FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
JASON KNAPP & CHRIS WADDELL TO HOST NBCSN’S COVERAGE OF RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 AT 10:30 P.M. ET
United States Olympic Committee to Deliver Online Coverage at TeamUSA.org
Wheelchair Rugby and Men’s Sitting Volleyball Medal Rounds Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
Swimming, Track & Field, and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball on Saturday, September 17 at 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 15, 2016 – Jason Knapp and 13-time Paralympic medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member Chris Waddell will host NBCSN’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, being held at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this Sunday night, September 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
In addition to NBCSN’s telecast of the Closing Ceremony, the United States Olympic Committee will stream coverage on TeamUSA.org.
Carolyn Manno, NBC Sports Group’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games host, will open the telecast on Sunday night.
The Closing Ceremony will feature the pageantry and local flavor of host country Brazil, as well as the parade of flags and athletes from countries that participated in the 2016 Paralympic Games. The show will also highlight the official handover from Rio to Tokyo and look ahead to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan’s capital city. The ceremony culminates with the extinguishing of the Paralympic flame and a final celebratory dance party.
Rio 2016 marks Waddell’s second Closing Ceremony assignment, and the first for Knapp. Waddell is currently working his second Paralympic Games assignment as a Track & Field analyst for NBC Sports Group, and Knapp is serving as a play-by-play commentator for Swimming events. Manno, who has worked two prior Paralympic Games for NBC Sports Group, is anchoring studio coverage of the Closing Ceremony for the first time.
In addition to the Closing Ceremony on NBCSN, NBC Sports Group’s coverage this weekend is highlighted by semifinal and medal round events in Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, and Sitting Volleyball.
Coverage on Friday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN will include medal round events in Swimming, Track & Field, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball, as well as Men’s Sitting Volleyball Semifinal action and Wheelchair Rugby Preliminary round matches.
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games coverage continues Saturday, September 17 at 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball bronze medal game and more Wheelchair Rugby Preliminary action.
NBC Sports Group’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games competition coverage culminates Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, with medal round events for Wheelchair Rugby and Men’s Sitting Volleyball.
RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES COMPETITION COVERAGE
NBC Sports Group presents more than 70 hours of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games coverage across NBC and NBCSN. In addition, the United States Olympic Committee provides 12 channels of daily live online coverage at TeamUSA.org.
NBC Sports Group’s Rio Paralympic Games competition coverage began on Thursday, September 8 and culminates on Sunday, September 18. On most days, NBCSN primetime programming will air from 7 – 9 p.m. ET; daytime from 2 – 5 p.m. ET; and late night from 1 – 5 a.m. ET.
In addition to Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Rugby, NBC Sports Group also features world feed coverage of many other Rio 2016 Paralympic Games events. Coverage is produced by OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Service) and includes the sports of Cycling, Judo, Football and more. World feed telecasts of select events feature OBS commentators.
For a complete schedule of remaining online presentations, visit TeamUSA.org.
Following is a complete schedule of NBC Sports Group’s remaining Rio 2016 Paralympic Games telecasts (all times ET):
|Thurs., Sept. 15||Swimming, Track & Field||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 16||Sitting Volleyball Semifinals, Swimming, Track & Field||NBCSN||1 a.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 16||Swimming, Track & Field, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds,
Men’s Sitting Volleyball Semifinal
|Sat., Sept. 17||Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds, Wheelchair Rugby||NBCSN||1 a.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 18||Swimming, Track & Field, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds,
Women’s Sitting Volleyball Medal Rounds
|Sun., Sept. 18||Wheelchair Rugby Medal Rounds, Men’s Sitting Volleyball
|Sun., Sept. 18||Closing Ceremony||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.|
*All dates and times subject to change
ABOUT THE RIO PARALYMPIC GAMES
The Rio Paralympic Games will take place September 7 – 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Games will be the biggest Paralympics ever, featuring more than 4,000 athletes competing in 22 sports.