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Olympic Channel launches July 15 with world championships coverage

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The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will launch July 15 with coverage of world championships in swimming and diving, beach volleyball and track and field to begin year-round programming.

Details from NBC Sports PR are here.

The world aquatics championships, featuring swimming and diving, will be in Budapest from July 14-30. Diving runs from July 14-22, while swimming events are July 23-30. Katie Ledecky is expected to headline the U.S. team that will be determined at nationals in two weeks.

Beach volleyball worlds run from July 18-Aug. 6 in Vienna and are set to feature three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings with new partner Nicole Branagh and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, the No. 1 seed on the men’s side.

The world track and field championships will be in London from Aug. 4-13, featuring Usain Bolt‘s final races before retirement.

The Olympic Channel will also air Olympic-themed original content produced by NBC Universal, the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee. It includes programming from filmmakers shooting around the world, archival footage from the IOC and NBC’s libraries of Olympic features and documentaries and original Team USA pieces produced by the USOC.

More programming announcements will come later this summer.

The Olympic Channel will launch in more than 35 million homes, available to most subscribers of Altice, AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum and Verizon. It will also be available on streaming services DirecTV Now, Fubo, Hulu, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

The Olympic Channel will live stream on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select replays and highlights will be available on those platforms and TeamUSA.org.

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Watch Olympic Channel documentary on 1996 Atlanta Games legacy

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“Flame Catchers,” an Olympic Channel documentary series highlighting Olympic Games legacies, looked at the Centennial Games with a profile of Atlanta 1996.

The half-hour film focused on the Magnificent Seven, the U.S. women’s soccer team and the conclusion of the torch relay with Muhammad Ali famously lighting the cauldron.

Watch the full “Flame Catchers” episode here.

Interviews were done with 1996 Olympians Shannon Miller and Janet Evans, as well as Billy Payne, the CEO of the Atlanta Olympic Organizing Committee. Plus, Kyla Ross, a gymnast inspired by Atlanta 1996 who went on to take gold with the Fierce Five in London.

Other “Flame Catchers” episodes looked at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The U.S. could host the Summer Games for the first time since Atlanta in 2024, should Los Angeles win an International Olympic Committee members vote in September. The 2024 host city will be decided among LA, Budapest and Paris.

The LA Games dates would be the exact same as Atlanta 1996 — July 19-Aug. 4.

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Olympic Channel TV network set to launch

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A new Olympic Channel TV network will launch in the U.S. in the second half of 2017 with year-round Olympic sports programming from around the world.

The “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” brand will emphasize American athletes and teams.

The Olympic Channel launched as a website at the end of the Rio Olympics and has offered live programming and video. Its slogan is, “Where the Games never end.”

The coming cable TV channel complements the digital platform through a partnership among the International Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC.

“We will ensure that U.S. audiences are more closely connected with the Olympic Movement through a more personalized experience,” Olympic Channel general manager Mark Parkman said in a press release. “Placing a spotlight on Olympic sports outside of the Games themselves will ultimately bring them more deserved attention and help them grow.”

The partnership will also bring a significant commitment of Olympic sports programming to NBC and NBCSN beginning with Saturday’s Winter Champions Series.

More on the TV network’s programming from NBC Universal:

The collaborative programming will emphasize live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programs produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s library of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.

Last week, the Olympic Channel announced it commissioned a documentary series for its global digital platform, beginning with a film on three-time Cuban Olympic boxing champion Teófilo Stevenson.

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