Before London, I would have scoffed at the idea of darts as an Olympic sport, but after spending each morning waking, ironing, and dressing to the popular world sport on the BBC, I’m now all for it.
Apparently so is former British Olympic Association director Sir Clive Woodward.
“Darts is definitely an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure,” Woodward tweeted during the world championships on Tuesday.
“You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch,” eventual winner Phil Taylor told the BBC after capturing his sixteenth world title. “If we got in there, I’d be chuffed to bits. I don’t think it’ll be in my lifetime but you never know.”
Since it will still be pretty difficult to convince people that squash is worthy of the Olympic stamp, despite having what we assuming was the best pitch, we’re guessing that darts is a long-shot. Still, you can’t help but wonder if the Olympics could use some chubby 50-year-olds to mix things up.
Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics
NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule