RIO DE JANEIRO – August 6, 2016 – NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage of the first night of competition of 2016 Rio Olympics featured swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, soccer, tennis, and basketball. Following are highlights from tonight’s evening and primetime coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on the networks of NBCUniversal:
SWIMMING – NBC
Analyst Rowdy Gaines on silver medal win by American Chase Kalisz in the 400m IM: “What a run for this young man…he beat his best time by another second and a half from the prelims, so he’s gone basically three seconds faster than he ever has in his life.”
Play-by-play announcer Dan Hicks on gold medal win by Australian Mack Horton in the 400m free: “We said there’s been a resurgence down under, and Mack Horton just proved it…they’re going to be whooping it up down under in Australia.”
Hicks on world record by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 400m IM: “This is just an unbelievable performance. A world record for the ‘Iron Lady.’ Shattering it!”
Gaines on Hosszu: “I’ve never seen anything like this at the Olympic level. To break the world record by two seconds, that’s just incredible. And we thought for sure that Maya (DiRado) might be able to catch her a little bit…not a chance.”
Click here for highlights from the Hosszu’s win over American Maya DiRado in the women’s 400m IM.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL – NBC
Play-by-play announcer Chris Marlowe on the finale of the Switzerland-China women’s preliminary-round match, in which the match point was reversed and replayed, and eventually won by China: “They have reversed the decision – they’re going to play it over. So China has not won this match, the Swiss have complained enough and long enough and they got a reversal of fortune…never seen anything like this in the history of volleyball. Going back once the match is over and replaying the final point.”
Analyst Kevin Wong: “It’s not anywhere in the rulebooks. There’s no recourse. Just like Bob Costas said, this is uncharted territory.”
Primetime host Bob Costas, following the conclusion of the match: “What we used to call a do-over on the playground, but the same result. The Chinese win it – and you know it’s important when not only do they hear the dispute, but we interrupt Tom Brokaw.” [Note: A Tom Brokaw feature on the Amazon River was interrupted to resume beach volleyball coverage when the initial match point was reversed and replayed.]
GYMNASTICS – NBC
Play-by-play announcer Al Trautwig on the performance of the Brazilian men’s team: “It’s a home game for Brazil – and they’re playing like it.”
Analyst Tim Daggett: “When you’re given the opportunity just to go out there, at home, you never know what can happen. Magic can happen…from start to finish, I saw the Brazilian team just getting the job done…they were as good as they could possibly be.”
Click here for highlights from Brazil’s performance in men’s gymnastics.
SOCCER – NBCSN
Play-by-play announcer Arlo White on Carli Lloyd’s eventual game-winning goal in the U.S. women’s 1-0 win vs. France: “Guess who? … Carli Lloyd does it again. A lovely move from the United States…What a rich vein of form Carli Lloyd has been in a goal scoring sense.”
Click here for highlights from Team USA’s 1-0 win vs. France.
TENNIS – BRAVO
Correspondent Mary Carillo on American Venus Williams’ loss to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in women’s singles: “So noble, so regal is Venus Williams, but she is not the winner tonight”
Analyst Rennae Stubbs on Flipkens’ win: “She brought the crowd into it with the first pumping…and they just surfed their way onto Copacabana beach with her.”
Click here for highlights from Flipkens’ upset win over Venus Williams.
BASKETBALL – NBCSN
Analyst Doug Collins on Team USA men’s basketball during game vs. China: “The one thing Coach K has done here through the years – these guys have fun playing. These NBA players all talk and they all want to be a part of this. It’s a big part of what Jerry Colangelo and Coach K have put in place for United States basketball.”
Collins on Craig Sager, who was unable to attend the Rio Games as he continues leukemia treatment: “I know how he was so excited to work here. Get healthy, Seags. We’re going to keep praying for you and we miss you. He’s the best teammate I’ve ever had.”
Click here for highlights from Team USA’s win over China in men’s basketball.
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