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Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
MICHAEL PHELPS, SIMONE BILES, USAIN BOLT, AND ALLYSON FELIX HEADLINE “RETURN TO RIO” TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET DURING NBC SPORTS’ OLYMPIC GAMES WEEK ON NBCSN
Usain Bolt’s Farewell Act Kicks Off Tonight’s Track & Field Coverage, Beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Simone Biles Led U.S. Gymnastics Team with Three Medals in Individual Event Finals
NBCSN’s Hour-Long Special at 10 p.m. ET, Michael Phelps, Showcases Phelps’ Medal-Winning Performances in His Fifth and Final Games
Olympic Games Week Features Nearly 50 Hours of Historic Olympic Moments from Rio 2016 and London 2012 Throughout the Week
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 14, 2020 – Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix headline tonight’s coverage of Olympic Games Week at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, replaying historic moments from the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, with nearly 50 hours of coverage throughout the week.
NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico will introduce nightly coverage over the next two weeks, concluding on Sunday, April 26. Programming will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14 – RETURN TO RIO: 2016 RIO GAMES – MICHAEL PHELPS, TRACK & FIELD AND GYMNASTICS
NBCSN will showcase track & field, swimming and gymnastics from the Rio Games, featuring Bolt winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m triple in his farewell act and Felix becoming the most decorated American woman in Olympic track & field history.
|Track & Field: Men’s Sprint Events||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Gymnastics: Individual Event Finals||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Michael Phelps||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Track & Field: Women’s Sprint Events||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Track & Field: Men’s Distance Events||Midnight||NBCSN|
|Track & Field: Women’s Distance Events||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Track & Field: Decathlon, Heptathlon, Field Events||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
TRACK & FIELD: MEN’S SPRINT EVENTS AT 7 P.M. ET
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bolt’s triple farewell act included wins in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events. The first athlete to win the 100m and 200m three times at the Olympics, Bolt ended his illustrious career with eight Olympic gold medals. Finishing several hundredths of a second later in the men’s 100m, five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin finished second and was the first man in history to win each medal (gold, silver and bronze) in the 100m event.
GYMNASTICS: INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS AT 8 P.M. ET
The U.S. gymnastics team dominated individual event finals in Rio with nine Olympic medals. Adding to her team and all-around titles, Biles earned gold medals on vault and floor exercise, along with a bronze on balance beam. Biles’ four gold medals in Rio tied the Olympic record for a female gymnast in a single Olympic Games. Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez and Aly Raisman added individual silver medals on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, respectively.
For the U.S. men, Danell Leyva claimed the parallel bars and high bar silver medals on the final day of competition. Meanwhile, Alex Naddour’s impressive pommel horse score of 15.700 earned the U.S.’ first Olympic pommel horse medal since 1984 when Peter Vidmar and NBC Sports analyst Tim Daggett won gold and bronze, respectively.
MICHAEL PHELPS AT 10 P.M. ET
An hour-long special, Michael Phelps showcases Phelps’ medal-winning performances in his fifth and final Games. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Phelps won five gold medals and one silver, becoming the most successful athlete of the Olympic Games for the fourth consecutive time. Phelps would end his career as the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals (23 gold, three silver, two bronze).
TRACK & FIELD: WOMEN’S SPRINT EVENTS AT 11 P.M. ET
Felix became the most decorated American woman in Olympic track & field history after winning three medals in Rio, bringing her career total to nine. Felix won a silver in the women’s 400m event and earned a pair of relay golds, including the women’s 4x400m in which she ran the anchor leg for the U.S. team. American Tori Bowie also earned a pair of individual event medals with a silver in the women’s 100m and bronze in the women’s 200m. Bowie also anchored the U.S. women’s 4x100m relay team to Olympic gold.
TRACK & FIELD: MEN’S DISTANCE EVENTS AT MIDNIGHT ET
2020 Olympic marathon trials and 2017 Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp earned a bronze medal in the men’s marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics. American Matthew Centrowitz won the 1500m race, becoming the first American to win the event since Mel Sheppard in 1908, and Clayton Murphy won bronze in the 800m.
TRACK & FIELD: WOMEN’S DISTANCE EVENTS AT 1 A.M. ET
In Rio, Emma Coburn broke the American record in women’s 3000m steeplechase and became the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal (bronze) in the event. Three-time Olympian Jenny Simpson became the first American to win a medal in the women’s 1500m event with a bronze.
TRACK & FIELD: DECATHLON, HEPTATHLON, FIELD EVENTS AT 2 A.M. ET
American Ashton Eaton successfully defended his Olympic decathlon title in Rio 2016 and tied the Olympic record in the event (8,893 points), last achieved by Czech Republic’s Roman Sebrle at the 2004 Athens Olympics. After Bob Mathias of the U.S. and Great Britain’s Daley Thompson, Eaton is only the third Olympian to achieve back-to-back gold medals in the decathlon.
Christian Taylor’s gold in the men’s triple jump made him the first repeat Olympic champion in the event since the Soviet Union’s Viktor Saneyev in 1976. In men’s shot put, Ryan Crouser broke the Olympic record (22.52m) in the fifth round to secure the gold medal.
For the U.S. women, Tianna Bartoletta came into Rio as the reigning world champion and one of the favorites for the women’s long jump. She didn’t disappoint, winning her third Olympic gold medal (her first in long jump) with a personal-best jump of 7.17m.
Below is each night’s highlighted content throughout the week:
- Monday, April 13: Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Best of Team USA, women’s gymnastics and women’s road cycling
- Tuesday, April 14: Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Michael Phelps, track & field and gymnastics
- Wednesday, April 15: Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Swimming, diving, men’s gymnastics and women’s water polo
- Thursday, April 16: Return to London: 2012 London Games – Gymnastics, diving and women’s water polo
- Friday, April 17: Return to London: 2012 London Games – Swimming, women’s soccer and women’s beach volleyball
- Saturday, April 18: Return to London: 2012 London Games – Track & field and women’s soccer
- Sunday, April 19: Olympic Films – Tokyo Olympiad and First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics