NBC Olympics Trial Coverage Begins Tomorrow

Since the 2012 Summer Olympics are opening soon, NBC is trying to get viewers excited with 56 total hours of Olympic coverage over the next three weeks.

The Olympic Trials coverage starts with diving this Tuesday at midnight ET on NBC Sports Network. NBC will air 14 hours of live diving trials including 5 hours of weekend coverage on NBC with the remaining coverage on NBC Sports. From Federal Way, Washington, NBC will have Ted Robinson doing play-by-play, Cynthia Porter doing analysis, and Alex Flannagan  reporting.

Twelve hours of track and field trial coverage begins Friday at 9 pm ET on NBC Sports. Eight days will be covered in total, including four nights in primetime on NBC.  The track and field broadcast team includes Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Dwight Stones and Lewis Johnson reporting from Eugene, Oregon.

For the first time, every night of the swimming trials will be shown in primetime on NBC. The 16.5 hours of trial coverage begin Monday, June 25 at 6:30 pm ET on NBC Sports. It will be followed immediately by the first of eight straight nights of trials in primetime on NBC at 8 pm ET. Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines and Andrea Kremer will be the team reporting from Omaha, Nebraska.

There will be 8.5 hours of gymnastics trials coverage beginning on Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 pm ET on NBC Sports. It starts 4 straight days of coverage ending with the women’s final in primetime on NBC on July 1. Al Trautwig, Tim Daggett, Elfi Schlegel and Andrea Joyce report from San Jose, California.

Other trials coverage highlights are:

  • More than 45 hours of live trials coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network with 15.5 hours on NBC in primetime
  • Rowing and BMX trials
  • Live coverage of USA Women vs. Argentina in Field Hockey on Saturday, June 23
  • USA Women vs. China live water polo match on Sunday, July 8.
The full Olympic Trial Schedule is below.
  • Tues., June 19 12-2 a.m. ET: NBCSN Diving – Semifinals: Men’s 10-meter (live)
  • Wed., June 20 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ET: NBCSN Diving – Semifinals: Men’s 3-meter (live); Women’s 10-meter (live); Women’s 3-meter (next day coverage)
  • Thurs., June 21 10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET: NBCSN Diving – Synchro Finals: Women’s 3-meter; Men’s 10-meter (live)
  • Fri., June 22 9-11 p.m. ET: NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live) 11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET NBCSN Diving – Synchro Finals: Men’s 3-meter (live)
  • Sat., June 23 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET: NBCSN Field Hockey – USA Women vs. Argentina (live) 4-6 p.m. ET NBC Diving: Men’s 10-meter – Finals (live) 6-7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN Rowing (from June 11-14) and BMX (from June 16) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
  • Sun., June 24 3-6 p.m. ET: NBC Diving: Men’s 3-meter, Women’s 10-meter, Women’s 3-meter – Finals (live) 7-8 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
  • Mon., June 25 6:30-8 p.m. ET: NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live) 9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live)
  • Tues., June 26 6:30-8 p.m. ET: NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
  • Wed., June 27 7-8 p.m. ET: NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
  • Thurs., June 28 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET: NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 5:30-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Gymnastics – Men’s Competition (live) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live) 9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live)
  • Fri., June 29 4:30-6 p.m. ET: NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 6-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live) 9-11 p.m. ET/PT NBC Gymnastics – Women’s Competition (live)
  • Sat., June 30 4-6 p.m. ET: NBC Gymnastics – Men’s Final (live) 6:30-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live) 9-10 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
  • Sun., July 1 6-7 p.m. ET: NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage) 7-8 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live) 8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live) 9-11 p.m. ET/PT NBC Gymnastics – Women’s Final (live)
  • Mon., July 2 8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT: NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
  • Sun., July 8 6-7:30 p.m. ET: NBCSN Water Polo – USA Women vs. China (live)

Leading into the 2012 Olympic Games, a record 67 1/2 hours of coverage will have aired on NBC and NBC Sports. It will feature 10 sports including live primetime coverage of trials for diving, swimming, gymnastics, and track & field as well as events for field hockey. The trials, which began in January, will conclude on July 8 with U.S Women’s Water Polo facing the China.

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