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Details of Rio digital programming on NBC Sports app, NBCOlympics.com

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The NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com will stream a record 4,500 hours of the Rio Games next month, again including comprehensive live streaming of every sport and, for the first time, streaming coverage of all nine NBCUniversal Olympic networks.

NBC broadcast network content, including the primetime show, will be streamed for the first time.

There will be TV simul-stream coverage of NBC, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC Universo and USA Network for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere.

Two digital-only programs will also run throughout the Games — “Gold Zone” and “Daily Dismount.”

NBC Olympics offered 3,500 digital hours for the London 2012 Games, the first time that all competition was streamed live. For Rio, coverage expands from desktops, tablets and mobile devices to also include connected TVs for the first time.

“Our digital offering for Rio marries NBC Olympics’ renowned storytelling and live-event coverage with today’s advanced technology to deliver more content across more platforms than ever before,” said Rick Cordella, SVP and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “Whether you’re a core fan of one of the 34 Olympic sports or just want to watch Team USA, we’ll deliver the best digital viewing experiences on your TV, at your desk, or on the go. Our goal is to provide ready access to every second of every event through our digital platforms.”

If an event is not televised on one of the nine networks, it will again be streamed online through Olympic Broadcasting Services feeds, many of which have English and Spanish commentary.

Multiple streams will be offered for sports with multiple fields of play, such as field events for track and field, all gymnastics apparatuses and up to five tennis courts.

When streaming, a temporary pass will allow users to stream 30 minutes of coverage prior to authentication on their first visit, and the first five minutes per day after that.

The NBC Olympics: Rio News & Results app will provide the latest coverage from the Games, including TV listings and extensive video highlights.

Of digital-only programs, “Gold Zone” will guide viewers to the best live action happening at a given moment. Andrew Siciliano, of “NFL Red Zone,” and 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will host.

“Daily Dismount” will provide live post-event gymnastics coverage, hosted by Olympic medalists Jonathan Horton and Courtney Kupets.

Julie Donaldson and Jenna Corrado will host a digital news desk, streaming Olympic update segments throughout the day.

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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