Universal Sports Airs 'Countdown To London' Programming


With one year to go until the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games, Universal Sports looks ahead to London and back to Beijing with multiplatform coverage.
Beginning at 6 a.m. (ET), the network's Countdown to London, One Year to Go Presented by DirecTV, will feature the best moments from the 2008 Summer Games, as well as in-studio updates about London throughout the day, hosted by 1984 Olympic gold medalist and Universal Sports commentator Paul Sunderland. The programming will lead into primetime coverage of the 2011 Swimming World Championships from Shangai. The network is a joint venture of NBC and Leo Hindery's InterMedia Partners.

Universal's coverage, coming the same day NBCUniversal is trumpeting the London Games' impending arrival with a panoply of promotional activities across its varied holdings, also includes track and field analyst Ato Boldon's exclusive interview with 2008 Olympic 200 meter silver medalist Allyson Felix about her decision to run both the 200- and 400-meter races at the upcoming World Championships and her goals for the London Olympics. Gymnast Shawn Johnson will talk about her comeback and how she hopes to be a part of the 2012 Olympic team.
Universal Sports' 2008 Olympic Games retrospective will encore that quadrennial's spectacular opening ceremony and "Pieces of 08" chronicling moments like swimmer Michael Phelps' shattering of the Olympic record for the most gold medals won in a single Games, the U.S. men's gymnastics team's thrilling and unexpected medal-winning performance, and Misty May-Treanor's and Kerri Walsh's determined run at a second straight gold medal in beach volleyball.
UniversalSports.com has full coverage of the year-out celebration of the 2012 Olympic Games, including a video of athletes talking about competing in London, photo galleries of the host city and expert analysis of who is likely to star at the Games. There's also an "Olympact" blog, where experts show you how competitions occurring today will affect the London Olympics next summer.