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Highlights from NBC's Olympic coverage

Posted: Sunday August 29, 2004 1:25AM; Updated: Sunday August 29, 2004 3:37AM
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(AP) -- A look at NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics from Athens:

RATINGS: NBC drew 20.1 million viewers in prime-time on Friday for track events and men's platform diving. While the numbers are starting to slip toward the end of the games, that figure is still 30 percent more than on the final Friday in Sydney, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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HIGHLIGHT: Dwight Stones. Don't take this three-time Olympian and 20-year broadcaster for granted; his clear insights helped illuminate coverage of the long jump and pole vault. With slow-motion replay, he expertly dissected how fatigue affected Marion Jones' form and explained in clear terms the difficulty of pole vaulting.

LOWLIGHT: Jim Lampley. Another Olympic broadcast veteran who serves as daytime host, Lampley ended his reportage on the Paul Hamm judging controversy with an oddly timed editorial that made him seem like a heavy-handed homer. NBC and Bob Costas recovered nicely with a prime-time report that featured an interview with Hamm.

DRIP, DRIP: We always wondered what a synchronized swimming announcer would say, now we know: "It's breezy tonight, Tracie. You can see the ripples on the water. Will that be a factor tonight?" -- Don Chevrier to analyst Tracie Ruiz-Conforto.

WHEN TO WATCH SUNDAY (TIMES EDT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE): NBC (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), men's marathon, men's water polo final, boxing finals, men's handball finals, rhythmic gymnastics individual final; NBC (7 p.m. to midnight), closing ceremonies; CNBC (3 a.m to noon), freestyle wrestling finals, men's volleyball bronze medal game, men's water polo bronze medal game, women's handball gold medal game, taekwondo finals; Telemundo (2 p.m. to 6 p.m., 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.), boxing.

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