P&G Gymnastics Championships broadcast schedule

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Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak and Rio alternates Ragan Smith and Ashton Locklear headline the P&G Gymnastics Championships, which will crown national champions live on NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA this week.

Senior competition in Anaheim starts Thursday with the first half of the men’s meet on the Olympic Channel and streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Further coverage on NBCSN on Friday and Saturday and NBC on Sunday will also be streamed.

The event will crown new U.S. all-around champions for the first time in four years.

Simone Biles, champion every year from 2013 through 2016, is taking a break from gymnastics but is expected to resume training ahead of next season. It’s unknown when Biles might return to competition, though.

Her Final Five teammates — Aly RaismanGabby DouglasLaurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — are also not suiting up in Anaheim. All haven’t competed since Rio save Kocian, who moved to NCAA competition at UCLA.

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Smith and Locklear were in Rio as replacement athletes in case of injury. Neither competed, but both returned this year with eyes on October’s world championships in Montreal, where there will be no team competition.

The U.S. men’s program has also seen major turnover. Olympic and world medalists Danell LeyvaJohn OrozcoJacob Dalton and Jonathan Horton have all retired since Rio.

Two members of the Rio Olympic team are entered at P&Gs — Sam Mikulak and Alex Naddour — but neither is expected to factor into the all-around. Mikulak, the U.S. all-around champion the last four years, is coming back from a torn Achilles in February and may feature on one or two apparatuses.

Naddour specializes on pommel horse (where he won the Olympic bronze medal) and still rings.

The all-around could come down to Yul Moldauer and Akash Modi. Moldauer beat Modi at the American Cup in March, while Modi returned the favor at the NCAA Championships in April.

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Day Time (ET) Network Competition
Thursday 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Olympic Channel | STREAM Men Day 1
Friday 11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK Women Day 1
Saturday 9-11 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK Men Day 2
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK Men Recap
7-9 p.m. NBC | STREAM LINK Women Day 2

Swimming short-course records in peril as FINA recognizes ISL times

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In the debut season of the International Swimming League, six U.S. short-course records have fallen. USA Swimming has recognized the new circuit’s times from the outset.

International body FINA, which at first threatened to ban swimmers who participated in the ISL and then said it would not recognize records from the team-based league, which debuted in October and will hold its first final meet Dec. 20-21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, is now recognizing those times, and the effects on its statistics have been drastic.

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This morning, a downloaded list of the top times in the world this year included no ISL times. By the afternoon, times from the ISL’s meet over the weekend in College Park, Md., accounted for most of the times on the lists, including the top 10 in the women’s 50m freestyle and women’s 100m freestyle.

So far, the ISL hasn’t figured into the top five on many all-time FINA lists. But the best short-course times are typically posted near the end of the year, and the ISL has two meets remaining.

The U.S. record book has already changed. In October, Katie Ledecky set the 400m freestyle record (3:54.06) and Melanie Margalis set the 200m medley mark (2:04.18).

In College Park this weekend, Margalis also set the U.S. 400m medley record (4:24.46) and Ian Finnerty set two records the 50m breaststroke (25.99), with runner-up Michael Andrew also beating the previous record, and the 100m breaststroke (56.29). Also, Caeleb Dressel set the 50m butterfly record (22.21).

Only half of the swimmers in the ISL will advance to the final, and qualification isn’t necessarily in their hands. After the College Park meet, the Cali Condors and LA Current clinched spots in Las Vegas. That’s bad news for Andrew (New York Breakers), Finnerty (DC Trident) and Ledecky (DC Trident).

Dressel, Margalis and Lilly King — all representing the Condors — will have another shot at records in Vegas. 

FINA, as usual, is running its World Cup circuit during the fall and early winter, and some swimmers — including overall World Cup champions Vladimir Morozov and Cate Campbell — are pulling double duty between the World Cup and ISL.

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IOC announces deal with Airbnb to add housing for future Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has moved to help with the scramble to house the influx of athletes, staff and spectators with each Olympics, making a deal with online housing broker Airbnb to add accommodations for the Games through 2028.

“The agreement includes accommodation provisions that will reduce costs for Olympic Games organizers and stakeholders, minimize the need for construction of new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games period, and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities,” the IOC announced.

Airbnb’s partnership also includes accommodation for disability athletes for the Paralympic Games, and the company will join large global companies such as Coca-Cola, Visa and Panasonic as worldwide Olympic partners.

Athletes also will have a chance to make money by hosting travelers.

“As an Olympian host, you can create and lead an experience inspired by your expertise and interests,” reads an explanation on the Olympic athlete support portal Athlete365.

Outside the Olympics and Olympic athlete experiences, the IOC and Airbnb are pledging to work together on long-term support to refugees.

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