FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA FEATURED TONIGHT AND TOMORROW ON NBCSN, BEGINNING AT 7 P.M. ET
NBCSN to Showcase 8 Hours of 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota in Primetime Tonight and Tomorrow, Beginning at 7 p.m. ET
Enhanced Broadcasts to Feature Athlete Interviews, Including Swimmer Brad Snyder, Triathlete Melissa Stockwell, Track & Field Athlete Roderick Townsend, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Player Steve Serio and Alpine Skier Chris Devlin-Young
NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico and Ahmed Fareed to Co-Host 2016 Paralympic Games Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2020 – NBC Sports will present eight primetime hours of coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota tonight and tomorrow from 7-11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The programming will feature highlights from the 2016 Paralympic Games, where over 4,000 athletes from 159 countries competed, including seven-time Team USA Paralympic gold medalist Tatyana McFadden, five-time Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder, two-time Paralympic medalist Chuck Aoki and two-time Paralympic gold medalist Roderick Townsend.
Mike Tirico and Ahmed Fareed will co-host coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota on NBCSN. The enhanced broadcasts will feature athlete interviews, including swimmer Brad Snyder, triathlete Melissa Stockwell, track & field athlete Roderick Townsend, men’s wheelchair basketball player Steve Serio and alpine skier Chris Devlin-Young.
On both nights of coverage, Fareed will host Instagram Lives from 6:30-7 p.m. ET on the NBC Olympics account. Tonight, he will be joined by 13-time Paralympic swimming gold medalist Jessica Long and wheelchair basketball Paralympic gold medalists Megan Blunk and Trevon Jenifer. Tomorrow night, McFadden, Aoki and sitting volleyball Paralympic gold medalist Katie Holloway will join Fareed.
Over the next two and a half weeks, NBC Sports will present 58 hours of Paralympics programming across NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, including the 2019 World Para Championships in swimming and track & field as part of 14 consecutive days of 2019 World Championships Week coverage.
TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 & THURSDAY, JUNE 25: 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
|Wed., June 24||Women’s Wheelchair Basketball: Gold Medal Game||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Best of Swimming||8:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Men’s Wheelchair Basketball: Gold Medal Game||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., June 25||Women’s Sitting Volleyball: Gold Medal Match||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Best of Track & Field||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Wheelchair Rugby: Gold Medal Match||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: GOLD MEDAL GAME AT 7 P.M. ET
After winning consecutive gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics, the United States finished fourth in London. In Rio, the U.S. went undefeated after beating defending Paralympic gold medalists Germany in the final. Becca Murray led the way for the U.S. throughout the tournament and contributed a game-high 33 points in the gold medal game.
BEST OF SWIMMING AT 8:30 P.M. ET
In the pool in Rio, the U.S. won a total of 37 medals, including 14 gold medals. Brad Snyder won four medals, three of which were gold, and set a world record in the 100m freestyle S11.
The broadcast will feature new insight from Snyder on his performance in Rio as well as why he chose to transition to paratriathlon in 2018.
MEN’S WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: GOLD MEDAL GAME AT 9:30 P.M. ET
The U.S. men’s team ended a 28-year gold medal drought when they defeated Spain in the final to cap off an undefeated tournament. The U.S. outscored their opponents by a margin of 614 to 349 in Rio. It was the first time that a country won gold medals in both the women’s and men’s tournaments since Canada swept gold in 2000.
Co-captain Steve Serio will join the broadcast and discuss the 2016 Paralympics and look ahead to next summer’s Tokyo Paralympics.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
WOMEN’S SITTING VOLLEYBALL: GOLD MEDAL MATCH AT 7 P.M. ET
On the penultimate night of competition, the U.S. and China faced off in the women’s sitting volleyball gold medal match for the third straight Games. After finishing runner-up in the first two matchups, the U.S. won the team’s first-ever gold medal in Rio. Captain Heather Erickson was named tournament MVP.
BEST OF TRACK & FIELD AT 8 P.M. ET
The only sport held on all 11 days of the 2016 Games, the U.S. team was led by Tatyana McFadden, who won six medals, including four gold medals.
During the broadcast, Ahmed Fareed will talk with Roderick Townsend, who won two gold medals in the long jump and high jump in Rio.
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY: GOLD MEDAL MATCH AT 9 P.M. ET
The U.S. wheelchair rugby team clashed with Australia in the gold medal match. Led by Chuck Aoki, the U.S. narrowly lost to Australia in a thrilling double-overtime matchup to earn the silver medal.