WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY LAUNCHES NEW OLYMPIC PROGRAMMING SLATE ON THE ROAD TO PARIS 2024

22 January 2024 - Last updated 24 January 2024

  • Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe kick starts Olympic year with the launch of new and exclusive Paris 2024 content
  • Original documentary series Chasing Glory: Road to Paris 2024 follows the preparation of six sporting superstars: Karsten Warholm (Hurdles), Janja Garnbert (Climbing), Menno van Gorp (Breaking), Dina Asher Smith (Sprinting), Peter Sagan (Cycling) and Vahine Fierro (Surfing)
  • From 19th January, WBD will air the Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 as part of its year of Olympic programming 

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) Sports Europe today announces a raft of new athlete-led content, programming and exclusive documentaries to excite Olympic fans and to celebrate the athletes preparing for glory in Paris this summer.

Leading the way is Chasing Glory, WBD’s exclusive new seven-part fly on the wall series that chronicles the pursuit of gold by six of the world’s most recognisable athletes in the year leading up to Paris 2024. From World Record holders and global superstars to aspiring young medal prospects and cultural icons, each athlete represents an eclectic diaspora of sports as the Olympics continues to modernise and embrace change.

Produced by Supercollider, the first episode premieres across all European markets* at 22:00 CET on 24 January on Eurosport 2 and discovery+ with the series starring:

  • Karsten Warholm – Norway’s 400m hurdles World Record holder and current Olympic champion
  • Janja Garnbret – current and first ever Olympic climbing champion, competing for Slovenia
  • Menno Van Gorp – the Dutch breaking legend and three-time BC One Champion set to compete in the sport’s first ever Olympic competition
  • Dina Asher-Smith – the fastest woman ever to represent Great Britain
  • Peter Sagan – the Slovakian superstar of cycling and three-time World Champion chasing Olympic Mountain Biking gold following his retirement from road cycling
  • Vahine Fierro – the young Tahitian surfer and former World Junior Champion looking to make waves in her home country

Continuing the Olympic storytelling, new episodes of Eurosport's first-person Refugees’ Voice feature will be published on Eurosport.com from next month. Part of WBD’s Home Crowd campaign which seeks to garner support for the Refugee Olympic Team and raise greater awareness of displaced people, the series will feature the stories of Refugee Athlete Scholarship holders hoping to be selected to compete in Paris. In addition, and following its premiere in December, We Dare to Dream, the Olympic refugee documentary directed by Oscar-nominated Waad Al-Kateab, is now available to watch on-demand on discovery+ and the Eurosport App across Europe.

Scott Young, Group SVP, Content, Production and Business Operations, WBD Sports Europe, said: “2024 is set to be one of the most spectacular years of sport the world has ever seen with the Olympic Summer Games in Paris being the jewel in the crown. Our approach to Paris 2024 is to tell the story of these Games through the athletes who compete in an authentic and engaging form of storytelling that brings fans closer than ever to their heroes. We will share these stories to the widest possible audience across Europe by producing year-round programming, in short and long form formats. Our commitment is to screen the widest variety of Olympic sports anywhere while providing immersive coverage that gets to the heart of the action, and the outcomes. 

“Our new Olympic programmes, including our flagship series Chasing Glory, will celebrate the inspiring athletes preparing for Paris and better connect them with our viewers to continue building excitement all the way to Games.”

As part of the most complete Olympic experience, WBD will also air the Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024, taking place from 19 January to 1 February. Eurosport App and discovery+ subscribers will be able to follow the world’s top young athletes who are set to star at the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026, which will be shown live on WBD’s channel and platforms.

Since the ‘One Year to Go’ milestone, WBD has released a host of Olympic content across its channels and platforms to continue increasing awareness of Olympic athletes and events amongst sports fans. This includes the release of original documentary Paris, La Vie Sportive to mark the ‘one year to go’ milestone, which recalls Paris’ historic and unique relationship with sport in the 100 years since it last hosted the Olympic Games in 1924, narrated by legendary 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 winner Thierry Henry.

Beyond the Road to Paris 2024 programming, an Olympic Games theme features in Warner Bros. Pictures’ biographical sports drama The Boys in the Boat, now available in cinemas following its 8 January premiere. The George Clooney-directed film based on Daniel James Brown’s 2013 novel tells the remarkable true story of the University of Washington rowing team who defied the odds to rise from humble beginnings to represent Team USA at Olympic Games Berlin 1936 held in Nazi Germany.

Warner Bros. Discovery is the Home of the Olympics in Europe and its streaming platforms – including Max and discovery+ - will be the only place to watch every moment of the Olympics this summer. In addition, Eurosport’s channels will provide wall-to-wall live coverage for sports fans across the 19 days of competition.

*excluding the UK, Germany and Italy. Series to be released at a later date in these markets. 

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