Los Angeles (August 1, 2013) – Universal Sports Network announced its new original sports program, Podium 360, will premiere Thursday, August 8, at 7:30 PM ET. Podium 360 is a monthly, half-hour highlight show that will feature an action-packed and comprehensive review of the most exciting stories, races and victories of the world’s best Olympic and endurance athletes and teams in their quests to reach the podium.

“Universal Sports is focused on creating original programming such as Podium 360 that taps into the passions and interests of our core audience,” said Robert James, Universal Sports’ Vice President of Programming. “Featuring the best of international and domestic sports, Podium 360 fills a gap for fans of Olympic and endurance sports.”

The premier episode of Podium 360 will feature the best of the 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships including 16-year-old Katie Ledecky’s world record performance in the 1500m freestyle and teen sensation Missy Franklin’s medal haul as well as recent Diamond League competition featuring Usain Bolt’s return to London, the FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and the 2013 BMX World Championships. The fast-paced format will also preview upcoming world-class events including the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow this August 10 – 18, and cycling’s final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, starting August 24.

“Podium 360 will capture the ups and downs, the winners and losers, and all of the action of the sports our fans are passionate about,” said Dean Walker, Universal Sports’ SVP of Production. “On a network that covers more than 30 sports year-round, Podium 360 provides viewers with a comprehensive look at recent competitions and a chance to catch up on what they might have missed.”

Podium 360 will also be available on UniversalSports.com to authenticated users via the network’s live online stream at http://universalsports.com/video/universal-sports-network-watch-live/.

Universal Sports Network provides viewers with unparalleled access to a wide range of world-class sporting events, including the most year-round, Olympic-related programming of any network. The network showcases many of the world’s best athletes competing in more than 30 sports and 25 World Championships annually including such prestigious competitions as the World Aquatics Championships, Boston Marathon, Alpine Ski World Cup, World Figure Skating Championships, Vuelta a España and Rugby Sevens World Cup. On October 30, Universal Sports will premiere Countdown to Sochi, a weekly studio news show that will provide a comprehensive look at the most compelling stories leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.