POSTED: Monday February 8th 2010



LOS ANGELES - Feb. 8, 2010 -Universal Sports, the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related sports programming, will present an unprecedented week-long, 21 hours of preview programming called “Countdown to Vancouver” Feb. 8-11 designed to prepare fans and non-fans alike for the excitement of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver beginning Feb. 12.
Every night at 8 p.m. ET, Universal Sports will present four to six hours of prime-time Olympic Games preview and event programming, with a different theme for each night. Universal Sports’ “Countdown to Vancouver” Preview Week schedule highlights:
Monday, Feb. 8
On the Ice - Get ready with a Speed Skating preview, an up close with Apolo Ohno, and the grueling training regiment of the Women’s USA Hockey Team.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - World Cup Speed Skating from Calgary, Canada
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM - Countdown to Vancouver: Speed Skating Preview
10:30 PM - 11:00 PM - Inside Out: Apolo Ohno
11:00 PM - 12:30 AM - World Cup Short Track from Montreal, Canada
12:30 AM - 1:30 AM - Blood, Sweat and Cookies
1:30 AM - 2:00 AM -  Countdown to Vancouver: Speed Skating Preview

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Danger Night with all the speed of Bobsled and Luge as the U.S. Bobsled team gets ready for a possible Gold in Vancouver.
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - World Cup 4-Man Bobsled from Lake Placid, New York
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - World Cup Ski Flying from Oberstdorf, Germany
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM - World Cup Luge from Cesana, Italy
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM - World Cup 2-Man Bobsled from Lake Placid, New York
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM - World Cup Ski Flying from Tauplitz, Austria
1:00 AM - 2:00 AM - World Cup 4-Man Bobsled from Lake Placid, New York

Wednesday, Feb 10
Alpine Night with wins from Lindsay Vonn as she prepares to shine on the Olympic Stage.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM - Inside Out: Lindsey Vonn
10:30 Pm - 11:00 PM - Countdown to Vancouver: Alpine Preview
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM - Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s SG from St. Moritz, Switzerland
12:00 AM - 12:30 AM - Inside Out: Lindsey Vonn
Thursday, Feb 11 - Vancouver Games Eve
Skating Night - Get a final look at the top contenders in Vancouver in both Japan and in the U.S. Nationals from Spokane, Washington.
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Grand Prix Figure Skating Final: Men’s Free from Tokyo, Japan
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM - U.S. Figure Skating Nationals: Ladies Free from Spokane, Washington
11:00 PM - 12:30 AM - U.S. Figure Skating Nationals: Men’s Free from Spokane, Washington

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online. Universal Sports is available in 57 million homes, including nine of the top 10 DMAs: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Recent expansion includes launches in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Denver, Portland, and Jacksonville. Go to for a complete list of TV markets. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit
Media Contacts
Universal Sports
Melisa Mowry
(240) 396-1906
Amy Sorrells
(404) 550-4885
Greg Hughes
(404) 394-3700

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Name: Melisa Mowry
Organization: Universal Sports
Phone: (240) 396-1906

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