FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA PRESENTS “GYMNASTICS GOLD WEEK” WITH 30 HOURS OF COVERAGE FROM 8 OLYMPIC GAMES & 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ACTION
Special Programming Begins Monday, October 2
U.S. Medalists Featured Range from Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug and “The Magnificent Seven” to Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles
2017 World Gymnastics Championships October 5–8 on NBC, NBCSN, and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
“Gold Week” Archival Programming Spans from 1988 Seoul Olympics through 2016 Rio Olympics
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 27, 2017 – Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA presents “Gymnastics Gold Week,” beginning Monday, October 2, with 30 hours of women’s gymnastics action from eight different Olympic Games across three days, and continuing with 2017 World Gymnastics Championships October 5-8. “Gymnastics Gold Week” features the greatest assemblage of Olympic gymnastics programming ever seen on a single network in the United States.
“Gold Week” programming highlights many iconic Olympic moments, including seven individual all-around medals (four gold) and seven team medals (three gold) won by U.S. women across the eight Olympics. Archival coverage begins with the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games women’s team final on Monday, October 2, at 1:30 p.m. ET, and concludes on Wednesday, October 4, at 10 p.m. ET with the women’s individual all-around competition from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Carolyn Manno hosts coverage, as it weaves though many historic moments in women’s gymnastics:
- 1988 Seoul Olympics: The Soviet Union’s Yelena Shushunova and her Romanian rival Daniela Silivas went head-to-head in both the all-around and the team final as the Soviets continued their Olympic dominance;
- 1992 Barcelona Olympics: Shannon Miller won silver in the all-around competition, and four additional medals including a team bronze with Kim Zmeskal, Dominique Dawes, and Kerri Strug;
- 1996 Atlanta Olympics: Strug’s iconic performance on the vault with torn ankle ligaments helped the U.S. win women’s team gold for the first time in Olympic history. Named “The Magnificent Seven,” the team consisted of Strug, Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, and Jaycie Phelps;
- 2000 Sydney Olympics: Returning Olympians Chow and Dawes attempted to defend the United States’ team title;
- 2004 Athens Olympics: Carly Patterson’s floor routine helped her win gold ahead of three-time world champion Svetlana Khorkina of Russia to become the second U.S. woman to win gold in the all-around competition. Patterson and teammate Courtney Kupets led the U.S. to silver in the team competition.
- 2008 Beijing Olympics: Nastia Liukin became only the third American woman to take gold in the all-around, while teammate Shawn Johnson took silver. Liukin and Johnson led the U.S. to silver in the team competition.
- 2012 London Olympics: Gabby Douglas became the first African American woman to win gold in the individual all-around competition in London. Team USA took home gold in the team competition, which featured Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney;
- 2016 Rio Olympics: Simone Biles won four gold medals and one bronze medal at the Rio Games, joined by teammates Douglas, Raisman (who won the silver in the all-around), Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian to win team gold.
Commentators on the archival programs include: Dick Enberg, John Tesh, Al Trautwig, Mary Lou Retton, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Elfi Schlegel, Nastia Liukin, Andrea Joyce, and Beth Ruyak, as well as studio coverage hosted by Bob Costas.
Following is the full schedule of coverage for “Gymnastics Gold Week” archival programming on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA:
|Mon., Oct. 2||1:30 p.m.||1988 Seoul Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|3 p.m.||1988 Seoul Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|4 p.m.||1992 Barcelona Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|6 p.m.||1992 Barcelona Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|8 p.m.||1996 Atlanta Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|10 p.m.||1996 Atlanta Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|Tues., Oct. 3||2 p.m.||2000 Sydney Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|4 p.m.||2000 Sydney Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|6 p.m.||2004 Athens Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|7:30 p.m.||2004 Athens Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|9:30 p.m.||2008 Beijing Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|Weds., Oct. 4||2 p.m.||2008 Beijing Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|4 p.m.||2012 London Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|6 p.m.||2012 London Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
|8 p.m.||2016 Rio Olympics: Women’s Team Final|
|10 p.m.||2016 Rio Olympics: Women’s Individual All-Around|
“Gymnastics Gold Week” continues with NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships, beginning next Thursday, October 5, at 7 p.m. ET with the men’s all-around final live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Complete programming information, including event previews, will be announced next week.
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