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Wide World of Sports 40th Anniversary

"ABC's Wide World of Sports 40th Anniversary Special", which will air Sunday, April 29 (4:00-6:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network, looks back on the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" and the unforgettable moments and remarkable personalities associated with the show's 40-year history.

The venerable Jim McKay, who was the host for the first show on April 29, 1961, will host the two-hour special.

"It is all together fitting on this momentous anniversary that we relive many of the memorable moments that ABC Sports offered during the 40 years of 'Wide World'", said Howard Katz, president of ABC Sports. "Some of my earliest memories in this business came from my personal experience as a production assistant on the show in the early 1970's, and I take personal pride in being able to relive these great moments."
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali proved his greatness time and time again on Wide World.
The special will look back on the many outstanding athletes, personalities and events that have been chronicled during "Wide World's" 40 years, from the legendary Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Nadia Comaneci and Evel Knievel to present-day legends Tiger Woods, Michelle Kwan and Lance Armstrong. The show will also chronicle the "constant variety of sport," which includes unusual and unique events that appeared on "Wide World" such as barrel jumping, cliff diving, demolition derby, wrist wrestling and lumberjack competitions, to name a few.

Among the classic "Wide World" moments to be revisited are the famous "agony of defeat" fall of ski jumper Vinko Bogataj, the Sugar Ray Leonard/Roberto Duran "no mas" fight, Nadia Comaneci's "perfect 10" at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and Evel Knievel's attempted jump of the Snake River Canyon.  HELP |  ADVERTISER INFO |  CONTACT US |  TOOLS |  SITE MAP
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