MADRID – In the inspirational and emotional new series, Camps to Champs, Olympic athletes invite viewers to experience how sports can positively change lives as they visit refugee camps and areas for the displaced. The series premiere of the four-episode docu-series on Thursday, 8 December, is available exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform.
Camps to Champs investigates life at refugee camps and the impact and value of sport for refugees in Uganda, Jordan and Greece, and for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Colombia. Each episode focuses on one location and is told through the eyes of an Olympian who demonstrates the impact of outreach programmes and grassroots sports activities. In the premiere episode, London 2012 Silver medallist and modern pentathlete Samantha Murray of Great Britain meets with Syrian refugees at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and discovers how they find solace in sports such as table tennis, taekwondo, wrestling and football. The series is produced by ITN Productions from Great Britain.
Also this month from 24 to 25 December, the TV live stream at OlympicChannel.com/tv will air 48 hours of the best of 2016 Olympic Channel original programming. For an entire weekend, viewers can catch up on missed episodes and enjoy fan favourites including series marathons of The Z Team, the high-stakes docu-reality show where struggling sports teams receive a helping hand from an Olympic legend, and Before They Were Superstars, a glimpse into the lives of the world’s biggest Olympic stars before they became famous.
Fans can also watch new episodes of Hitting the Wall, Generation Rise, Flame Catchers, Against All Odds and Gold Medal Entourage premiering throughout the month.
Olympic Channel original programming showcases both short form and long form content focusing on elite athletes and their quest for success as part of the channel’s overall mission to reach younger generations and fans through content that strengthens their connection to the Olympic Movement outside of the Games themselves. The scope of the Olympic Channel’s original programming covers a diverse array of subjects including training, educational and youth-oriented topics, sustainability, sports science and nutrition, healthy and active lifestyles, historical footage and official films from the IOC’s archives.
The Olympic Channel is a new, ground-breaking digital platform where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.
Olympic Channel Original Programming Highlights: December 2016
|Week of 28 November|
|29 Nov.||Flame Catchers*: London 2012 Legacy in Action (GBR)||Various|
|30 Nov.||Hitting the Wall [3 New Episodes]||Various/Fitness|
|30 Nov.||Generation Rise [2 New Episodes]||Various|
|Week of 5 December|
|6 Dec.||Flame Catchers: Beijing 2008 Legacy in Action (CHN)||Various|
|7 Dec.||Generation Rise [2 New Episodes]||Various|
|8 Dec.||Camps to Champs*: Samantha Murray (GBR) travels to Jordan||Various|
|Week of 12 December|
|13 Dec.||Flame Catchers: Athens 2004 Legacy in Action (GRE)||Various|
|14 Dec.||Hitting the Wall [3 New Episodes]||Various/Fitness|
|15 Dec.||Camps to Champs: Gus Kenworthy (USA) travels to Uganda||Various|
|Week of 19 December|
|19 Dec.||Gold Medal Entourage: Alex and Maia Shibutani (USA)||Figure Skating|
|19 Dec.||Against All Odds: Petra Majdic (SLO)||Cross-Country Skiing|
|20 Dec.||Flame Catchers: Sydney 2000 Legacy in Action (AUS)||Various|
|22 Dec.||Camps to Champs: Sizwe Ndlovu (RSA) travels to Greece||Various|
|24-25 Dec.||Olympic Channel Originals Best of 2016 Marathon||Various|
|Week of 26 December|
|27 Dec.||Flame Catchers: Atlanta 1996 Legacy in Action (USA)||Various|
|28 Dec.||Hitting the Wall [3 New Episodes]||Various/Fitness|
|30 Dec.||Camps to Champs: Thaïs Henríquez (ESP) travels to Colombia||Various|
|31 Dec.||The Beautiful Games*||Various|
* Series Premiere. Schedule is subject to change.
About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a new, multi-platform digital experience where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. A free platform offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone and Toyota. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.