Industry Press Release

Universal Sports Network’s Countdown to London Covers America’s Best Athletes Vying For Spots on Team USA


Los Angeles, CA (June 27, 2012) Universal Sports Network’s Countdown to London continues this Wednesday, June 27 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 covers the U.S. Olympic Team Trials with NBC and Universal Sports commentators Ato Bolden and Dwight Stones from the Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR, and Rowdy Gaines at the Swimming Trials in Omaha, NE.

From Eugene, Dwight Stones will cover Ashton Eaton’s exciting world-record finish in the decathlon that makes him the favorite in London, while Ato Boldon will talk about sprinting, including the controversial finish of the women’s 100m between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh who finished the race in a dead heat.

From Omaha, Rowdy Gaines will talk about all of this week’s races, record-breaking performances, swimmers to watch, and the rivalry and camaraderie between teammates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

In addition, sprint coach John Smith will be profiled giving a behind-the-scenes look at the training of American medal hopefuls Carmelita Jeter, Walter Dix and Jason Richardson.

Countdown to London continues with more news and stories with:

  • The Countdown Conversation presented by Budweiser features an exclusive interview with track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross. At Sunday’s U.S. Olympic Trials, Sanya ran the best time in the world in the women’s 400m this season earning her a spot on her third consecutive Olympic team.
  • Sanya Richards-Ross is also profiled on BP’s A Day In The Life, a weekly feature giving fans an inside look into the personal stories of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
  • 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.

About Universal Sports

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Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States.  Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. For more information, please visit