Michael Phelps eyes changes entering busy Charlotte meet

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps‘ fiancée recently asked him if their impending move from his native Baltimore to Arizona was “really a big deal.”

“No, not really,” Phelps responded.

Phelps, who is slated to swim six events at a Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte starting Friday, will later move across the country with longtime coach Bob Bowman, who accepted the Arizona State swimming coaching job.

“I’m somebody who loves changes,” Phelps said in a press conference Thursday. “If we do the same thing in training month after month, I get sick of it. … This is a brand-new change. Myself, my fiancée, we’re looking forward to it. … I’m not nervous about it.”

Phelps joked the biggest difficulty may be not having an indoor pool to swim in if it gets too hot.

“I’ll say the toughest thing is, sort of, at home [in Baltimore], I was able to sort of get on a level where everything around me was so comfortable,” Phelps said. “I was in my own element. I had this and that. I was completely settled. I think that will be a very difficult thing, resettling.”

He’s been through this before, moving with Bowman to the University of Michigan following the Athens 2004 Olympics.

“I know what I’m getting into, versus Ann Arbor was a completely new world when I started collegiate coaching,” said Bowman, adding that he had more input in this coaching switch than with Michigan. “It’s a little more tailor-made for what everyone needs and I need.”

Phelps will challenge himself in Charlotte by swimming a 200m butterfly for the first time since the 2012 Olympics (Phelps is not expected to make it part of his regular program going toward Rio 2016). He added it partly to ensure he had two events on each day of the meet and partly to put himself on the line and “make it not as comfortable.”

And he said he will approach preliminary races differently in Charlotte. Phelps wants to ensure he will not only make finals but also receive a preferred middle lane.

“I’m not 15 or 18 anymore, where I can just sort of coast through in the morning,” Phelps, 29, said.

Phelps also reflected on the financial aspect of swimming in domestic meets. He recalled another swimmer asking after a race if his result would merit receiving “grant money.”

“I’m like, dude, if that’s what you’re worried about, then your mind is in the wrong direction,” Phelps said. “If you take care of what you have to in the pool, everything else comes.”

Bowman and Phelps joked of how money and prizes were not of the utmost concern early in his career.

“He knew he could buy some spinners for his car,” said Bowman, surely referencing Phelps’ Cadillac Escalade that his mother allowed him to buy after he signed his first endorsement deal as a 16-year-old (more on that story here).

“My mom was like, oh, you broke a world record, you can buy a couch for your room,” Phelps said. “Gee, thanks, mom.”

Universal Sports will have coverage of the Charlotte meet on Saturday and Sunday at 6 ET both nights.

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Ukraine Olympic champion auctions gold medals to support his country

Yuriy Cheban

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

Mikaela Shiffrin, Marco Odermatt

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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