ABC'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS {TOUR DE FRANCE; SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of sports programs. Hosted by Robin Roberts, this program features coverage of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games, the 82nd Tour de France, and baseball's "bad boy" Jose Canseco. The program begins with coverage of day fifteen of the twenty-three-day bicycle race, the Tour de France. Discussed are Spaniard Miguel Indurain and Dane Bjarne Riis, who have battled it out for control of the yellow jersey (first place). Terry Gannon reports on the race as it heads into the critical mountain stages in the French Alps. Young American rider Lance Armstrong -- twenty-three years old and in only his third Tour -- discusses the immense expectations he faces in trying to compete against more seasoned riders. Then, stages nine through twelve of the Tour are recapped with coverage by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. Gannon reports from the finish line of stage thirteen in Revel. Liggett and Sherwen report from stage thirteen's start in Mende, discussing the competitors that could potentially defeat Indurain on the 152-mile stage. Stage thirteen is eventually won by Ukrainian Sergei Outschakov over second place Armstrong in a tight finish. Next, Paul Page briefly reports on the Molson Indy Toronto race. Then, Roger Twibell reports on the third round of the Ford Senior Players Championship, suspended due to inclement weather. Back in the studio, Roberts offers highlights from the U.S. soccer team's stunning three-to-zip victory over Argentina in the America Cup and Los Angeles Dodger Ramon Martinez's no-hitter. In the next feature, "From the Pages of Sports Illustrated," Leigh Montville reports on the declining legacy of Canseco in "Say Hey, Where's Jose?" Canseco's former Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa and former teammates Dave Stewart and Mark McGwire detail why they believe the slugger's career has waned. Montville discusses Canseco's current attempt at reviving his career since joining the Boston Red Sox. Next, Roberts discusses the upcoming ninth Special Olympic World Games. Frank Gifford and Donna de Varona report from the opening ceremonies in New Haven, Connecticut, during which President Bill Clinton offers remarks. The "First Family of the Special Olympics" -- Edward Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the games -- is then addressed by de Varona. Next, de Varona reports on Eunice and her mentally-disabled sister Rosemary, who inspired her work at creating the games. Gifford and de Varona report on some notable athletes and teams participating in this year's games, focusing on Team Navajo, an all-Native American basketball team from Shiprock, New Mexico, and their final game against Panama; Zimbabwe's soccer team; and an armless Hungarian freestyle swimmer. Gifford also discusses the Games' first-ever marathon, followed by de Varona's interview with American marathoner Art Pease. Back in the studio, Roberts details the recent deaths of two athletes before closing the show. Approximately twenty minutes of "ABC World News Saturday" for July 15, 1995, are featured on the end of this tape. Includes commercials. This program is closed-captioned.

Details

  • NETWORK: ABC
  • DATE: July 15, 1995 Sunday 4:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:49:57
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:39719
  • GENRE: Sports
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Bicycle racing
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV series, 1961-
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CREDITS

    • Jack O'Hara … Executive Producer
    • Curt Gowdy … Coordinating Producer
    • Katherine Cook … Producer
    • David Kiviat … Producer
    • Johnson McKelvy … Producer
    • Bill Kunz … Associate Producer
    • Rico Labbe … Associate Producer
    • Katherine Love … Associate Producer
    • Tim Weinkauf … Associate Producer
    • Charles Coplin … Production (Misc.), Studio Producer
    • Norm Samet … Director
    • Calvin Haywood … Direction (Misc.), Studio Director
    • Scott Schreer … Music by
    • Robin Roberts … Host
    • Terry Gannon … Sports Commentator
    • Phil Liggett … Sports Commentator
    • Paul Sherwen … Sports Commentator
    • Paul Page … Sports Commentator
    • Roger Twibell … Sports Commentator
    • Leigh Montville … Reporter
    • Frank Gifford … Reporter
    • de Varona, Donna … Reporter
    • Lance Armstrong
    • Jose Canseco
    • Bill Clinton
    • Miguel Indurain
    • Kennedy, Edward M. (See also: Kennedy, Ted)
    • Rosemary Kennedy
    • La Russa, Tony
    • Ramon Martinez
    • Mark McGwire
    • Sergei Outschakov
    • Art Pease
    • Bjarne Riis
    • Eunice Kennedy Shriver
    • Sargent Shriver
    • Dave Stewart