For most athletes, the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games does not come without sacrifice, as intense training schedules often mean time away from loved ones and familiar surroundings. Away From Home is a one-hour original documentary by OMNI Television for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium that follows several Olympic hopefuls who are training for the 2010 Winter Games outside of their native countries.
OMNI Television debuts Away From Home on Sunday, Nov. 29. The documentary will air in English at 7 p.m. ET on OMNI.1, 10 p.m. MT on OMNI Calgary and OMNI Edmonton, and 10 p.m. PT on OMNI BC, as well as with Mandarin subtitles to the Chinese community at 9 p.m. ET on OMNI.2.
Away From Home will air across eight networks within the Consortium in seven languages. OMNI Television will broadcast the documentary in English, Mandarin, Italian, Portuguese, German and Punjabi. CTV, Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and OLN will also air the special in English, while V, RDS and APTN will air the program in French (see broadcast schedule below).
Narrated in English by Brian Williams, Host of Olympic Prime Time on CTV, and in French by well-known French Canadian actor Yvan Ponton, Away From Home tells the inspiring stories of courage, passion and the ultimate sacrifices made by Olympic hopefuls in their quest to stand atop the podium at Vancouver 2010.
“Away From Home is about crossing borders and sharing the Olympic Games spirit,” says Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President of OMNI Television. “We are delighted that Away From Home will resonate across various Canadian linguistic and cultural communities.”
Away From Home presents five intimate and inspiring stories told by the athletes themselves:
- The No. 1-ranked women’s curling team in the world hails not from Canada, but from northern China. The team has hired a Canadian coach and now makes Leduc, Alta. its second home
- The parents of Tugba Karademir, a Turkish-born figure skater, sacrificed successful careers in Turkey when they moved their family to Barrie, Ont. to get advanced training to help develop Tugba’s career
- Nicolas Bean, a Canadian-born short track speed skater, moved to Italy to compete for his maternal grandfather’s homeland
- John Tripp, a former NHLer from Kingston, Ont., is now playing for the German men’s hockey team and looking forward to playing against his Canadian friends at Vancouver 2010
- Jacqueline Mourao, the first Brazilian woman to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games in mountain biking and cross-country skiing respectively, now lives and trains in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que.
Additional Airings – Broadcast Schedule
· Italian – OMNI.1 – Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET
· Portuguese – OMNI.1 – Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. ET
· German – OMNI BC – Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. PT
· Punjabi – TBD
· OLN – Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET
· CTV – Dec. 12 at 5 p.m.
· Rogers Sportsnet Ontario and SNOHD – Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET
· Rogers Sportsnet East and SNEHD – Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET
· Rogers Sportsnet Pacific and SNPHD – Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. PT
· APTN East & HD – Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET
· APTN West – Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. MT
· APTN North – Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. CT
· Rogers Sportsnet West and SNWHD – Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. MT
· TSN and TSN HD – Dec. 25 at 6 p.m. ET
· TSN2 and TSN2 HD – Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET
French (Vers l’or canadien)
· APTN East & HD – Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET
· APTN West – Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. MT
· APTN North – Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. CT
· RDS – Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET
· V – Dec. 26 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Away From Home was produced by 90th Parallel Productions Ltd., in association with OMNI Television and Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.