COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 11. THIS Saturday, the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) will air a two-hour program recapping the 11 days of competition from the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. The show, sponsored by VISA, can be seen on OLN with limited commercial interruptions on Saturday, November 13, 5-7 p.m. Eastern Time.
“These are the stories that need to be told,” says track & field athlete April Holmes (Somerdale, N.J.).
After being involved in a train accident which resulted in the loss of her left leg below the knee, Holmes was told about U.S. Paralympics by her doctor. “That information changed my life. I had never heard about an organization like U.S. Paralympics before my accident, and since I had always been an athlete, it was a natural fit.”
Holmes now owns the world record in both the 100m and 200m. Like many athletes, Holmes has overcome a physical disability to compete on an elite level at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
Other athletes included in the two-hour special are two-time Paralympian and track & field athlete Marlon Shirley, the gold-medal winning Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, twelve-year old swimming sensation Jessica Long and seven-time gold medalist in swimming, Erin Popovich, among others.
Popovich is also scheduled to appear tomorrow morning on the CBS program, "The Early Show."
Besides athlete features, the OLN program will highlight competition and recap events at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
The two-hour program is hosted by Harry Smith, anchor of CBS’s The Early Show. Smith, along with co-host Joan London, also covered the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Two-time Paralympian and wheelchair track athlete Cheri Blauwet (Larchwood, Iowa) says, “The athletes are thrilled that the Games will air in the U.S. For all of us, the Games are the most important competition and the fact that friends, family and fans of U.S. Paralympics will now be able to watch is absolutely wonderful.”
Be sure to tune in to OLN on Saturday, November 13, 5-7 p.m. Eastern Time. A second telecast will air on Wednesday, November 17, 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time.