Olympic Channel launch broadcast schedule

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Olympic Channel TV launch programming will include the FINA World Championships, Diamond League track and field and original series.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will kick off its slate with a 30-minute preview show on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET with additional replays this weekend.

Check the Channel Finder to see how you can watch the Olympic Channel in your area.

The Olympic Channel will launch in more than 35 million homes, available to most subscribers of Altice, AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum and Verizon.

It will also live stream on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select replays and highlights will be available on those platforms and TeamUSA.org.

The FINA World Championships begin this weekend with Olympic Channel coverage of diving, synchronized swimming, open-water swimming and water polo.

The Olympic Channel will also air coverage of the FIVB World Grand Prix women’s volleyball, the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg, the IPC World Track and Field Championships and the IAAF Diamond League track and field in Rabat.

Original programming will include the series “Against All Odds,” “Gold Medal Entourage” and “Heroes of the Future,” plus a “Return to Rio” show highlighting the best of Team USA.

Day Program Time (ET)
Saturday Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show 6 a.m.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show 6:30 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Mixed Synchronized Platform Final 7 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Synchronized Swimming: Solo Technical* 8:30 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Women’s 1m Springboard Final 10 a.m.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show 11 a.m.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show 11:30 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Men’s Synchronized Springboard Final 12:30 p.m.
World Grand Prix Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Italy* 2 p.m.
World Triathlon Series – Women’s and Men’s Sprint* 4 p.m.
Against All Odds 6 p.m.
Gold Medal Entourage 6:30 p.m.
FINA Worlds: Men’s Synchronized Springboard Final** 7 p.m.
World Grand Prix Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Italy** 8:30 p.m.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show 10:30 p.m.
IPC World Track and Field Championships – Day 2* 11 p.m.
Sunday FINA Worlds: Men’s Synchronized Springboard Final** 12 a.m.
Return to Rio – Best of Team USA 1:30 a.m.
Against All Odds 3:30 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Women’s Open-Water Swimming 10km 4 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Women’s 1m Springboard Final** 6:30 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Synchronized Swimming: Duet Technical* 8 a.m.
FINA Worlds: Men’s 1m Springboard Final 9:30 a.m.
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA Launch Show 11 a.m.
Heroes of the Future 11:30 a.m.
World Grand Prix Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. China* 12 p.m.
Diamond League Rabat Track and Field 2 p.m.
FINA Worlds: Women’s Water Polo, Italy vs. Canada* 4 p.m.
FINA Worlds: Women’s Water Polo, U.S. vs. South Africa* 5 p.m.
World Triathlon Series: Mixed Team World Champs* 6 p.m.
FINA Worlds: Women’s Synchronized Platform Final* 7:30 p.m.
Diamond League Track and Field Rabat** 9 p.m.
IPC World Track and Field Championships – Day 3* 11 p.m.

*same-day delay

**encore presentation

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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.