If you talk about women who have made great strides in the world of sports, the name Nicole Briscoe will definitely come up. Born on July 2, 1980, Briscoe began participating in a beauty contest as a teenager and won several crowns. She later immersed herself in the world of radio journalism and is now one of the most respected sports presenters in America. With car racing as her strength, Nicole Briscoe has proven that she is an unbeatable combination of beauty, brains, and muscle power.
Falling in Love with Sports at a Tender Age
Nicole Briscoe (née Manske) would be the first person to tell you that her life didn’t go quite as planned, but that she is getting better anyway. The sports reporter was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, but grew up in Roscoe, Illinois. She came from a sports-mad family and spent most of her childhood absorbing various sports such as basketball, baseball, and soccer. So from an early age, she aspired to become a sports journalist. Briscoe attended Hononegah High School (where one of her school friends happened to be the future race car driver Danica Patrick) and graduated in 1998.
She then immersed herself in the beauty pageant industry and won the Miss Illinois Teen USA title that same year. Her exploits in the beauty pageant industry did not stop there. She also participated in the Miss Teen USA Pageant of 1998 and the Miss Illinois USA Pageant of 2001 and made it to the top category.
The Humble Beginnings of Nicole Briscoe Journalism Career
After proving herself to be a beauty queen, Nicole Briscoe returned to her first love for sports. She enrolled in college to study radio and in 1999 took her first job as an intern at WREX-TV in Rockford. After a two-year stay in Rockford, Briscoe moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she worked as a reporter for the local WANE-TV.
She spent three years in this role before she faced a major dilemma. Briscoe got the chance to continue working in the news at a major station or to switch to sports coverage at a small TV station. The Native American from Illinois spent days thinking about how she could implement the idea but decided to stay true to her heart. So she packed her bags and joined WISH-TV as a sports presenter in 2004.
Nicole Briscoe spent two years at WISH-TV covering various sports teams (Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts) and sporting events (Formula 1 Grand Prix in the USA). She then moved to the motorsports network SPEED, where she worked for two years before joining ESPN in 2008.
Nicole Briscoe Strides on ESPN
Due to her experience in motorsport, Nicole Briscoe was initially assigned to the ESPN motor racing department. She served as a presenter and reporter for the NASCAR news program NASCAR Now (2008 – 2014). She then moderated the NASCAR countdown program before the race (2011-2014). After several fruitful years with ESPN, Briscoe was in danger of losing her job when the station decided to stop showing NASCAR races live in 2014.
However, her excellent record spoke for her and the editors decided to keep her as one of the hosts of their flagship sports news program SportsCenter. Since then, Briscoe has hosted several editions of SportsCenter, including the evening, weekday, weekend, and early morning parts. It has also become one of the main attractions of the show.
One Half of a Sports Power Couple
Briscoe’s love of motor racing goes beyond her job and even extends to her private life. The ESPN presenter is married to a professional racing driver named Ryan Briscoe. Ryan is originally from Sydney, Australia, and was born in September 1981. He started out as a go-kart racer as a teenager and won several championships in Australia, North America, and Italy. Today he is a professional racing driver and has competed in the IndyCar Series, the German F3, and Formula 3 of the Euroseries.
Nicole Briscoe first met her husband in 2005 when she was covering the IndyCar Series. Ryan drove in the series but unfortunately suffered a terrible accident. He managed to survive the accident and then spent several months abroad to recover. On his return to the USA, Ryan met Briscoe, who was very happy that he was doing well. The two stayed in touch and eventually started dating. Later, in 2009, they formed a life-long bond.
Briscoe and her husband now have two daughters, Finley and Blake. The couple uses their free time to take wonderful family vacations. They also regularly indulge their mutual passion for running. Briscoe and her husband have both participated in several races and half-marathons. Ryan also completed the New York City Marathon in 2019, while his tireless wife plans to run the Chicago and New York Marathons in 2020.