CTV Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Vancouver 2010 with Dedicated Programming that Revisits the Moments, Medals and Magic

- Two-hour special, behind-the-scenes doc and stunt programming honour Canada's Olympians -
- Unique digital and UGC content enhance viewing experience -

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TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - For 17 days, Canadians came together in celebration as our Olympians stood tall and made the world take notice. Now, one year later, CTV takes viewers on a journey back to that magical moment in time that galvanized the country and made believers of us all.

CTV has produced two original programs celebrating Vancouver 2010 and Canada's Olympians: VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, and the documentary 17 DAYS.  The programs air this weekend to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Winter Games (see programming details below).

In addition, from February 11 to March 1, ETALK will showcase interviews with Olympians on the one year anniversary of their medal performance.  On TSN, SPORTSCENTRE will highlight the key events and medal performances on each day of competition, one year later, while THAT'S HOCKEY will revisit each Team Canada game on the corresponding day.

"The pride and passion Canadians experienced during Vancouver 2010 was at an all-time high.  Our athletes delivered inspiring and stellar performances that, to this day, continue to bring heartfelt joy," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.  "The one year anniversary is a perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy those special moments that made us proud to say we are Canadian."

Airing Sunday, Feb. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. local time (9 to 11 p.m. local in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
Encore presentations on TSN - Feb. 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Encore presentation on TSN2 - Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. ET
On-demand at CTV.ca and 2010.ctv.ca - Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET

VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is a two-hour retrospective that uses a blend of Games highlights, never-before-seen interviews, anecdotes and reflections that weave together the moments of achievement and drama that touched the hearts of all Canadians.  Hosted by Brian Williams with James Duthie and Lisa LaFlamme in Vancouver and Jennifer Hedger in Whistler, the special catches up with Canada's Olympians one year later. 

  • How has life changed for Alexandre Bilodeau and his brother Frédéric? 
  • Has Jon Montgomery grown tired of his rock-star status?
  • Did Mellisa Hollingsworth find the courage to fight back from her crushing defeat?
  • Are Canada's new favourite 'it' couple Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais still going strong?
  • How has Lauren Woolstencroft's five gold medals at Vancouver 2010 made an impact on the Paralympic movement?
  • How did Joannie Rochette find comfort and closure following her mother's death?  

The majority of Canadian medallists are highlighted in the special.  Also featured are John Furlong, who reflects on his dream and his journey one year following the Games, and Wayne Gretzky, who discusses his perspective on the Opening Ceremony, the honour of lighting the cauldron and what the Games meant to Canada.

VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL opens with a heartfelt essay exploring how Vancouver 2010 changed Canada and the belief that the Olympic flame and all that it represents still burns in the hearts of Canadians.  The special closes with another poignant essay from Lloyd Robertson and his perspective on the effects of Vancouver 2010 on the national psyche. 

The special also includes stories and photos from Canadians across the country, as well as the Bell Memorable Moment - the most memorable moment of the Games, as chosen by Canadians in an online poll.

To enhance the viewers' experience, a digital component has been created through online (2010.ctv.ca), mobile and tablet devices to deliver a true multimedia storytelling experience.  Available now, there are more than 150 videos of interviews, highlights, news items and broadcast features that enrich the back story of the television segments.  During the broadcast, users will be able to use a dynamic timeline to filter the videos, narrowing the selection to only those videos that are relevant to what is airing on television at that moment.

Airing Saturday, Feb. 12 on CTV; 7 to 8 p.m. local time
Encore presentations on TSN - Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. ET, Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Encore presentations on TSN2 - Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. ET, Feb. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET
On-demand at CTV.ca and 2010.ctv.ca - Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. ET

Just as the Olympians experienced moments of high drama and pressure, so too did the team at Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, who brought the Games to Canadians and delivered the athletes' stories.

It is not known in the general public what these storytellers do and why.  This documentary turns the camera's unblinking eye on the professional choices made by the people at the Consortium who were privileged to tell present and future generations the historic story of the 'seventeen days' in February when Canada hosted the world for the 2010 Winter Games.

17 DAYS goes behind-the-scenes with intriguing storylines, including:

  • Powerful discussion with senior producers on how to handle Nodar Kumaritashvili's death at the luge track six hours before coverage of the Games began
  • Alexandre Bilodeau's tour through the IBC, as he's celebrated by Consortium staff after his historic win
  • Editorial discussion as producer and host plan how to cover Jon Montgomery's now famous stroll - and beer guzzle - through the town of Whistler
  • In the back of a van as James Duthie goes from hosting OLYMPIC DAYTIME at the IBC to Canada Hockey Place as Darren Dreger preps him for the upcoming hockey game
  • An on-set reunion of all Canadian medallists as they shake hands and greet Consortium staff
  • Jubilation from the control room at the IBC when Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal - but there's no time to celebrate as the show still needs to be produced
  • An emotional silence in the control room as Brian Williams signs off from Vancouver

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About CTV
CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multimedia company. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.

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For further information:

Andrea Goldstein, 416-384-7575, andrea.goldstein@ctv.ca

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