Eurosport celebrates 20th anniversary

Eurosport kicks off birthday celebrations with "20th Anniversary Special" Champions past and present share greatest sporting moments exclusively on Eurosport Online and on-air initiatives to uncover sport's "Super Fan" Paris - To celebrate...

Eurosport kicks off birthday celebrations with "20th Anniversary Special"

Champions past and present share greatest sporting moments exclusively on Eurosport

Online and on-air initiatives to uncover sport's "Super Fan"

Paris - To celebrate two decades of groundbreaking sports broadcasting, Eurosport has created an exciting "20th Anniversary Special" that will be featured across its entire media platform, from 16 to 25 May.

On-air, some of the world's most renowned champions talk exclusively about their greatest memories from 20 years of Eurosport broadcasting. The 10-day celebration will also see legends from Football to Formula One wish Eurosport 'Happy Birthday' in a series of over 50 festive messages.

Online, a special take-over across Eurosport's network of websites will complement exclusive editorial content surrounding the anniversary. In addition, in honour of sports fans across Europe, a specially designed microsite will feature a "Search for Super Fan" contest, with the winner enjoying a superb trip for two to New York and the US Open.

Star-studded line-up

Usain Bolt, Valentino Rossi, Alain Prost, Mike Powell, Miguel Indurain, Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Jonah Lomu are just a handful of the stars to have accepted Eurosport's invitation to look back over the past 20 years.

In a series of three-minute programmes, stars will relive special moments, focusing on a specific year. That's one year one star, with 20 years packed into 20 programmes between 16 and 25 May. All these programmes will be brought together in a one-hour special to be broadcast on 20 May at 20:00 (CET).

No birthday celebration is complete without best wishes - which is what stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lewis Hamilton, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Alain Bernard or Evgeny Platov, will do with their "Happy Birthday Eurosport" short clips.

The 10-day party will end in style on 25 May at 20:15 (CET) as the 20th anniversary candles are blown out by champions and Eurosport staff during Mats Wilander's popular LIVE show "Game, Sets & Mats".

In 20 years, Eurosport has built excellent relationships with athletes, which explains why so many are happy to celebrate with us. In the words of figure-skating legend Evgeny Platov: "I'm delighted to be part of Eurosport's history. I grew up with you."

Search for Super Fan

Where would Eurosport be without the fans - those people who make the many sporting events we broadcast so special?

To celebrate Eurosport's 20th anniversary and in recognition of these unsung heroes, Eurosport is launching a major new pan-European online competition to uncover the ultimate sports fan. The lucky winner will enjoy a trip for two to New York to attend the US Open, one of the greatest grand slam tennis tournaments in the world.

Fans can visit Eurosport's 20th anniversary website at www.20years.eurosport.com from 2 May through to 14 June and complete the "Search for Super Fan" quiz. Fans will also be asked to tell Eurosport why they or someone they know deserves to be crowned the "Super Fan". The 20th anniversary microsite will also run Europe-wide polls and other exciting competitions during 2009.

Calling all sports fans to Facebook

Eurosport invites fans to join the festivities on the Eurosport Fan Club page on Facebook and win a once-in-a-lifetime chance of being on TV!

For the first time ever, Eurosport is using the social-networking site Facebook to allow fans to express their sporting passions in amusing and entertaining ways.

The Eurosport Fan Club page on Facebook allows people to upload footage of themselves or their friends experiencing great sporting moments. The fans with the most original clips will win the chance to see their videos broadcast to millions of people worldwide on Eurosport's TV channels.

Eurosport is all about fans and the passion they have for sports. Eurosport is proud to celebrate 20 years of sporting action with fans around the world by putting their passion and creativity in the spotlight.

-credit: eurosport

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Series General
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Lewis Hamilton , Alain Prost
Teams Williams
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