Industry News: Michael Phelps’ First Competition of the Season Live on Universal Sports

LOS ANGELES, California, May 13. MICHAEL Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in U.S. history with 14 gold medals and 16 total medals, headlines the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix, May 14 – 16, LIVE on Universal Sports. U.S. Olympians Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Aaron Peirsol, Cullen Jones, Peter Vanderkaay and Amanda Weir join Phelps at the sixth stop on the eight-meet USA Swimming Grand Prix series. Universal Sports live coverage of the event from Charlotte, NC, starts at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, May 14, and continues through Sunday, May 16, with a re-air each evening. For times and channel listings in your area, please go to

Over the past 26 years, the Charlotte Grand Prix has hosted more than 10,000 athletes, including more than 130 Olympians, more than 50 Olympic Gold Medalists, and was the home of a World Record in 2000. This year, the field will also feature National Champions, collegiate athletes and standouts from the high school level. Swimmers will be competing for $50,000 in cash prizes, a points-based system for competitors in the ‘A' level events.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist and NBC Sports Olympic swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines will provide commentary for the event alongside play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson.

Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix LIVE Television Coverage on Universal Sports
Date Time Events
Friday, May 14, 2010 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET 200m Freestyle (Phelps), 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly (Phelps), 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle Relay

Saturday, May 15, 2010 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET 200m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke (Phelps), 200m Breaststroke, 400m Freestyle, 400m Medley Relay

Sunday, May 16, 2010 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET 1500m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 200m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle will offer the ultimate online experience for swimming fans: live race coverage, beginning at 6 p.m. ET that will include athlete profiles, race previews, highlights, photos and recaps. More information is available at

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related sports programming on television and online. Universal Sports is available in more than 61 million homes, including all of the nation's top 10 DMAs: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Recent expansion includes launches in Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Denver, Portland, and Jacksonville. Go to for a complete list of TV markets. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit

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