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Highlights from NBC's Olympic coverage

Posted: Friday August 20, 2004 3:16AM; Updated: Friday August 20, 2004 3:16AM
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AP Television Writer

A look at NBC's coverage of the summer Olympic games from Athens:

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HIGHLIGHT: Capturing the drama of Paul Hamm's comeback win for the gymnastics all-around gold, particularly camera work that saw him, at first, disbelieving his coach's congratulations. NBC's announcing crew nearly painted themselves into a corner by counting Hamm out following his fall after a vault -- Al Trautwig called it "dream-killing" -- but recovered to give him a sliver of a chance on his final high bar routine. Alas, like so many sporting events these days, early sleepers were punished: Hamm's win aired at 11:39 p.m. EDT.

LOWLIGHT: Switching in and out of an unexpectedly exciting volleyball match where the Dominican Republic women beat the United States. NBC did judicious editing of dead spots, but shouldn't have interrupted for other events.

HYPERBOLE ALERT: "This is American history." -- cycling analyst Paul Sherwen after Tyler Hamilton won a gold medal.

FOUL LINE: When American shot putter Adam Nelson bellowed in protest after a foul was called, NBC's cameras instantly had a replay to show the foul was obvious. Jimmy Roberts confronted Nelson on this right away, and the shot putter graciously conceded the point.

WHO LET THE BIKER OUT: Rebecca Gidden's tears after winning a kayaking silver medal were sincere and sweet, and she dedicated the achievement to all of her family and friends. Hamilton, in an interview that must have thrilled his wife, dedicated his cycling gold to his best friend, his dead dog.

WHEN TO WATCH FRIDAY (TIMES PDT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE): NBC (12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.), track & field, swimming and beach volleyball; NBC (8 p.m. to midnight), four swimming gold medal races, women's platform diving, women's trampoline and U.S. women's volleyball vs. Russia; NBC (12:35 a.m. to 2 a.m.), beach volleyball and canoeing; MSNBC (11 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m.), 20k walk gold medal final, U.S. softball team vs. Chinese Taipei; Bravo (5 a.m. to 10 a.m.), beach volleyball, table tennis, badminton; USA (4 a.m. to 9 a.m.), U.S. women's basketball vs. Spain, U.S. women's water polo vs. Russia, tennis men's singles semifinal; MSNBC (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), women's soccer quarterfinals and cycling; Bravo (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), men's and women's tennis singles semifinals, women's weightlifting and judo; CNBC (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.), boxing elimination bouts; Bravo (midnight to 1 a.m.), sailing and archery; Telemundo (10:55 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.), boxing, soccer, beach volleyball.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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