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Olympic Golden Rings award winners unveiled in front of 1,000 guests in Lausanne

23/06/2019

Olympic Golden Rings award winners unveiled in front of 1,000 guests in Lausanne posted: 23/06/2019

This evening, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the winners of the prestigious award for the best broadcast coverage of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

A total of nine rights-holding broadcasters were awarded gold, silver or bronze trophies following a vote by an international jury headed by IOC Member Anant Singh, a leading professional in the film and media industries and Chair of the IOCs Communication Commission.

Lausanne's Salle M tropole played host to a ceremony on the eve of the 125th anniversary of the IOC and the inauguration of its Olympic House. The ceremony attracted close to 1,000 guests to the red carpet, including IOC Members, members of the Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), International Sports Federations and representatives from the rights-holding broadcasters. More than 70 Olympic champions and medallists who, all together, have won more than 125 medals at the Olympic Games, were amongst them. Kristina Vogel, Darya Domracheva, Abhinav Bindra, Fernando Gonz lez, Katarina Witt, James Tomkins, Felix Gottwald, Shelley Rudman, Vladislav Tretiak, Kirsty Coventry, Nadia Comaneci and Yuna Kim handed over the trophies for the gold trophy winners.

The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 awards spanned 10 categories in total: Best Olympic Feature, Best Athlete Profile, Best On-Air Promotion, Best Olympic Digital Service, Best Olympic Programme, Best Documentary Film, Best Production Design, Best Innovation, Best Social Media Content/Production and Most Sustainable Operation. There was also the first-ever Olympic Golden Rings award for a Youth Olympic Games.

NBC won gold in four categories, namely the Best Olympic Feature, Best Olympic Digital Service, Best Olympic Programme and Best Documentary Film, while Discovery and Eurosport also received a quartet of gold trophies (for Best On-Air Promotion, Best Production Design, Best Innovation and Best Social Media Content/Production).

BBC Sport took home the Most Sustainable Operation and Best Feature at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 awards; and NHK won the Best Athlete Profile category. There was a very strong contribution from rights-holding broadcasters, with over 75 pieces of content submitted across the 11 categories.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who presented the awards for the Best Olympic Programme and the Best Innovation, said: Broadcasters of the Olympic Games continue to produce innovative and compelling coverage that allows the athletes' achievements to live on forever. As we gather in Lausanne this week to celebrate the inauguration of Olympic House, the 125th anniversary of the IOC and the 134th IOC Session, it is fitting that we honour the broadcasters' valued contribution in front of the biggest-ever Golden Rings Awards audience.

Figure skater and Olympic champion Yuna Kim, who presented the Best Olympic Programme award to NBC Sports Group, said: I'm personally thrilled to see so many athletes here tonight to relive the magic of their achievements at PyeongChang and Buenos Aires, and commend the excellence in broadcasting of the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.

Created in 1976, the Olympic Golden Rings is a prestigious international contest through which the IOC seeks to promote and recognise excellence in television broadcasting of the Olympic Games. The contest is organised every two years on the occasion of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games.

The full list of awards, is as follows:

CATEGORY - The Best Olympic Feature - Presented by Nadia Comaneci and Gerardo Werthein

GOLD - NBC Sports Group - Always Start with the Dreams

Producers: Jim Bell, Mark Levy, Joe Gesue, Rebecca Chatman, Aaron Cohen, Matt Allen, Phil Parrish

SILVER - Globo TV - Brazil uses technology to improve bobsledding team for PyeongChang 2018

Producer: Guilherme Roseguini

BRONZE - BBC Sport - PyeongChang 2018 Opening Sequence

Producer: David Bouchard. VT Editor: Nick Perry

CATEGORY - The Best Athlete Profile - Presented by Ole Einar Bj rndalen and Kirsty Coventry

GOLD - NHK - Road for Gold Challenge with absolute unity - Women's Team Pursuit

Producer: Yohei Ogura. Director: Naoki Nakagawa

SILVER - CBC - The Olympic Journey: Virtue & Moir - Roxanne (Video Sampler)

Producers: Trevor Pilling, Chris Irwin, Giorgio Saturnino, Nathalie Tedesco, Louis Saturnino. Director: Carlos Esteves

BRONZE - NBC Sports Group - Lindsey Vonn & Grandpa Don

Producers: Jim Bell, Mark Levy, Joe Gesue, Rebecca Chatman, Jack Felling, Brian Longenecker

CATEGORY - The Best On-Air Promotion - Presented by Darya Domracheva and Hong Zhang

GOLD - Discovery / Eurosport - Eurosport PyeongChang Promotion Campaign

Producer: Philippe Oizillon. Director: Guillaume Mouill

SILVER - NBC Sports Group - Best of U.S.

Producers: Jennifer Storms, Joseph Lee, Don Simon, Andrew Cleghorn, Josh Goldman, Jennie Thompson, Robin Sherman. Director: Paul Hunter

BRONZE - Globo TV - The Winter is Ours! Olympic Winter Games 2018 is on SporTV

Producers: PAV (Produ o udiovisual da Globosat). Director: Gustavo Tissot

CATEGORY - The Best Olympic Digital Service - Presented by Abhinav Bindra and Gianni Merlo

GOLD - NBC Sports Group - The XXIII Olympic Winter Games on NBC

Producers: Jim Bell, Eric Black, Rebecca Chatman, Richard Cordella, Peter Diamond, David Gabel, Joe Gesue, Mark Levy, Mike Sheehan, Gary Zenkel. Directors: Eric Hamilton, Netta-Lee Lax

SILVER - Discovery / Eurosport - Eurosport PyeongChang Digital Offer

Producer: Elise Lampaert. Director: Angelique Aubry-Marais

BRONZE - CBC Radio-Canada - CBC Radio-Canada Digital Offering

Producers: Trevor Pilling, Catherine Dupont, Steve Macht, Pierre Michaud,
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