World Track and Field Championships broadcast schedule

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NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra and Universal Sports will combine for more than 48 hours of coverage of the World Track and Field Championships from Beijing starting Friday night.

The broadcast team of Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Lewis Johnson, Craig Masback and Todd Harris will call events including Usain Bolt in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and Allyson Felix in the 400m and the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

All NBC broadcasts will stream on NBC Sports Live Extra for subscribers. All Universal Sports broadcasts will stream on UniversalSports.com for subscribers.

The World Championships run from Aug. 22-30 inside the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern time. Here’s the complete event schedule.

Five men’s events to watch | Five women’s events to watch

Here’s the daily broadcast schedule with key events:

Date Time (ET) Network Session Key Events
Friday, Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. Universal Sports Day Men’s marathon
Saturday, Aug. 22 3 p.m. NBC, Live Extra Evening M100m heats, M10,000m
Saturday, Aug. 22 8:30 p.m. Universal Sports Day M400m heats, W100m heats
Sunday, Aug. 23 1 p.m. NBC, Live Extra Evening M100m final
Sunday, Aug. 23 9:30 p.m. Universal Sports Morning W400m heats
Monday, Aug. 24 7 a.m. Universal Sports Evening W100m final
Tuesday, Aug. 25 7 a.m. Universal Sports Evening M800m, W1500m finals
Tuesday, Aug. 25 9:30 p.m. Universal Sports Morning M110m hurdles heats
Wednesday, Aug. 26 8 a.m. Universal Sports Evening M400m final
Wednesday, Aug. 26 9:30 p.m. Universal Sports Day W100m hurdles heats
Thursday, Aug. 27 7:30 a.m. Universal Sports Evening W400m final, M200m final
Thursday, Aug. 27 8:30 p.m. Universal Sports Day Decathlon
Friday, Aug. 28 7 a.m. Universal Sports Evening W200m, W/M 100m/110m hurdles
Friday, Aug. 28 7:30 p.m. Universal Sports Morning Decathlon
Saturday, Aug. 29 2:30 p.m. NBC, Live Extra Evening Decathlon, 4x100m relays
Saturday, Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. Universal Sports Morning Women’s marathon
Sunday, Aug. 30 2 p.m. NBC, Live Extra Evening 4x400m relays

Sam Girard, Olympic short track champion, surprisingly retires at age 22

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Sam Girard, who avoided a three-skater pileup to win the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m, retired from short track speed skating at age 22, saying he lost the desire to compete.

“I leave my sport satisfied with what I have accomplished,” Girard said in a press release. “This decision was very well thought through. I am at peace with the choice that I’ve made and am ready to move onto the next step.”

Girard and girlfriend and fellow Olympic skater Kasandra Bradette announced their careers end together in a tearful French-language press conference in Quebec on Friday.

Girard detailed the decision in a letter, the sacrifices made to pursue skating. Notably, moving from his hometown of Ferland-et-Boilleau, population 600, to Montreal in 2012. His hobbies had been of the outdoor variety, but he now had to drive an hour and a half from the training center just to go fishing.

In PyeongChang, Girard led for most of the 1000m final, which meant he avoided chaos behind him on the penultimate lap of the nine-lap race. Hungarian Liu Shaolin Sandor‘s inside pass took out South Koreans Lim Hyo-Jun and Seo Yi-Ra, leaving just Girard and American John-Henry Krueger.

Girard maintained his lead, crossing .214 in front of Krueger to claim the title. He also finished fourth in the 500m and 1500m and earned bronze in the relay.

“My first Olympics, won a gold medal, can’t ask for more,” he said afterward.

Though Girard was already accomplished — earning individual silver medals at the 2016 and 2017 Worlds — he came to PyeongChang as the heir apparent to Charles Hamelin, a roommate on the World Cup circuit whom Girard likened to a big brother. Girard earned another world silver medal this past season.

Hamelin, after taking individual gold in 2010 and 2014, left PyeongChang without an individual medal in what many expected to be his last Olympics. However, he went back on a retirement vow and continued to skate through the 2018-19 season.

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Maia, Alex Shibutani extend break from ice dance competition

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Brother-sister ice dance duo Maia and Alex Shibutani will not compete next season, the Olympic bronze medalists announced via U.S. Figure Skating on Friday.

“We’re healthier and stronger than we were after the Olympics, and we’re continuing to push ourselves,” Maia Shibutani said in a press release.

“We’ve continued to skate a lot, and we feel like we’ve benefited from some time away to create in different environments and focus on experiences that can help us grow,” Alex said.

The “Shib Sibs” won the U.S. title in 2016 and 2017. They won their first world medal in 2011 (bronze) before reaching the world podium again in 2016 and 2017 with silver and bronze, respectively.

They most recently competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, where they earned bronze both individually and in the team event.

Maia and Alex Shibutani are now the second ice dance medalists from PyeongChang to announce they’ll sit out at least part of next season. Gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada will tour instead this fall and are not expected to return to competition.

The siblings haven’t stayed away from the ice entirely in their break from the sport, though — they’ve also been touring and performing in shows.

The Shibutanis became the second set of siblings to earn Olympic ice dance medals after France’s Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay in 1992.

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