FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF 2018 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK
U.S. Women’s Eight in Search of Redemption After 11-Year Winning Streak Snapped at 2017 World Rowing Championships
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to Broadcast Live Coverage of Men’s & Women’s Semifinals and Finals
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 12, 2018 – NBC Sports presents 12 hours of live coverage of the 2018 FISA World Rowing Championships, as the U.S. women’s eight searches for redemption in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, after failing to reach the podium for the first time in 11 years at last year’s World Championships. Live coverage begins this Thursday at 3:30 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
The highlight of the international rowing calendar, the 2018 FISA World Rowing Championships features over 900 participants from across 62 countries, including a U.S. contingent of 27 crews. Headlining the U.S. team is the women’s eight, led by 2016 Olympic gold medalists Katelin Guregian and Emily Regan, which looks to bounce back after its unprecedented 11-year winning streak at both the World Championships and Olympics was snapped at the World Championships last year in Florida. Prior to 2017, the Americans’ flagship boat had won every major title since 2006, most recently claiming Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Games. In Plovdiv, the Americans have advanced to Sunday’s A Final.
On Wednesday, the U.S. men’s eight broke a world championships record (5:19.20), just missing the world record, during heats to automatically qualify for the final on Sunday. Led by coach Mike Teti, who directed the U.S. men’s eight to Olympic gold in 2004, the crew returns five athletes from the 2017 world silver medal-winning team, including Rio Olympians Mike DiSanto, Glenn Ochal and Alex Karwoski.
Live coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
All rowing events will be presented as part of the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA partnership among NBCUniversal, the IOC, and the USOC.
Below is the full schedule for NBC Sports’ 2018 FISA World Rowing Championships coverage:
|Thurs., Sept. 13||3:30 a.m.||Men & Women Repechages, Semifinals|
|Fri., Sept. 14||2:30 a.m.||Semifinals, Finals|
|Sat., Sept. 15||4 a.m.||Finals|
|Sun., Sept. 16||4:30 a.m.||Finals|
ABOUT OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is a partnership between the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and NBCUniversal. The TV network offers fans year-round programming of Olympic Sports from around the world, highlighting their favorite American athletes and teams. Programming emphasizes live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic Sports. It also includes Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programs produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s libraries of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming produced by the USOC that provides authentic, wide-ranging and athlete-focused coverage of the Olympic Movement in the United States. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. Select replays and highlights are available on these digital platforms as well as TeamUSA.org.
ABOUT WORLD ROWING FEDERATION
The World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 151 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing.
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