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Friday, April 17th, 2020
MICHAEL PHELPS, USAIN BOLT, ALLYSON FELIX, AND MISSY FRANKLIN HEADLINE NEARLY 20 HOURS OF OLYMPIC GAMES WEEK PROGRAMMING ACROSS NBCSN THIS WEEKEND
Relive Historic Olympic Moments From the 2012 London Games; Featuring Phelps, Bolt, Felix, Franklin, Allison Schmitt, Ryan Lochte and More
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings Capture Their Third Consecutive Olympic Gold Medal in an All-American Beach Volleyball Final From London
U.S. Women’s Soccer Wins Third Consecutive Gold Medal in Front of 80,000+ Fans at Wembley Stadium, Saturday at Midnight ET on NBCSN
Sunday’s Olympic Films Highlighted by BAFTA Winner Tokyo Olympiad and Sports Emmy Nominee First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics, Starts at 10:30 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 17, 2020 – Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix and Missy Franklin headline this weekend’s coverage of Olympic Games Week on NBCSN, presenting nearly 20 hours of programming, including historic moments from the 2012 London Olympics and a pair of Olympic films, starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico will introduce nightly coverage, which concludes 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.
In addition, Arlo White and Rebecca Lowe will provide commentary on Instagram Live during a pair of women’s soccer matches from the 2012 London Olympics. Tonight at midnight ET, White, NBC Sports’ Premier League play-by-play voice commentates on the epic USA-Canada semifinal. Then on Saturday at midnight ET, Lowe, NBC Sports’ Premier League studio host, provides commentary on the USA-Japan final.
Below is each night’s highlighted content this weekend:
- 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
TONIGHT, FRIDAY, APRIL 17 – RETURN TO LONDON: 2012 LONDON GAMES – SWIMMING, WOMEN’S SOCCER AND WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
U.S. swimming claimed a total of 31 medals (16 golds, nine silver, and six bronze) to lead the field in London and maintained its supremacy as the most successful nation in the sport. The U.S. remained a force in women’s beach volleyball, finishing 1-2 in the final.
|Women’s Swimming (Part 1)||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Swimming (Part 2)||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Men’s Swimming (Part 1)||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Men’s Swimming (Part 2)||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Soccer: USA vs. Canada (semifinal)||Midnight||NBCSN|
|Women’s Beach Volleyball: USA vs. USA (final)||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
WOMEN’S SWIMMING AT 8 P.M. ET & 9 P.M. ET
In London, 17-year-old Franklin was a star in the pool, capturing five medals, four of them gold, in her Olympic debut. In her second Olympics, Allison Schmitt won five medals (three gold, one silver, one bronze). Four years after missing the 2008 Olympic team and eight years after her first Olympics in Athens, Dana Vollmer returned to set a world record and win Olympic gold in the women’s 100m butterfly.
London also marked the Olympic debut of 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, who stunned the field in the women’s 800m freestyle, winning Olympic gold for her first major international medal.
MEN’S SWIMMING AT 10 P.M. ET & 11 P.M. ET
At the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps won six medals, four of them gold. In the men’s 200m individual medley, Phelps edged fellow American Ryan Lochte to become the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics. During these Games, Phelps broke the record for most Olympic medals previously held by Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina with 18.
Lochte earned a total of five medals in London, including his first gold medal of the games in the men’s 400m individual medley. Nathan Adrian won three medals, including gold in the men’s 100m freestyle final, defeating favorite James Magnussen of Australia.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: USA VS. CANADA (SEMIFINAL) AT MIDNIGHT ET
The U.S. and Canada played for a spot in the gold medal game against Japan, giving fans one of the greatest Olympic soccer matches of all time at Old Trafford, home of Premier League club Manchester United. The U.S. women’s soccer team battled and defeated Canada 4-3 after 122-plus minutes of play.
American Abby Wambach converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to tie the game at 3-3, sending the game to overtime. During the 123rd minute, Alex Morgan headed the ball into the net to lift the U.S. women into the gold medal game.
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL: USA VS. USA (FINAL) AT 2 A.M. ET
In an all-American beach volleyball final, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh Jennings defeated Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, as the U.S. captured the gold and silver medals in London. For the third consecutive Games, May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings went undefeated, having won every match they ever played at the Games, dropping only one of 43 sets. May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings’ victory also continued the U.S.’ streak of having at least one gold medalist in beach volleyball (men or women) since its introduction in 1996.
TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 18 – RETURN TO LONDON: 2012 LONDON GAMES – TRACK & FIELD AND WOMEN’S SOCCER
In London, Felix won her first individual Olympic gold medal in the women’s 200m, and Bolt continued his dominance in the men’s sprint events, winning three gold medals. On the pitch, the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan 2-1 in the final to claim its third consecutive Olympic gold medal.
|Track & Field: Men’s Sprint Events||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Track & Field: Women’s Sprint Events||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Soccer: USA vs. Japan (final)||Midnight||NBCSN|
|Track & Field: Men’s Distance Events||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
TRACK & FIELD: MEN’S SPRINT EVENTS AT 10 P.M. ET
Bolt continued his dominance in men’s sprint events, winning three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. With his win in the men’s 100m, Bolt became the first man to successfully defend an Olympic 100m title since Carl Lewis in 1988. American Justin Gatlin won bronze in the men’s 100m behind Jamaica’s Bolt and Yohan Blake, while Aries Merritt won gold in the men’s 110m hurdles.
TRACK & FIELD: WOMEN’S SPRINT EVENTS AT 11 P.M. ET
In London, Felix became the first American woman to win three golds in track & field at an Olympics since Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988. In the women’s 200m, Felix won her first individual Olympic gold medal, while teammate Carmelita Jeter earned bronze.
Sanya Richards-Ross ended her long wait for individual gold with a win in the women’s 400m six days before helping the U.S. win its fifth consecutive gold in the women’s 4x400m relay.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: USA VS. JAPAN (FINAL) AT MIDNIGHT
Over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium watched the U.S. defeat Japan 2-1 for gold, in a rematch of the 2011 World Cup Final, which Japan won. Carli Lloyd scored both goals to lift the team to victory. This marked the third consecutive Olympic gold medal for the U.S. and fourth overall (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012).
TRACK & FIELD: MEN’S DISTANCE EVENTS AT 2 A.M. ET
At the 2012 London Olympics, American Galen Rupp won the silver medal in the men’s 10,000m behind his British training partner Mo Farah. This was the first time a U.S. man had won a medal in the Olympic men’s 10,000m since Billy Mills won gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Leo Manzano claimed the silver medal in the men’s 1500m, becoming the first American to win a medal in the event since Jim Ryun won silver in 1968.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19 – RETURN TO RIO: 2016 RIO GAMES – GYMNASTICS, OLYMPIC FILMS – TOKYO OLYMPIAD AND FIRST: THE OFFICIAL FILM OF THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
Sunday’s slate returns to Rio at 2 p.m. ET with individual event finals in gymnastics and ends at 10:30 p.m. ET with a pair of critically acclaimed films: BAFTA winner Tokyo Olympiad and Sports Emmy nominee First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics.
|Gymnastics: Individual Event Finals||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Tokyo Olympiad||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
GYMNASTICS: INDIVIDUAL EVENT FINALS AT 2 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, Simone 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.
TOKYO OLYMPIAD AT 10:30 P.M. ET
BAFTA winner for best documentary, Tokyo Olympiad, a 1965 Japanese film directed by Kon Ichikawa, chronicles Asia’s first time as an Olympic host, following the athletes and stories of the 1964 Tokyo Games. The film made its international premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 1965 and remains one of the greatest sports films ever made.
FIRST: THE OFFICIAL FILM OF THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS AT 1 A.M. ET
First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics is the official film of the Games of the XXX Olympiad that follows 12 first-time Olympians from around the world as they prepare and compete in London. U.S. athletes include 17-year old swimmer Franklin, who won four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, boxer Queen Underwood, and gymnast John Orozco.
Olympic Games Week continues next week with nightly primetime coverage from the 2008 Beijing Games, a look back at Team USA Dynasties in men’s & women’s basketball and women’s Gymnastics, and three Olympic films. Below is each night’s highlighted content for next week:
- Monday, April 20: Return to Beijing: 2008 Beijing Games – Michael Phelps, beach volleyball, men’s volleyball and Beijing Olympic Stories
- Tuesday, April 21: Return to Beijing: 2008 Beijing Games – Usain Bolt, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer and Beijing Olympic Stories (encore)
- Wednesday, April 22: Olympic Classics: Men’s Basketball – 1992, 2000, 2008 and 2012 Gold Medal Games; Olympic Adventures with Mary Carillo: Summer Olympics
- Thursday, April 23: Olympic Classics: Women’s Basketball – 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2016 Gold Medal Games; More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics
- Friday, April 24: Olympic Classics: Women’s Gymnastics – 1996 Team Final; 1988, 2004 and 2008 All-Around Finals
- Saturday, April 25: Olympic Classics: Women’s Gymnastics – 2004 and 2012 Team Finals; 2012 and 2016 All-Around Finals
- Sunday, April 26: Olympic Films – 1968, Sydney 2000: Stories of Olympic Glory and Olympic Adventures with Mary Carillo: Summer Olympics (encore)