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NBC's "Today" Falling Back On Old Format For Olympic-Themed Episodes
Published August 2, 2012
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THIS IS "TODAY": In addition to the photo op, the opening hour of "Today" included live interviews with Bronze Medal-winning all-around gymnast DANELL LEYVA and fellow Team USA gymnast JOHN OROZCO and Gold Medal-winning swimmer SHANNON VREELAND, a taped interview with beach volleyball players KERRI WALSH JENNINGS and MISTY MAY-TREANOR. It also featured taped reports on the disqualified badminton players and the taxes Olympians could owe the IRS for their medals and prize money. NBCOlympics.com’s ALAN ABRAHAMSON discussed the success of the U.S. swimmers. The second hour included former Gold Medalists NASTIA LIUKIN, CARLY PATTERSON and MARY LOU RETTON previewing GABBY DOUGLAS and ALY RAISMAN competing in the women’s gymnastics all-around event, a live interview with snowboarder SHAUN WHITE, a taped report on U.S. swimmer NATHAN ADRIAN winning the Gold Medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a taped report on the emotions parents of Olympians face during their children’s competitions. The third hour included live interviews with Gold Medal-winning cyclist KRISTIN ARMSTRONG, Bronze Medal-winning synchronized divers TROY DUMAIS and KRISTIAN IPSEN and gymnastics analysts TIM DAGGETT and ELFI SCHLEGEL (THE DAILY).
THE REAL DEAL ON THE REAL DEAL: In N.Y., Victoria Cavaliere noted Monday's episode of "Today" stopped "random people in front of Buckingham Palace ... to ask about Queen Elizabeth's performance" during the Opening Ceremony. A man in a white baseball cap and blue T-shirt said the Queen was "wonderful." The comment "was strung together with a series of others from passers-by, but it turned out the gracious American tourist" was boxing HOFer Evander Holyfield. The net was "unaware of who they had just interviewed." Holyfield later tweeted, "Look, the @todayshow did a good job. It was hard to recognize me with the baseball cap. This could happen to any reporter. LOL!!" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/1).