1989 as studio host during USA's 84+ hours of tennis during his second foray.
The 24-year sportscasting veteran recently finished his fifth Olympic assignment and 10th Olympics overall, as the gymnastics, trampoline and triathlon play-by-play announcer. Trautwig's NBC Olympic resume includes work as the biathlon and cross-country skiing commentator in Salt Lake in 2002. In Sydney in 2000, Trautwig was the lead gymnastics play-by-play announcer, and also called the triathlon and road cycling events. He also worked as a reporter for NBC during the Barcelona Games in 1992.
Trautwig's Olympic experience dates back to ABC's coverage of 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, where he served as a reporter for several events, including judo and rhythmic gymnastics. He also was a part of the CBS coverage of the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Games, as well as the 1988 Winter Games for ABC.
In 2002, Trautwig became a studio host for NBC's coverage of the Arena Football League. Trautwig and analyst Glenn Parker lend their weekly analysis and commentary to the "AFL on NBC" pre-game and halftime studio shows.
Trautwig began his broadcasting career in 1979 calling New York Apollo Soccer for WMCA Radio. Over the next two years, he called soccer games for Cosmos Radio, New York Arrows Indoor Soccer for WPIX and SportsChannel, and worked on ESPN college soccer telecasts.
In 1980, the multi-talented Trautwig joined USA Network, where he was the leading sports personality, working on more than 500 telecasts. He did play-by-play for the North American Soccer League, NCAA basketball, National Hockey League, gymnastics, tennis and golf.
Following four years at USA, Trautwig moved to ABC, where he hosted the Wide World of Sports and worked on nearly every big ABC broadcast event. Over the next six years at ABC, he participated in nine Emmy Award-winning productions.
Currently with Madison Square Garden Network, Trautwig has multiple responsibilities with the New York Knicks and Rangers. He also handles commentary on NBC's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the Ironman Triathlon.
A former New York Islanders stickboy and New York Nets ballboy, Trautwig and his wife, Cathy, live in Long Island with their son Alex.