AP “Beyond the Medal” Debuts Monday With Jesse and Lila

Click the Photo Above to see the Premiere of BEYOND THE MEDAL:

There continues to be life after “The Bachelor” for professional snowboarder Jesse Csincsak.

Starting Monday morning at 7 a.m., and every day for the next 23 days, Jesse and AP video journalist Lila Ibrahim will co-host “Beyond the Medal”, an AP Winter Games show, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010 Olympic winter games and the host cities of Vancouver and Whistler.

From bungee jumping to whale watching and everything in between, the goal is to bring you a small taste of what it’s like to be here for the 2010 Winter Games. Start every morning with us to get the latest news, check in with the athletes and find out what celebrities are in town for the games.

In tomorrow’s debut show we go north to take you on a walking tour of Whistler, where Jesse and I got to do a lot of outdoor sports for upcoming shows. I will tell you right now — I have nothing on my co-host when it comes to athletic ability. To wrap up our first show, we’ll bring you back to the Granville Room in downtown Vancouver for a taste of Olympic-themed cocktails.

Some of the highlights I hope they will cover: Snowboarders Louie Vito, who was such fun to watch on last season’s Dancing With the Stars, and Aspen’s own Gretchen Bleiler. Both are on the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding half-pipe teams. If you missed them at the X-Games, Vancouver offers another chance to watch them, along with the amazing Shaun White.

And don’t forget to check out Jesse’s website which just got a major re-design and added a slew of features, from quick-moving graphics to video clips and social networking links. It’s well organized and visually appealing — really nice work.

For all the latest on the games, and new episodes of “Beyond the Medal”, bookmark theAP Winter Games network.

Four days to go — all they need now is snow.