Who will be the oldest men’s golfer at Rio Olympics?

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The first Olympic men’s golf tournament in 112 years could very well include some of the oldest athletes across all sports at Rio 2016.

Some golfers who play on the Champions Tour (50 years and older) could earn Olympic berths, given how the 60-golfer field will be made up.

Remember, the Olympic golf field of 60 can include no more than two players per nation once past the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking on July 11, 2016. It will likely dip into the 300s in the rankings to complete the field.

That opens the possibility for older golfers from nations without a deep pool of talent to have Olympic aspirations.

Start with German Bernhard Langer, who said at The Masters this week that his big goal next year is the Rio Olympics, according to Bild. He could get to the Olympics, but he has a better chance in a coach or German official role than as a player.

Langer, 57, is ranked No. 638 in the world and eighth among Germans.

The top German is Martin Kaymer, the 2014 U.S. Open winner ranked No. 14. He appears quite likely to take one of the two German berths in Rio.

The No. 2 German is Marcel Siem, a four-time winner on the European Tour ranked No. 69.

Langer faces a tall climb to overtake Siem and the other Germans behind Kaymer. For one, Champions Tour events do not count toward the Official World Golf Ranking.

Secondly, Langer’s only official PGA Tour or European Tour events the last two seasons were the Masters (tied for 25th in 2013, tied for eighth in 2014). And with those stellar Masters finishes, he’s still more than 500 ranking spots behind Siem. He needs to be very high on the top page of the leaderboard at Augusta National this year or next (next year would earn him more Olympic ranking points than this year) to be in a better place in the rankings on the Olympic qualification cutoff date in July 2016.

A Champions Tour golfer with a better chance at Rio 2016 is Vijay Singh, the three-time major champion from Fiji ranked No. 221. Singh, 52, is the only Fijian ranked in the top 1,500 in the world. He has no competition from within his country for an Olympic berth.

He’s also still active on the PGA Tour, placing in the top 10 at the Valspar Championship just last month.

Then there’s Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, whose Olympic prospects fall between Singh and Langer. Jimenez, the cigar-smoking 51-year-old, is ranked No. 60. He is second among Spanish golfers, behind No. 9 Sergio Garcia.

Jimenez will want to make the most of the Masters, given the No. 3 Spaniard, No. 83 overall Pablo Larrazabal, is not in the field this week.

What Rio Olympic golf fields would look like with year-end rankings

Ukraine Olympic champion auctions gold medals to support his country

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Sprint canoeist Yuriy Cheban, Ukraine’s most decorated male Olympian, is auctioning his two gold medals and one bronze medal to support his country’s defense and recovery efforts amid the war with Russia.

“It was one of the best moments of my life that can be compared only with the birth of my child,” Cheban posted specifically about his repeat 200m gold at his last Olympics in Rio in 2016. “This Olympic finish left a great memory forever in the world history and in the hearts of Ukraine.

“Time to move on, I would like these medals to benefit Ukrainians once again.”

Cheban, a 36-year-old who coached Ukraine canoeists at the Tokyo Games, took 500m bronze in 2008 before his 200m golds in 2012 and 2016, all in individual races.

He and boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko are the only men to win two Olympic gold medals for Ukraine, which began competing independently in 1994. Cheban is the only man to win three total Olympic medals for Ukraine, according to Olympedia.org.

Swimmer Yana Klochkova won the most medals for Ukraine — four golds and five total.

All proceeds from the sales will go to Ukraine’s Olympic Circle charity, according to SCP Auctions.

Olympic Circle was created by sportsmen to help Mykolaiv, a city in southern Ukraine, fight Russian occupants, according to SCP.

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Alpine skiing TV, live stream schedule for 2022-23 World Cup season

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NBC Sports and Peacock combine to air live coverage of the 2022-23 Alpine skiing season, including races on the World Cup, which starts this weekend.

Coverage begins with the traditional season-opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria, this Saturday and Sunday, streaming live on Peacock.

The first of four stops in the U.S. — the most in 26 years — is Thanksgiving weekend with a women’s giant slalom and slalom in Killington, Vermont. The men’s tour visits Beaver Creek, Colorado the following week, as well as Palisades Tahoe, California, and Aspen, Colorado after worlds in Courchevel and Meribel, France.

NBC Sports platforms will broadcast all four U.S. stops in the Alpine World Cup season, plus four more World Cups in other ski and snowboard disciplines. All Alpine World Cups in Austria will stream live on Peacock.

Mikaela Shiffrin, who last year won her fourth World Cup overall title, is the headliner. Shiffrin, who has 74 career World Cup race victories, will try to close the gap on the only Alpine skiers with more: Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Shiffrin won an average of five times per season the last three years and is hopeful of racing more often this season.

On the men’s side, 25-year-old Swiss Marco Odermatt returns after becoming the youngest man to win the overall, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, since Marcel Hirscher won the second of his record eight in a row in 2013.

2022-23 Alpine Skiing World Cup Broadcast Schedule
Schedule will be added to as the season progresses. All NBC Sports TV coverage also streams live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Date Coverage Network/Platform Time (ET)
Sat., Oct. 22 Women’s GS (Run 1) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden (PPD) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Sun., Oct. 23 Men’s GS (Run 1) — Soelden Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s GS (Run 2) – Soelden Peacock 7 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Women’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 6 a.m.
Women’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 Men’s Parallel (Qualifying) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 4 a.m.
Men’s Parallel (Finals) — Lech (PPD) Peacock 10 a.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 20 Women’s SL (Run 1) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 4:15 a.m.
Women’s SL (Run 2) — Levi Skiandsnowboard.live 7:15 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 Men’s DH — Lake Louise (PPD) Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 Women’s GS (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 27 Women’s SL (Run 2) — Killington NBC, Peacock 12:30 p.m.
Men’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:15 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 Women’s DH — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 2:30 p.m.
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek CNBC, Peacock 4 p.m.*
Men’s DH — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*
Sun., Dec. 4 Women’s SG — Lake Louise Skiandsnowboard.live 1 p.m.
Men’s SG — Beaver Creek NBC, Peacock 5 p.m.*

*Delayed broadcast.

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