LOS ANGELES (May 21) - The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver produced countless heroes, highlights and human stories and Universal Sports is taking a unique look at many of them in Visions of Vancouver, a documentary premiering on Universal Sports network on Monday, May 24, at 7 p.m. ET. The show will feature Olympic medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA), Jeret 'Speedy' Peterson (Boise, ID), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) and Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY).
The two-hour original production will be narrated by Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s ‘Today’ show, and will air exactly 100 days after the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver.
"There are so many memorable athletes and terrific stories that came out of the Vancouver Games that this show was a natural extension for us," said Universal Sports Executive Producer David Michaels. "The hardest part of putting it together was deciding which great stories to tell in more depth."
Visions of Vancouver will also highlight Vonn's journey to reach her one unattained career goal - a gold medal, Miller's unbelievable return to the Games in which he went on to win three medals, an epic race to the finish that marked Demong as the first U.S. athlete in his sport to earn a gold medal, Peterson's rise against the odds to land a virtually unlandable maneuver for the silver medal, and White's extraordinary McTwist double cork 12 to garner him back-to-back gold medals.
Other memorable stories, including Apolo Ohno’s quest to become the most decorated Winter Olympian in U.S. history, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette’s emotional performance just two days after her mother unexpectedly died in Vancouver, and freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau’s victory, earning him the first gold medal ever won by a Canadian on home soil.
The documentary also examines the love story of Chinese pairs figure skating gold medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, the pioneering achievements of American speed skater Shani Davis, and the unforgettable disqualification of Dutch speed skating star Sven Kramer.