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Friday, August 21st, 2020
NBC OLYMPICS CELEBRATES ONE YEAR UNTIL TOKYO PARALYMPICS WITH THREE NIGHTS FEATURING 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA ON OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA
More Than 10 Primetime Hours of 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota Coverage to be Featured Monday-Wednesday, Beginning Nightly at 7 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
Enhanced Broadcasts to Feature Athlete Interviews, Including Swimmer and Triathlete Brad Snyder, Triathlete Melissa Stockwell, Track & Field Athlete Roderick Townsend, Wheelchair Basketball Player Steve Serio and Alpine Skier Chris Young
Eight-Time Paralympic Medalist Oksana Masters to Make NBC News’ TODAY Appearance on Monday
NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico and Ahmed Fareed to Co-Host 2016 Paralympic Games Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 21, 2020 – NBC Sports will present more than 10 primetime hours of coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota, with nightly programming beginning at 7 p.m. ET from Monday, August 24, through Wednesday, August 26, on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. The programming will feature highlights from the 2016 Paralympic Games, where over 4,000 athletes from 159 countries competed, including 17-time Paralympic 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 Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. The enhanced broadcasts will feature athlete interviews, including swimmer and triathlete Brad Snyder, triathlete Melissa Stockwell, track & field athlete Roderick Townsend, wheelchair basketball player Steve Serio and alpine skier Chris Young.
Marking one year out from when the Tokyo Paralympics will commence, eight-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters will appear on NBC News’ TODAY on Monday, August 24, to look ahead to next year’s Games. In addition, 13-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long and two-time Paralympic medalist Hunter Woodhall will participate in TikTok Lives in partnership with Team USA on Monday.
MONDAY, AUGUST 24 -WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26: 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
|Mon., Aug. 24||2016 Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony||7 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Tues., Aug. 25||Women’s Wheelchair Basketball: Gold Medal Game||7 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Best of Swimming||8:30 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Men’s Wheelchair Basketball: Gold Medal Game||9:30 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Wed., Aug. 26||Women’s Sitting Volleyball: Gold Medal Match||7 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Best of Track & Field||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Wheelchair Rugby: Gold Medal Match||9 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
MONDAY, AUGUST 24
2016 RIO PARALYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY AT 7 P.M. ET
A 3.5-hour presentation of the Opening Ceremony held at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a special occasion that marked the beginning of the first Paralympic Games to take place in Latin America.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
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 broke a 30-year-old world record in the men’s S11 100m freestyle.
The broadcast will feature insight from Snyder on his performance in Rio as well as why he chose to transition to triathlon 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 Team USA won gold medals in both the women’s and men’s tournaments since 1988.
Co-captain Steve Serio will join the broadcast and discuss the 2016 Paralympics and look ahead to next summer’s Tokyo Paralympics.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26
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 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.