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Multisport: NBC & Universal Sports Announce Enhanced Coverage Of This Summer's Swimming, Track & Field And Gymnastics World Championships With Introduction Of "Pieces Of '08"

Programs Give Fans Chance to Relive the Best Stories and Moments from 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Nighttime, Next Day Encore Presentations

LOS ANGELES--June 23, 2009--As a prelude to its robust coverage of the 2009 world championships in swimming, gymnastics and track and field, Universal Sports presents "Pieces of '08, Beijing Stories" featuring many of the inspiring and memorable stories from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The first show, "One World, One Dream," aired Monday, June 22, 2009, with an encore presentation today at 12 p.m. ET. "Pieces of '08" consists of 20 shows airing each weeknight at 7 p.m. through July 17, just prior to the start of the Swimming World Championships from Rome, Italy. Encore presentations will be every evening at 11 p.m. ET and the following day at 12 p.m. ET. Additional shows are scheduled to air throughout the summer.

"Pieces of '08", truly captures the magic of the Beijing Games--the competition, the emotions, the behind-the-scenes moments--and lets the viewer relive the Games in a completely new way" said Universal Sports' Executive Producer and Emmy-award winning producer David Michaels. "We pulled from all our resources and created what we feel is a series that will truly strike a chord with our audience and beyond."

Each show is hosted by Jimmy Roberts, NBC's Emmy Award-winning writer and reporter, and follows a different sport, event or athlete through the drama of last August. Including interviews from Beijing and some additional never-before-seen material, the programming relives the best competition events, stories and memorable moments captured by NBC in its coverage of the great Beijing Games of 2008.

"Pieces of '08" offers viewers a look-back at athletes' achievements as a preview to their performances on NBC Sports and Universal Sports at key World Championships in 2009, including the FINA Swimming World Championships (July 18-Aug. 2), the IAAF Track and Field World Championships from Berlin (Aug.15-23) and the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships from London (Oct.13-18).

"These World Championships highlight our continued commitment to year-round Olympic-related programming," said Claude Ruibal, CEO of Universal Sports. "Fans can relive the amazing moments from the Beijing Games, then watch their favorite athletes return to the podium this summer. It's an amazing television line-up for any fan of the Olympic Games."

Gary Zenkel, President of NBC Olympics added, "It's great to have a channel like Universal Sports where we can bring back these great performances from Beijing and highlight the athlete's journey. In addition to being the home of virtually every major Olympic-related sports competition going on outside the Games, Universal Sports will also be a place for the great storytelling that fans have come to associate with NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games."

"PIECES OF '08, BEIJING STORIES" ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, available in 45 million homes, began airing "Pieces of '08, Beijing Stories" on Monday with a three-hour review of the amazing Opening Ceremony entitled "One World, One Dream." The first 10 shows of the series begin at 7 p.m. ET each night, with re-airs at 11 p.m. ET and the next day at 12 p.m. ET:

Date Show Time (ET)
June 22 Beijing Games Opening Ceremony
"One World, One Dream"
7 -- 10 p.m.
June 23 Men's Gymnastics Team Final
"Don't Count Us Out"
7 -- 9 p.m.
June 24 Track & Field Sprint Events
"The Sprinters"
7 -- 9 p.m.
June 25 Women's Gymnastics Team Final
"No Room for Error"
7 -- 9 p.m.
June 26 Michael Phelps
7 -- 9 p.m.
June 29 Women's Gymnastics All-Around Final
"The One-Two Punch"
7 -- 9 p.m.
June 30 Marathon Events
"Hot Streets of Beijing"
7 -- 9 p.m.
July 1 Women's Swimming Events
"Girls Swim Fast Too"
7 -- 9 p.m.
July 2 U.S. Men's Basketball Team
"The Redeem Team"
7 -- 9 p.m.
July 3 Women's Gymnastics Event Finals
"Last Chance for Gold"
7 -- 9 p.m.

* schedule subject to change; visit for up-to-date TV schedules and availability of Universal Sports network.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online. Universal Sports is a 24-hour television channel available in 50 million television households in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Reno and Omaha. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit

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