SANTA MONICA, California, March 19. WORLD Championship Sports Network (WCSN), the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, has partnered with Fox Sports Net, the International Federation of Swimming (FINA), and USA Swimming to deliver comprehensive coverage of the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. WCSN will produce segments for Fox Sports Net affiliates across the U.S., WCSN's own television channel, as well as provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage via its broadband network at www.wcsn.com. SwimmingWorld.TV and SwimmingWorldRadio.com will be providing content for WCSN throughout the swimming competition.
Events in each of the five aquatic disciplines FINA represents – swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, open water swimming, and water polo – will be featured on all the outlets, with WCSN.com providing live exclusive coverage of the swimming events and final water polo matches online. The FINA World Championships are held every two years and 2007's event is anticipated to be the largest ever, consisting of approximately 2,000 competitors from 175 nations, more than the aquatic events at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
"We are excited to partner with FINA, USA Swimming, and FSN to bring this incredible competition to the U.S. audience for the first time," said WCSN CEO Claude Ruibal. "Via FSN's 80 million homes and WCSN's exclusive coverage and online reach, this is a great opportunity for fans to follow these world class athletes in competitions that are typically among the Olympics' most popular."
Fox Sports Net's regional stations will launch its World Championship coverage on March 25 with a one-hour highlight show and continue through April 1, featuring top highlights and recaps from the day's events. The World Championships are an important stop for athletes rigorously training for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. U.S. athletes hope to repeat the success of the last World Championships, which garnered the team 39 total medals, including 17 gold, the most of any nation. Audiences will be able to watch top swimmers such as Michael Phelps, Ian Crocker, Natalie Coughlin and Katie Hoff as well as the women's water polo team try to improve on their silver medal in 2005, who all represent the U.S. in what promises to be an intense two weeks of competition.
"FSN is pleased to expand its reach into the international sports scene with the telecast of the FINA World Championships," said Josh Oakley, FSN Acquisitions Manager. "Our partnership with WCSN promises to provide U.S. swimming fans with numerous memorable moments from this tremendous competition."
In addition to producing the event for TV and the Web, WCSN is also launching several interactive features and promotions. WCSN.com will offer exclusive behind-the-scenes blogs from U.S. swimmers Tara Kirk, Cullen Jones and Kate Ziegler, discussing first-hand accounts of their experiences in Melbourne. The rising star athletes will continue to contribute blogs throughout the year as they all prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games. Fans will also enjoy easy access to the latest news and world records from Melbourne via text messages on their mobile phones, conveniently getting alerts and current results wherever they are. In addition to USA Swimming, WCSN is working with USA Diving, USA Water Polo, U.S. Synchronized Swimming and U.S. Aquatic Sports to further generate buzz and cross promote awareness of these competitions and athletes across these disciplines.
"We at USA Swimming are very pleased that WCSN will be carrying the FINA World Championships this March, and we will do everything we can to support their endeavors," said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming's executive director. "This event will showcase the best swimmers in the world on an international stage, will highlight intense rivalries and, of course, will feature some very fast swimming. We look forward to working together with FINA and WCSN to bring the biggest swimming event of the year to fans across the United States."
On WCSN.com, fans can follow their favorite athletes through additional hours of exclusive coverage available on the broadband site via a $4.95 monthly subscription fee. WCSN.com will also have complete live and on-demand video footage plus free access to medal counts, news, results, photo galleries, behind-the-scenes features and more. Broadcast schedules of all live and on-demand events can be found at WCSN.com. Fans can also contact their local cable operator to get more details on the WCSN television channel. Check local listings for airing times on Fox Sports Net.
About World Championship Sports Network (WCSN)
World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, delivering an immersive experience via exclusive live and on demand coverage of world class competitions, interaction with top athletes and in depth access to sports news and information year round.
WCSN offers comprehensive coverage of over 60 sports disciplines, through exclusive long term programming agreements across a number of key International Federations and National Governing Bodies. Major championship events in sports ranging from Athletics (Track & Field), Skiing, Swimming, Gymnastics and Cycling to Volleyball, Karate and Taekwondo are featured online at www.wcsn.com and on television via WCSN's 24/7 cable sports network. WCSN also markets Olympic sports in partnership with International Federations, National Governing Bodies, local organizations, clubs, sponsors, and through related websites and publications.
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