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"FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games" cinema event features stories from first-time Olympic athletes

By USOC | April 30, 2013, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Every two years, the most talented athletes from around the world prepare to follow their dreams and take their place in history at the Olympic Games. The only film about the London 2012 Olympic Games supported by the International Olympic Committee, "FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games" follows a dozen first-time Olympic athletes on their journey from their homes in different corners of the globe to meet their fate in London.

Presented by NCM Fathom Events, New Moon and the United States Olympic Committee, this exclusive one-night event in select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. local time, features the uplifting stories of 12 young athletes. The event includes personal interviews with U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, gymnast John Orozco, boxer Queen Underwood and Australian BMX rider Caroline Buchanan as they discuss how the Olympic Games changed their lives forever.

Tickets for "FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games" are available at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

Directed by Caroline Rowland, this documentary gives audiences unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to some of the greatest moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The IOC granted Rowland the rights to film the documentary of the London 2012 Olympic Games - seven years after producing the acclaimed films for London's bid to host the Olympic Games in 2005. In the six weeks she spent with the athletes leading up to the London Games, Rowland filmed 60 hours of footage featuring the athletes, their families, coaches and friends and had unique access to film hundreds of hours of coverage of the events at London 2012.

"I can't wait to see 'FIRST' and relive the exciting events of last summer," said Missy Franklin, four-time Olympic gold medalist. "Not only am I honored to be a part of this film, but I'm also excited to experience the Olympic journeys of the other amazing athletes involved in this project."

Scored by Sacha Puttnam and with a stunning contemporary soundtrack, "FIRST" captures the London Olympic Games as a recollection, evoking the emotion and magic experienced at the Olympic Games by the following athletes*:

Missy Franklin - USA - Women's Swimming

John Orozco - USA - Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Queen Underwood - USA - Women's Boxing Lightweight

Caroline Buchanan - Australia - Women's BMX 

Chad le Clos - South Africa - Men's Swimming

David Rudisha - Kenya - Men's Athletics 800m

Katie Taylor - Ireland - Women's Boxing Lightweight

Laura Trott - Great Britain - Women's Track Cycling

Christophe Lemaitre - France -Men's Athletics 200m

Majlinda Kelmendi - Albania - Women's Judo  

Heena Sidhu - India - Women's Shooting 10m Air Pistol

Qiu Bo - China - Men's Diving 10m Platform

"'FIRST' is a sports documentary with soul that follows these extraordinary athletes as they meet their fate in the swimming pool, boxing ring, gym and on the track," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "This exclusive in-theater event features stunning sports imagery from inside the London Olympic Park that will give audiences a new perspective on the dreams and determination that lead these athletes to the greatest sporting event in the world."

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