February 9, 2006

The all-inclusive Olympic Winter Games news provider for MSN, MSNBC.com's news coverage of the Torino Games features a wide range of content including original analysis, videos, blogs, interactive features, slide shows, live votes and reports from Torino. Partnering with NBC News, the site will have reports from "Today" and "NBC Nightly News" including an exclusive daily blog, with both video and text from the "Today" show anchors, the "NBC Nightly News'" blog, "The Daily Nightly," as well as interviews with athletes and reports from destinations around Italy. Located at http://Olympics.MSNBC.com, the dedicated Olympics news section also will have details on medal winners, medal count, rosters, TV listings, schedules and more.

MSNBC.com's signature multimedia content is the cornerstone of its Olympic Winter Games news coverage. Interactive features include "It's all downhill," a skier's view of the slopes with video of Bode Miller and audio from former Olympian Steve Mahre, and "Figure skating basics," explaining the rules and moves of the Games' most popular sport with flash animation and text. The MSNBC.com original feature "Close Up," offers a multimedia look at one of figure skating's biggest stars, Michelle Kwan, and alpine skiing's most controversial and popular figures, Bode Miller. Photo slide shows of the events, athletes, ceremonies and the area will provide a glimpse into the action, the beautiful surroundings and the many emotional moments at the Torino Games.

Video news coverage of the Torino Games will be extensive. In addition to clips from "Today" and "NBC Nightly News" broadcasts, the site will feature a daily video blog from "Today" anchors Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Campbell Brown. Each day, a different anchor will offer a behind-the-scenes look at covering the Olympic Winter Games for NBC News and personal experiences in Torino. MSNBC.com original video includes a webcast, updated twice daily with top headlines of day from Torino. It also will feature stats, photos, commentary and an ongoing medal count.

Original content from MSNBC.com columnists will also provide a comprehensive look inside the Torino Games. Mike Celizic's commentary and "Open Mike" blog will feature his unique, on-the-scene perspective and an opportunity for users to comment. Rachel Elbaum and Jennifer Carlisle will write a daily "Postcard," a non-sports diary of text, photos and audio about the scenes of Torino. MSNBC.com also will feature "Street Chatter," a segment where fans in Italy answer a question of the day. Filip Bondy will provide his expert analysis and answer users' questions.

To stay up to date, fans can subscribe to alerts and newsletters that will deliver breaking Olympics news updates and emails. Message boards will give fans the chance to talk about their favorite events, athletes and countries. A daily live vote will allow them to share their opinions and see how others feel about a variety of Olympics-related topics. They also can brush up on their sports lingo with the Olympics glossary and then test their knowledge with quizzes about each different sport.

For live results, up-to-the-minute TV listings, breaking news, feature stories and a video intensive digital media experience never before offered by an American television network as part of its event coverage, visit NBCOlympics.com, NBC's online home for the Torino Games.

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