IRVINE, Calif. — Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky headline the 60-swimmer U.S. roster for the Pan Pacific Championships.
The team was finalized at the U.S. Championships here this past week.
It will next head to Brisbane, Australia for a training camp and then Gold Coast for Pan Pacs, the year’s major international meet, from Aug. 21-25. NBC Universal will have coverage of the meet.
Swimmers who made the team can enter any individual event they want at Pan Pacs, but only two swimmers per nation can qualify for finals at Pan Pacs.
Pan Pacs pit U.S. swimmers against the world’s best swimmers outside of Europe.
Here’s the team:
Missy Franklin — Five Olympic medals
Katie Ledecky — Olympic 800m free champion
Nathan Adrian — Olympic 100m free champion
Tyler Clary — Olympic 200m back champion
Anthony Ervin — 2000 Olympic 50m free champion
Matt Grevers — Olympic 100m back champion
Ryan Lochte — 11 Olympic medals
Michael Phelps — 22 Olympic medals
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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