Nine dives into Australia v US battle in Boiling Point: Swimming’s Greatest Rivalry

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The series is the first of five documentaries in the Beyond The Dream series.

Nine will explore the rivalry between Australia and the United States in the upcoming documentary Boiling Point: Swimming’s Greatest Rivalry, premiering Sunday 9 June at 7pm on Nine and 9Now.

The series is the first of five documentaries in the Beyond The Dream series, which will begin in the lead-up to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Paris. The series will continue throughout Nine’s eight-year journey through to Brisbane 2032. 

It features never-before-seen footage and exclusive one-on-one interviews with swimmers, offering a look into Olympic history and the stories of the two nations.

The documentary includes first-hand accounts with the names behind the races, including five-time Olympic gold medalist and Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe OAM, the most successful Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, reigning Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus, as well as Olympic two-time gold medalist Michael Klim OAM, Olympic gold medalist Duncan Armstrong and his coach and Australian swimming legend Laurie Lawrence.

Boiling Point celebrates the rivalry, races, and swimmers who have made the battle between Australia and the USA in the pool one of the highlights of every Olympics.
Hamish Turner
, director of 9Now and programming, said: “Swimming is ingrained in Australia’s sporting culture, every four years new Olympic and Paralympic heroes are crowned continuing a rich tradition.

“This in-depth documentary series is the first to be produced by an Australian broadcaster. Nine extends its gratitude and appreciation to the incredible Olympians and Paralympians past and present who have offered their time to tell their stories.”

Beyond The Dream: Boiling Point – Swimming’s Greatest Rivalry is produced by Wide World Of Sports, in association with Dreamchaser, for the 9Network. 

The Beyond The Dream documentary series were announced last month, as Nine unveiled its 100 day countdown plan, including a new look and interface upgrade to  9Now. Turner called the network’s impending coverage the “biggest undertaking in the history of Nine” to create the “greatest Games of all time.”

See also: ‘Biggest undertaking in the history of Nine’: Nine’s Paris Olympics plans, 100 days out

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