NBC is honoring Olympic great Michael Phelps with his own prime-time special smack in the middle of the ongoing London Games.
“Michael Phelps: America’s Golden Champion” has just been added to the NBC schedule, Sunday night at 7/6c, leading into its Sunday evening coverage of the Summer Olympics.
NBC announced the show on Saturday, but we have a feeling plans for this special were in the works even before the Olympics, as NBC looked ahead to the very real possibility that the now-legendary swimming champion would set new records for personal achievement in the London Games.
Phelps, 27, did just that, increasing his Olympic medal tally to 22 — including 18 gold medals — the most ever for any single Olympian. The swimmer has emerged as one of the standout stars of the current Olympic games (along with U.S. gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas).
Phelps ended his Olympic career Saturday with another gold medal, swimming as part of the first-place 4×100-meter medley relay team.
NBC’s up-to-the-minute special on Phelps will trace his career from his first Olympics, as a 15-year-old in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, to his six gold medals in Athens in 2004, his eight golds in Beijing in 2008 and right up through his final race.
The centerpiece of the special figures to be an interview conducted by Bob Costas just after Phelps’ final race on Saturday night.
“Michael Phelps: America’s Golden Champion” airs Sunday night at 7/6c on NBC.