Originally Posted by agus0103
Incidentally, there are no NBC commentators for sailing as that is the only sport NBC is not providing any TV coverage of. That's common, though; I can't remember any recent Olympics where that sport was shown at length on television, or really even mentioned other than perhaps in passing. The first time I was able to watch an Olympic sailing race in full was on an internet stream during Beijing 2008.
That's a pity - this year it's been revolutionised on the BBC by excellent GPS tracked 3D graphics - with overlays showing who is in the lead, distances between boats etc. It's also one of the few sports that the BBC is permanently providing additional production on - whether its on a major network channel or not. Most of the 24 BBC HD Olympic channels are basically just OBS host feeds with BBC commentary - or no commentary occasionally.
However the sailing, even when just on an Olympic channel, has full production with a shore-based presenter, a presenter in a boat - who is interviewing people just after they cross the line, and the additional 3D graphics I mentioned, as well as additional cameras. Interestingly - this is also what is being shown on the big screen in the spectator area. The use of live on-board cameras (like F1) has also really enhanced it (they may have had these before - but the total coverage really makes it work)
We do have a strong sailing heritage - and Team GB's Ben Ainslie has just won his 4th consecutive Sailing Gold (he won Silver in Atlanta - aged 19 I think - then Gold in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and now London (though the sailing is quite a long way from London!)...)
I tried watching sailing during Athens and Beijing and it didn't really work for me on the TV. This year it was great.