With 76 days until the start of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, Australia’s Olympic broadcaster, the Seven Network, is ramping up its Olympic build-up coverage, with the announcement that from May 28, a weekly live panel show ‘Road to Rio’, will be broadcast on Seven until July 30 (it will air each Saturday at midday). This seems to be a similar program to what Seven ran last time it held the Olympic rights (Beijing 2008).
The ‘Road to Rio’ programs, will feature the best of Australia’s athletes and their stories. The program will also introduce the fresh faces on Australia’s Olympic team, look back at the great moments in Olympic history and all the latest news from home and overseas as Australia’s team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games takes shape.
Special guests and experts include Olympics ‘mastercaster’ Bruce McAvaney, four-time Olympian Lauren Jackson, the ‘voice of cycling’ Phil Liggett, gold medallist Steve Hooker, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony flag bearer Andrew Gaze, Oarsome Foursome’s Drew Ginn, and three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tamsyn Lewis.
A rotating panel of co-hosts includes Johanna Griggs, Mel McLaughlin, Jim Wilson, Kylie Gillies, Mark Beretta, Ryan Phelan and Giaan Rooney.
The countdown is on to the biggest show of 2016, the Rio Olympic Games. With 10,000 athletes, 200 member nations, 42 sports, and 306 gold medals to be awarded at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, there are countless stories and narratives to unfold over the next three months and Seven’s ‘Road to Rio’ will be the best opportunity for Australians to wet their Olympic appetite in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony in Rio on 5 August 2016.