Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel, Tatyana McFadden & Jordan Burroughs Among Team USA Athletes Sharing Their Thoughts on 2020 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics Postponement
Show Features First Interview of IOC President Thomas Bach following Postponement Announcement & Discussion with USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland
Two-Hour Special, Edited and Produced Remotely, Features 15 Interviews Conducted by Tirico Immediately Following Announcement
Multiple Encore Presentations on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, Plus One-Hour Show Sunday at Noon ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 25, 2020 – Mike Tirico hosts “Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On,” a special debuting tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. The two-hour show features newsmaker interviews and Team USA athlete reaction to the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics.
Taped on Tuesday, March 24, the day of the postponement announcement, the special includes the first interview with IOC President Thomas Bach following the postponement announcement, as well as discussions with USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland, and NBC Olympics swimming analyst and three-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, whose career was interrupted by the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games.
Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel, Tatyana McFadden and Jordan Burroughs are among 12 Team USA athletes interviewed for the show:
- Nathan Adrian (Swimming) – Five-time Olympic gold medalist
- Jordan Burroughs (Wrestling) – 2012 Olympic gold medalist in men’s freestyle
- Emma Coburn (Track and Field) – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist
- Kerri Walsh Jennings (Beach Volleyball) – Three-time Olympic gold medalist
- Katie Ledecky (Swimming) – Five-time Olympic gold medalist
- Noah Lyles (Track and Field) – Reigning world champion in 200m
- Simone Manuel (Swimming) – Four-time Olympic medalist
- Tatyana McFadden (Paralympic Track and Field) – 17-time Paralympic medalist
- Cat Osterman – (Softball) – Two-time Olympic medalist
- Melissa Stockwell (Paratriathlon) – 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist
- Christian Taylor (Track and Field) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist
- Mallory Weggemann (Paralympic Swimming) – Two-time Paralympic medalist
This unique program was produced by the NBC Olympics features team, editing from their homes across the country due to social distancing required by the COVID-19 virus, piecing together the 15 interviews conducted by Tirico in the six hours immediately following the postponement announcement, mixing in footage, graphics, music, and additional post-production elements. All video interviews were conducted via cellphone or laptop computer.
Encore presentations will air this Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and starting tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. NBC will air a one-hour version of the special this Sunday at Noon ET.
Following is the schedule for “Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On” (all times E.T. and subject to change):
|Thurs., Mar. 26||“Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On” (Premiere)||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., Mar. 26||“Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On”||8 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Fri., Mar. 27||“Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On”||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., Mar. 27||“Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On”||4 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sat., Mar. 28||“Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On”||10:30 p.m.||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA|
|Sun., Mar. 29||“Tokyo Olympics: Dreams Live On” (One-hour version)||Noon||NBC|
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