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U.S. Olympic Committee Launches New Digital Documentary Series Olympic Hometowns In America

By United States Olympic Committee | April 06, 2016, 12 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the debut of a new documentary series called Olympic Hometowns in America, a weekly web series on TeamUSA.org. Produced in cooperation with NBC Sports Films, the short digital documentary series takes fans from coast to coast, visiting seven U.S. cities that have deep connections to the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The documentary series will feature more than 20 episodes that focus on the steady stream of Team USA athletes produced in these cities, while also highlighting current Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls training for the Rio Games.

“Olympic and Paralympic tradition runs deep in cities and towns large and small across the United States, and we are excited to work with the great storytellers at NBC to share the stories in Olympic Hometowns in America," said Brian Gordon, USOC’s managing director of marketing and USOC Productions. “We want to continue to focus on the local level and tell the stories of how these cities rally to support our athletes and regionally relevant sport programs in the lead-up to Rio and beyond.”

The first four episodes will showcase the culture and passion for wrestling in Iowa City, Iowa, and will debut prior to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling, which run April 9-10 in Iowa City. Six other regions will also be featured in the documentary series including:

Birmingham, Alabama:
Wheelchair rugby and the Lakeshore Foundation

Charlotte, North Carolina: Swimming

Colorado Springs, Colorado: Men’s gymnastics and the flagship Olympic Training Center

Indianapolis, Indiana: Diving

Princeton, New Jersey: Rowing

Southern California: Beach volleyball

The digital documentary series will be hosted on TeamUSA.org and distributed through Team USA’s social platforms. NBC will repurpose select content leading up to and during its coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We always embrace the opportunity to tell Olympic stories and work with our friends at the USOC,” said Mark Levy, SVP, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group. “Olympic fans will be fascinated by the passion and dedication of these hometowns, and how integral they are in contributing towards the success of Team USA.”

To view the latest Olympic Hometowns in America episode, visit TeamUSA.org/Video.

About the USOC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.