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Universal Studios parks play host to NBC Olympics’ ‘Rings Across America’

by Susan and Simon Veness

Universal Studios parks in Orlando and Hollywood welcome a life-sized set of Olympic rings as NBC Olympics’ “Rings Across America” tour makes its way across the country ahead of the summer games’ Opening Ceremony.

NBC Olympics Rings Across America tour

The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics games start on July 23 and run though Aug. 8, and as part of the pre-opening celebrations, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will welcome a full-size set of the iconic interlocking rings representing the union of five continents and the athletes competing in the world-famous games.

The historic national tour kicks off with its first display location, in CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 3-4, with stops in Chicago, Ill. and Miami, Fla. before arriving at Universal Orlando for placement in front of the Universal Studios Florida park entrance arches from July 16-17. The Orlando theme park has also added an Olympics-themed pre-show to its nighttime Cinematic Celebration.

Guests can get up close view and take photos of the interactive exhibit, which promotes more than 7,000 hours of Tokyo Olympic Games coverage across the NBCUniversal networks.

Once the tour departs from Florida, it will then make its way to Washington D.C. for a July 19-20 stop, and on to New York City from July 23-25.

Fast Facts about “Rings Across America”:

  • “Rings Across America” will travel approximately 8,000 miles across the United States in the weeks leading up to Tokyo’s Opening Ceremony celebration.
  • The Rings will visit 25 states as they tour, totaling more than 125 hours of drive time.
  • At an impressive 13 feet tall, the Rings and their mobile platform have a combined weight of more than 12,000 gold medals.

Lyndsay Signor, senior vice president, consumer engagement, NBC Sports, said, “We’re very excited to launch ‘Rings Across America’ ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, including stops at our incredibly popular theme parks in Los Angeles and Orlando. Displaying the Rings, one of the most recognizable symbols of the Olympic movement, across the country, in addition to making stops in six major markets, will raise awareness and excitement leading to the Opening Ceremony.”

NBCUniversal’s coverage will utilize two broadcast networks, six cable networks, and multiple digital platforms, broadcasting in both English and Spanish.

To learn more, visit NBCOlympics.com.

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