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Friday, August 27th, 2021
TOKYO PARALYMPICS COVERAGE FEATURES LIVE COMPETITION AND FIRST-EVER PRIMETIME COVERAGE ON NBC THIS WEEKEND
Live Coverage of Track & Field and Triathlon Continues Tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; Features 17-Time Paralympic Medalist Tatyana McFadden and Team USA Flag Bearer Melissa Stockwell
First-Ever Paralympic Games Primetime Coverage on NBC – Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT
NBC to Present 90-Minute Paralympics Highlight Show Sunday at Noon ET
Telemundo Deportes’ Juegos Paralimpicos Tokyo 2020 por Telemundo Centered on Hispanic Athletes and Accomplishments by Women During the Games – Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT and Sunday at Noon ET on Telemundo
STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 27, 2021 – Live competition coverage of the Tokyo Paralympics presented by Toyota, as well as the first-ever primetime Paralympic coverage on NBC, continues across the networks of NBCUniversal this weekend. Live coverage of track & field and triathlon will be presented tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, featuring 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden competing in the women’s 5000m T54 and Team USA flag bearer Paralympic triathlete Melissa Stockwell competing in the women’s triathlon PTS2.
Carolyn Manno will serve as host of tonight’s coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Last night, 2016 Paralympian Scout Bassett joined NBCUniversal’s Tokyo Paralympics commentary team as a track & field analyst. Bassett will work with Bill Spaulding (play-by-play), 13-time Paralympic medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member Chris Waddell (analyst), Patty Collins (triathlon analyst), and Lewis Johnson (reporter) during track & field coverage. The full commentary roster, who collectively have won 30 Paralympic medals, can be found here.
This Sunday marks the first-ever primetime presentation of the Paralympics on NBC, with the first of four hours of a docu-follow series showcasing the incredible stories and performances of athletes competing in Tokyo. Featured athletes include U.S. team flagbearers Melissa Stockwell (triathlon) and Chuck Aoki (wheelchair rugby) and star swimmer Jessica Long, who entered Tokyo with 23 career medals. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Earlier on Sunday, a 90-minute Paralympics highlights show begins at noon ET on NBC.
Telemundo Deportes’ Juegos Paralimpicos Tokyo 2020 por Telemundo, a recap program centered on highlighting Hispanic athletes and accomplishments by women, will be presented Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT and Sunday at noon ET on Telemundo (will also be available on Telemundo digital platforms and Peacock as well as encores on Universo). The show will be hosted by Emmy Award nominee Ana Jurka and Emmy Award winner Miguel Gurwitz.
Team USA teams and athletes to watch this weekend include:
- 23-time Paralympic medalist and the second-most decorated Paralympian in U.S. history Jessica Long will be competing in the women’s 200m individual medley SM8 tonight
- 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden in the women’s 5000m T54 tonight and women’s 800m T54 Saturday
- Tokyo Paralympics Team USA flag bearer and Paralympic triathlete Melissa Stockwell in the women’s triathlon PTS2 tonight, along with Hailey Danz and Allysa Seely. Seely (gold), Danz (silver), and Stockwell (bronze) swept the podium at the Rio Paralympics
- Two-time Paralympic medalist Elizabeth Marks in the women’s 50m butterfly S6 Sunday
- Two-time Paralympic medalist Mallory Weggemann in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB6 tonight and women’s 100m backstroke S7 Sunday
- Three-time Paralympic gold medalist McKenzie Coan in the women’s 400m freestyle S7 Saturday and women’s 100m backstroke S7 Sunday
- 2016 silver medalist Sophia Herzog in the women’s 100m breaststroke SM6 tonight
- Five-time Paralympic medalist Rudy Garcia-Tolson in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB6 tonight
- 2016 bronze medalist Robert Griswold in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8 tonight
- The Team USA wheelchair rugby team, headlined by two-time Paralympic medalist Chuck Aoki, will play in the semifinals against 2016 gold medalists Australia Saturday live at 4:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN
- 2016 gold medalist Steve Serio and the U.S. men’s wheelchair basketball team continue preliminary round play against Great Britain Saturday live at 4:15 am. ET on NBCSN
- The U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team, who captured the gold medal in Rio in 2016, face China in a preliminary round matchup tonight at midnight ET on NBCSN
See below for Paralympics programming through Monday, Aug. 30 (subject to change):
|Friday, Aug. 27||Triathlon, Track & Field||5:30-9:30 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Saturday, Aug. 28||Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby||Midnight-3 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball||3-9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Lo Mejor de los Paralimpicos Tokyo 2020 por Telemundo||11 a.m.-Noon||Telemundo|
|Triathlon, Table Tennis, Rowing||5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sunday, Aug. 29||Wheelchair Rugby Final, Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Tennis, Rowing||1-8:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Wheelchair Rugby Final||5-7 a.m.||NBCSN, Peacock|
|Paralympics Highlights Show||12-1:30 p.m.||NBC, Peacock|
|Lo Mejor de los Paralimpicos Tokyo 2020 por Telemundo||2-3 p.m.||Universo|
|Paralympics Primetime Show||7-8 p.m. ET/PT||NBC, Peacock|
|Wheelchair Rugby Final (encore), Wheelchair Tennis, Table Tennis||9 p.m.-3 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Monday, Aug. 30||Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball||3-9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball||3-9 p.m.*||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball||9 p.m.-3 a.m.||NBCSN|
In its most ambitious effort ever, NBCUniversal will be presenting a record 1,200 hours of Tokyo Paralympic Games coverage. NBCU’s unprecedented coverage will include more than 200 hours of television coverage, the first-ever primetime hours on NBC, live coverage of the Closing Ceremony on NBCSN, and exclusive streaming coverage on NBC Sports digital platforms and Peacock. Click here for more details.
NBCU’s record programming hours for Tokyo is possible because of unparalleled corporate support. Toyota has again signed on as presenting sponsor of NBCUniversal’s Paralympic coverage and will be the exclusive auto advertiser across the linear and digital networks of NBCUniversal. Toyota branding will be included within NBCU’s extensive linear, digital and social media promotional campaigns. Nike, United Healthcare, Salesforce and Eli Lilly join Toyota as exclusive sponsors of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
A complete archive of Tokyo Paralympics press releases can be found here.