The quick reflexes, strategic thinking and endurance of an Olympic athlete will also serve fans well as NBCUniversal offers an astounding 5,535 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Games. Every minute of all 302 events in 32 sports will be shown live in the United States for the first time. "We think it's important to have that instant gratification and immediacy for those avid fans," says Mark Lazarus, the NBC Sports Group chairman who made the call to provide live streaming online of even the most popular events.
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With one year to go before London hosts the next Olympics, the world's best runners, throwers and jumpers have converged on Daegu, South Korea, for the ultimate dress rehearsal, the IAAF World Track & Field Championships. Beginning Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.) and running through Sunday, Sept. 4, athletes will face off for global titles — and the favorites' status heading towards the 2012 Summer Games. NBC/Universal Sports analyst Ato Boldon is predicting "a world championship of controversy and intrigue," given some dynamic athletes (including double-amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, who runs on prosthetic carbon-fiber blades and has qualified for the 400-meter dash) and the tricky new false-start rule that shows no mercy to anyone who jumps the gun. Extensive TV coverage (see schedule, below) means fans will get to see much of the action. Here are three storylines sure to attract attention in Daegu:
Despite picking up six more medals the US track meet had another rough night Thursday Both the mens and womens 4x100-meter relay teams bumbled their final exchanges and failed to finish the heats Somebody somewhere has a voodoo doll on the United States womens anchor Lauryn Williams told NBCs Bob Neumeier Back in the studio Bob Costas summed it up perfectly when he said So the US relay teams laying a giant egg in the Birds NestEarlier world champion Allyson Felix was beaten convincingly by Jamaicas Veronica Campbell-Brown in the womens 200 Campbell-Brown the defending champion looked magnificent in running 2174 seconds putting her into a tie for eighth on the all-time list She jumped on Allyson Felix something awful and it was all downhill from there NBCs Ato Boldon said Felix ran a seasons best 2193 but never had the spark she showed in winning the last two world titlesread more