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The Olympic Experience: On the Thursday, August 7 edition of The Iowa Journal

August 5, 2008

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will focus on what it takes to compete in the Olympics, with first-hand accounts from several Iowans who are competing this year or have competed in the past. Iowans featured will be gymnast Shawn Johnson, track hurdler Lolo Jones, and wrestler Doug Schwab. Dan Gable and Natasha Kaiser-Brown will be in the studio to talk about the Olympic experience. This program airs Thursday, August 7 at 8:30 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. It will also be available online at Iptv.org.

It takes drive, determination, and talent to make it to the Olympics. The Iowa Journal will explore what pushed Johnson, Jones and Schwab to push themselves, what it means to them to go to the Olympics, and how they feel about the support they have received. Our cameras also join the athletes in training and meet their coaches, who have their own stories to tell. And we’ll learn how these top athletes are giving back to others.

Dan Gable is the 1972 gold-medal Olympic wrestler and former Hawkeye head coach who has won many awards for his wrestling and coaching. He has been an Olympic head coach three times, in 1980, 1984 and 2000, and was named Iowa’s top “sports figure” in the past 100 years.

Natasha Kaiser-Brown is the 1992 Olympic silver-medalist in the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay and has represented the United States on 16 national teams. She is currently the head women’s track coach at Drake University.

Lolo Jones grew up in Des Moines and is the 2008 World Indoor Champion and USA Indoor Champion. Wrestler Doug Schwab, an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, is a three-time All-American and 1999 NCAA champion for the Hawkeyes and is originally from Osage. Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, is the 2007 World Champion Gymnast.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. IPTV-Digital stations include: Channel 11.1, Des Moines; Channel 12.1, Iowa City; Channel 21.1, Fort Dodge; Channel 24.1, Mason City; Channel 27.1, Sioux City; Channel 32.1, Waterloo; Channel 32.1, Council Bluffs; Channel 36.1, Red Oak; Channel 36.1, Davenport.

For immediate release:
August 5, 2008

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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