Highlights from NBC's Olympic coverage
Posted: Sunday August 22, 2004 2:16AM; Updated: Sunday August 22, 2004 3:04AM
(AP) -- A look at NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics from Athens:
HIGHLIGHT: Women's trampoline. Now, who out there didn't have some fleeting thought of "The Man Show" when this event came on? But NBC established right away how hard -- actually, scary -- this event was. A neat production trick came in superimposing two separate run-throughs of a routine by Chinese competitor Huang Shanshan, giving visual confirmation to Trace Worthington's description of her style as "robotic."
LOWLIGHT: Platform diving analyst Cynthia Potter really knows her stuff, but was too intent on letting us know that. As a result, the women's semifinals felt more like a clinic than a competition. And she's tough! Sure would hate to have her judge our backyard belly-flops.
QUOTE: "This much we know from gym class: always have a spotter before you go on the trampoline." -- host Bob Costas.
COOL, MAN: American sprinter Jeremy Wariner has the look of a future cult hero, wearing shades during his 400-meter heat, then slowing to a jog across the finish line when he was so far ahead. On the other hand, swimmer Gary Hall Jr. looked comical in his boxing garb.
RIVALRY: Dan Hicks sharply noted how swimmer Michael Phelps kept a picture of rival Ian Crocker on the wall of his room to motivate him, just before Phelps edged Crocker at the end of their 100-meter butterfly.
WHEN TO WATCH SUNDAY (TIMES EDT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE): NBC (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), women's marathon, wheelchair gold medal finals, U.S. women's volleyball vs. Cuba, gold medal rowing finals; NBC (7 p.m. to midnight), gymnastics individual gold medal event finals; men's high jump, women's platform diving finals; NBC (12:35 a.m. to 2 a.m.), men's hammer throw final, cycling; CNBC (2 a.m to 4 p.m.), U.S. women's basketball vs. China, softball, women's wrestling, women's singles table tennis final; Bravo (4 a.m. to 10 a.m.), equestrian, table tennis; USA (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), men's singles and women's doubles gold medal tennis finals; MSNBC (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), boxing quarterfinals; Bravo (midnight to 1 a.m.), sailing finals, skeet shooting; Telemundo (10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.), boxing, beach volleyball.