FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS FIRST-EVER LIVE RACE COVERAGE OF THE U.S. OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS THIS SAT., FEB. 13, AT 1 PM ET ON NBC
Running Through the Streets of L.A.: 2012 Olympians Meb Keflezighi, Galen Rupp, Dathan Ritzenhein, Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden & Kara Goucher to Compete
Tom Hammond, Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson & Carrie Tollefson Host NBC Sports’ 3-Hour Telecast
Coverage Available on NBC Sports Live Extra
STAMFORD, Conn. – February 9, 2016 – With less than six months until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, NBC Sports presents the first-ever live coverage of the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC from Los Angeles, Calif., featuring simultaneous coverage of the men’s and women’s races (which start 16 minutes apart on the same course).
Nearly 400 athletes are expected to compete on Saturday, with the top three women and men named to the U.S. Olympic team. 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, who also owns New York City and Boston Marathon victories, headlines the men’s field, along with Dathan Ritzenhein, who competed on the 2008 Olympic marathon team and returns to the Olympic Marathon Trials after finishing fourth in 2012. Galen Rupp, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000m, will make his marathon debut.
2012 Olympic marathon team members Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, and Kara Goucher highlight the women’s field, along with 2004 Olympic bronze medalist and American record-holder Deena Kastor, who is looking to make her fourth Olympic team.
Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Lewis Johnson and Carrie Tollefson.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
THE OLYMPICS BEGIN AUGUST 5, 2016
About NBC Olympics
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.
Having produced every Summer Olympics since Seoul in 1988 and every Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002, the networks of NBCUniversal are synonymous with the Games in the United States. NBCUniversal has the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. At the conclusion of the 2032 Games, NBCUniversal will have presented 23 total Olympic Games and 17 consecutive, the most for a U.S. media company in both categories.
NBC has won more than 100 Emmy Awards for its Olympics coverage, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award for its presentation of the Beijing Opening Ceremony in 2008, which USA Today said was “the best overall Olympic experience ever provided by a U.S. network.”