Seven recognised as the best in Olympic Games

International Olympic Committee honours Seven's coverage of Olympic Winter Games

The Seven Network has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the leader in the coverage of the Olympic Games.

Seven has been awarded the highest honour - the gold award in the Olympic Golden Rings, a prestigious international competition in which the International Olympic Committee seeks to promote and award excellence in television coverage of the Olympic Games.

The Olympic Golden Rings are awarded by an international jury every two years and were presented in Lausanne , Switzerland overnight by the President of the IOC, Jacques Rogge.

In all Seven won gold, silver and bronze in three of the four broadcasting categories - competing against television networks around the world in the biggest sports event on television, an Olympic Games.

Seven's gold medal comes in the most highly-contested category - The Best Olympic Programme - recognising best overall coverage of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino earlier this year. Seven defeated the American television network, NBC, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and all other international television networks.

Seven was also recognised with a silver award in the category: The Best Olympic Feature. NBC won gold in this category.

And in a great recognition of Seven's technology and production capabilities, Seven was awarded in the category: Best Olympic Sports Production. This category recognises the many international television networks and production companies brought in by the Olympic Winter Games host broadcaster to mount coverage of specific sports.

In Torino , a team from Seven produced for the host broadcaster, the international coverage of the freestyle skiing and aerials. Seven was in fine company, winning a bronze. The European Broadcasting Union (a consortium of all European television networks) won gold and silver in the category.

Commenting, Seven's Head of Sport, Saul Shtein, said: "This is wonderful news. I could not be prouder of the Seven Sport production team. This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of their talent and dedication."

This international recognition comes only a few days before Seven launches into its biggest year in sports - commencing with coverage of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race and then into an extraordinary twelve months, capturing The Australian Open Tennis, Seven's return to coverage of the Australian Football League and V8 Supercars including the Bathurst 1000, the Wallabies' rugby test campaign, the major horse racing events, including the Melbourne Cup, and the major golf tournaments, including the Open and the Masters. The team responsible for Seven's sports coverage in 07 are the people behind the network's award winning coverage of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino .