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Diving world championships schedule on Olympic Channel

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Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA event coverage kicks off with the world diving championships from Budapest this weekend.

The Olympic Channel, NBCSN and NBCSports.com/live will combine to air every semifinal and final from Saturday through July 22.

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

The U.S. roster at worlds is led by Olympic synchronized medalists Steele JohnsonSam Dorman and Michael Hixon.

David Boudia, a quadruple Olympic medalist, is missing worlds for the first time since 2003 as he takes a (possibly permanent) break from competition.

Powerhouse China is without its two stalwarts, Chen Ruolin and Wu Minxia, who retired after Rio.

However, all of the Chinese individual gold medalists from Rio are back — springboard divers Cao Yuan and Shi Tingmao and platform divers Chen Aisen and Ren Qian.

The Olympic Channel will launch in more than 35 million homes starting Saturday, available to most subscribers of Altice, AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum and Verizon. It will also be available on streaming services DirecTV Now, Fubo, Hulu, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

The Olympic Channel will 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.

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Day Event Final Time (ET) Network
Saturday, July 15 Mixed Synchro Platform 7-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s 1m Springboard 10-11:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s Synchro Springboard 12:30-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Sunday, July 16 Men’s 1m Springboard 9:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s Synchro Platform 9-10:30 p.m.* Olympic Channel
Monday, July 17 Women’s Synchro Springboard 10-11:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s Synchro Platform 12:30-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Tuesday, July 18 Women’s Platform (Semi) 9:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Team Event 12:30-2 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, July 19 Men’s 3m Springboard (Semi) 9:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Women’s Platform 12:30-2 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday, July 20 Women’s 3m Springboard (Semi) 9:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s 3m Springboard 12:30-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Friday, July 21 Men’s Platform (Semi) 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.* Olympic Channel
Women’s 3m Springboard 12:30-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
Saturday, July 22 Mixed Synchro Springboard 8-9:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Men’s Platform 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Olympic Channel

*Same-Day Delay

Usain Bolt, sleep-deprived dad and budding cyclist, would unretire if the man in charge called

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Usain Bolt isn’t doing much running these days, but he would unretire if one person asked: longtime coach Glen Mills.

“If my coach came back and told me, let’s do this, I will, because I believe so much in my coach,” Bolt said this week in a video interview with Variety. “So I know if he says we’re going to do this, I know it’s possible. Give Glen Mills a call, and I’ll be back.”

Mills coached Bolt to eight Olympic titles and world records in the 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19) before the Jamaican legend retired in 2017. Bolt has occasionally visited the track since, which may have been a mistake.

“My coach gets too excited when I come to the track,” Bolt said, “so I stay away.”

Bolt’s days are now spent as a father to daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt, born in May and introduced to the world via social media on Tuesday. Bolt said parenting is harder than breaking a world record.

“I got sick the first week because I was scared to fall asleep,” said Bolt, adding that he has been spit up on a few times. “So I stayed up at night just watching her because I’m a heavy sleeper. But I’ve learned that I’m going to wake. I’m going to get up no matter what. I’m getting better, and I’m learning.”

Bolt said he was unaware that Serena Williams‘ 2-year-old daughter is named Olympia (as a middle name, but she goes by Olympia) until this week’s reveal. His girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, came up with the name.

“My girlfriend, I told her, I think you’re putting a little bit of pressure on her to name her Olympia,” said Bolt, who previously said he would not encourage his child to take up sprinting. “But, we’ll see, I’m not going to force her to do anything.”

In retirement, Bolt has been seen doing a step class, riding a Peloton and playing professional soccer. Lately, he’s been road cycling with friends, upping the mileage every week.

“I have a newfound respect for cyclists because you see the Tour de France, they make it look easy. It’s not,” Bolt said.

Bolt expressed disappointment with the Olympic postponement to 2021, even though he’s not competing anymore. He does hope to be in Tokyo in some capacity. He found a silver lining.

“The only good thing about is that I actually get to take my daughter next year if the world gets back,” he said. “One of my moments is to have my first born just to walk on the track with me. That’s something that I always thought about.”

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British gymnastics stars speak up about abuse amid investigation

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Decorated British gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie spoke out about specific abuses they’ve experienced in the sport, becoming the latest athletes to come forward this week.

The Downie sisters, in social media posts on Thursday, said they’ve seen and experienced an “unsafe attitude to young girls’ weight, and the resulting mental health issues” and “dangerous consequences of over-training, which frequently was the norm, for fear of punishment or deselection.”

The comments came two days after British Gymnastics announced it launched an independent review into allegations of abuse in the sport. Before that, former British gymnasts said they were assaulted, bullied or abused by coaches.

“The behaviors we have heard about in recent days are completely contrary to our standards of safe coaching and have no place in our sport,” British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen said Tuesday. “It is clear that gymnasts did not feel they could raise their concerns to British Gymnastics, and it is vital that an independent review helps us better understand why so we can remove any barriers as quickly as possible.”

The Downie sisters are Olympians and world championships medalists.

“Over the past few days we’ve been watching our former teammates and friends bravely sharing their stories, and we can’t sit by and not offer support for them by sharing our own experiences,” they posted with the caption, “Our Story.” “Speaking out is something we’ve both felt we really needed to do for a long time now, but in truth, we’ve been afraid to do so.”

Becky Downie, the 2019 World silver medalist on uneven bars, said she was overtrained “to the point of physical breakdown” many times.

She said she was called “mentally weak” for speaking up at a national team camp and later suffered an ankle injury as a result of the unsafe training approaches. Downie required a fourth surgery on the ankle.

Ellie Downie, the 2019 World bronze medalist on vault, said she’s been made to feel ashamed of her weight for almost her entire career. That included a nutritionist telling her to submit daily photos of her in her underwear and everything she ate to ensure she wasn’t lying about her diet.

She said she was told at a national camp to lose six kilograms (13 pounds). If she hadn’t “made a dent” within two weeks, “there’d be consequences.”

The sisters said gymnasts were weighed regularly.

“We all know off by heart the weight of a bottle of water, and consequently eating and drinking the night before weigh day wasn’t worth the risk,” Ellie wrote. “To this day we still hide food for the fear of it being found.”

The Downies said there has been change since Becky Downie spoke up in 2018 about unsafe training, including the discontinuation of routine weigh-ins.

“We’re aware our contribution raises more troubling issues the sport must confront, but we truly hope it will contribute to positive change,” they wrote. “What’s clear from speaking to many different gymnasts from all over the world, this is a gymnastics culture problem, as opposed to just a national one.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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