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WATCH LIVE: Medal favorites China, Japan, United States begin men’s gymnastics

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The men’s gymnastics competition begins Saturday, with there being three subdivisions competing throughout the day. The United States, which is looking to medal in the team all-around after failing to do so in London four years ago, will be part of subdivision 2 which begins its qualification at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. In addition to the qualifications for the team all-around final gymnasts will compete for places in the individual events, including the individual all-around competition.

WATCH: Men’s Gymnastics Subdivision 2 on NBCOlympics.com

Danell Leyva, who won the bronze medal in the all-around competition four years ago, will not be one of the United States’ two gymnasts who will look to qualify for the all-around final. Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks, who posted the top two scores in the all-around at the U.S. Olympic Trials last months, were the two choices to compete in all six events for the United States. Leyva, who replaced the injured John Orozco on the team, will participate in three disciplines, the pommel horse, horizontal bar and parallel bars. Joining those three for the United States are Alex Naddour and Jake Dalton.

Leading the way in the first subdivision is Japan, which features the man many hail as the greatest gymnast of all time in Kohei Uchimura. Uchimura has won the last six world championships in the individual all-around, and in addition to earning Olympic gold he aims to help Japan win gold in the team all-around. Japan fell just short of that goal in London, winning the silver medal. The first subdivision begins competition at 9:30 a.m. on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Reigning gold medalists China anchor the third and final subdivision, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. Deng Shudi, who finished third at the world championships last year, made the cut for China but 2008 high bar gold medalist Zou Kai did not. The men’s team all-around final is scheduled for Monday, August 8, with the individual all-around final scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 and the individual apparatus finals scheduled to take place from April 14-16.

9:30 a.m. Subdivision 1WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE
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Subdivision 1 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

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Subdivision 2 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Vault – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m. Subdivision 3WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Vault – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

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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