Jo Ankier

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Joanna (Jo) Ankier is a current television and radio personality based in Los Angeles and a former British International track athlete and National record holder in the 3000 metres Steeplechase.

Since retiring from professional athletics in 2008, Ankier has progressed her career outside of athletics as a sports and entertainment host and reporter on channels including ESPN International, Fox Soccer Channel, The Tennis Channel, Chelsea TV, Sky Sports News, KDOC-Los Angeles and "kick" (YouTube channel).

Broadcasting: In 2013, Jo was the solo host and reporter for ESPN's PAC-RIM Australia and New Zealand coverage of the final X Games from Los Angeles. She went on to lead ESPN International's coverage of the Americas Cup Sailing in San Francisco later that year.

In 2012, Jo anchored ESPN's International version of the flagship show Sportscenter over the London 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to anchoring duties, Jo used her athletics background to gain exclusive interviews for ESPN with star athletes including Oscar Pistorius and Alison Felix.

Ankier was chosen to be ESPN International's global red carpet show host in 2011 for the prestigious ESPY awards airing across the Europe, Caribbean and Pacific Rim regions.

Athletics: In 2005, Ankier broke British Records in both the 1500m and 3000m Steeplechase events. After finishing 2nd in the European Cup, (Leiria) she went on to compete in the first ever Women's Steeplechase in the 2005 IAAF World Championships (Helsinki). Ankier finished 7th in the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, 2006).

Jo was chosen by the London 2012 Olympic Committee to star in the video for the successful London Olympic Bid, running through the sights of London inspiring locals and celebrities to "Back the Bid" and win London the Olympic Games.

Ankier's parents are Stephen and Loretta Ankier. She has one sister, Esther, and attended the Henrietta Barnett School, University of Nottingham (where she studied physics and philosophy) and King's College London, where she received a postgraduate sports law diploma. Ankier is also a professional level cellist.


External links[edit]

  • Jo Ankier Broadcasting Reel [1]