Universal Sports Network’s Countdown to London Features Jessica Long

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created June 20th, 2012 11:14:48 AM

Modified June 20th, 2012 11:14:48 AM

Los Angeles, June 20, 2012 – Universal Sports Network’s Countdown to London continues this Wednesday, June 20 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, this week’s show will include an exclusive interview with Paralympian swimmer Jessica Long. Long broke five world records at this past weekend’s qualifiers in Bismarck, SD, and now has her sights set on London. Since first making the team at age 12, Long has achieved seven Paralympic swimming gold medals


Countdown to London continues with more news and stories including:


Two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA World Cup champion Brandi Chastain joins the show in-studio to break down the women’s soccer competition and what the Women’s National Team must do to win Olympic gold.

Universal Sports commentators and Olympic medalists Dain Blanton and Holly McPeak provide analysis of the Summer Games beach volleyball competition.


BP A Day In the Life is a new, weekly feature giving fans an inside look at the personal stories of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. This week, A Day In The Life profiles two-time Paralympic gold medalist swimmer Rudy Garcia Tolson.

The Countdown Conversation with Fred Roggin presented by Budweiser features an exclusive interview with Paralympian Alana Nichols, the first American woman to win gold at both the summer and winter games.

Additional 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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