Peter Dinklage Narrates Olympics Coverage

02/07/2014 at 04:45 PM EST

Peter Dinklage Narrates Olympics Coverage
Peter Dinklage
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The Winter Games are coming!

Friday night marks the opening ceremonies of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, and coverage will begin with a clip narrated by Emmy-winning actor Peter Dinklage.

Dinklage, 44, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, will welcome the audience to the Games – and to Russia.

"It almost seems like an oversight, that this nation, that bears so much of winter's burden, has never before hosted the Winter Games," Dinklage begins.

The clip, and Dinklage's presence in it, correlates Russia's freezing climate and the long-lasting seasons in Game of Thrones's Westeros that cause the characters to dread winter's arrival.

But in the clip, Dinklage celebrates winter and introduces some of the game's the top athletes, including Shaun White, Gracie Gold, Shani Davis, J.R. Celski, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Ashley Wagner, Julia Mancuso, Bode Miller, Tina Maze, Aksel Lund Svindal, Yuna Kim and Alex Ovechkin.

Opening ceremony coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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