The Olympics opening ceremony is just around the corner on Friday.
And before that, on Thursday, one night earlier, Rock Center with Brian Williams, prior to go on hiatus for the month of the games, is doing a special coverage.

Thursday July 26 at 10pm/9c on NBC, we´ll get several themed treats from the show:

Danny Boyle previews upcoming Olympic Opening Ceremony
As director of the opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games, British filmmaker and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle faces his largest and riskiest project to date. More than one billion people are expected to tune in to his kick-off to the thirtieth Olympiad, but so far details about the ceremony have been top secret. In his first and only interview with a US broadcaster, Danny Boyle gives Meredith Vieira a sneak preview.

Olympian Cullen Jones fights to boost number of black swimmers
Studies show that African-Americans drown at three times the rate of whites. For generations, black parents who themselves don’t know how to swim have held back from encouraging their own kids to swim. Now though, they have a new role model: Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is making it his mission to get more African-Americans to take swimming lessons and get involved with the sport. Tamron Hall reports.

‘Jaws’ film composer John Williams on why he’s ‘anti-iPodian’
Legendary composer John Williams counts the “Olympic Fanfare” as one of his signature works. Now, as he celebrates his 80th birthday, he has just finished composing the score for Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Lincoln. Brian Williams sat down with the other Williams for a discussion about his music, his 40 year partnership with Spielberg and why he doesn’t own an iPod.

And also, to prepare for the Olympics, some special NBC Olympics material and the athletes dreams.

Ryan Lochte: Visualizing the Perfect Race (Swimming)

Lolo Jones: Visualizing the Perfect Race (Track & Field)

Jonathan Horton: Visualizing the Perfect Routine (Gymnastics)

Hunter Kemper: Visualizing the Perfect Race (Triathlon)

Lauren Crandall: Visualizing the Perfect Match (Field Hockey)

Taylor Phinney: Visualizing the Perfect Race (Cycling)

Bernard Lagat: Visualizing the Perfect Race (Track & Field)

Stephen Lopez: Visualizing the Perfect Fight (Taekwondo)

Kayla Harrison: Visualizing the Perfect Fight (Judo)

Mary Whipple: Visualizing the Perfect Race (Rowing)

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