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NBC to Air Jesse Owens Documentary on Sunday

NBC Sports continues its efforts at releasing documentaries with the debut of “More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” The one-hour documentary will debut Sunday, February 14, at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.

The program will examine Jesse Owens’ historic performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Actor Morgan Freeman does the narration.

“More Than Gold” features interviews with three members of the U.S. team who competed in the 1936 Olympics: Adolph Kiefer (Gold Medalist, 100-Meter Backstroke); Iris Cummings Critchell (200-Meter Breaststroke); and John Lysak (Doubles Canoe), as well as 1948 U.S. Olympic team member Herbert Douglas (Bronze Medalist, Long Jump).  The film also features Owens’ daughters Beverly Owens Prather, Marlene Owens Rankin and Gloria Owens Hemphill.

The documentary also features archival footage from the 1936 Berlin Games, including restored elements from “Olympia,” the official film of the 1936 Olympics by German director Leni Riefenstahl.

“More Than Gold” could serve to draw attention to the February 19 release of “Race,” a film from NBCUniversal’s Focus Features unit that tells the story of Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history as he readies for the 1936 Olympics. The film stars Stephan James and Jason Sudeikis.

NBC Sports launched a documentary-film unit last year with an interest in producing documentary programming that would complement the various sports to which NBC has rights, including NHL hockey and English Premier League soccer

 

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