NBC to Carry 2011 Adidas Grand Prix Live
NBC Sports presents two hours of live coverage from the 2011 Adidas Grand Prix, the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit. 18 athletes who rank No. 1 in the world so far this season are expected to compete, including more than two dozen Olympic and World Champions. NBC Sports’ coverage begins this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, while Universal Sports will re-air the NBC Sports broadcast at 6 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET.
The Adidas Grand Prix will be highlighted by the 2011 Diamond League debut of American sprinter Tyson Gay in the 100-meter dash. Gay competed last week at the NTC Sprint Series meet in Claremont where he posted the year’s fastest 100m time of 9.79 seconds. The American will face a tough field, led by Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullins who won the 100-meter race at last weekend’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., with a time of 9.80 seconds.
Another marquee race to watch will be the women’s 200-meter dash as Americans Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Shalonda Solomon and Bianca Knight face tough challengers in Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica), Sherone Simpson (Jamaica) and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Bahamas).
NBC Sports’ broadcast team of Paul Sunderland, Ato Bolden, Dwight Stones and Lewis Johnson call the action from Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City.
AMA MOTOCROSS, SUNDAY, 4 p.m. ET
NBC Sports presents taped coverage of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross from Mt. Morris, Pa., airing Saturday 4-5 p.m. ET.
The series features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. Motocross is the original extreme action sport, and the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship showcases pure motocross. The 12-round series began at Hangtown in May and ends at Pala Raceway in September, and includes stops at premier motocross racing facilities across the country. While each track is unique, each race is run under the same format: two 30-minute-plus-two lap races per class with scores from each race combined to determine the overall winner.
The broadcast team of Jason Weigandt and Jeff Emig call the action from High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa.
FOSTER GRANT IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3, 5 p.m. ET
NBC Sports presents taped coverage of the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 from Clearwater, Fla., airing on Sunday 5-6 p.m. ET.
Phil Liggett provides commentary of Sunday’s coverage featuring the culmination of the Ironman 70.3 series: its world championship in Clearwater, Fla. More than 1,800 domestic and international competitors earned the right to compete by qualifying at one of 33 Ironman 70.3 events around the world. The incredibly competitive field includes previous Ironman world champions, Olympic medalists and other top contenders. The championship will consist of a grueling combination of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.