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NBCSN to present more than 230 hours of Sochi Olympic coverage

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NBCSN will provide the most Winter Olympic coverage ever on a cable network this February.

NBCSN will air at least one gold medal final live on each of its 16 days of coverage from Sochi. Most days, live coverage will begin at 3 a.m. Eastern and run 12 hours. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern time.

It will air every figure skating event after the Opening Ceremony live, including every performance and every skater of the pairs, men’s, ice dancing and women’s competitions.

It was previously announced that will live stream all competition from Sochi in addition to TV coverage on NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC and MSNBC.

NBCSN will also air live coverage of one of the most anticipated group-play hockey games in Olympic history — the U.S. against Russia on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 a.m. ET. In total, NBCSN will air 16 live hockey games through the men’s bronze-medal game, including the quarterfinals and semifinals.

The network will air live coverage of at least nine more sports, including speed skating, bobsled, ski jumping and Nordic combined.

Here are highlights of the live coverage schedule on NBCSN (all times Eastern):

Figure Skating
Sat., Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. — Team Event: Ice Dancing Short Program, Women’s Short, Pairs Free Skate
Sun., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. — Team Event: Men’s Free, Ice Dancing Free, Women’s Free
Tues., Feb. 11, 10 a.m. — Pairs Short
Wed., Feb. 12, 10:45 a.m. — Pairs Free
Thurs., Feb. 13, 10 a.m. — Men’s Short
Fri., Feb. 14, 10 a.m. — Men’s Free
Sun., Feb. 16, 10 a.m. — Ice Dancing Short
Mon., Feb. 17, 10 a.m. — Ice Dancing Free
Wed., Feb. 19, 10 a.m. — Women’s Short
Thurs., Feb. 20, 10 a.m. — Women’s Free

Men’s Hockey
Thurs., Feb. 13, 7:30 a.m. — Slovakia vs. U.S.
Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m. — U.S. vs. Russia
Sun., Feb. 16, 7:30 a.m. — Slovenia vs. U.S.

Women’s Hockey
Sat., Feb. 8, 3 a.m. — U.S. vs. Finland
Mon., Feb. 10, 5 a.m. — U.S. vs. Switzerland
Wed., Feb. 12, 7:30 a.m. — Canada vs. U.S.

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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