Memphis Grizzlies' morning show host Meghan Triplett prepares for Olympic spotlight
As a child, Meghan Triplett watched the 1992 Summer Olympics with her parents and fell in love with the women’s gymnastics team. Seeing Dominique Dawes made her beg her parents to put her in the sport
“I’ve always been a basketball fan but that was the first sport that I watched where I said, 'That’s going to be me one day,' ” said Triplett, who finished her second season as a digital content reporter for the Grizzlies
She didn’t last long as a gymnast, but Triplett still made it to the Olympics. In July, she’ll be a studio host for CNBC’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics. Triplett will be live from CNBC’s studios in New Jersey during the evening when most competitions take place.
It was a dream delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic but one that she's ready to resume a year later.
“When the pandemic happened, I just didn’t know where everything was going fall into place or if an opportunity was still going to be there because so much happened,” said Triplett, who co-hosts Grind City Media's "Rise & Grind" morning show. “It was one of those moments where I can’t believe this is actually happening. … This is just something I just feel like, 'Wow, God is good and I just felt God’s presence.' ”
The Memphis native is well versed with live broadcasts. In addition to co-hosting Grizzlies pregame and postgame analysis, Triplett was a studio anchor/host for LAX Sports Network and also spent four years working for ESPN.
Now she’s preparing for her biggest stage yet. In addition to “Rise & Grind," which airs from 8-10 a.m., she spends three hours after the show studying research packets and talking to NBC producers.
At night, she’s watching the U.S. Olympic trials while also following the NBA playoffs. She’s also looking up athletes on Twitter or Instagram to gain additional tidbits.
There's a lot packed into her average day that starts around 5:30 a.m. For her, it’s less daunting and more fun reading more about Olympic champion Simone Biles or getting to know Sydney McLaughlin, who set the women’s 400-meter hurdle record at the trials on Sunday
“My phone, laptop, TV and the remote control are my best friends right now,” Triplett said. “I take notes during certain things but it doesn’t feel like work because I’m equally interested. I’m just blessed where it happens to be work.”
It also gives her a chance to represent not just Memphis but her alma mater Tennessee State. As an alumna from a historically Black college, she understands the importance of showing there's more than one path to finding success.
“HBCUs have been put on a map and I hope it continues to be on a map. The amount of amazing people who have gone to HBCUs and are doing amazing things in their industries, it’s phenomenal to be a part of that,” Triplett said.
As fate would have it, she was recently cleaning her parents’ house when she found a chest filled with VHS tapes. One of those tapes was from the 1992 Olympics.
It took her back to watching gymnastics and dreaming of an Olympic moment. Years later, it’s here even if it’s different than she hoped.
“It just feels like destiny and it’s all coming to fruition,” Triplett said. “I’m just really excited to be a part of it (but) it’s really not about me, I’m a little part of hopefully everyone sharing these experiences with their families as they watch and have a good time.”
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