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Sunday, August 14th, 2016
2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES – AUG. 14 DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS ON THE NETWORKS OF NBCUNIVERSAL
Tonight in Primetime – Defending Two-Time Gold Medalist Usain Bolt Aims for Third Consecutive Win in the Men’s 100m
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian Compete in Individual Event Women’s Gymnastics Finals
American Team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross Compete in Women’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinals
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 14, 2016 – Coming up tonight on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
- Primetime coverage, which begins at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) includes Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he goes for an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title in the men’s 100m; among his rivals is Athens 2004 gold medalist, Justin Gatlin of the U.S. Also on the track, American LaShawn Merritt seeks a return to the 400m podium after his 2008 triumph.
- Gymnastics coverage features individual event gold medal finals, as all-around gold medalist Simone Biles looks to add to the two gold medals she has already won in Rio. “Final Five” U.S. teammates Madison Kocian and 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas compete in the women’s uneven bars. In addition, Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross face off against the Australian team of Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden of Australia in the women’s beach volleyball quarterfinals.
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Following are highlights from today’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on NBC and the networks of NBCUniversal:
Last night, two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White joined host Ryan Seacrest on NBC’s late night coverage to discuss his possible participation in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang and the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in which the sport of skateboarding was added.
Ryan Seacrest: “Let me ask you about your medal pursuit. Will we see you in Tokyo in 2020?”
Shaun White: “I would love to. There are different disciplines of skateboarding so it’s up in the air. If they do vert, that’s my jam. I will definitely go for that. Right now, they’re talking about street and park. There’s a chance I can do park, but it’s just a different thing. I would have to adjust to really start working at that. It’s possible for sure.”
Seacrest: “Will we see you sooner in 2018 (in Pyeongchang)?”
White: “2018 – I’m there.”
GOLF – NBC AND GOLF CHANNEL
Analyst Johnny Miller on American Matt Kuchar, who won a bronze medal with a final round 63: “This is the greatest round of Kuchar’s career…even if he doesn’t get gold, what a try.”
Kuchar to reporter Steve Sands following his final round 63 to win a bronze medal: “I was amazed by the nerves. I can assure you, I’ve never been so excited to finish Top 3 in my life. It’s never happened. I can’t explain to you the pride that I feel now – just busting out of my chest…just to make an Olympics, and then to medal, is amazing.”
Host Rich Lerner: “This was a fresh breeze that blew right through the sport, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There were far too many grim press conferences with some young golfers the last couple of months and there was just an awful a lot of negativity. And I think this is about the happiest I’ve seen the sport in a long, long time.”
Analyst David Feherty: “The standard of play has been staggering. There’s something about these Olympic Games that inspires these men, and will inspire the ladies no doubt next week.”
Analyst Nick Faldo: “The gold medal is bigger than our game of golf.”
GYMNASTICS – NBC
Analyst Tim Daggett on American Alex Naddour, who won a bronze medal on pommel horse: “That’s the best I have ever seen him do in a competition! You dream of that happening at the Olympic Games…if you can go out there and do the best routine of your life when it matters? Indescribable.”
Play-by-play announcer Al Trautwig on Naddour, who brought an American flag with him: “He had the confidence to put the flag in his bag, and he had the ability to back it up and unfurl it.”
BEACH VOLLEYBALL – NBCSN
Analyst Kevin Wong on Switzerland’s Nadine Zumkehr deciding to serve Brazil’s Larissa on first match point in second set: “Why, why, why would you ever serve Larissa? She has confidence for days. That decision may have just cost them this match.” *note – Brazil came from behind to defeat Switzerland*
BASKETBALL – NBC AND NBCSN
Analyst Ann Meyers on the U.S. women’s 105-62 win over China, their 46th consecutive Olympic win: “Just another dominating game by the American women. What they’ve got to be proud of most is their defense.”
Marv Albert on the U.S. men’s team, which defeated France 100-97: “Much more has been expected of this group. They have not played up to expectations.”
Analyst Doug Collins on defensive breakdown’s for the U.S. men’s team: “When they’ve had a chance to put teams away, they have not done that, and you know where you do that? You do that with your defense…this is supposed to be a team that was the best defensive Olympic team that Coach K’s ever had. We have not seen that in the pool games.”
TRACK AND FIELD – NBC AND NBCSN
Analyst Tim Hutchings on the sixth and seventh place results for Americans Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Davila in the women’s marathon: “Two Americans in the top seven really underlines the caliber and the depth of U.S. distance running in this current era. That’s a fabulous result.”
TENNIS – BRAVO
Andrew Catalon on Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock winning the gold medal for mixed doubles: “You see lot of emotion from Bethanie and Jack. It’s unfortunate that it has to be against your friends, but it’s what you want to see – you want to see four Americans in that gold medal match.”
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