Friday, November 07, 2008

NBC to feature documentary on USA Paralympics team this Sunday

From JFActivist, an article about a 90-minute documentary that will show on NBC this Sunday:

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK - November 3, 2008- NBC and Universal Sports present the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games presented by GE to TV beginning this Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports with a 90-minute documentary narrated by NBC Sports' Bob Costas. Following the special will be an unprecedented 28 hours of Paralympic event programming on Universal Sports taking place November 10-16.

NBC Sports' Paralympic special airs Sunday, Nov. 9 and goes in-depth with top Paralympic athletes as they trained for and competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. The 90-minute program, produced by Emmy Award-winning NBC ports producer David Michaels, takes viewers on a journey into the lives of eight athletes plus the Wheelchair Basketball Team with compelling stories of determination.

Paralympic athletes to be profiled include:

Marlon Shirley - Chula Vista, Calif., (track & field world record holder in 100m, 200m and Long Jump)

April Holmes - Somerdale, N.J., (track & field world record holder in 100m, 200m and 400m)

Jessica Long - Baltimore, Md., (Beijing gold medalist in 100m butterfly and world record holder in 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley)

Tatyana McFadden - Clarkesville, Md., (wheelchair racing champion)

Cheri Blauwet - Larchwood, Iowa, (wheelchair racer in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and marathon)

Marin Morrison - Sammamish, Wash., (U.S. Paralympic swimmer)

Nick Scandone - Newport Beach, Calif., (Beijing yachting gold medal in SKUD-18 class)

Scott Winkler - Pittsburgh, Pa., (world record holder for adaptive shot put) USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team

Complementing the NBC Sports special will be Universal Sports broadcast presentation of the 2008 Paralympics beginning the next night, Monday, Nov. 10-16 with 4-hour programs each night from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET including the opening and closing ceremonies for a total of 28 hrs of event coverage.