Tokyo Olympics

Live from Tokyo Olympics: Handball at Yoyogi National Stadium Photo Gallery

Handball was created and developed in Denmark, Sweden and Germany in the late 19th century. Originally played outdoors as field handball, the sport first appeared at the Berlin 1936 Games. The modern indoor version made its Olympic debut at Munich 1972. The first women’s competition was held at the Montreal 1976 Games. Handball has featured […]  More

Live from the Tokyo Olympics: Karate at the Nippon Budokan Photo Gallery

Karate’s quest to secure a place on the Olympic program dates back to the 1970s. In 2015, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee proposed the inclusion of karate as one of five additional sports, a decision that was approved by the International Olympic Committee. Athletes compete at the Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of Japanese martial […]  More

Live from the Tokyo Olympics: Skateboarding at Ariake Urban Sports Park Photo Gallery

The Tokyo 2020 skateboarding courses are a culmination of the designs and experiences derived from a number of world championship and qualifying events. Each course will be considerably larger than a typical qualifying or world championship course but still small enough to allow athletes to take advantage of all obstacles during a typical run. Both […]  More

Live from Tokyo Olympics: Table Tennis at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Photo Gallery

Table tennis has come a long way from its late 19th century origins as an after-dinner game played by upper-class English families. More than a century later, table tennis has a greater number of recreational players than any other sport and Olympic-level competition is a breathtaking spectacle. Table tennis made its Olympic debut at the […]  More

NBC Stamford Spotlight, Part 2: Extra Year of Prep Boosts NBC Olympics’ At-Home Operation

Since launching in 2013, NBC’s Sports Production Operations Center (SPOC) in Stamford, CT, has used each Olympic Games as an opportunity to take a substantial technological leap forward. With the pandemic-mandated extra 12 months of preparation for this year’s Tokyo Games, NBC’s Stamford engineering team kicked its innovation efforts into hyperdrive.  More

NBC Stamford Spotlight, Part 1: Stateside Olympics Effort Deploys Army of Studios, Control Rooms, Trucks, ‘Family & Friends’ Unit

NBC Sports is going all out for its coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics overseas, but, for this large-scale effort, the stateside team in Stamford, CT, is pitching in with plenty of resources. Stamford is playing its largest role in an Olympics production to date: the two-week event calls for five simultaneous studios and control […]  More

NBC Stamford Spotlight, Part 3: Inside the ‘Off-Tube Factory’ Remote Commentary Workflow

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the U.S., sports networks audibled and kept on-air talent away from the venue. This is customary for an international event like the Olympics, but the decision also satisfied safety concerns and streamlined operations. In Stamford, NBC Sports developed the largest iteration of its Off-Tube Factory to add remote commentary […]  More

BBC Sport on Rallying the Japanese Olympic Spirit from the UK With Its First Remote Summer Games Production

BBC Sport is producing more limited Summer Olympics coverage this year with two live events shown at any one time, compared to previous years, where it gave the British public full and immersive coverage of every moment of London 2012 and Rio 2016. Those two streams are also, in another first for the broadcaster, being […]  More

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