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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WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona World Championships women’s pro race

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The Ironman Kona World Championships return after a three-year hiatus with a new format, live on Peacock on Thursday and Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

The Ironman, held annually in Hawaii since 1978, and in Kailua-Kona since 1981, was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The world championships made a one-time-only stop in St. George, Utah, on May 7 to make up for the 2021 cancellation. The winners were Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, the Tokyo Olympic triathlon champion, and Swiss Daniela Ryf, who bagged her fifth Ironman world title.

Both are entered in Kailua-Kona, where the races are now split between two days — Thursday for the women and Saturday for the men.

An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon — totaling 140.6 miles of racing. It takes top triathletes eight hours to complete. Very arguably, it crowns the world’s fittest man and woman.

WATCH LIVE: Ironman Kona, Thursday, 12 p.m. ET — STREAM LINK

Ryf, 35 and a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, can tie retired countrywoman Natascha Badmann for second place on the women’s list at six Ironman world titles. Only Zimbabwean-turned-American Paula Newby-Fraser has more with eight.

The field also includes German Anne Haug, the 2019 Kona champ and only woman other than Ryf to win since 2015. Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay, the Kona runner-up in 2017, 2018 and 2019, returns after missing the St. George event due to a stress fracture in her hip.

Blummenfelt, 28 and in his Kona debut, will try to become the youngest male champion in Kona since German Normann Stadler in 2005. His top challengers include countryman Gustav Iden, the two-time reigning Half Ironman world champion, and German Patrick Lange, the 2017 and 2018 Ironman Kona winner.

Also racing Saturday is Dallas Clark, a retired All-Pro NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion who completed the 2011 Kona Ironman in 12 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds.

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U.S. men’s gymnastics team named for world championships

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Asher Hong, Colt Walker and world pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik were named to the last three spots on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg earned the first spots on the team by placing first and second in the all-around at August’s U.S. Championships.

Hong, Walker and Nedoroscik were chosen by a committee after two days of selection camp competition in Colorado Springs this week. Malone and Whittenburg did not compete at the camp.

Hong, 18, will become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009. He nearly earned a spot on the team at the U.S. Championships, but erred on his 12th and final routine of that meet to drop from second to third in the all-around. At this week’s camp, Hong had the lowest all-around total of the four men competing on all six apparatuses, but selectors still chose him over Tokyo Olympians Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus.

Walker, a Stanford junior, will make his world championships debut. He would have placed second at nationals in August if a bonus system for attempting difficult skills wasn’t in place. With that bonus system not in place at the selection camp, he had the highest all-around total. The bonus system is not used at international meets such as world championships.

Nedoroscik rebounded from missing the Tokyo Olympic team to become the first American to win a world title on pommel horse last fall. Though he is the lone active U.S. male gymnast with a global gold medal, he was in danger of missing this five-man team because of struggles on the horse at the U.S. Championships. Nedoroscik, who does not compete on the other five apparatuses, put up his best horse routine of the season on the last day of the selection camp Wednesday.

Moldauer, who tweeted that he was sick all last week, was named the traveling alternate for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. It would be the first time that Moldauer, who was fourth in the all-around at last fall’s worlds, does not compete at worlds since 2015.

Though the U.S. has not made the team podium at an Olympics or worlds since 2014, it is boosted this year by the absence of Olympic champion Russia, whose athletes are banned indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

The U.S. women’s world team of five will be announced after a selection camp in two weeks. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles are in contention.

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