Thursday, September 11, 2008

No Olympic OW Coverage by Universal Sports

Universal Sports announced that fans can tune in and log on to its programming and relive the fantastic performances of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Olympic encore on Universal Sports showcases swimming, water polo, gymnastics, beach volleyball, equestrian, track & field, marathon running, triathlon, rowing, volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton, cycling, diving, canoe/kayak, fencing, judo, trampoline, synchronized swimming, table tennis, wrestling and...NO MARATHON SWIMMING.

For a sport whose athletes captured the hearts of fans worldwide due to the inspirational performances of gold medalist and leukemia survivor Maarten van der Weijden and amputee Natalie du Toit...for a new Olympic sport that had two Opening Ceremony flag bearers (Bulgaria's Petar Stoychev and South Africa's Natalie du Toit)...and for a sport that featured nearly two hours of highly competitive, aggressive racing that was in doubt until the very last 25 meters, it is unfortunate that the sport did not merit a single posting at Universal Sports.

Fortunately, with Britain's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim success in Beijing with 3 medalists: David Davies, Keri-Anne Payne and Cassandra Patten, global open water fans can rest assure the London Olympic Committee will showcase open water swimming.

Photo of Maarten van der Weijden by Pei Qingsheng.

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