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Olympic Channel TV network set to launch

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A new Olympic Channel TV network will launch in the U.S. in the second half of 2017 with year-round Olympic sports programming from around the world.

The “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” brand will emphasize American athletes and teams.

The Olympic Channel launched as a website at the end of the Rio Olympics and has offered live programming and video. Its slogan is, “Where the Games never end.”

The coming cable TV channel complements the digital platform through a partnership among the International Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC.

“We will ensure that U.S. audiences are more closely connected with the Olympic Movement through a more personalized experience,” Olympic Channel general manager Mark Parkman said in a press release. “Placing a spotlight on Olympic sports outside of the Games themselves will ultimately bring them more deserved attention and help them grow.”

The partnership will also bring a significant commitment of Olympic sports programming to NBC and NBCSN beginning with Saturday’s Winter Champions Series.

More on the TV network’s programming from NBC Universal:

The collaborative programming will emphasize live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programs produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s library of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.

Last week, the Olympic Channel announced it commissioned a documentary series for its global digital platform, beginning with a film on three-time Cuban Olympic boxing champion Teófilo Stevenson.

MORE: NBC to air USA Track and Field events through 2024

First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Clare Egan notches first World Cup podium in biathlon season finale

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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.

Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.

“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.