STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two people in a recording booth deep inside a Connecticut office park are helping millions of blind Americans feel part of the Olympics like never before.For the first time in the U.S., NBC is airing the Olympics in prime time with additional narrators who simply report whats happening on screen -- a sort of closed captioning for the visually impaired. Most viewers wont even know the additional narrators are there; to hear them, you need to turn on special cable-box or TV settings to activate their audio track. But their running blow-by-blow can open things up for the blind, who at best get an incomplete picture from traditional sportscasting that takes visuals for granted.I love the Olympics, says Marlaina Lieberg, 66, whos been blind since birth and has long bugged her sighted husband to describe the athletic events. Im so happy Im going to be able to sit back, watch the Olympics like anybody else, know whats going on, not have to imagine or wonder. Thats huge.DESCRIBING THE SUNSETOn a recent Wednesday, narrator Norma Jean Wick opens the Olympics broadcast in a neutral, almost robotic tone, saying Golden orange sunset in Rio de Janeiro as music swells over a shot of the city. Night has fallen, she continues, right after NBCs Bob Costas intones, Aaaand here we go.Wick and Jim Van Horne, both Canadian sports broadcasting veterans, devoted hours to studying the sports and NBC commentators speech patterns. They aim to wedge in short sentences or even a few words amid the often breathless announcing. At one point during a beach volleyball match, Wick mostly limits herself to reciting the score -- otherwise invisible to those who cant see -- in-between points.While they try not to talk over announcers, it happens. During a pause, Van Horne notes that U.S. player Kerri Walsh Jennings was waiting for the wind to die down to serve; the announcers started up again before he finished his sentence. Blind viewers say sometimes they cant hear the NBC announcers in the crosstalk.Finding the right words can be difficult, said Wick, who keeps stacks of notes in front of her. When you say a spike, what does that mean? When you say a tumbling pass, well, what are they doing exactly?CAPTIONS FOR THE BLINDWhile closed captioning for the deaf today is ubiquitous, most people who arent visually impaired have never heard of audio description or video description, as this sort of narration is formally known. It was developed for U.S. TV in the 1980s, and is now available for certain prime-time series and childrens shows on the major broadcast networks and a few cable channels. Descriptions are also available in many movie theaters, on Netflix and during some live theater.For a long time, the visually impaired didnt know how much they were missing from TV shows and movies, says Paul Schroeder, head of programs and policy at the American Foundation for the Blind. If youre trying to follow a program, you need to know the basis of whats going on. The car chase, the gun shots, the subtle or not-so-subtle look across the room.But live TV events are much harder to narrate because theres no script, and as a result narrated sports events remain rare in the U.S. All that raises the level of difficulty for NBCs narrators.The aim is to provide what and how, says Van Horne -- what an individual is wearing, the expression on their face, how did they fall, how did they twist the ankle. Not only can the blind follow the action, they can also connect with the emotional upheavals that are as much a part of the Olympics as the sports.Karen Gourgey, 68, the director of a center that trains blind people to use technology at Baruch College in New York, normally finds herself bored by the Olympics, for obvious reasons, she says. Now, though, shes getting more specifics when medals are presented -- this ones in tears, that ones hugging, all the stupid stuff. Shes learned that a gymnast used the whole floor during a tumbling routine and that swimmers perch on starting blocks before they dive into the pool.You can still get quite electrified, she says.HARD-TO-SEE CONTROLSNarration for the blind isnt always easy to find or operate on TV. Lori Scharff, a 41-year-old blind social worker on New Yorks Long Island, cant activate the setting herself because shed have to navigate a TV-screen menu. She cant just leave them running all the time, either, because they share a track with Spanish-language audio that kicks in when a show isnt narrated for the blind (as most are not).Advocates credit Comcast, which owns NBC, for producing a cable box that audibly recites menu options in a mechanical female voice. That lets the blind activate narration without help from someone who can see. All major cable and satellite TV providers are required to provide similar audio features by Dec. 20.It can also be hard to know what shows gets narrated. 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We didnt come here just to play in a nice arena and get some money out of it and all that stuff. We were here to win.They did so convincingly against the Nittany Lions who welcomed six new faces in the lineup and had one of its expected top-contributors out with an injury.Joe Cremo scored 22 points, Dallas Ennema had 20 points and David Nichols added 19 to lead Albany.Shep Garner made three free throws with 17 seconds left to pull Penn State to 82-79 but Cremo, Ennema and Marqueese Grayson combined to hit five free throws to ice the season opener for both teams.The Great Danes dominated the first half, leading 41-25 at halftime. They fended off Penn States late rally by controlling the glass and playing opportunistic offense.Albany pulled down 43 rebounds to Penn States 26 and scored 20 points off of fast breaks.Garner scored 17 of Penn States final 19 points and finished with 20. His teams unbalanced scoring pace wasnt what Penn State coach Patrick Chambers had in mind when he said Penn State would try to score 80 points per game, something they did just three times in regulation last season.We came all the way back but we cant wait to come all the way back in the second half, Chambers said. Weve got to understand that you have to play hard from the tip.BALANCED SCORING, AGAINThe Great Danes got contribbutions up and down the lineup all last season with Evan Singletary, Peter Hooley and Ray Sanders all averaging just over 12 points per game.ddddddddddddCremo also averaged double figures with 10.5 points per game last season and got plenty of help in the opener.A GLIMPSE OF WATKINSThe long awaited debut of big man Mike Watkins was a promising one for Penn State. 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