NBCUniversal and Universal Sports to Air Coverage of Youth Olympic Games

As part of the current deal that has NBCUniversal airing the Olympics through 2020, the NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports will cover the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Communist China this month. NBC, NBCSN and Universal will combine for 54.5 hours of coverage.

And to show it’s committed to this set of games, Josh Elliott will be the studio host throughout. For the Opening Ceremony, Elliott will be joined by Mary Carillo.

Jason Knapp, Jim Watson and Mike Corey will do the play-by-play for various events. Among the analysts will be Alicia Quinn (formerly known as Sacramone and well known for her knockout punching power) on gymnastics, Laura Wilkinson on diving and Kevin Wong on volleyball.

It all begins this Saturday, August 16 at 3 p.m. ET on Universal Sports with the Opening Ceremony. NBCSN will air it that night at 8 p.m.

Universal will air daily weekday two-hour programs with a one-hour highlight show on NBCSN in primetime. NBC will air taped coverage on weekends.

Here’s the announcement.

NBC Olympics and universal Sports Combined to Present 54.5 Hours of 2014 youth Olympic Games from Nanjing, China

NBC Olympics and Universal Sports Network will combine to present 54.5 hours of the upcoming 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Nanjing, China. NBC Olympics will air 24.5 hours of coverage, marking the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be televised on NBC and NBCSN. In addition, Universal Sports Network will provide 30 hours of Youth Olympic Games coverage.

NBC Olympics’ coverage begins with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, August 16 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, hosted by NBC Sports Group’s Josh Elliott and Mary Carillo. Elliott will also serve as a studio host throughout the Youth Olympic Games.

Coverage will include highlights from each day’s events, normally airing in primetime on NBCSN, similar to NBC’s traditional Olympic primetime presentation.

NBCSN will present coverage each day, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, August 16, and concluding with its coverage of the Closing Ceremony on Thursday, August 28. NBC will air three, one-hour presentations of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games beginning Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. ET.

A wide array of events will be featured, including beach volleyball, diving, gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. The NBC OlympicTalk blog (http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com) will also include daily reports on the Youth Olympic Games.

NBCUniversal will present coverage of every edition of the Youth Olympic Games through 2032, per its agreement with the International Olympic Committee that was announced in May. This marks the second iteration of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, following the inaugural event in Singapore in 2010. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games will feature approximately 3,800 athletes, ranging in age from 14 to 18, competing in 222 events across 32 sports.

The Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together and celebrate the world’s best young athletes, promote the Olympic values to youth communities throughout the world, and raise sports awareness and participation among young people.

COMMENTATORS: Jason Knapp, Jim Watson, and Mike Corey will provide play-by-play coverage of events throughout the Games, while veteran track and field reporter Lewis Johnson and 2006 ice dance silver medalist Tanith Belbin will handle on-site reporting duties in Nanjing. They will be joined by a team of U.S. Olympians to provide analysis, including:

  • Alicia Quinn (formerly Alicia Sacramone), member of the silver medal-winning 2008 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team;
  • Laura Wilkinson, U.S. Olympic diver and gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Nick Symmonds, a five-time U.S. National champion in the 800m and two-time Olympian;
  • Kevin Wong, a professional beach volleyball player who appeared at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and served as a beach volleyball analyst for NBC at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and;
  • Kaitlin Sandeno, who won four medals as a swimmer at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and was a member of the American team that broke the world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports Network’s coverage of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Nanjing, China:

Saturday, August 16
3-5:30 p.m. Universal Sports Network
6-8 p.m.* NBCSN

Sunday, August 17
3-4 p.m. NBC
3-6 p.m. Universal Sports Network
8-10 p.m. NBCSN

Monday, August 18
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
8-10 p.m. NBCSN

Tuesday, August 19
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
7-9 p.m. NBCSN

Wednesday, August 20
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
7-8 p.m. NBCSN

Thursday, August 21
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
7-8 p.m. NBCSN

Friday, August 22
1:30-3:30 p.m. NBCSN
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network

Saturday, August 23
4-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
9-11 p.m. NBCSN

Sunday, August 24
Noon-1 p.m. NBC
4-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
8-10 p.m. NBCSN

Monday, August 25
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
7-9 p.m. NBCSN

Tuesday, August 26
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
7-9 p.m. NBCSN

Wednesday, August 27
5-7 p.m. Universal Sports Network
7-8 p.m. NBCSN

Thursday, August 28
5-7:30 p.m. Universal Sports Network
6:30-8 p.m.** NBCSN

Sunday, August 31
12:30-1:30 p.m. NBC

*Opening Ceremony
**Closing Ceremony

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide streaming coverage all 2014 Youth Olympic Games coverage appearing on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; within Google Play for Android handset and tablet devices; at the Windows Phone Store for Windows Phone devices; and at the Windows Store for Windows devices.

That will do it.

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