FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 16th, 2020
GABBY DOUGLAS, ALY RAISMAN & U.S. ‘FIERCE FIVE’ TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN, HEADLINING OPENING NIGHT OF “RETURN TO LONDON” DURING NBC SPORTS’ OLYMPIC GAMES WEEK
A Trio of Gold Medal Performances from U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Highlights Tonight’s Coverage, Beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Danell Leyva Earned the First All-Around Medal for U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Since Paul Hamm in 2004
David Boudia, Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant Help U.S. Diving Win Four Medals
U.S. Women’s Water Polo Makes History with its First Ever Olympic Title
Olympic Games Week Features 20 Hours of Historic Olympic Moments from 2012 London Olympics
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2020 – The opening night of “Return to London” highlights tonight’s Olympic Games Week coverage at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, replaying 20 hours of historic moments from the 2012 London Olympics this 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.
Additionally, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time overall World Cup alpine skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin will appear in a new episode of “Distanced Training: Ready to Get Back in the Game,” hosted by Jac Collinsworth. The series provides fans with “a day in the life” of some of the top professional, collegiate, and Olympic athletes via exclusive home footage. On the latest episode, Shiffrin discusses how she and her family are overcoming the tragic death of her father Jeff, along with the importance of music in her life. Click here to view full episode.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16 – RETURN TO LONDON: 2012 LONDON GAMES – GYMNASTICS, DIVING AND WOMEN’S WATER POLO
At the 2012 London Games, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed the ‘Fierce Five,’ won gold in the team event and earned four medals in the all-around & event finals. Meanwhile, David Boudia won a pair of medals in diving and the U.S. women’s water polo team won its first Olympic gold.
|Women’s Gymnastics: Team Final||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Gymnastics: Individual All-Around & Event Finals||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Men’s Gymnastics: Individual All-Around||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Diving||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Water Polo: USA vs. Spain (final)||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS: TEAM FINAL AT 7 P.M. ET
At the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, known as the ‘Fierce Five,’ won its first women’s gymnastics team title since the ‘Magnificent Seven’ at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Members of the U.S. women’s team in London include Aly Raisman in her Olympic debut, Gabby Douglas, who went on to win the all-around title in London, 2011 all-around world champion Jordyn Wieber, vault specialist McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross, who would go on to become the first female gymnast to win Olympic, World and NCAA titles.
WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS: INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND & EVENT FINALS AT 9 P.M. ET
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team finished the individual all-around and event finals in London with four Olympic medals, including gold medals earned by Douglas in the all-around and Raisman on floor exercise. With all-around gold, Douglas became the fourth Olympic all-around champion in U.S. history, following Mary Lou Retton (1984), Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008). Raisman also won bronze on balance beam, while Maroney earned silver on vault.
MEN’S GYMNASTICS: INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND AT 11 P.M. ET
At the 2012 London Olympics, Danell Leyva earned bronze in the all-around, a first for U.S. men’s gymnastics since Paul Hamm’s gold medal finish in Athens. Leyva’s medal was just the third by an American male in the all-around over the course of Olympic history. Fellow American John Orozco finished eighth.
MEN’S DIVING AT MIDNIGHT ET
Boudia’s gold and bronze medals in London helped end a 16-year drought for U.S. men’s divers, who had not earned any medals since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In the synchronized events, the U.S. won a pair of bronze medals – synchronized platform (Boudia and Nicholas McCrory) and synchronized springboard (Troy Dumais, competing at his fourth Olympics, and partner Kristian Ipsen). In one of the most stunning upsets in London, Boudia won gold in men’s platform, where he became the first American man to win the event since Greg Louganis in 1988.
WOMEN’S DIVING AT 1 A.M. ET
China dominated the 2012 London Olympics with a clean gold medal sweep of all four disciplines. Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant captured the silver medal in women’s synchronized springboard, becoming the first American athletes to win an Olympic diving medal since Laura Wilkinson won individual platform gold in 2000.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO: USA VS. SPAIN (FINAL) AT 2 A.M. ET
A longtime powerhouse, the U.S. women’s water polo team was finally able to break through and win its first Olympic gold in London. The Americans overpowered a young Spanish team on both ends of the pool to cruise to an 8-5 victory. 19-year-old Maggie Steffens scored three goals and was named MVP of the Olympic water polo tournament.
Below is each night’s highlighted content throughout the week:
- 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: Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Gymnastics, Olympic Films – Tokyo Olympiad and First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics