2008 U.S. Paralympians will be the spotlight of a special NBC presentation, the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games presented by GE, on November 9, at 2:30pm ET on NBC Sports. The 90-minute documentary narrated by NBC Sports' Bob Costas will chronicle the amazing moments from Beijing this past September.
Produced by Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports producer David Michaels, the program takes viewers on a journey into the compelling lives of eight determined athletes plus the Wheelchair Basketball Team from training through competition in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
"In 30 years of covering Olympic sports, I have never witnessed such a rich tapestry of stories and competition. Every race, every event brings wonder and intense excitement," said Michaels. "For anyone who loves pure sport, the Paralympics takes us back to why we fell in love with sports in the first place."
The stories to be told include those of Paralympic athletes:
- Marlon Shirley - Chula Vista, Calif., (track & field world record holder in 100m, 200m and Long Jump)
- April Holmes - Somerdale, N.J., (track & field world record holder in 100m, 200m and 400m)
- Jessica Long - Baltimore, Md., (Beijing gold medalist in 100m butterfly and world record holder in 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley)
- Tatyana McFadden - Clarkesville, Md., (wheelchair racing champion)
- Cheri Blauwet - Larchwood, Iowa, (wheelchair racer in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and marathon)
- Marin Morrison - Sammamish, Wash., (U.S. Paralympic swimmer)
- Nick Scandone - Newport Beach, Calif., (Beijing yachting gold medal in SKUD-18 class)
- Scott Winkler - Pittsburgh, Pa., (world record holder for adaptive shot put)
- USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team
Complementing the program, expanded broadcast coverage can be found on Universal Sports November 10 - 16 with 4-hour programs nightly from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET.
For exciting video highlights and images of the 99 medal-winning performances and other amazing moments from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, visit the multimedia section of http://usparalympics.org/multimedia.