Relive Olympics Moments on VOD, Suddenlink2GO

Did you miss one of the big Olympic moments this week, or was there something that was so amazing you’d like to see it again?  Through Aug. 26, catch highlights on Suddenlink2GO and (where available) Suddenlink Video On Demand (VOD).

 Where Suddenlink VOD is available, turn to Channel 1 and select 2012 London Olympics.  Then choose All Sports, Medal Event Recaps or Ceremonies. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

 To catch highlights online, visit Suddenlink2GO – London Games.  A Suddenlink online account and a TV package with MSNBC and CNBC are required for live streaming.  Customers who do not have a Suddenlink online account can set up one by visiting suddenlink.net, selecting the “Not Registered? SIGN UP NOW” option — found next to the Log In link on the right side of the page — enter the account number and access code from their Suddenlink bill, and follow the registration instructions.

Suddenlink VOD: ‘08 Gold Medal Hoops

Relive the aerial acrobatics and superb shot-making of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade with the top 10 plays from Team USA’s run to the gold medal in basketball in Beijing. Where Suddenlink VOD is available, go to Channel 1, 2012 London Olympics, Beijing Lookback, USA Hoops Top 10. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

Prime Time Tonight: Swimming, Gymnastics, Diving

If you didn’t catch online coverage of today’s marquee events, see them on tonight’s prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics. Swimming finals highlight the action. Medals will be awarded in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, men’s 100-meter freestyle, women’s 200-meter butterfly and women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay. In gymnastics, a men’s all-around champion will be crowned. Also, see who medals in the men’s 3-meter springboard synchronized diving competition.

Texas Tech Coach Guides Seven Olympians

Now in his 28th season of coaching track and field, Texas Tech University (TTU) Coach Wes Kittley has trained nearly two dozen Olympic athletes, 12 while he was at Abilene Christian University (in Suddenlink-served Abilene, Texas) and 11 at TTU, located in Suddenlink-served Lubbock, Texas. Though he won’t be able to attend the London Games, he will be communicating with and long-distance coaching seven athletes who competed for TTU’s Red Raiders — discus thrower Jason Young (competing for Team USA), hurdler Shane Brathwaite (Barbados), long- and middle-distance runner Sally Kipyego (Kenya), sprinter Shereefa Lloyd (Jamaica), hurdler Jamele Mason (Puerto Rico), and sprinters Michael Mathieu and Andrae Williams (Bahamas).

The TTU contingent is scheduled to compete Aug. 3 through Aug. 11.

On paper, Kipyego, Mathieu and Williams have the best chances to medal. Discus thrower Young could too “if he has his best day,” said Kittley.

His advice to his athletes is simple: “Don’t get caught up in the aura and excitement of the Olympics,” he said. “Enjoy it, but stay focused on what you’ve got to do to get the job done.”

When his athletes aren’t training and competing, Kittley strongly encourages them to embrace the experience by enjoying the competition that only the Olympic Games can provide. “I love the whole atmosphere,” he said. “It’s really special when you can see all the world’s best athletes compete in their sports.”

Kittley is certain one of the highlights will be the Opening Ceremony. He experienced it firsthand at the 2004 Games in Athens. “It was phenomenal,” he said. “The fireworks and pageantry make for an atmosphere second to none. There’s tremendous camaraderie among everyone who has gathered for peaceful competition, and it’s always a thrill to see which athlete brings in the torch to light the Olympic flame.”

The only time he’d recommend an athlete skip the Opening Ceremony is if they are competing the next day. The ceremony requires participants to be on their feet for up to five hours.

On the home front, Texas Tech’s track and field program continued its tradition of combining outstanding performance on the track with achievement in the classroom. This season 22 Red Raiders won All-America honors and seven earned All-Academic honors.

Olympics Trivia: Heavy Medal Phelps

One of the impressive new structures built for the London Games is the Aquatic Center at Olympic Park, where all eyes will be on U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. How many medals does Phelps need to become the most decorated Olympian in history? Where Suddenlink VOD is available, find out by going to Channel 1, 2012 London Olympics, Intro to London, London Preview. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

Olympics Trivia: Usain Bolt

When Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was in primary school, what did his coach offer to buy him if he won a race? Where Suddenlink VOD is available, find out by going to Channel 1, 2012 London Olympics, Athlete Profiles, Usain Bolt. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

Olympics Trivia: London

London will be the first city to host the Olympics three times. In what other years did London host?  Where Suddenlink VOD is available, find out by going to Channel 1, 2012 London Olympics, Intro to London, City of London. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.

Olympics Survey Results

Thanks to those of you who completed our Summer Olympics survey. In the weeks ahead – leading up to and during the Games – our goal is to focus on the Olympics-related information that’s of greatest interest to you. Your input on the survey will help us do just that. In the meantime, here are some highlights from the survey results:

  • Nearly 70 percent of respondents plan to watch the Olympics either often or very often.
  • Virtually all (93 percent) plan to watch the Games live on TV.
  •  A sizable majority (74 percent) plan to watch the opening ceremonies on Friday, July 27.
  • Three Olympic sports emerged as favorites: gymnastics, track and field, and swimming/diving.
  • Of those who don’t plan to watch the Games, most will opt instead for TV comedies and dramas.

Thanks again for your participation.

Olympics Survey: Your Input Wanted

With the Summer Olympics starting next month, we’re trying to get a better idea of how interested our readers, fans and followers are in Olympic programming. Your input will help us tailor the information we share about the Games.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to answer our Suddenlink Olympics Survey. It’s quick and confidential, and we promise not to try to sell you anything. Thank you to the many who have already responded.

Your Input Wanted

With the start of the Summer Olympics less than two months away, we’re trying to get a better idea of how interested our readers, fans, and followers are in this event. That information will help us tailor the information we share about the Games and how to use Suddenlink resources to enjoy them.  Accordingly, we hope you’ll take five or 10 minutes to answer a short survey, available here.