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Monday, April 20th, 2020
MICHAEL PHELPS’ UNPRECEDENTED EIGHT GOLD MEDALS HIGHLIGHT “RETURN TO BEIJING” TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Opening Night of NBC Sports’ Second Olympic Games Week Also Features Gold Medal Performances by U.S. Men’s and Women’s Beach Volleyball Teams
Michael Phelps Special Showcasing Olympic-Record Eight Gold Medal Performance in Beijing Tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET and 1 a.m. ET
Olympic Games Week Features 50+ Hours of Historic Olympic Moments From 2008 Beijing Games and Team USA Dynasties Throughout the Week
Content to Stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 20, 2020 – NBC Sports’ second week of Olympic Games Week begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, replaying historic moments from the 2008 Beijing Games and Team USA dynasties, with more than 50 hours of coverage throughout the week. Tonight’s coverage is highlighted by Michael Phelps’ unprecedented eight swimming gold medals during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico will introduce nightly coverage throughout the week. 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, throughout the Michael Phelps special at 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports’ swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines will be live tweeting from his account, @RowdyGaines, providing commentary on Phelps’ historic performance.
Below is more information on tonight’s Olympic Games Week programming:
RETURN TO BEIJING: 2008 BEIJING GAMES – MICHAEL PHELPS, MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL, MEN’S VOLLEYBALL AND BEIJING OLYMPIC STORIES
The second week of Olympic Games Week begins with a gold medal performance by the U.S. men’s beach volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Games. A 1.5-hour special, Michael Phelps, showcases Michael Phelps’ Olympic-record eight gold medal performance in Beijing.
|Men’s Beach Volleyball Final: USA vs. Brazil||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Michael Phelps||8:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Women’s Beach Volleyball Final: USA vs. China||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Men’s Volleyball Final: USA vs. Brazil||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Michael Phelps (encore)||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Beijing Olympic Stories||2:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
MEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL FINAL: USA VS. BRAZIL AT 7 P.M. ET
In their Olympic debut, Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser won the gold medal in three sets, defeating the Brazilian team of Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz in the final. Dalhausser was named Most Outstanding Player for the men’s beach volleyball competition at the Beijing Games.
MICHAEL PHELPS AT 8:30 P.M. ET AND 1 A.M. ET
This 1.5-hour special showcases Michael Phelps’ historic Olympic Games performance in 2008. Phelps won all eight events he entered in Beijing, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to win eight gold medals in a single Games. He set seven world records along the way. The eight golds gave Phelps 14 for his career, five more gold medals than any other Olympian.
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL FINAL: USA VS. CHINA AT 10 P.M. ET
Defending Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their second of three straight golds in Beijing. They won all seven of their Beijing matches in straight sets.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL FINAL: USA VS. BRAZIL AT 11 P.M. ET
Lloy Ball and Clay Stanley led the U.S. to gold, with the pair not dropping a match throughout the Beijing Olympics. In 2008, Ball became the first U.S. male volleyball player to compete in four Olympic Games. Stanley earned MVP, Best Scorer and Best Server honors in Beijing.
The gold medal also capped an emotional two weeks for U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon, whose in-laws were the victims of a random attack while sightseeing in Beijing.
BEIJING OLYMPIC STORIES AT 2:30 A.M. ET
This half-hour special takes a look back at a few of the stories that emerged from the Beijing Olympics, starting with Natalie du Toit, a swimmer from South Africa who details her journey of how she got herself to the Olympic stage. The program also includes the story of Dara Torres, who won silver in the 50m free at age 41, 24 years after making her Olympic debut. In Beijing, she became the first American swimmer to compete in five Games.
Below is each night’s highlighted content throughout the week:
- Monday, April 20: Return to Beijing: 2008 Beijing Games – Michael Phelps, Men’s and Women’s 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)