Pence to head delegation to South Korea Olympics

Esther Moore
January 14, 2018

The Olympic gear will be available for purchase next week on Nike's website.

Great Britain have been challenged to win up to 10 medals at next month's Winter Olympics. Pence will review ICBM defence systems in Alaska and reaffirm to the leaders of Japan and South Korea that the United States is fully committed to stability in the region, the official said.

The other UK Sport targets are two-to-three medals in skiing and snowboarding, one-to-two in curling, one in bobsleigh and a minimum top-eight finish in figure skating.

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Intel TrueVR "pods" at each event will create a 360 degree virtual environment where viewers can watch. Viewers can switch between the cameras, receive "natural sound" captured at each camera location, and see real-time stats, leaderboards and postevent results. "We are enabling a truly immersive experience, where fans get closer to the action than ever before allowing them feel like they are sitting in the stands for a front and center view of history being made".

By making the content available in VR, NBC looks to appeal to a wider audience and buck the trend of declining Olympics viewership.

Programming will span every day of the Games - with the exception of Feb. 18 - beginning the day of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9, and concluding with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 25. Folks using Samsung, Google, Windows, and Android and iOS devices will be able to access the content via the NBC Sports VR app. NBC hopes to hedge against future viewership declines by increasing its presence on VR, which is becoming more prevalent among consumers - global VR headset shipments reached an all-time high in Q3 2017, with shipments topping 1 million for the first time ever in the quarter, according to Canalys.

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