Deportes Telemundo was recognized with two 2013 National Sports Emmy Awards in the “Technical Achievement” and “Outstanding Technical Team Studio” categories for its work covering the 2012 London Olympic Games as part of the NBC Sports Group that won 11 Emmys, the most of any sports media provider.
Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Telemundo’s coverage, Jorge Hidalgo, and Vice Presidents and Co-Executive Producers of the Games, Eli Velazquez and Roberto Pardo, were in New York for the awards, which came with the distinction of Telemundo being the only Hispanic network to receive a Sports Emmy nomination. Hidalgo, Velazquez and Pardo were also awarded a third Emmy as producers in the category of ”Outstanding Live Event Turnaround” for their role in the wall-to-wall coverage of the world’s most important sporting event.
“As part of the NBC Sports family, we are proud to have been recognized by the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences with these National Sports Emmy awards,” said Jorge Hidalgo, Executive Vice President of Telemundo Sports. “This award is a reflection of the phenomenal team effort provided by everyone across multiple divisions at Telemundo Media that helped make the coverage of the Olympics a smashing success.”
Telemundo’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics broke Spanish-language audience records, delivering more than double the audience garnered in the previous summer games of Beijing 2008. Telemundo brought viewers the stories and triumphs of the Hispanic athletes that represented their respective countries in sports’ biggest global stage. The coverage featured marquee disciplines such as boxing, swimming, basketball and soccer with the Deportes Telemundo Olympic broadcast team on the call. The team was led by internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andrés Cantor and it included Jessi Losada, Mónica Noguera, Sammy Sadovnik, Edgar López, René Giraldo, Karim Mendiburu, Kaziro Aoyama, Oscar Guzmán, Leti Coo and Verónica Contreras, as well as several former Olympic champions who gave viewers a unique perspective of the Olympic experience.