Universal Sports Network’s Countdown to London

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created June 13th, 2012 08:55:35 AM

Modified June 13th, 2012 08:55:35 AM

Los Angeles, June 12, 2012 – Universal Sports Network’s Countdown to London continues this Wednesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. ET to provide news, updates and features as the world prepares for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Hosted by Craig Hummer and Amy Bender, top stories include gymnasts John Orozco and Jordyn Weiber’s victories at the Visa Championships, as well an interview with world champion high jumper Jesse Williams about his preparations for the upcoming summer games. Universal Sports Network/NBC commentator and two-time Olympic bronze medalist, Dwight Stones, also joins the show in-studio to provide track & field analysis and insights.

Track & field coverage continues with Diamond League results from Oslo, Norway where the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, claimed another victory in the 100 meters as he continues he quest for another Olympic gold medal. Nipping at his heels is the American 100 meters record holder, Tyson Gay, who made his first appearance in nearly a year following hip surgery at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City. Gay finished at 10.00 seconds into a headwind to win the B race, which puts him in the mix to win an Olympic spot at the upcoming U.S. track & field trials in Eugene, Oregon.

In addition, this week’s episode will feature The Countdown Conversation with Fred Roggin presented by Budweiser with WNBA star and member of the USA Basketball team, Candace Parker. The show will also feature 2011 world parallel bars champion and reigning U.S. all-around runner-up Danell Leyva as he prepares for the Olympic trials.


The show’s other weekly features include Reliving the Glory presented by Panasonic with flashbacks to great moments in Olympic history with the airing of archived short films by legendary Olympic filmmaker Bud Greenspan; On the Web presented by Dow, a social media roundup of Olympic athletes and news; Inside the Research Room to check-in with the NBC Olympics production team to see what stories they are working on heading into the Games, as well as additional content including event previews, breaking news coverage and a weekly update from a journalist from London.


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