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McKayla Maroney throws acrobatic ceremonial first pitch (video)

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Olympic champion gymnast McKayla Maroney showed off her versatility, throwing a different kind of ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game on Friday night.

Maroney, who hasn’t competed this year after March knee surgery, performed a cartwheel and a front flip, which took her just about to the outer dirt circle around the batter’s area. She then threw an easy toss to her catcher.

Now, don’t mistake the acrobatics for fear of bouncing the ball to home plate.

In September 2012, Maroney and Olympic teammates Gabby Douglas and Kyla Ross threw first pitches at a Dodgers game. Maroney was the only one of the trio to step back to the pitcher’s mound for her toss, and she easily made it to home plate.

everyone told me not to do this..

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Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics

NBC, Snapchat, Buzzfeed partner for Olympic Trials, Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.

The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.

The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.

The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).

From NBC Sports Group:

Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.

MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule