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America’s Biggest Birthday Party Gives Patriotic Send-Off to Team USA
Headed for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Led by Apolo Anton Ohno

PHOENIX…June 27, 2012…Olympic weightlifting athlete Sarah Robles, who trains in Mesa with Team Arizona, is among 13 Olympians spotlighted in the annual PBS celebration,A Capitol Fourth, airing Wednesday, July 4, at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS. Watch preview:

America’s grandest Independence Day fête hosted by popular Emmy Award-winner Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) kicks off our country’s 236th birthday with special recognition of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians en route to the London games. Eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno leads the inspiring tribute to Team USA honoring past and present athletes from most every sport.

The Olympic salute also features five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams conducting his “Olympic Fanfare and Theme.” Acclaimed British tenor Russell Watson performs “Because We Believe” (written and performed by Andrea Bocelli for the 2006 Olympics closing ceremony in Turin, Italy) to welcome the athletes to his native England.

Robles is the top-ranked U.S. women’s weightlifter in all weight classes and was the top U.S. finisher, male or female, at the 2011 World Championships. With the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, she joins a dozen competing U.S. Olympians as they are honored and cheered by a crowd of hundreds of thousands. Other athletes include Khatuna Lorig (Archery), Jennifer Gillom (Basketball), Daryl Homer (Fencing), Rachel Dawson (Women’s Field Hockey), Bobby Lea (Cycling), Marti Malloy (Judo), Arielle Martin (BMX Cycling), Amanda Clark (Sailing), David Wagner and Nick Taylor (Wheelchair Tennis doubles partners), Corey Cogdell (Shooting) and Suzanne Stettinius (Modern Pentathlon).

A Capitol Fourth also features appearances byAmerican Idol winner Phillip Phillips and two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderickperforming songs from the hit Broadway musical “Nice Work if You Can Get It”with four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara. Other entertainers include acclaimed Broadway and television star Megan Hiltyof Smash, singer-songwriter Javier Colon who won The Voice, country music star Josh Turner, R&B superstars Kool & The Gang and the National Symphony Orchestra. Probably the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation tops off the celebration.

Sarah Robles U.S. Weightlifting Olympic hopeful Sarah Robles, who trains in Mesa with Team Arizona, is saluted inA Capitol Fourth airing July 4th on Eight, Arizona PBS. Photo credit: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images


Capitol Fourth A Capitol Fourth features star-studded performances and a tribute to America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes airing July 4th on Eight, Arizona PBS. Photo credit: Eight, Arizona PBS


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Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

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