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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

Athletes, anti-doping leaders issues statement on RUSADA status

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More Olympic athletes and anti-doping leaders have come out in protest of the possible reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency.

Members of the athletes committees from the World Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic Committee, along with a group of international anti-doping leaders and a key supporter of a Russian whistleblower, released statements Tuesday urging WADA’s executive committee not to reinstate RUSADA when it meets later this week.

Jim Swartz, a supporter of former Moscow anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, said “WADA has undermined its own moral and regulatory authority” by proposing a weakened version of the roadmap to bring RUSADA back into compliance.

The agency has been suspended for nearly three years in the wake of what investigators said was a state-sponsored doping scandal designed to win Olympic medals.

The WADA athletes’ group is led by Beckie Scott, who resigned her position on WADA’s compliance review committee after it recommended RUSADA’s reinstatement last week.

Italy’s focus for 2026 bid now on Milan, Cortina d’Ampezzo

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ROME (AP) — Italy’s three-pronged bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics has been reduced to a two-city candidacy featuring Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Following Turin’s exclusion, the Italian Olympic Committee is sending a delegation featuring Milan and Cortina representatives to meet with IOC leaders on Wednesday.

The move comes after government undersecretary and sports delegate Giancarlo Giorgetti told the Senate on Tuesday that the three-city proposal “is dead.”

Turin’s exclusion follows infighting between Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala and Turin counterpart Chiara Appendino, who had been arguing over the bid’s leadership and naming rights.

Peliminary bids are due to be presented at IOC meetings in Buenos Aires next month.

“The candidacy needs to be saved, so we’re open to moving forward together,” Veneto region president Luca Zaia and Lombardy region president Attilio Fontana said in a joint statement.

“If Turin is withdrawing, which upsets us, at this point two realities remain, and they are called Veneto and Lombardy. So we are moving forward with the Lombardy-Veneto Olympics.”

Under the revised plan, hockey and speedskating — which had been slotted for venues built for the 2006 Turin Games — would be held in Milan. Alpine skiing would be held in 1956 host Cortina, while biathlon would be slated for nearby Anterselva — a regular stop on the biathlon World Cup circuit.

Three other bids remain in contention for 2026: Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; and Erzurum, Turkey.

The Japanese city of Sapporo dropped its bid on Monday following a recent earthquake.

International Olympic Committee members will pick the host in Milan in October 2019. While IOC rules have long prevented bids from the host country of an IOC session, new rules have created more leeway.

Italy is anxious to bring a bid through the entire process after two Rome candidacies were withdrawn.

Two years ago, Italy was forced to end Rome’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics because of staunch opposition from the city’s mayor. And in 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns.