Make it seven Olympics in the booth for Rowdy Gaines. Gaines confirmed he signed on with NBC for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as first reported by Swimming World.
Asked about 2020, Gaines, 54, said he’s taking it one Games at a time. The three-time 1984 Olympic gold medalist has called some of swimming’s most memorable moments over the last two decades, including every Games with NBC since 1992. Gaines and Dan Hicks were joined by Summer Sanders at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Included among Gaines’ calls is all 22 of Michael Phelps’ Olympic medal swims and all 11 Ryan Lochte medals. Gaines competed with Dara Torres in Torres’ first Olympics in 1984 then later called her medal swims in both of her comebacks (2000 and 2008).
“Nobody loves swimming more than I do,” Gaines told Swimming World. “I’ll stack my passion for swimming against anyone.”
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.
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Puma has introduced the “BeatBot,” a self-driving, line-following robot that runners can program to move at a specific pace around a track.
That means one could race against a robot-version of Usain Bolt‘s 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, with BeatBot’s top speed at just over 27 miles per hour.
The BeatBot can also navigate track curves, as shown in the video above.
Puma plans to roll out BeatBot to various track programs around the world over the year.
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