NBC and Universal Sports Network team up to present two gymnastics events from New York City’s Madison Square Garden this weekend. Coverage begins Friday, March 2, at 7:30pm ET with the Nastia Liukin Cup. Then on Saturday, March 3, the AT&T American Cup begins on Universal Sports at 11:30am ET, then switches over to NBC at 1pm ET. Jordyn Wieber (pictured), Danell Levya, Alexandra Raisman, John Orozco and other top gymnasts compete. AT&T American Cup gymnastics TV schedule and press release from NBC Sports below:
NBC SPORTS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK SHOWCASE LIVE COVERAGE OF AT&T AMERICAN CUP
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NBC’s Live Coverage Begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday
New York – March 1, 2012 – NBC Sports and Universal Sports Network will provide live, exclusive coverage of the year’s first international gymnastics competition, the 2012 AT&T American Cup. Coverage begins this Saturday on Universal Sports Network at 11:30 a.m. ET and continuing on NBC at 1 p.m. ET. Tipping off the weekend’s gymnastics coverage is the Nastia Liukin Cup airing live on Universal Sports Network this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition, UniversalSports.com will provide free, live streaming of both events. For more information, go to http://www.universalsports.com/gymnastics/index.html.
NBC’s Olympic gymnastics broadcast team of Al Trautwig, Olympian Elfi Schlegel, 1984 Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett and Andrea Joyce will call the action from historic Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The top gymnasts from around the world will be competing this weekend. American competitors include 2011 World all-around champion Jordyn Wieber, 2011 World parallel bars champion Danell Levya, 2011 World floor exercise bronze medalist Alexandra Raisman and 2011 World team bronze medalist John Orozco, who finished fifth in the all-around at the 2011 World Championships. The international field includes 2011 European Youth Summer Olympics Festival all-around champion Larisa Iordache from Romania, as well as top gymnasts from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and Ukraine.
“The last two Olympic all-around champions, Carly Patterson and Nastia Luikin started their Olympic year off with a win at the American Cup,” said Daggett. “Current world champion Jordyn Wieber is the favorite to follow in their footsteps, but she’ll face a young super talent Larisa Iordache from Romania and her American teammate Alexander Raisman in her quest for the prestigious American Cup title.”
Universal Sports Network will air the Nastia Liukin Cup, featuring 34 of the country’s best Level 10 gymnasts, live this Friday at 7:30 p.m. from Madison Square Garden. The gymnasts qualified for the Nastia Liukin Cup through designated Nastia Liukin Cup Series invitationals. The broadcast team will include Tim Daggett and John Roethlisberger.
NBC Sports and Universal Sports Broadcast Schedule
(All Times Eastern Unless Otherwise Noted)
Nastia Liukin Cup
Friday, March 2 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Universal Sports Network
AT&T American Cup
Saturday, March 3 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Universal Sports Network
Saturday, March 3 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. NBC
Saturday, March 3 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. Universal Sports Network (NBC Re-Air)
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