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WPBS-TV Presents Special Programming for the 2024 Olympics

WATERTOWN, NY (July 9, 2024) – The 2024 Olympics in Paris gets underway on July 26th and WPBS has put together a selection of historical documentaries that will boost your Olympic Spirit! Programs Include:

Boys of “36: American Experience (Tuesday, July 9 at 9 pm)

Explore the thrilling story of the American rowing team that triumphed at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Runner (Sunday, July 21 at 1 pm)

When he was only eight, Guor Mading Maker ran from captivity in war-torn Sudan to eventually seek safety in the US. Maker experienced a difficult and triumphant journey, going from refugee to a world-renowned athlete.

Olympic Pride: American Prejudice (Sunday, July 21 at 2:30 pm)

Explore the collective experiences of 18 African-American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin

Hitler’s Olympics (Sunday, July 21 at 4 pm)

The complete story of the Berlin games – the early plans, the Nazi takeover, the purge of Jews from German athletics and the grand spectacle itself.

Jessie Owens: American Experience (Sunday, July 21 at 5 pm)

The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion.

Gods of Tennis, Part 1 Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe In 1975 (Tuesday, July 23 at 9 pm)

Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe are fighting to become Wimbledon champions.

Gods of Tennis, Part 2 Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe (Tuesday, July 30 at 9 pm)

The fierce rivalry between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe brings glamour to Centre Court.

Gods of Tennis, Part 3 Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert (Tuesday, August 6 at 9 pm)

Cold War suspicions surround Martina Navratilova as she dominates Wimbledon but struggles to be as adored as her rival Chris Evert.

 

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