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U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials broadcast schedule

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Michael PhelpsKatie LedeckyRyan Lochte and Missy Franklin are among the stars who will dot 26 finals across eights nights at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, starting Sunday on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

The top two in each final will qualify for Rio, plus up to the top six finishers in the 100m and 200m freestyles for relay purposes, so long as the total Olympic team size does not exceed 26 men and 26 women.

There is a chance that the Big Four of Phelps, Ledecky, Lochte and Franklin could swim in finals on all but the last night.

Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, said on May 31 that Phelps will enter the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, plus at least one more event.

Phelps could also swim the 100m and 200m freestyles, perhaps with the goal of posting a strong time in preliminary heats or semifinals to further prove he deserves a spot in the Olympic 4x100m and 4x200m free relay pools.

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Ledecky could swim the 100m through 800m freestyles and the 400m individual medley, though the latter could be merely to get her feet wet on the first day of the meet.

A question for Lochte is whether he will enter the grueling 400m individual medley on the first day. He is the reigning Olympic champion but rarely raced it in 2013 and 2014 before looking sharper in the last year and a half.

Franklin is probably the easiest to predict of the Big Four. She has kept the same primary events the last four years — 100m and 200m freestyles and 100m and 200m backstrokes.

Daily live coverage will include qualifying heats online and finals on NBC, with NBC Sports Live Extra streaming all coverage.

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Day Time (ET) Network Key Events
Sun, June 26 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC M/W 400 IM; M 400 FR | STREAM
Mon, June 27 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FL, 400 FR; M 100 BR | STREAM
Tues, June 28 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC M/W 100 BK; W 100 BR; M 200 FR | STREAM
Wed, June 29 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
7 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC W 200 FR, 200 IM; M 200 FL | STREAM
Thurs, June 30 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
6:30 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC M 100 FR, 200 BR; W 200 FL | STREAM
9 p.m. NBCSN M 200 IM (semis) | STREAM
Fri, July 1 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
6 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC W 100 FR, 200 BR; M 200 BK, 200 IM | STREAM
Sat, July 2 11 a.m. Digital Qualifying Heats | STREAM
5 p.m. NBCSN Qualifying Heats (tape) | STREAM
8 p.m. NBC W 200 BK, 800 FR; M 50 FR, 100 FL | STREAM
Sun, July 3 8 p.m. NBC W 50 FR, M 1500 FR | STREAM

Kristoffersen topples Hirscher to win giant slalom at worlds

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ARE, Sweden — Norwegian skiing is in safe hands, even with its beloved king now in retirement.

Henrik Kristoffersen gave Norway its second individual gold medal of the world championships by toppling an under-the-weather Marcel Hirscher to win the giant slalom on Friday.

With Kjetil Jansrud also victorious in the downhill last week, Norway appears in great shape heading into the post-Aksel Lund Svindal era.

Svindal signed off his illustrious career with a silver medal behind Jansrud in the downhill, and said he was leaving behind a strong generation of Norwegian skiing talent.

Kristoffersen is at the forefront of that — especially now that he has ended his long wait for a medal at a world championship.

The 24-year-old Kristoffersen had finished fourth in his last three races at the worlds — the giant slalom and slalom in 2017 and the slalom in 2015 — and headed into his second run of the GS in third place behind leader Alexis Pinturault and Hirscher, the favorite and one of skiing’s all-time greats.

However, Kristoffersen produced an aggressive run under the lights, his speed and flow particularly apparent in the bottom section, to win by 0.20 seconds over Hirscher. Pinturault won the bronze medal, 0.42 seconds back.

“It was about time to get a medal,” said Kristoffersen, who wasn’t necessarily expecting it to come in GS.

Kristoffersen’s last win in the discipline came at Meribel in 2015 and he has been consistently behind Hirscher, the seven-time overall World Cup winner and defending Olympic and world GS champion. He finished second to Hirscher at last year’s Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Kristoffersen was without a win in any discipline for a year but said he gained confidence from the course being doused with salt to maintain the snow surface amid unseasonably warm weather. The temperature in Are for the first leg was 8 C (46 F).

“There’s no one that skis on salt as much as Norwegians do,” he said. “Even though I haven’t trained on salt in GS in a long, long time, I have it from childhood.”

Hirscher’s preparations for the race were affected by a bout of flu that kept him in bed for much of the past two days. He acknowledged after the race that the likelihood of him lining up on the starting gate wasn’t high on Thursday.

“Normally,” Hirscher said, “if you have regular work on those days, you normally tell your boss I’m done for the day.”

Yet he managed to be only 0.10 seconds behind Pinturault after an error-free first run, keeping Hirscher on course for a record-tying seventh gold medal at the worlds. But he went wide at two gates in the top section of his second run, causing him to lose 0.41 seconds on Kristoffersen in the middle section.

“Second place is the first loser but Henrik had an amazing day with two great runs,” Hirscher said. “Henrik is at the top for such a long time. He was more than ready for a world title.”

Hirscher, who was noticeably sniffing after the race, added that he was “looking forward to getting back to bed again” to rest up ahead of Sunday’s slalom.

When Pinturault crossed the finish line in third place, Kristoffersen clenched his fists before walking into the finish area, crouching on one knee and acknowledging the jubilant Norwegian fans in the grandstand.

For Pinturault, it was his second medal of the championships after winning the Alpine combined on Monday.

Wesenberg wins first U.S. skeleton World Cup medal in two years

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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.

Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.

“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”

Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.

Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.

Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.