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Monday, July 20th, 2020
MICHAEL PHELPS, SIMONE BILES & USAIN BOLT HEADLINE TWO WEEKS OF OLYMPIC PROGRAMMING ON NBCSN AND OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA TO MARK ONE YEAR UNTIL THE TOKYO GAMES COMMENCE
More Than 100 Hours of Top Olympic Moments, Olympic Classics, and Olympic Films Starring Phelps, Biles, Bolt, Katie Ledecky and More; July 24-August 9
NBCSN to Spotlight 2016 Rio Games and Original Programs; Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA to Present Four Memorable Olympic Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 24
Return to the Olympic Games Presented by Toyota to Feature Daily Primetime Olympic Archival Programming for Two-Plus Weeks on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Ahmed Fareed to Introduce Nightly Coverage of Return to the Olympic Games Presented by Toyota
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 20, 2020 – Beginning Friday, July 24, NBC Sports will present more than two weeks of nightly Olympic Games programming across NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, reliving more than 100 hours of historic Olympic Games moments from the past 25+ years, featuring the 2008 Beijing Games, 2012 London Games, 2016 Rio Games, as well as Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
On Friday, July 24, NBCSN will present over six hours of Olympic programming, including a look back at the 2016 Rio Games in track & field and gymnastics as well as several original programs, including Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo and Lighting the Olympic Flame: Iconic Ceremony Moments. On what would have been the day of the Tokyo Opening Ceremony, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will feature 12 hours of coverage from four memorable Olympic Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 2 p.m. ET: Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004.
During programming from July 24 through Sunday, August 9, as part of Return to the Olympic Games presented by Toyota, NBC Sports will present nightly primetime programming highlighting memorable Olympic moments and athletes, including Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Usain Bolt, Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and many others.
Ahmed Fareed will introduce nightly coverage of Return to the Olympic Games presented by Toyota on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Programming on NBCSN will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, and all coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app, in addition to 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.
On Thursday, July 23, at 6:55 a.m. ET, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present live coverage of a ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, to mark one year until the start of the Tokyo Olympics.
For a complete schedule and descriptions on programming for Friday, July 24-Sunday, August 2, click here.
For a complete schedule and descriptions on programming for Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, click here.
Below is highlighted programming for Friday, July 24, and Sunday, July 26, on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
FRIDAY, JULY 24
On the day that was the originally scheduled date for the 2020 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, over 18 hours of programming will be presented on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.
|Olympic Ceremonies: Barcelona 1992: Opening Ceremony||2 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Olympic Ceremonies: Atlanta 1996: Opening Ceremony||5 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Track & Field: Men’s Sprint Events||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Best of Team USA||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Olympic Ceremonies: Sydney 2000: Opening Ceremony||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Lighting the Olympic Flame: Iconic Ceremony Moments||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Women’s Gymnastics: Team Final||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Olympic Ceremonies: Athens 2004: Opening Ceremony||11 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
OLYMPIC CEREMONIES: BARCELONA 1992: OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
The Olympic cauldron was lit by a flaming arrow shot by Spanish Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo opening ceremony at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
OLYMPIC CEREMONIES: ATLANTA 1996: OPENING CEREMONY AT 5 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
The Centennial Olympic Stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. and featured gold medalist and boxing champion Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic cauldron.
RETURN TO RIO: 2016 RIO GAMES – TRACK & FIELD: MEN’S SPRINT EVENTS AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
In Rio, Usain 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 second in the 100m, five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin was the first man in history to win a medal of every color (gold, silver and bronze) in the 100m.
RETURN TO RIO: 2016 RIO GAMES – BEST OF TEAM USA AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The program highlights some of the most memorable American moments and performances in Rio. At the 2016 Games, the U.S. topped the medal chart with 121 medals, including 46 gold. The U.S. also surpassed 1,000 all-time gold medals at the summer Olympics.
OLYMPIC CEREMONIES: SYDNEY 2000: OPENING CEREMONY AT 8 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
Regarded as an artistic spectacle that highlighted Australian culture and history, the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony took place at Stadium Australia in Sydney, Australia.
DREAMS LIVE ON: COUNTDOWN TO TOKYO AT 9 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Olympic athletes and hopefuls didn’t stop training. This hour-long special examines the journey of star athletes, such as Simone Biles and Allyson Felix, preparing for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, which will be a celebration unlike any other.
LIGHTING THE OLYMPIC FLAME: ICONIC CEREMONY MOMENTS AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This 30-minute program chronicles memorable moments from the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, which oftentimes are the defining moment of an Olympics and always set the stage for the world-class competition to follow.
RETURN TO RIO: 2016 RIO GAMES – WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS: TEAM FINAL AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The U.S. ‘Final Five,’ as they became known, captured gold in dominating fashion, defending their 2012 gold medal from London. Led by Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, Team USA became the first to win back-to-back women’s team titles since Romania earned gold in 2000 and 2004. Members of the U.S. women’s team included Biles, Raisman, 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian.
OLYMPIC CEREMONIES: ATHENS 2004: OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 P.M. ET ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
The 2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens, Greece, featured over 10,000 athletes from 201 countries in a spectacle that harped on Greek culture and history at Olympic Stadium.
SUNDAY, JULY 26
NBCSN will showcase six hours of Journey to Tokyo and the premiere of What Moves Me, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The evening’s programming will begin with the premiere of What Moves Me Presented by Toyota, which will highlight inspirational lessons from Olympic athletes, such as 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist David Boudia, about how they overcame obstacles and reached personal and professional goals.
Journey to Tokyo Presented by United Airlines is a 30-minute miniseries that follows Team USA athletes as they prepare for next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Featured athletes include Simone Biles, Allyson Felix, Noah Lyles and Nyjah Huston.
|What Moves Me (PREMIERE)||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Return to London: 2012 London Games – Women’s Swimming||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Journey to Tokyo||8:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Return to London: 2012 London Games – Women’s Swimming||9 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Journey to Tokyo||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games – Women’s Swimming||10 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Journey to Tokyo||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Journey to Tokyo||Midnight||NBCSN|
|What Moves Me (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|