Michael Unger, of USA Swimming, Wins Emmy Award -- May 18, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 18. THANKS to his contributions to NBC Sports during the 28th Olympiad in Athens last summer, Michael Unger recently earned an Emmy Award. The Chief Operating Officer for USA Swimming, Unger was part of a team that won for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround during the 26th Annual Sports Emmy Awards.
NBC took home its Emmy for its coverage of the Olympic Games, a two-week long package that included coverage of various sporting events, sprinkled with human-interest feature stories and studio analysis. Unger was an Associate Producer during the Games.
The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad won the Emmy over broadcasts of the Great Outdoor Games, the Tour de France and the World Figure Skating Championships. Dick Ebersol was the Executive Producer.
The swimming competition played a major role in NBC’s coverage, as it highlighted the beginning of the Olympic Games and captured the attention of the viewing public. With Michael Phelps chasing Mark Spitz’s record for seven gold medals in an Olympiad, NBC – with Unger’s help – gave the story its proper due.