Ever since the end of the London Games there have been rumors that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) might attempt to add 3-on-3 to the Olympics schedule as early as 2016.
But even as we dreamed of watching Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook team up on the courts in Rio, we never really knew whether or not to take the idea seriously. Apparently now is the time.
FIBA officials reflected on the first full year of the “3×3” world tour and world championships during a meeting over the weekend and deemed the new basketball discipline a massive success.
The FIBA board now plans to request that the IOC add 3×3 to the Rio Games as a second basketball discipline. They also plan to request adding four teams and a second venue to the standard five-on-five discipline in order to make the tournament more competitive and more international, but also shorter to alleviate the pressure on players.
No word yet on whether or not they’ll add the dunk and three-point competitions that we’ve suggested in the past, but this is at least a step in the right direction. Only 1361 days until Rio.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best freeskiers in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday night.
Big air skiers will descend from a ramp that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
Ski big air is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic disciplines, except skiers get one jump per run.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
On Thursday, Canadian Max Parrot and American Julia Marino won the snowboard big air competitions at Fenway Park.
Big Air at Fenway coverage will conclude with an NBC show on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
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In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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